El Capitan High School Alumni

Lakeside, 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

Ampy Buchholz
Ampy Buchholz
Class of 1982
Marine Corps, 4 Years

After graduation I found myself standing on the yellow footprints at MCRD. I spent my time in the USMC working in Avionics for A-6E/EA-6B aircraft. It was a good learning experience and while I found it worthwhile,
Ann Marie Thogmartin-Claret
Ann Marie Thogmartin-Claret
Class of 1980
Air Force, 5 Years

From High School I was assigned to McGuire AFB after basic training at Lackland AFB, I then got sent to Osan AFB in Korea for 1 year and back to Travis AFB in Sacramento. I was an Air Passenger Specialist. Very proud to have served my country.
BRUCE PINKHAM
BRUCE PINKHAM
Class of 1966
Army, 3 Years

ARMY ENGINEERS
Charlie Haskell
Charlie Haskell
Class of 1964
Army, 3 Years

Vietnam from 66 to 68 A battery 6 of the 27th field artillery gun number one. halfway that Tour I switch in the mess hall as a cook
Christine M. Wilson=Strickler
Christine M. Wilson=Strickler
Class of 1977
Army Reserves, 20+ Years

I have served since 1981 and have been to Germany, Korea, Iraq and numerous assignments state side. I am currently a supply sergeant and instructor for transportation.
David Moser
David Moser
Class of 1964
Marine Corps, 21 Years

Service WestPac-Vietnam Vet. Stateside DI MCRD, El Toro, Yuma, Camp Pendleton
david r woods
david r woods
Class of 1969
Air Force, 6 Years

special ops for 6 years then went into the army for 10 year in the securityintel unit at mchord and fort lewis
Dennis R Snyder
Dennis R Snyder
Class of 1962
Air Force, 4 Years

Served '65-'68 (lucked out 4 mos. early) - Spent yr in electronics school to learn F-106 avionics. Lucky again was assigned mock-up (inside duty) to diagnose and fix black boxes. Stationed at Lowery, George, McChord, Naha, and Osan.
Jim Conner
Jim Conner
Class of 1963
Marine Corps, 20+ Years

Enlisted in Jan 63. Went on active duty 10 days after graduation. 10 years enlisted attaining rank of Gunnery Sergeant.. Commissioned as a Warrent Officer in 1973. 2 tours in Vietnam. First tour infantry, second tour in a helocopter squadron. Retired a Major in 1983.
Jon Logan
Jon Logan
Class of 1968
Army, 3 Years

Army Helicopter Pilot, Viet Nam - 1969-70
190th Assault Helicopter Company
1st Aviation Brigade
Jonathon Logan
Jonathon Logan
Class of 1968
Army, 3 Years

Warrant Officer Helicopter Pilot - Viet Nam. Flew helicopters supporting grounds troops in combat. Twice awarded Distinguished Flying Cross, 34 Air Medals, Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal and Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.
Kevin Bunn
Kevin Bunn
Class of 1972
Air Force, 6 Years

Active Duty in Civil Engineering at Loring AFB, Caribou, ME from April 1973 to March 1974. Transferred to CA Air National Guard, 163rd Civil Engineering until discharge in November 1979.
michael arnke
michael arnke
Class of 1964
Army, 3 Years

Vietnam Era. Assigned to Ist Inf Div. 1967&1968 Path finder, Armor Scout (M-88 crew after TET offensive) Clean up Base Camp Lai Khe Fire Base Loc Ninh, Claymore corners
michael arnke
michael arnke
Class of 1964
Army, 3 Years

1966 Basic Ft Ord, Advanced Ft Polk, Special Training: Bad Tolz Gerrmany NCO Academy, Ft Benning GA Path Finder School, Combat leader, Artillery co ordination, Air Strikes, Armor Scout.
Mike Chapin
Mike Chapin
Class of 1966
Marine Corps, 3 Years

Electronics Instructor at Aviation Radio Repair Course, Communications and Electronics Battalion, MCRD San Diego. Sergeant E-5, Honorable Discharge
Robert Shaner
Robert Shaner
Class of 1965
Air Force, 4 Years

SSgt on B-52's and KC 135's. Went to many different bases, loved it.
Robert W. Conen Jr
Robert W. Conen Jr
Class of 1963
Army, 2 Years

Enlisted in August 1968 and sent to Fort Dix, New Jersey for Basic and AIT. Spent two years there as Personnel Records Specialist, released from active duty as an SP5, E-5.
Terry Nore
Terry Nore
Class of 1973
Air Force, 20+ Years

Crew Chief for C-130 aircraft then Disaster Preparedness (Emergency Management). Stationed in Albuquerque, NM (twice), Germany, Nevada, Florida, and Turkey during the Persion Gulf War.
Terry Reid Wagner
Terry Reid Wagner
Class of 1963
Air Force, 20+ Years

Did a little of everything from clerk, loadmaster, postmaster, intelligence to Inspecter General staff.
Tom Cook
Tom Cook
Class of 1963
Air Force, 20+ Years

Served as medic on air rescue became physician assistant
vic block
vic block
Class of 1963
Air Force, 20+ Years

All the way from Vietnam to Iceland to Germany and the Rebel south. Went to Lousiana Tech University. Worked as a photo specialist and crossed into nuclear weapons. I've had a great life traveling and seeing the world. I got to fly a A-37 fighter jet. WOW, was that cool.
Vincent Presley GM1 (ret)
Vincent Presley GM1 (ret)
Class of 1973
Coast Guard, 20+ Years

Served from 79 to 99. Was a Gunner's Mate 1st Class when I retired. Went to the Persian Gulf in 98 on the Coast Guard Cutter Chase, the first Coast Guard ship to go to the Persian Gulf. Did 20 then out.
Virginia Lee Payne
Virginia Lee Payne
Class of 1965
Army Reserves, 20+ Years

Navy during Vietnam War, then 20+ years on reserve and active duty in Army National Guard and Army Reserves. Retired as Major, Ordnance Corps
Walter Norris. ‘Skip’
Walter Norris. ‘Skip’
Class of 1963
Marine Corps, 2 Years

MCRD San Diego,Ca. Vietnam ‘66-‘67
Lima 3/7
Walter “Skip” Norris
Walter “Skip” Norris
Class of 1963
Marine Corps, 2 Years

Viet Nam L/3/7 March1966 to April 1967
Walter “Skip” Norris
Walter “Skip” Norris
Class of 1963
Marine Corps, 4 Years

Viet Nam 1966- 1967
Lima Company 3rd Battalion 7th Marines

Classmates Spotlight

El Capitan High School Classmates

Chris Stultz
Class of '06

Alumni Stories

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School News

Jerry Lipetzky obituary

Jerry's memorial service will be at noon on October 2nd at El Monte Park, area 4, in Lakeside, California.

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