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

Craig Mergelman
Craig Mergelman Class of 1970
Navy, 12 Years
First 5 years as a fleet sailor, firefighter and fire marshal aboard the USS Newport News (Heavy Cruiser). My last 7 years I was stationed at the U.S. Air Force Academy with a group headquartered out of New Orleans, LA.
Craig Mergelman
Craig Mergelman Class of 1970
Navy, 12 Years
First 5 years were over seas duty as welder and ship board firefighter. My last 7 years in the Navy I was stationed out of Colorado Springs, CO (tough duty).
David Schumaker
David Schumaker Class of 1999
Army, 9 Years
SGT Schumaker has been in the Army for almost ten years. He has been deployed to Iraq twice, and spent one tour in Korea. He recieved the Combat Action Badge in May of 2005 for engaging enemy forces in Iraq.
Gilbert Ronald (Ronnie) Schaefer
Gilbert Ronald (Ronnie) Schaefer Class of 1962
Navy, 4 Years
Joined the US Navy in 1967, served abord USS Hyades (AF-28), USS Regil (AF-58), and USS Canisteo (AO-99). Honorable discharce in 1971 with rank of Interior Communications Electrician 2nd Class (E5).
Gilbert Ronald Schaefer
Gilbert Ronald Schaefer Class of 1962
Navy, 4 Years
US Navy, 1967 - 1971.Discharged as Interior Communications Electriction 2nd Class, E-5. Served aboard - USS Hyades - AF 28, USS Rigel - AF58, and USS Canisteo - AO 99.
Jerome F. (Jerry) Weigel
Jerome F. (Jerry) Weigel Class of 1962
Navy, 20+ Years
( Did not graduate GED in Navy 1968) Joined Navy, January 17, 1962. Made cruise on USS Enterprise CVA (N) 65 in 1963/64. Made World Cruise with Nuclear Task Force One 64, from there to Attack Squadrons VA 42, 65, 52, and 34. Two cruises to Southeast Asia, Started flying as a Search and Rescue Aircrewman in the Huey Helicopter, then flying in the CH-53, RH-53 Helicopters as an AMCM Crewman. Completed my navy Career as a CWO-3 serving as a Maintenance Material Control Officer and Courier before being retired out June 30, 1983.
John Longshore
John Longshore Class of 1964
Army, 20+ Years
Deceased 10-28-2008 Warrant Officer Helicopter
Mitchell Eberhard
Mitchell Eberhard Class of 1981
Air Force, 6 Years
93rd SPS Castle AFB, Atwater, CA
Randy l Cook
Randy l Cook Class of 1982
Air Force, 13 Years
A-10A, F-15 A, B, C, D& E. F-4D. F-16 C-130 Aircraft maintenance and also crash recovery
Ronald L. Moore
Ronald L. Moore Class of 1960
Marine Corps, 4 Years
Served active duty for four years and was stationed for two years with the 3 Rd Marine Division on the Island of Okinawa
Samuel Lee Wooldridge
Samuel Lee Wooldridge Class of 1975
Navy, 4 Years
I served 3 years ,9 month aboard the USS Hector AR-7 from Feb. 1976 to Oct. 1975. My rate was Hull Tech PO3 and was involved in fleet maintenance and repair to the carrier groups located on the west coast and Pacific rim. I made two wespacs and spent a total of 14 months time in Hawaii, Japan, Phillipine Islands, So. Korea,Taiwan and Tahiti. I'm proud to have served and proud to be counted amongst the other Cowboys who also did their part.
Wayne Kimball
Wayne Kimball Class of 1982
National Guard, 20+ Years
Automotive Mechanic for 20+ years, First Sergeant for a special forces squadron for a three year tour, now the current Superintendent of Maintenance of the 194th RSW MSG

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