Charlotte High School Alumni

Punta Gorda, Florida (FL)

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!

Lost Class Rings

Have you lost your Charlotte High School class ring? Have you found someone's class ring? Visit our Tarpons lost class ring page to search for your class ring or post information about a found ring.

Honored Military Alumni

allen diedrick
allen diedrick
Class of 1960
Army, 6 Years

korea 66-67
Ariele Merone O'Brien
Ariele Merone O'Brien
Class of 1996
Army, 4 Years

Military Intelligence Branch
Ariele Merone O'Brien
Ariele Merone O'Brien
Class of 1996
Army, 4 Years

Counterintelligence
Bill Spadafora
Bill Spadafora
Class of 1970
Navy, 4 Years

Vietnam Veteran.
1970-1974
Served aboard USS Oriskany CVA-34
V2 Division.Catapults and Arresting Gear.
Brian Clifford
Brian Clifford
Class of 1958
Air Force, 8 Years

Served 8 years as a airborne radio tech. Stationed in Texas, Mississippi, New Hampshire, England, California, and North Carolina. Also was TDY to Guam, Okinawa, and Thailand as part of Arc Light/Young Tiger (Vietnam War).
Bruce Carver
Bruce Carver
Class of 1972
Air Force, 20+ Years

C-HC-MC- 130 LOADMASTER
Chad Cothron
Chad Cothron
Class of 1997
Navy, 11 Years

Flag writer
Chad W Cothron
Chad W Cothron
Class of 1997
Navy, 10 Years

Currently in the Gulf onboard the USS JOHN C STENNIS. I am the Flag Writer to Rear Admiral Kevin M Quinn Commander, Carrier Strike Group THREE.
Charles Richard Kidd
Charles Richard Kidd
Class of 1970
Navy, 21 Years

EMCM/SS Chief of the Boat
Command Master Chief
USS John Marshall SSN-611
1989 - 1991
Naval service 1970 - 1991
Passed away July 2004 Just before hurricane Charlie destroyed parents home at 6142 Golf course blvd, Punta Gorda. FL
Charles Richard Kidd
Charles Richard Kidd
Class of 1970
Navy, 21 Years

EMCM/SS Command Master Chief
USS John Marshall SSN-611
Chase Bertrand
Chase Bertrand
Class of 2011
Army, 1 Years

Tactical Support Equipment Department for mechanics (TSED)
Cheryl Wrightsman
Cheryl Wrightsman
Class of 1982
Army, 20+ Years

U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps. Nine years enlisted, eleven years warrant officer. Stationed in Texas, Germany, Kentucky, Hawaii and Virginia. Retired in August 2004. Currently employed with the Charlotte County School System.
Chris McGill
Chris McGill
Class of 1986
Army, 5 Years

tactical satalite communications
Airborne
service in southwest asia, operation desert storm
Christopher Davis
Christopher Davis
Class of 2006
Navy, 3 Years

I am currently a 3rd class Petty Officer as a Master at Arms Security Forces, Stationed in Kingsbay GA. Submarine base
Christopher Ross
Christopher Ross
Class of 2002
Air Force, 7 Years

Active duty for 7 year with two tours in Iraq. Now proudly serving as an Air Force Reservist out of Patrick AFB in Florida.
Courtney Pufahl
Courtney Pufahl
Class of 2011
Army, 3 Years

27D (Paralegal Specialist) stationed in Arizona
Craig S Phelps
Craig S Phelps
Class of 1963
Army, 3 Years

Infantry
daniel vazquez
daniel vazquez
Class of 2009
Air Force, 1 Years

2w1x1
Darlene Harper
Darlene Harper
Class of 1985
Marine Corps, 4 Years

Supply Clerk
David  Durrance
David Durrance
Class of 1970
Air Force, 20+ Years

Air Craft Mechanic. Retired in Phoenix Az.
David Buffington
David Buffington
Class of 1973
Navy, 20+ Years

Avaiation, Serving aboard various Aircraft Carriers, through out the world.
David Saunders
David Saunders
Class of 1968
Air Force, 20+ Years

Air Force Weatherman
David Schoenagel
David Schoenagel
Class of 1999
Air Force, 8 Years

Bases:
Whiteman AFB, Mo 00-02
Kunsan AB, Korea 02-03
Aviano AB, Itlay 03-06
Mountain Home AFB, ID 06-present

Deployments:
Prince Sultan AB, Saudi Arabia Sep-Dec 01
Al Udied AB, Qatar Mar-Jun 04
Balad AB, Iraq Sep 05-Jan 06
Dennis Neff
Dennis Neff
Class of 1977
Army, 8 Years

Sgt Neff served in the US army from 1986 -1994 as a heavy wheel vehicle operator. 1990 was sent to Desert Storm with the 197th field infantry from Ft Benning Ga. Served for 6 months. Finished the tour of duty with the National Guard in Arcadia. GOD BLESS AMERICA.
Donald Bridges
Donald Bridges
Class of 1982
Navy, 10 Years

Electronics Technician First Class when I got out, a few years in Coronado CA working on small craft. Earned Special Warfare Combat Coxswain NEC and Freefall Parachutist in Dam Neck VA with a Special Warfare unit (had my first malfunction at 126 jumps), final duty station NAS Brunswick Maine to get out near home. Currently working with US Navy as Civilian as Electrical Engineer for Naval Air Warfare Center, still supporting my specwar brothers.
Eydie Hammond
Eydie Hammond
Class of 1989
Army, 3 Years

I served from May '92 to '95. I was stationed at Ft.Ord & Ft. Hood.
Fred Denson
Fred Denson
Class of 1984
Navy, 14 Years

And still going Plan to retire
Gary Keith Howell
Gary Keith Howell
Class of 1975
Army, 3 Years

Germany and Etc.
Gary M Overkamp
Gary M Overkamp
Class of 1969
Navy, 4 Years

Boot Camp - Orlando Fl, Commissioning Detail & 1.5 yr Tour aboard USS L.Y. SPEAR (AS-36), transfer Commissioning Detail & 2.5 yr Tour aboard USS TRENTON (LPD-14). Deployed 2 Carribean cruises and 1 Mediterrainean cruise
Gary Robison
Gary Robison
Class of 1974
Army, 6 Years

8th Army 728th MP Pusan Korea 1975-76
George groves
George groves
Class of 2010
Army, 1 Years

Ah-64d longbow apaches armament electronics avionics maintainer
Gerald Mekosh
Gerald Mekosh
Class of 1981
Air Force Reserves, 35 Years

14 yrs enlisted; 21 yrs commissioned; avionics, logistics plans, ops plans. Full time (16 yrs), traditional reservist (19 yrs)
Haxton, Ashley
Haxton, Ashley
Class of 2007
Navy, 2 Years

Ive Been In For 2 Years. Currently on Deployment. Im a Machinist Mate on board the USS BATAAN (LHD5).
Heather Lehmkuhl
Heather Lehmkuhl
Class of 2000
Navy, 7 Years

Hospital Corpsman in the USN since 2001
Heather McEwen
Heather McEwen
Class of 2000
Navy, 10 Years

Served on the USS Sacramento (AOE-1) where I did 2 western deployments to the Middle East and all of Asia/Australia. Then went to Stuttgart, Germany where I served with the Army Space Command, deployed to the Middle East again and to South Korea. Then went to Great Lakes, IL to be an instructor/mentor to Navy military students. I am an Operations Specialist, Surface Warfare designated and a proud Shellback!
Heather Warne Lehmkuhl
Heather Warne Lehmkuhl
Class of 2000
Navy, 5 Years

Have been stationed from Norfolk VA. to Iceland, to Groton CT. bck to VA. Now married. Who knows where I'll go from here.
HERBERT WILLIAM BAERWALDT
HERBERT WILLIAM BAERWALDT
Class of 1965
Army, 4 Years

THREE YEARS IN SOUTHEAST ASIA, THIALAND,VIETNAM,JAPAN, GOT TO TRAVEL A LOT.
Hollister Robinson
Hollister Robinson
Class of 2000
Army, 7 Years

I was a military policeman for seven years during that time i did two tours in afghanistan and one tour in cuba. i currently a member of the coast guard reserves in clearwater florida
Ian Moon
Ian Moon
Class of 2008
Marine Corps, 3 Years

Ian is stationed in Hawaii, but right now is proudly serving his country in Afghanistan.
james Argyro
james Argyro
Class of 2003
Marine Corps, 5 Years

james has been in the marines for over five years and to iraq 3 times

Classmates Spotlight

Charlotte High School Classmates

Don Donelson
Class of '01

Alumni Stories

High School Alumni Stores

Read and submit stories about our classmates from Charlotte High School, post achievements and news about our alumni, and post photos of our fellow Tarpons.

School News

CHS Project Graduation 2013

We are gearing up for our Project Graduation 2013 at CHS to be held on Graduation Night on May 16th. This event involves...
Read More »

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