Military Alumni

Military 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

Fred "Rick" Campbell
Fred "Rick" Campbell Class of 1970
Army, 3 Years
Served 1972-1975...Main duty station 2/2 ACR, Bamberg, Germany (East Greman/Czec Borders) ...Operations Cartographer
Jerry Crowe
Jerry Crowe Class of 1969
Air Force, 20+ Years
I enlisted in the Air Force at 17 and left for boot camp Aug ^th 1969. I never had to sign up for the draft.After basic traning I went to Chanute AFB in Rantoul IL for tech school. I trained for Jet over two engine Mechanic. After graduation I wen to Wright Patterson Afb In Dayton Ohio, where I worked on B52 Aircraft. From the I wen to UtapaoThailand. From ther I went ot Altus AFB Oklahoma. There I cross trained to Maintenance plans and Scheduling. While there I went back to Thailand to reopen a base that had been closed for some time. Upon return to Altus I was reassigned to Grissom AFB Indiana. While there I remarried. In 1975 I recieved orders to Germany, from 1975 to 1978 I was stationed at Rhein Mein AFB Franfort Germany. Returning to Plattsburgh AFB in upstae New York. While ther I had temporary duty to several places. I left New York and was reassigne to Wright Patterson AFB in Ohio. In 1985 I was reassigned to Osan AFB Korea. Upon return I was reassigned it Luke AFB Arizona where I stayed until I retired in 1993. I served for 24 years 24 days. I am a Viet Nam and Desert Storm veteran. I went to Saudia Arabia in 1991 and returned back to Luke in 1992. I had the opportunity to go to many countries while in the Air Force, such as Germany, Italy, Guam. Japan, Okinawa, Philipines, Diego Garcia, Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Spain Saudia Arabia, Kuiat, , I may have left some out. I have been to all fifty states in my travels. Upon my retirement from the Air Force I stayed in Arizona. I am now employed with The United States Postal Service . I have 15 years with them So basically I have almost 40 uera of federal government service.
Karen Y. Cronk
Karen Y. Cronk Class of 1968
Army, 3 Years
In college, for financial assistance, I participated in the Army Student Nurse Program. In 1972, after graduation, I was commissioned a first lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corps. Officer Basic Training was at Ft. Sam Houston, TX, 1972. Stationed at Ft. Harrison, IN, 1972-73; stationed at the 130th Station Hospital, Heidelberg, Germany, 1973-75. Honorable discharge in 1975 as a Captain, Army Nurse Corps.(I was married at the time, so my DD214 has my married name, Ginczycki.)
Ken Charleston
Ken Charleston Class of 1990
Air Force, 18 Years
Spent half my life serving my country. I'm very proud of what I've done for my family and my country.
Ken Schmidt
Ken Schmidt Class of 1965
Army, 2 Years
Drafted in '66. Sent to 25th Infantry Division, Cu Chi, SVN (what the heck is a Cu Chi? That's kind of what I said when I found out where I was going). After a year I extended my tour for another 6 months (I was a little crazy back then). Survived and got out late in '68.
Michael Anderson
Michael Anderson Class of 1995
Army, 12 Years
Captain, United States Army, 1st Cavalry Division
Michael Anthony Hernandez
Michael Anthony Hernandez Class of 1992
Marine Corps, 8 Years
Served with the Marine Tactical Air Command Squadron 48, (M.T.A.C.S. 48) 1993-2001. Awarded the Navy Acheivment Medal for combat support operations. Honorable discharge.
Navy, 4 Years
OMAR LABOY Class of 1995
Army, 14 Years
I am Currently a Sergeant First Class stationed at Fort Hood Texas with the 1st Cavalry Division. I have deployed in support of Operation Iraqi freedom numerous times. I plan on retiring in 2015.
Paul C Tuttle
Paul C Tuttle Class of 1968
Army, 3 Years
Viet nam 69-70 ETS'd at Ft. Ritchie 71 as Sgt.
Richard Dolson
Richard Dolson Class of 1962
Navy, 20+ Years
Commissioned as a Naval Officer after graduation from Purdue. Went through Pensacola flight training and served as a Navy pilot in Vietnam, flew P3s in anti-submarine warfare (ASW) missions, became a test pilot for several years, earned a Doctorate in Aeronautical Engineering and worked with the Navy Space Program until Navy retirement in 1986. Then spent the next 30 years as an Aerospace contractor and consultant until full retirement.
Richard Newland
Richard Newland Class of 1974
Air Force, 20+ Years
Four years with the Army Military Police and twenty years with the Air Force Security Police.
Richard Wilding
Richard Wilding Class of 1974
Air Force, 4 Years
Stationed at Mchord Air Force Base in Tacoma, Wa for 3 years. Worked on C-141 and C-130 Cargo planes. Really enjoyed getting away from the house,getting married and starting a family during this time.
Richard Wilding
Richard Wilding Class of 1974
Air Force, 4 Years
Stationed at McChord airforce base in state of Washington.
Rick Butler
Rick Butler Class of 1967
Army, 3 Years
Combat paratrooper with the 173d Airborne Brigade in Vietnam during 1968
Rick Sell
Rick Sell Class of 1990
Army, 19 Years
Joined the Army right after graduating have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan multiple times and am due to retire next summer. HAve been in the Ranger and Special Operations community my entire career. Will finish my career with the 82nd Airborne Division...
Roger M.Crane
Roger M.Crane Class of 1960
Army, 2 Years
I was drafted and entered the Army in Sep 1967. Basic Training was at Fort Bragg, NC, and Infantry AIT at Fort Dix, NJ. After a cycle as a drill corporal, I was sent to the 5th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, CO, where we trained for deployment to Vietnam where I worked as a medic for a year.

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GHS Class of 56 Reunion Luncheon

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