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Military High School Alumni

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This area is dedicated to our alumni that have served or are serving in our armed forces!

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Honored Military Alumni

Allan Dean Masteller
Allan Dean Masteller
Class of 1965
Army, 2 Years

Allan Dean Masteller (DOW) 66000798 SP4 USA (MOS 51B20: Carpentry/Masonry Specialist) (CHS 1961)
Unit: D Co, 554th ENG BN, 79th ENG Group, 20th ENG BDE
Birth: 12 Apr 1944, Chico, Butte Co, CA
Death: 16 Mar 1968, Hua Nghia Province, South Vietnam
Listed on the Vietnam Memorial Wall, Washington, D.C. Panel 41E Line 074
Listed on the Gold Star Memorial Glen Oaks Memorial Park
Burial: Clear Creek/Butte Valley Cemetery, Butte Co, CA
Purple Heart
Alvin F. Winter
Alvin F. Winter
Class of 1943
Air Force, 4 Years

Alvin F. Winter (KIA) 39414159 SSGT USAAF (B-17 Aerial Gunner) (CHS 1943)
Unit: 815th Bombardment Squadron, 483rd Bombardment Group (Heavy), Pisa, Italy
Birth: 2 Jan 1924, Glenn Co, CA
Death: 10 May 1948, Pisa, Italy
Burial: Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, CA, Section J, Block 759
Alvin Lehman
Alvin Lehman
Class of 1961
Navy, 4 Years

Ballistic missile submarine and nuclear reactor qualified - USS Kamehameha SSBN642(Blue)
Armin (Pat) Webster
Armin (Pat) Webster
Class of 1966
Marine Corps, 20+ Years

Helicopter Crew Chief (Flight Engineer), Marine Security Guard, ( U.S. Embassies), Instructor Duty, and Aircraft Special Tools and Test Equipment Officer.
Ashley Marion Guynn
Ashley Marion Guynn
Class of 1937
Air Force, 2 Years

Ashley Marion Guynn (KIA/MIA) O-746256 CPT USAAF (B-17 Pilot) (CHS 1937) (Chico State Alumni)
Unit: 710th Bomb Squadron, 447th Bomb Group (Heavy), RAF Rattlesden, Suffolk, England
Birth: 28 Jan 1920, Chico, CA
Death: 27 Apr 1944, Air Loss/Crash, Ostend, Belgium
Burial: Chico Cemetery, 08 A6 5
Purple Heart, Air Medal w/3 OLC
Brent E Temple
Brent E Temple
Class of 1978
Navy, 10 Years

Aviation Machinist
Casey James Holmes
Casey James Holmes
Class of 2011
Marine Corps, 2 Years

Casey James Holmes PFC USMC (CHS 2011)
Unit: I Co, 3rd BN, 3rd Marines, Marine Corps Base, HI
Birth: 18 Jun 1992, Chico, Butte Co, CA
Death: 11 Mar 2013, Training accident, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center
Twenty-nine Palms, San Bernardino Co, CA
Burial: Glen Oaks Memorial Park, Chico
Donald William Ray
Donald William Ray
Class of 1941
Air Force, 3 Years

Donald William Ray O-804228 1LT USAAF (P-40 Pilot) (CHS 1941)
Unit: 407th Fighter Squadron (RTU), 372nd Fighter Group, Pollock Army Airfield, Pollock, Grant Parish, LA
Birth: 11 Feb 1923, Chico, Butte Co, CA
Death: 6 Sep 1945, Illness/Disease, Letterman General Hospital, San Francisco, CA
Burial: Chico Cemetery, 26 2328 1
Purple Heart
Earl Lorrain Watson
Earl Lorrain Watson
Class of 1940
National Guard, 2 Years

Earl Lorrain Watson (KIA) 1LT USA CA NG (CHS 1940)
Unit: 184th INF Regt, 7th INF DIV
Birth: 21 Dec 1921, Chico, Butte Co, CA
Death: 4 Feb 1944, Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands
Burial: Chico Cemetery, 26 265 1
Edgar E. Roberts
Edgar E. Roberts
Class of 1916
Army, 2 Years

Edgar E. Roberts (KIA) 1LT USA (CHS 1916)
Unit: 59th INF Regt, 4th INF DIV
Birth: 1888, Buckeye, Shasta Co, CA
Death: 29 Sep 1918, Septsarges, Departement de la Meuse, Lorraine, Argonne, France
Burial: Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial
Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, Departement de la Meuse, Lorraine, France
Edward Murray Ricker
Edward Murray Ricker
Class of 1932
Army, 2 Years

Edward Murray Ricker (KIA) O-1321331 1LT USA (CHS 1932)
Unit: 12th INF Regt, 4th INF DIV
Birth: 1915, Australia
Death: 9 Jun 1944, Utah Beach, Normandy, France
Burial: Normandy American Cemetery, Colleville-sur-Mer, France, Plot E Row 20 Grave 39
Purple Heart
Elmer LeRoy Button
Elmer LeRoy Button
Class of 1936
Marine Corps, 3 Years

Elmer LeRoy Button (KIA) 490698 CPL USMCR (CHS 1936)
Unit: 16th AAA Marine Defense BN, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific
Birth: Feb 26 1923, Chico, Butte Co, CA
Death: 16 May 1945, Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, Japan
Burial: Chico Cemetery, 26 1649 1
Elton Farrel Larremore
Elton Farrel Larremore
Class of 1940
Air Force, 2 Years

Elton Farrel Larremore O-759624 2LT USAAF (CHS 1940)
Unit: Unassigned, Columbia Army Air Base, Lexington, Lexington Co, SC
Birth: 26 Dec 1921, Butte Co, CA
Death: 13 Feb 1944, Lexington, Lexington Co, SC
Burial: Kimshew Cemetery, Magalia, CA, East Section, Row 12, Plot 21
Floyd Morris Meinberg
Floyd Morris Meinberg
Class of 1940
Marine Corps Reserve, 2 Years

Floyd Morris Meinberg (KIA) 343582 PFC USMCR (CHS 1940)
Unit: E Co, 2nd BN, 2nd Marines (Reinforced)
Birth: 16 Nov 1921, Chico, Butte Co, CA
Death: 10 Nov 1942, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands
Burial: Chico Cemetery 26 160 1
Floyd Wayne Strange
Floyd Wayne Strange
Class of 1964
Army Reserves, 2 Years

Floyd Wayne Strange (MIA) 562640967, CW2 USAR (CHS 1964)
(MOS 062B: Helicopter Pilot, Utility & Light Cargo Single Rotor)
Unit: 48th AHC, 268th AVN BN, 17th AVN Group, 1st AVN BDE, Phu Hiep Air Field
Birth: 1 May 1946, Chico, Butte Co, CA
Death: 2 Feb 1968, Air Loss/Helicopter Crash, Phu Yen Province, South Vietnam
Listed on the Courts of the Missing, National Memorial of the Pacific
Honolulu Memorial Cemetery, Honolulu HI
Listed on the Vietnam Memorial Wall, Washington, D.C. Panel 31E Line 025
Burial: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington Co, VA, Section 60, Site 7763
Air Medal
Galen Ambroe Brooke
Galen Ambroe Brooke
Class of 1937
Air Force, 4 Years

Galen Ambroe Brooke (MIA) 39404187 SSGT USAAF (B-24 Radar Operator) (CHS 1937)
Unit: 36th Bombardment Squadron (H), 801st /492nd Bombardment Group Royal Air Force Bomber Command
100th Group, RAF Skuthorpe, Fakenham, Norfolk, England
Birth: 23 May 1918, Butte Co, CA
Death: 5 Feb 1945, Air Loss/Crash, England
Listed on the Tablets of the Missing, Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial, Coton
Cambridgeshire, England
Purple Heart, Air Medal w/OLC
Gary Ralph Schwellenbach
Gary Ralph Schwellenbach
Class of 1966
Army, 2 Years

Gary Ralph Schwellenbach (KIA) 18907134 CPL USA (MOS 91A10: Medical Corpsman) (CHS 1966)
Unit: HHC, 3rd BN, 503rd INF Regt, 173rd ABN BDE
Birth: 15 Jun 1948, Chico, Butte Co, CA
Death: 27 Dec 1967, Phu Yen Province, South Vietnam
Listed on the Vietnam Memorial Wall, Washington, D. C. Panel 32E Line 81
Listed on the Gold Star Memorial Glen Oaks Memorial Park
Burial: Glen Oaks Memorial Park B6N W E 3 2
Distinguished Service Cross, Purple Heart
George H. Buckman
George H. Buckman
Class of 1940
Army, 2 Years

George H. Buckman (POW) 19030056 PVT USA (CHS 1940)
Unit: 33rd QM Truck Regt (Aviation) QMC, Clark Field, Manila, Philippines
Birth: 1911, CA
Death: 8 Jun 1942, POW Camp #1-Cabanatuan, Nueva Province, Luzon, Philippines
Burial: Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Fort William McKinley Cemetery
Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City, Manila, Philippines Plot N Row 8 Grave 54
Gordon P. Foster
Gordon P. Foster
Class of 1941
National Guard, 3 Years

Gordon P. Foster (KIA) SSGT USA CA NG (CHS 1941)
Unit: 184th INF Regt, 7th INF DIV
Birth: 7 May 1923, Paradise, Butte Co, CA
Death: 21 Apr 1945, Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, Japan
Burial: Paradise Cemetery, Paradise, Veterans Section, Grave 11
Grover Milton Hobson
Grover Milton Hobson
Class of 1936
Army, 3 Years

Grover Milton Hobson (KIA) O-1116383 2LT USA (CHS 1936)
Unit: C Co, 299th Combat ENG BN
Birth: 19 Mar 1920, Round Mountain, Shasta Co, CA
Death: 6 Jun 1944, Omaha Beach, Normandy, France
Burial: Chico Cemetery, 17 44 2
James Eugene Barnes
James Eugene Barnes
Class of 1942
Air Force, 3 Years

James Eugene Barnes (KIA) O-748520 1LT USAAF (B-29 Co-Pilot) (CHS 1942)
Unit: 3rd Photo Recon (VLR) Squadron, 20th AF, Isley Field, Guam, Mariana Islands
Birth: 16 Mar 1924
Death: 18 Aug 1946
Burial: Paradise Cemetery, Old Pioneer Section, 356
James Harrison MacDonald
James Harrison MacDonald
Class of 1944
Marine Corps, 4 Years

James Harrison MacDonald (KIA) 605867 CPL USMC (CHS 1944)
Unit: E Co, 2nd BN, 5th Marines, 1st MAR DIV
Birth: 7 Mar 1929, Marin Co, CA
Death: 25 Sep 1950, Seoul, South Korea
Burial: Paradise Cemetery, Veterans Section, Grave 53
Purple Heart
James Lee Jones
James Lee Jones
Class of 1949
Air Force, 2 Years

James Lee Jones 19290509 CPL USAF (B-50 Aerial Gunner) (CHS 1949)
Unit: 65th Bomb Squadron, 43rd Bomb Group, Davis–Monthan AFB, Tucson, AZ
Birth: 22 Jul 1929, Chico, Butte Co, CA
Death: 23 Mar 1950, Aircraft Loss/Crash, Union Pacific railroad siding station, Hyder, W Gila Bend, AZ
Burial: Chico Cemetery, 32 4096 1
James M. Stagner
James M. Stagner
Class of 1941
Army, 2 Years

James M. Stagner (KIA) 19052042 PVT USA (CHS 1941)
Unit: 60th Air Defense Artillery Regt (Anti-Aircraft), Coast Artillery Command (Harbor Defenses)
Corregidor, Philippines
Birth: 1925, Gridley, Butte Co, CA
Death: 30 Apr 1942, Corregidor, Philippines
Burial: Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Fort William McKinley Cemetery
Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City, Manila, Philippines
Purple Heart
James Thomas Leslie Parker
James Thomas Leslie Parker
Class of 2008
National Guard, 2 Years

James Thomas Leslie Parker SP4 USA NM NG (CHS 2008)
Unit: 2nd Plt, A Co, 1st BN, 200th INF BDE
Birth: 25 Nov 1990, Chico, Butte Co, CA
Death: 26 Mar 2013, Albuquerque, NM
Burial: Santa Fe National Cemetery, Santa Fe, Santa Fe Co, NM
Jenna Michelle Lee
Jenna Michelle Lee
Class of 1996
Army, 6 Years

Served active military from 1997-2003
John Henry Cummings
John Henry Cummings
Class of 1935
Army, 3 Years

John Henry Cummings (KIA) 20908570 TSGT USA (CHS 1935) (Chico State Alumni)
Unit: 184th INF Regt, 7th INF DIV
Birth: 23 May 1916, Indian Valley, Lassen Co, CA
Death: 17 Nov 1944, Leyte Gulf, Philippines
Burial: Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Fort William McKinley Cemetery
Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City, Manila, Philippines
Purple Heart w/OLC
John Robert Adams
John Robert Adams
Class of 1964
Army, 2 Years

John Robert Adams (MIA) 562641205 SSGT USA (MOS 67N40: UH-1 Helicopter Crew Chief) (CHS 1964)
Unit: 189th AHC, 52nd AVN BN, 1st AVN BDE, 17th AVN Group, Camp Holloway, Pleiku, South Vietnam
Birth: 31 Jul 1946, Chico, Butte Co, CA
Death: 8 Nov 1967, Air Loss/Helicopter Crash, 3 MI E, border of Laos
Listed on the Courts of the Missing, National Memorial of the Pacific
Honolulu Memorial Cemetery, Honolulu, HI
Listed on the Vietnam Memorial Wall, Washington, D.C. Panel 29E, Line 46
Listed on the Gold Star Memorial, Glen Oaks Memorial Park
Purple Heart, Air Medal
Joseph Moon
Joseph Moon
Class of 1999
Navy, 5 Years

2005 - 2010
Shellback and child of Poseidon
Joseph Verne Olszewski
Joseph Verne Olszewski
Class of 1967
Navy, 2 Years

Joseph Verne Olszewski 553701884 EM3 USN (Electrician’s Mate) (CHS 1964-65, PVHS 1967)
Unit: DET Ben Luc, NAVSUPPACT Saigon, USNAVFORV
Birth: 9 Sep 1949, Chico, Butte Co, CA
Death: 27 Jan 1970, Illness/Disease, Hau Nghia Province, Vam Co Dong River, 20 MI SW Saigon, South Vietnam
Listed on the Vietnam Memorial Wall, Washington, D. C. Panel 14W Line 072
Listed on the Gold Star Memorial Glen Oaks Memorial Park
Burial: Chico Cemetery, 35 R03 1453
Keith Chester Bruce
Keith Chester Bruce
Class of 1937
Navy, 2 Years

Keith Chester Bruce AVN Cadet USN (Class of 1937) (Chico State Alumni)
Unit: NATF Corpus Christi, Nueces Co, Texas, TX
Birth: May 29 1917, Snohomish, Snohomish Co, WA
Death: 20 Jun 1942, Air Loss/Crash Naval Aviation Training Facility, NATF Corpus Christi, Nueces Co, Texas, TX
Burial: Chico Cemetery, 26 1503 1
Kenneth Walter Clewett
Kenneth Walter Clewett
Class of 1940
Air Force, 3 Years

Kenneth Walter Clewett (KIA) 1LT USAAF (B-29 Pilot) (CHS 1940)
Unit: 28th Bomb Squadron (VH), 19th Bomb Group, North Field, Guam, Mariana Islands
Birth: 5 Oct 1920, Glendale, Los Angeles Co, CA
Death: 14 May 1945, Air Loss/Crash, Kodama 3-Chome, Nishi-ku, Nagoya City, Japan
Burial: Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO Section 82 Site 166
Memorial Headstone: Paradise Cemetery
KENNY MCINTYRE
KENNY MCINTYRE
Class of 1982
National Guard, 17 Years

10 YEARS AIR FORCE.. 11 YEAR BREAK IN SERVICE...7 YEARS ARMY.. 2 TOURS TO AFGHANISTAN 2006 AND 2011.
Kirk R. Collado
Kirk R. Collado
Class of 2002
Army, 4 Years

Kirk R. Collado SSGT USA (CHS 2002)
Unit: 82nd ABN DIV
Birth: 1984, CA
Death: 20 Sep 2011, Vehicle accident, Ridgecrest, Kern Co, CA
Burial: Paradise Cemetery, Alta Vista, Row G, Lot 43
Lawrence Edward Bennett
Lawrence Edward Bennett
Class of 1940
Air Force, 4 Years

Lawrence Edward Bennett O-780838 1LT USAAF (F-13 Flight Engineer) (CHS 1940)
Unit: 46th Recon Squadron (VLR) Photographic, 5001st Composite Wing, Ladd Army Airfield, Alaska Territory
Birth: 8 Jan 1924, Biggs, Butte Co, CA
Death: 29 May 1947, Air Loss/Crash, 3 Mi E Fairbanks, Alaska Territory
Burial: Chico Cemetery, 26 2456 1
Leo Frank Ponke
Leo Frank Ponke
Class of 1940
Air Force, 3 Years

Leo Frank Ponke (KIA) 6584887 SSGT USAAF (C-46 Crewmember) (Class of 1940)
Unit: 15th Combat Cargo Squadron, 4th Combat Cargo Group, Chittagong Airfield, Bangladesh
Birth: 16 Jan 1922, Chico, Butte Co, CA
Death: 24 Jan 1945, Air Loss/Crash, Burma
Burial: Chico Cemetery 27 C 135 1
Marc Christopher Studebaker (Foos)
Marc Christopher Studebaker (Foos)
Class of 1999
Army, 18 Years

US Army Active 2000-2005 Military Police, Enlisted E1-E5, Deployed Joint Guardian Kosovo 2001, Deployed Iraqi Freedom 2003. Air Force Reserve, Security Forces, Travis AFB 2005-2007. Army Active Duty 2007-2015, Cavalry Scout, Enlisted E4-E6, Deployed Iraqi Freedom 2008, Deployed New Dawn Iraq 2010. Army Reserves 2015-2018, Military Police, Enlisted E6, Grand Prairie, TX
Mark Cloyd
Mark Cloyd
Class of 1984
Marine Corps, 6 Years

1991-1991, 1341, Service and Support Schools/Engineer Equipment Mechanic Course
1991-1992, 1341, Combat Service Support Units/CSSD-36
1992-1994, 1341, Maintenance Units/2nd Maintenance Bn, 2nd FSSG/MLG
1994-1994, 1341, Service and Support Schools/Engineer Equipment Mechanic Course
1994-1995, 1341, Marine Wing Support Squadron/MWSS-274
1995-1997, 1341, Combat Service Support Units/CSSD-21
Mark Lee Francis
Mark Lee Francis
Class of 1973
Navy, 6 Years

Medical corp
Maximino Estrada
Maximino Estrada
Class of 1969
Marine Corps, 2 Years

Maximino Estrada (KIA) 550741367 LCPL USMC (MOS 0331: Machine Gunner) (CHS Drop Out)
Unit: CAP 2-2-4, CACO 2-2, 2nd CAG, Combined Action, III MAF
Birth: 10 Sep 1950, Bakersfield, Kern Co, CA
Death: 25 Mar 1971, Dai Loc District, Da Nang, Quang Nam Province, South Vietnam
Listed on the Vietnam Memorial Wall Washington, D.C. Panel W4 Line 76
Burial: Chico Cemetery, 30 9 1122
Purple Heart

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