Military Alumni

Military 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

Al Davis
Al Davis Class of 1956
Air Force, 20+ Years
Space and Missle R & D
Bill Meeker
Bill Meeker Class of 1965
Navy, 20+ Years
climbed the ranks E-1 to O-4 coast to coast assignments
Burkleo, Michael D
Burkleo, Michael D Class of 2003
Army, 4 Years
i was in the reserves for a year before leaving and getting a combat mos and now i am in artillery an have been for 3 and a half years and i love it
Cathy Baisley
Cathy Baisley Class of 1974
Air Force, 7 Years
Was a Supply System Specialist - Served in Germany, transferred to Brooks AFB and Lackland AFB in San Antonio, TX. Final assignment was at Davis Monthan in Tucson, AZ. Received Disability Discharge in 1986.
Clair Marquart
Clair Marquart Class of 1963
Navy, 4 Years
Served during Viet Nam era from 1963-1967.
David L Fitchpatrick
David L Fitchpatrick Class of 1963
Army, 2 Years
SGT E5, Vietnam veteran Oct 1, 1968 thru Sept 26, 1968. Was assigned to 101st Airborne Air Assault task Force South. Section Chief 105mm Howitzer.
David Mason
David Mason Class of 1994
Air Force, 9 Years
I am still active duty right now, i have deployed to Iraqi twice and enjoy defending out great nation.
Donald W. Reynolds
Donald W. Reynolds Class of 1978
Coast Guard, 20+ Years
28 years of service. 5 active with 23 reserves. I'm a Damage Contorlman Chief and the director of the reserves program at USCG Station Niaraga Falls N.Y.
James Ferner
James Ferner Class of 1974
Army, 20+ Years
74-77 wheel and tracked vehicle mechanic. 82-99 M60/M1A1/M1A2 Tank crewman/ Master Gunner. Retired 1999 Rank E7/SFC
Jeffrey Clinton
Jeffrey Clinton Class of 1967
Navy, 4 Years
USS Wainwright DLG/CG 28 Two tours to Vietnam . Served 1967-1971
Jim Rohan
Jim Rohan Class of 1962
Navy, 20+ Years
Difficult to give all the duty stations served in my 30 years of Naval service, but served over the entire globe. Makes for really good conversations.
John Grove
John Grove Class of 1960
Air Force, 20+ Years
Note: Following is information provided by Jim Sirrine, '62, about his friend, John Grove, '60, whom many of you know: John Grove (Class of 1960) and I grew up in the country together. I know his brothers Floyd, Ed and Bill (Updyke Rd). John flew helos in Viet Nam and I understand was damn good at it. He retired as a Major U S A F. When he retired (Fort Walton Beach) he dedicated his life to scrounging up used but usable materials that could be sent to developing countries and be put to good use. He sent plane loads of stuff to Honduras! The extent to which he did this work was not well known because John never bragged about what he did, he just did it. I've been told he had several storage buildings full of 'stuff'. I say had because John died about 5 years ago. I went to his funeral service at Arlington. Very impressive on the surface, but it was a very interesting day. Friends and military from FL were there. I heard about John's benevolence first hand. I talked to flying buddies who told about how he landed a helo without a tail rotor. It's next to impossible. When the Air Force Chief of Staff (Bernie Swartz) showed up, I was blown away. He and John flew together in sister squadrons. And all of a sudden, how John was able to get so much stuff flown to Honduras became crystal clear. It IS who you know. Leroy Manor,(a new acquaintance of Jim's), is 91 (years young), and a Retired General USAF. Leroy was very well acquainted with John and his work. He knows Gen. Swartz. "He just retired, you know?" And it went on. I promised to send pictures of the funeral. Get more info by looking up Air Commandos and John Grove school in Honduras.
John Svensson
John Svensson Class of 1977
Navy, 11 Years
Supply Officer, Served on USS Santa Barbara, USS Patterson and USS Estocin, also in Avenger Class Mine Hunter Shipbuilding Office and Defense Contracting Office in Philadelphia.
Karen (Soyring) Papadopoulos
Karen (Soyring) Papadopoulos Class of 1978
Air Force, 4 Years
Served at Griffiss AFB in Rome, NY
Karen Papadopoulos
Karen Papadopoulos Class of 1978
Air Force, 4 Years
Enlisted '82-'86
Lee Baisley Auger
Lee Baisley Auger Class of 1973
Air Force, 6 Years
Entered 1 month after the Vietnam War ended to pay off college loan. Worked as a C-130 aircraft mechanic in environmental systems - one of the first women on the flight line. Attended training at Chanute Air Force Base (near Chicago) for 6 months. Stationed at Little Rock Air Force Base for remainder of 6 years. TDY to Germany, Greece and Italy in 1977. Puerto Rico in 1979.
M. Esther McMillan
M. Esther McMillan Class of 1981
Navy, 4 Years
Active 4 years - Little Creek, VA, USS Emery S. Land, NAS Norfolk Navy Reserves - 6 years - Jacksonville, Fl
Patrick Masters
Patrick Masters Class of 1990
Army, 20+ Years
2 Years Active Duty Germany 20 Years National Guard (Geneva NY) Operation Iraqi Freedom (04-05) Cavarly Scout Operation Iraqi Freedom (08-09) Black Hawk Door Gunner
Raymond Swartwood
Raymond Swartwood Class of 1986
Navy, 5 Years
Served on the USS Tarawa for 4 years, Then 1 year at the now the Closed, NTC San Diego.Till 1991.
Rebecca Preza (VanOrden)
Rebecca Preza (VanOrden) Class of 1981
Army, 20+ Years
Active duty stationed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center

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Class of '78

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