Downers Grove North High School Alumni

Downers Grove, Illinois (IL)

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

Benjamin A Lingenfelter
Benjamin A Lingenfelter
Class of 2002
Air Force, 6 Years

I am a Security Forces member in the USAF i plan on staying in 20+ years there is no other job like it. It was one of the best choices of my life.
Bill Johnson
Bill Johnson
Class of 1983
Navy, 20+ Years

MMCS Retired in 2005 after 20 years service on Aircraft Carriers: USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER, USS GEORGE WASHINGTON, USS JOHN C. STENNIS, and USS RONALD REAGAN.
Billy Thompson
Billy Thompson
Class of 1964
Army, 2 Years

Vietnam Veteran 1st Infantry Division 2nd Brigade
Bob Bartlett
Bob Bartlett
Class of 1964
Army, 20+ Years

Army Aviation
Bruce Shewchuk
Bruce Shewchuk
Class of 1964
Army, 2 Years

Served in Viet Nam
Bruce Shewchuk
Bruce Shewchuk
Class of 1964
Army, 2 Years

Served in Vietnam
Bruce Shewchuk
Bruce Shewchuk
Class of 1964
Army, 2 Years

Served in Viet Nam.
Bud marker
Bud marker
Class of 1963
Navy, 2 Years

USS Robert A Owens DD 827 Norfolk Virginia
1966 to 1968
Clement S. Castaldo
Clement S. Castaldo
Class of 1964
Navy, 2 Years

Served as Fireman and Radio Operator based at Da Nang, South Viet Nam. Killed in action 29 May 1966
Dan Moravec
Dan Moravec
Class of 1957
Army, 2 Years

Tour of duty,Toul France.
Dave Armstrong
Dave Armstrong
Class of 1982
Army, 20+ Years

Lieutenant Colonel currently serving at the National Security Agency; has served in Turkey, Haiti, Republic of Korea, Germany, Kosovo, and Macedonia; Iraq next.
David Ackerman
David Ackerman
Class of 1969
Air Force, 4 Years

Vietnam & Thailand 1970-1971; Air Nat'l Guard 1973-1980
David Ackerman
David Ackerman
Class of 1969
Air Force, 10 Years

Vietnam, '71 - '72
Eileen Mary Mahoney
Eileen Mary Mahoney
Class of 1972
Army, 20+ Years

Served four years in the Army Reserves and 16 years Active Duty in the U.S. Army. It was a pleasure to care for soldiers and their families, as well as retired soldiers.
Frank Joseph Kocek
Frank Joseph Kocek
Class of 1963
Army, 6 Years

Viet Nam '68-69, Germany '70-72
Frank Laraia
Frank Laraia
Class of 1985
Army, 9 Years

101st, 5th, 10th group
Gary Kirkwood
Gary Kirkwood
Class of 1964
Navy, 4 Years

Aviation Machinist Mate 2nd. Class
James J Chrz
James J Chrz
Class of 1961
Army, 4 Years

Airborne and Land based Electronic Warfare Intercept, Europe and.........
James J Chrz
James J Chrz
Class of 1961
Army, 4 Years

Staff Sgt. ,Army Security Agency
Airborne and Mobile Electronic Warfare
James Tharp
James Tharp
Class of 1957
Army, 2 Years

Worked in the Motor Poll of an Artillary Batallion at Ft Carson Colorado
Jason Ortega
Jason Ortega
Class of 2004
Army, 3 Years

Spcl Jason Ortega is part of the 324th Psych Op Unit out of Denver, CO and is currently deployed to Iraq. Jason is a satellite communications specialist.
JERRY SCHWARZKOPF
JERRY SCHWARZKOPF
Class of 1957
Army, 2 Years

FORT BRAGG, N C.
WOMACK ARMY HOSPITAL 62-64
John Alden
John Alden
Class of 1984
Air Force, 20+ Years

I am a veteran of operation DESERT STORM, IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM. I will be retiring in a couple more years. I have done and seen more than I could have dreamed of in High School. I will miss it.
LTJG Peter C. Wengel
LTJG Peter C. Wengel
Class of 1997
Navy, 6 Years

Naval Officer
Mark Maloney
Mark Maloney
Class of 1978
Marine Corps, 20+ Years

Served as an Infantry Officer and a Logistics Officer from 1982-2005. Stationed in Virginia, North Carolina, and California with overseas tours of duty Norway, Lebanon, Kuwait, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Retired as a Lieutenant Colonel.
McEuen, Krystal
McEuen, Krystal
Class of 1999
Army, 3 Years

3 years active service, 1 year tour in Ballad, Iraq. worked as a 92G, and was honerably discharged as an E4
Michael Erickson
Michael Erickson
Class of 1971
Air Force, 6 Years

Security Police (Forces) and Law Enforcement; Last tour of duty: Greenham Common, England
Michael Vitek
Michael Vitek
Class of 1969
Navy, 4 Years

Viet Nam veteran
On recovery ship for Appolo 14
Pete Kuhn
Pete Kuhn
Class of 1961
Navy, 2 Years

Dental Officer
Peter C Kuhn
Peter C Kuhn
Class of 1961
Navy, 2 Years

Served at Great Lakes and Orlando Naval Training Centers, and 362 days in Vietnam.
Randy Sarlo
Randy Sarlo
Class of 1964
Marine Corps, 4 Years

USMC from 1964-68. Vietnam 1965-66.
Richard (Dick) Merchant
Richard (Dick) Merchant
Class of 1956
Army, 20+ Years

Sereved two tours in Vietnam. See book "We Were Soldiers Once and Young" and movie "We Were Soldiers". Spent six years in Germany. Infantry officer retired LTC
Richard Bein
Richard Bein
Class of 1966
Army, 38 Years

US Army Dental Corps, 1976-2006 & 2007-2015.
Robert L Schneider
Robert L Schneider
Class of 1956
Army, 20+ Years

Served 30 years AD and 6 Reserve, Mn NG.
Colonel US Army (26 years in Germany) CG&S, Air War College, Combat Medical Badge, Purple Heart, 15 months Viet Nam
(1968-69) 11th ACR. Consultant to the Army
Surgeon General,
Sgt. Thomas M Gilbert
Sgt. Thomas M Gilbert
Class of 2000
Marine Corps, 5 Years

Sgt Tom Gilbert graduated in 2000 from Downers Grove North. He played football and track in his years there.
Tom was Killed in action on October 25, 2006 in Fallujah, Iraq during his second tour to the middle east. He loved North High and Downers Grove and is missed daily by all who knew him.
SSGT James Chrz
SSGT James Chrz
Class of 1961
Army, 4 Years

Airborne Electronic Warfare Intercept, Army Security Agency, Europe and others
Tom Gilbert
Tom Gilbert
Class of 2000
Marine Corps, 5 Years

Tom was killed in action in Fallujah Iraq on 10/25/2006
Tom MacLeran
Tom MacLeran
Class of 1963
Navy, 6 Years

Served in Vietnam 1965. Missile Tech; tested nuclear warhead detonating components; stationed for a time in Japan and in the Philippines; went through the Panama Canal Jan. '67; went to the Med, was off the coast of Israel/Egypt in war of 1967. Visited 10 countries in the Med.
Tommy Thompson
Tommy Thompson
Class of 1962
Marine Corps, 4 Years

Viet Nam 1964-66
Vince Long
Vince Long
Class of 1968
Marine Corps, 6 Years

Republic of South Vietnam, 1st Mar Div, 2nd Mar Div, 1st Maw, Camp LeJ, NC

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