East Bakersfield High School Alumni

Bakersfield, California (CA)

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

Allie Roush
Allie Roush
Class of 2007
Marine Corps, 5 Years

Welder. 1 Deployment to Afghanistan. Honorable Discharge.
Anthony P. Gonzalez
Anthony P. Gonzalez
Class of 1977
Army, 20+ Years

Joined Army Oct 1976, went to Boot Camp 25 July 1977. Retired Army 1999 out of Fort Irwin, CA where I still to date work by training Soldiers and I continue to deploy. Was in Iraq in 2007 to 2008 and again in 2010 for 8 months and will be going back August time from for 6 months or more.
Bill Strickland
Bill Strickland
Class of 1968
Army, 2 Years

SP4 APC Driver
Severed in Germany
Brenda A. Ogden (Camarillo)
Brenda A. Ogden (Camarillo)
Class of 1979
Air Force, 8 Years

Air Training Command (ATC) Honor Graduate, Administration Management, Keesler AFB, MS 6/19/80

Legal Services Specialist, United States Air Force, Strategic Air Command (SAC), Judge Advocate General's Office, Beale AFB, California 3/6/80-3/5/84

Legal Services Specialist, United States Air Force Reserves, Strategic Air Command (SAC), Judge Advocate General's Office, Beale AFB, CA 3/5/84-6/86; Lowry AFB, CO 7/86-3/88

Strategic Air Command (SAC) Outstanding Reserve Legal Services Airman of 1984


Legal Services Specialist Judge Advocate General's Office,
Carl D Jones
Carl D Jones
Class of 1964
Army, 5 Years

Captain, Military Police Corps
Daniel Zapien
Daniel Zapien
Class of 2003
Marine Corps, 6 Years

Participated in Operation Phantom Fury (Battle of Falujah) in 2004 as a Combat Engineer specializing in demolition. He has also completed two 2-year tours in Okinawa, Japan deploying with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit three times.
Dennis Bair
Dennis Bair
Class of 1964
Marine Corps, 20+ Years

Enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve in 1967 while a student at Long Beach State. Was an infantry platoon sergeant when I earned my BA and took a leave of absence from LAPD in 1973 for OCS/TBS at Quantico. Retired as a LtCol in 1993.
Earl Cotten
Earl Cotten
Class of 1951
Army, 7 Years

Overseas duty was in the Arctic during the Korean war. Training was Surgeons Assistant.
Rank was Sp4
Earl L. Cotten
Earl L. Cotten
Class of 1948
Army, 7 Years

I was stationed in the Arctic (Alaska before it was a state) when the Korean war began. Arctic duty lasted 27 months., I was a Surgeons Assistant at the Army General Hospital at Ft. Richardson, AK and assisted in surgery on many soldiers wounded in Korea. and flown to AK before returning to the lower 48 states. After leaving Army I obtained Masters Degree in Theology and had a long career as an American Baptist minister. My home town was Bodfish up near lake Isabella.
Edwina Davis
Edwina Davis
Class of 1967
Marine Corps, 12 Years

I served as a Training and Audiovisual Support Officer. I was stationed at MCB Quantico, Virgina; MCAS Iwakuni, Japan; MCB Camp Pendleton, CA; and MCAS Kaneohe, HI. I obtained the rank of Captain and learned the skills in audio visual and television production that would define my continuing civilian career. The Marine Corps is a family and I have been forever thankful to have been and always will be a Marine!
Gabriel Bustamante
Gabriel Bustamante
Class of 1996
Army, 13 Years

Communications

Still in and going strong
SFC Bustamante
James Helmling
James Helmling
Class of 1989
Army, 20+ Years

Currently active in the Army with 23 years of service. I am a training and operations manager for a tranposrtation unit.
Jeffery Gonzales
Jeffery Gonzales
Class of 2008
Air Force, Years

Jim Warner
Jim Warner
Class of 1961
Navy, 4 Years

I was a shipboard electrician, PO-2. I participated in the Cuban blockade and several operations in the Pacific.
Juan Contreras
Juan Contreras
Class of 2003
Marine Corps, 4 Years

1371 Combat Engineer
1st CEB 1st MAR DIV.
OIF 05-07
2/4, 2/5
Leonard L. Alvarado
Leonard L. Alvarado
Class of 1965
Army, 2 Years

MEDAL OF HONOR

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Specialist Fourth Class Leonard Louis Alvarado, United States Army, for acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a Rifleman with Company D, 2d Battalion, 12th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) during combat operations against an armed enemy in Phuoc Long Province, Republic of Vietnam on 12 August 1969. On that day, as Specialist Four Alvarado and a small reaction force moved through dense jungle en route to a beleaguered friendly platoon, Specialist Four Alvarado detected enemy movement and opened fire. Despite his quick reaction, Specialist Four Alvarado and his comrades were soon pinned down by the hostile force that blocked the path to the trapped platoon. Specialist Four Alvarado quickly moved forward through the hostile machinegun fire in order to engage the enemy troops. Suddenly, an enemy grenade exploded nearby, wounding and momentarily stunning him. Retaliating immediately, he killed the grenadier just as another enemy barrage wounded him again. Specialist Four Alvarado crawled forward through the fusillade to pull several comrades back within the hastily-formed perimeter. Realizing his element needed to break away from the hostile force, Specialist Four Alvarado began maneuvering forward alone. Though repeatedly thrown to the ground by exploding satchel charges, he continued advancing and firing, silencing several emplacements, including one enemy machinegun position. From his dangerous forward position, he persistently laid suppressive fire on the hostile forces, and after the enemy troops had broken contact, his comrades discovered that he had succumbed to his wounds. Specialist Four Alvarado's extraordinary heroism and selflessness at the cost of his own life, above and beyond the call of duty, are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
?General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army, Vietnam, General Orders No. 3942 (October 23, 1969)
Action Date: August 12, 1969

Service: Army

Rank: Specialist Fourth Class

Company: Company D

In addition to the Medal of Honor, Alvarado also received a Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal with "V" Device, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with three Bronze Service Stars, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with "60" Device, Valorous Unit Award, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation with Palm Device, Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Honor Medal Unit Citation First Class, Combat Infantryman Badge and the Expert Marksmanship Badge with Rifle, Auto Rifle and Machine-Gun Bars.

Leonard L. Alvarado is buried at Greenlawn Cemetery despite having earned the right to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.

Leonard L. Alvarado was the only enlisted soldier to have a firebase named for him, "LZ Alvarado" (all the other firebase names were chosen randomly, much like hurricane names).

FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS
Leonard Rodriguez
Leonard Rodriguez
Class of 1967
Marine Corps, 20+ Years

Communications 2591
Drill Instructor 8511
Small Systems Computer Specialist
Leonard Rodriguez
Leonard Rodriguez
Class of 1967
Marine Corps, 20+ Years

May '68 - May - '71
Oct '76 - Jul - '96

MOS
2591 Communications Chief
8511 Drill Instructor
4066 Small Systems Computer Specialist
LTC. John Paulsen
LTC. John Paulsen
Class of 1965
National Guard, 20+ Years

Arizona Army National Guard
Michael Don Lucas
Michael Don Lucas
Class of 1964
Navy, 7 Years

BUH2[Combat Carpenter PO 2nd class] Class A School "BU" Nov. 65 to March 66; U.S. Naval Construction Battalion 62 & 121 Gulfport MI.;Hue Phu Bia,Vietnam Jan.67 to Dec.67.

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