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

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 Drake
David Drake
Class of 1971
Air Force, 4 Years

Joined AF in 71 was trained in Biloxi Ms. fueled aircraft in multple places including Biloxi,Taichung Taiwan,and Grand Forks,ND and finished there in 1975
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.
Derrick Scott
Derrick Scott
Class of 1974
Navy, 6 Years

I had 6 great years in the Navy on an Oceanographic Research Ship based out of Seattle and then on a Submarine in the North Atlantic.
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
Rob Smith
Rob Smith
Class of 1992
National Guard, 2 Years

Infantry officer
Robert Holland
Robert Holland
Class of 1950
Army, 20+ Years

Army Branch of service: Field Artillery. Primary Specialty: Helicopter and fixed wing Pilot for the Field Artillery. Secondary Specialty: Nuclear Weapons Employment. 2 tours in Germany, 1 tour in Korea, I tour in Lebanon, 2 tours in Viet Nam. Major awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. Retired January 1975. Retired rank: Major, Senior Army Aviator.
Robert Stiles
Robert Stiles
Class of 1964
Army, 6 Years

2yrs active duty, 4yrs reserve, Served during Viet Nam 1967-1973
Robert Ylimaki
Robert Ylimaki
Class of 1975
Navy, 6 Years

Nuclear Submarine Officer commissioned by Admiral Rickover. Home port in New London, CT from 1981 to 1985.
Scott Brainard
Scott Brainard
Class of 1989
Navy, 4 Years

Served 4 years after high school during Gulf War I. Served 8 months overseas aboard the USS Nashville in the Persian Gulf.
Scott Newhart
Scott Newhart
Class of 1993
Army, 13 Years

Platoon Sergeant / Blackhawk Crewchief
Scott Springer
Scott Springer
Class of 1980
Coast Guard, 20+ Years

Retired from Coast Guard in 2003 with 23 years.
Steve Vittitoe
Steve Vittitoe
Class of 1983
Army, 6 Years

Infantryman
Susan Hitchcock Duemling
Susan Hitchcock Duemling
Class of 1974
Navy, 6 Years

6 Years Active Duty - Navy
14 Years Reserve Duty - Navy
Susan Williamson (Updike)
Susan Williamson (Updike)
Class of 1979
Air Force, 2 Years

Worked in Precision Measurement Equipment Lab
Tom Read
Tom Read
Class of 1966
Navy, 4 Years

LT USN
USS CAMDEN AOE-2 (two Westpac deployments), BMU-1, Operations Officer
Tonya Lutes
Tonya Lutes
Class of 1993
Marine Corps, 4 Years

Communications
Victoria Mann
Victoria Mann
Class of 1994
Air Force, 4 Years

1996-2000
Unix System Administrator (96-98)
Intrusion Detection Analyst (98-00)
William Meeker
William Meeker
Class of 1965
Navy, 20+ Years

seaman recruit thru Lieutenant Commander

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Terri (theresa) Lee
Class of '79

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Our Charles O Dickerson 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 Charles O Dickerson High School Military to know that they are loved and appreciated. All of us in Trumansburg are proud of our military alumni and want to thank them for risking their lives to protect our country!