Military Alumni

Military High School Alumni

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

clyde caver
clyde caver
Class of 1978
Army, 3 Years

army combat medic
david a. crawford
david a. crawford
Class of 1966
Air Force, 4 Years

I was stationed at Lackland AFB, San Antonio TX.,Ent AFB, Colo. Springs, CO., Tyndall AFB, Panama City, FL., Vietnam 1968-1969, Vung Tau, & Cam Ranh Bay., and then Duluth IAP, Duluth, MN.. I was a Administrative Specialist, &Courier. ( I will always remember our classmates who made the ultimate sacrifice, and for all of our classmates who served. I am a veteran and proud to have served my country.
David G. Anderson
David G. Anderson
Class of 1969
Air Force, 20+ Years

I served 6 years in the Air Force Audit Agency (CPA) in Okinawa, Japan and Washington, D.C., and the remainder of my 24-year career as a JAG. As an attorney, I served as Chief of Civil Law at Wright-Patterson AFB, OH, then as Chief of Military Justice at Castle AFB, CA, and then spent 10 years at the Air Force Contract Law Center, where I legally guided major Air Force procurements (e.g., the F-15 Fighter Aircraft) and litigated cases before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals. I retired from the Air Force in 1997.
David I. Kasse
David I. Kasse
Class of 1959
Navy, 20+ Years

CDR, SC, USN (ret.). Daughters born in Barbados, San Diego, Philadelphia and Madrid, Spain. Vietnam veteran, first aboard USS Bridget (DE 1024) and then off Phu Quac, supporting Swift Boats and in the Mekong Delta aboard a non-self propelled support barge, APL 55 (We towed ourselves around the rivers with "Mike Boats", moving every night.) We supported River Patrol Boats.
Gary M Helfrick
Gary M Helfrick
Class of 1965
Navy, 4 Years

Enlisted in the US Navy in Sept 1966. Trained as a Hospital Corpsman and Operating Room Technician. Duty stations included Great Lakes, Portsmouth, VA and Patuxent River, MD Naval Hospitals. My final year was spent aboard the USS Vancouver LPD2 during a Vietnam cruise. Upon the ships return in June '70 I returned to civilian life.
Jack Bowman
Jack Bowman
Class of 1968
Navy, 20+ Years

Retired as a Chief Personnelman 5/91.
James h. Kithcart
James h. Kithcart
Class of 1980
Marine Corps, 20+ Years

I served for 23 years and retired in 2002.
James P carter
James P carter
Class of 1982
Army, 20+ Years

Ft. Bragg Inspector General
John E. Coultrap II
John E. Coultrap II
Class of 1964
Army, 3 Years

Served with the 23rd Infantry of the 25th Infantry Division in Cu Chi, South Vietnam 1966-67.
John Latchaw
John Latchaw
Class of 1969
Army, 20+ Years

Was a scout in Vietnam & Desert Storm. Stationed in Germany and Ft. Hood, Tx most of the time. Retired in 1993.
Keith Lewis
Keith Lewis
Class of 1975
Air Force, 20+ Years

MSgt. 23 years
Weapons Mechanic -
Aircraft Armament Systems Specialist
46270 - 2W171
Leland Jones
Leland Jones
Class of 1982
Marine Corps Reserve, 6 Years

Former '82 Senior Class President began service as U.S. Marine Reservist while a student at Morehouse College in Atlanta.
Leland Jones
Leland Jones
Class of 1982
Army Reserves, 4 Years

Former '82 Class President served as an Army Reservist. Deployed and served in OIF and OEF (Kuwait and Djibouti).
Mark Edwin John Heilman, IV
Mark Edwin John Heilman, IV
Class of 1961
Navy, 20+ Years

Served in the US Navy Dental Corps for 35 years. During Operations Desert Shield & Desert Storm he was Commanding Officer of the Naval Dental Center, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina in direct support to the US Marine Corps. He retired in 1999 with the rank of Captain.
Michael Bayless
Michael Bayless
Class of 1979
Marine Corps, 6 Years

Worked HQ Camp Lejune NC Radio Communications Operator, and Recon Sniper.
Misty Shade
Misty Shade
Class of 1991
Army, 6 Years

Active Duty Army SGT(P) 1996-2002
Paul Bess
Paul Bess
Class of 1967
Army, 3 Years

US ARMY INFANTRY
VIETNAM CLASS 1968
Paul Bess
Paul Bess
Class of 1967
Dod, 5 Years

Rhodesia
Paul G. Nutter
Paul G. Nutter
Class of 1966
Marine Corps, 20+ Years

First as a marine for 8 years as a combat gunner then got out for 13 years and decided that I missed the action so I enlisted into the Navy as a Combat medic retiring in 2oo8 with total of 23 years of good time..
Paul Holland
Paul Holland
Class of 1978
Marine Corps Reserve, 4 Years

Honorable Discharge at Lance Corporal
Paul Nutter
Paul Nutter
Class of 1966
Marine Corps, 20+ Years

Force Recon Marine 1966-74 USNavy 2001-2006 FMF corpsman Iraq
paul nutter
paul nutter
Class of 1966
Marine Corps, 20+ Years

Marine Grunt Vietnam 1967-1969 Battle for Hue City 1968 ChuLai !967 phubai 1967 Red Beach969..Got out 1974...U.S.Navy Combat Medic 2000 Tour in iraq 2003-2005
Sebron Phillips
Sebron Phillips
Class of 1980
Army, 6 Years

K-Town W. Germany, Fort Polk Louisiana, Schweinfurt west Germany
Sebron Phillips
Sebron Phillips
Class of 1980
Army, 6 Years

West Germany &Fort Polk L.A.
Spurgeon Moore
Spurgeon Moore
Class of 1969
Army, 20+ Years

Served 31 active duty years in Infantry and Special Operations organizations. Career culminated at the Pentagon.
Spurgeon Moore
Spurgeon Moore
Class of 1969
Army, 20+ Years

Served 31 years in Infantry and Special Operations.
Retired in 2004,
Tambra Hollingsworth
Tambra Hollingsworth
Class of 1979
Navy, 20+ Years

NavalOfficer Retired Leuitenant Commander
Victoria Bowens (Wilson)
Victoria Bowens (Wilson)
Class of 1980
Air Force, 27 Years

Retired in 2013 as a Colonel. Last assignment in the Pentagon, Office of the Secretary of Defense

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Roger Willer
Class of '73

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Our Buchtel High School military alumni are some of the most outstanding people we know and this page recognizes them and everything they have done! Not everyone gets to come home for the holidays and we want our Buchtel High School Military to know that they are loved and appreciated. All of us in Akron are proud of our military alumni and want to thank them for risking their lives to protect our country!