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

Andy Beneze
Andy Beneze
Class of 1982
National Guard, 20+ Years

Enlisted in 1982 in the USMC. Transfered to the Ohio Army National Guard. Presently on active duty serving as a medic on the 52d CST (WMD) in Columbus Ohio
Ato Ocran
Ato Ocran
Class of 1997
Coast Guard, 2 Years

Electronic Technician Petty Officer
Barry Bloch
Barry Bloch
Class of 1978
Navy, 20+ Years

Direct commission as a LTJG (O-2) in the JAG Corps, 1986. Served on active duty at NLSO Great Lakes, 1986-1988; assigned to USS Coral Sea (CV-43) 1988-1990; left active duty & joined NR LSO 207 MIDLANT. Recalled for Operation Desert Storm 1991 and served 8 mos. active duty at NLSO Charleston. Served as a SELRES in LSO units, PERSMOB Teams, in the Pentagon and at Navy BUMED from 1991 through 2004. Commanded NR VTU (Law) Raleigh, NC, 2004-2006. Released from the reserves after 20+ years at the rank of Commander (O-5).
Benjamin Curry
Benjamin Curry
Class of 1988
Navy, 4 Years

Nuclear Machinist Mate, qualified on MARF in Ballston Spa, NY. Served in fleet on USS City of Corpus Christi (SSN 705) and USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71).
Bernie Dietrich
Bernie Dietrich
Class of 1984
Army, 13 Years

65th Military Police Company (Airborne), Ft. Bragg, NC. Served in Gulf War.
Bruce MacDonald
Bruce MacDonald
Class of 1973
Navy, 15 Years

Lieutenant Commander, Helicopter Pilot
Bruce MacDonald
Bruce MacDonald
Class of 1973
Navy, 15 Years

Lieutenant Commander, Helicopter Pilot ( SH-3H, UH-1N, C-12)
Charles Lowrey
Charles Lowrey
Class of 1973
Air Force, 20+ Years

Lt Col (ret.) OANG flight surgeon F16,C130,KC135,H53
Clifford G. Bauman
Clifford G. Bauman
Class of 1978
Army, 3 Years

Stationed in Manhiem, Germany from 1979 to 1981 3rd Calvalry 8th Infantry Division 63C Tank/Track Vehicle Mechanic.
Dave Fritchie
Dave Fritchie
Class of 1972
Air Force, 20+ Years

Security K-9 Handler/Explosives
Fire Protection
14 years - Aeromedical Evacuation NCOIC
Dave Fritchie
Dave Fritchie
Class of 1972
Air Force, 20+ Years

Military K-9 handler (Explosives)(4 years)Vietnam, Texas, Wyoming
Fire Fighter(4 years)Las Vegas, Nevada
Flight Medic (14 years) Wyoming, Colorado, Germany, Italy, Crete, Greece, Spain, England, Bosnia, Panama, Persian Gulf (Saudi & Iraq)
David Pershing
David Pershing
Class of 1982
Army, 20+ Years

Retired as a LTC. Service in OIF/OEF. Now residing in Colorado Springs CO
Dean Tunberg
Dean Tunberg
Class of 1996
Navy, 10 Years

Earl Davis
Earl Davis
Class of 1999
Air Force, 5 Years

Served in Kuwait during Iraqi Freedom
James Frank
James Frank
Class of 1967
Army, 3 Years

Social Work/Psychology Specialist - Spec 5
Ft. Knox, Ft. Sam Houston, Ft. Belvoir, Berlin, Germany
Jasmine Hunt
Jasmine Hunt
Class of 1998
Air Force, 10 Years

Awesome Veteran
Jeff DeVore
Jeff DeVore
Class of 1987
Air Force, 17 Years

Trained as a C-130 navigator with flying assignments to Texas, Germany and Wyoming. Staff tours in New Jersey and the Pentagon. Served 4 tours in Iraq and Afghanistan including 2 command tours. Currently serving in Garmisch Partenkirchen Germany.
Jud Powell
Jud Powell
Class of 1971
Navy, 4 Years

Hospital Corpsman Great Lakes, NAS Glenview IL, USS Pensacola Little Creek VA and NAS Corpus Christi TX
14 years Combat Medic, Ohio and Texas National Guard
Kevin Cooper
Kevin Cooper
Class of 1999
Army, 6 Years

Attended Ft. Bragg for Basic Training, and Ft. Bliss for AIT before becoming a member of the 1484th Transportation Company. Served in Iraq.
Nancy Cotton
Nancy Cotton
Class of 1974
Air Force, 6 Years

Project Officer at US Space Command in Colorado Springs.
Paul Bess
Paul Bess
Class of 1967
Army, 3 Years

Infantry Vietnam Dec 67 - Jul 69
Sara Nguyen (Curtis)
Sara Nguyen (Curtis)
Class of 1997
Army, 2 Years

Medic/LVN
Scott Tompkins
Scott Tompkins
Class of 1996
Navy, 20 Years

Naval officer 2000-2020. Surface Warfare Officer and pilot (MH-53E).
Stephen Herrlinger, Lt Col, USAF (Ret.)
Stephen Herrlinger, Lt Col, USAF (Ret.)
Class of 1977
Air Force, 20+ Years

USAF Flight Test Engineer; flew in 85 different types of military aircraft, including fighters, bombers, tankers, helicopters, drones, and other test/unique aircraft. SPO Director, Research Chemist.
Tim Curtis
Tim Curtis
Class of 1995
Army, 10 Years

Heavy wheel mechanic-one tour in Iraq, about to go back
Todd Schaffer
Todd Schaffer
Class of 1988
Navy, 15 Years

Joined the Navy in 1993, served 5 years aboard the USS Emory S. Land (AS 39) in Norfolk, VA., 3 years aboard the USS Mount Whitney (LCC/JCC 20) in Norfolk, VA., 3 years at Transient Personnel Unit, Norfolk, VA., 3 years onboard the USS Bataan (LHD 5), Norfolk, VA., and currently serving at COMSUBLANT, Norfolk, VA.
William Curtis
William Curtis
Class of 1987
Army, 7 Years

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Class of '79

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