Honoring Our Heroes
This area is dedicated to our alumni that have served or are serving in our armed forces!
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Honored Military Alumni
Boyd D. "Buzz" Wagner Class of 1934
Army, 3 Years Boyd D. "Buzz" Wagner, Nanty Glo High School Class of 1934, commanded the 17th Pursuit Squadron in the Philippines when the Japanese attacked on December 8, 1941. He quickly scored 5 aerial victories to become the US Army Air Forces' 1st WWII ace. He was then injured in a dogfight and later evacuated to Australia where he was put in charge of pursuit aviation for 5th Air Force. Leading a newly arrived P-39 squadron on their 1st mission, Buzz shot down 3 Japanese Zero fighters to bring his kill total to 8, solidifying his reputation as the leading fighter pilot in the USAAF. He returned to the US in late August 1942 a national hero and was assigned to the engineering branch at Wright Field, Ohio. He was quickly detailed to the Curtiss plant in Buffalo, NY, home of P-40 fighter production, to help engineers improve the plane's combat performance. On 27 Nov 42, Buzz flew a factory fresh P-40K to Eglin Field, FL, to attend a pursuit aviation tactics and training conference. He took off on the first leg of his return flight to Buffalo late on Sunday, 29 Nov 42, and was never seen or heard from again. A farm hand found his crashed airplane and lifeless body 6 weeks later, cratered in a remote pasture. The cause of his crash and the reason for his disappearance has never been explained. At the time of his death, Buzz, at 26, was the youngest Lieutenant Colonel in the USAAF. Had he survived the war, peers predicted he would have become Chief of Staff of the Air Force. He was buried in Grandview Cemetery in January, 1943 with full military honors and more than 12,000 mourners attended his funeral.
Darcell (Robertson) Morrissey Class of 1985
Army, 3 Years Air Traffic Contro Instructor.
Eric Kirchner Class of 1986
Navy, 12 Years Served 12 years active duty as a Sonar Technician Submarines. Served 5 years on board USS Michigan SSBN 727. Spent 5 years in various postitions working for the Navy Recruiting District in Pittsburgh, PA. Received Navy Commendation Medal (1) for recruiting and Navy Achievement Medal (3) for various service.
Jeff Connelly Class of 1984
Army, 20+ Years 27 years and counting. Currently Director of Operations for Joint Task Force Civil Support at Fort Monroe, VA. Combined service in both the National Guard and Active Army. About half service in Special Operations, the other half in conventional combat arms (and some time at the Pentagon). "Bin Laden is going down - it's only a matter of timing..." JC - 2008
Kimberly Settle DeBona Class of 1975
Air Force, 10 Years USAF - Andrews AFB USPHS = NIH Bethesda MD
Paul Ryan mervine Class of 1978
Navy, 15 Years navy combat corpsmen
Wendy Sullivan Teleha Class of 1984
Navy, 17 Years Senior Chief Hospital Corpsman, still serving. Basic Training, Orlando FL A-School, Great Lakes IL C-School, Portsmouth VA Naval Hospital, Portsmouth VA National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda MD Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton CA Marine Corps Base Twentynine Palms CA Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Landstuhl Germany
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