Hastings High School Alumni

Hastings, Michigan (MI)

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

Andrew Van Koevering
Andrew Van Koevering
Class of 1997
Army Reserves, 8 Years

Enlisted in the Army Reserves in May of 2003. Completed Basic Combat Training at Ft. Knox, Kentucky and then Advanced Individual Training at Ft. Bliss, TX. Was deployed to Iraq in 2004 with the 283rd Transportation Company out of New Haven, CT. Was awarded the Bronze Star for heroism as well as several other commendations. Was deployed again to Iraq in 2009 with the 762nd Transportation Company out of North Canton, OH. Was awarded a second Bronze Star for service in addition to several other awards. Returned home in March of 2010 and will complete his military obligation in May of 2011.
Anthony Cole
Anthony Cole
Class of 1987
Navy, 20+ Years

Serves as the Senior Enlisted Advisor for 200 Sailors and Airmen and as Senior Cryptologist for NSA Fieldsite.
Currently serving as a Command Master Chief at the US Army Seargants Major Academy.
Brad Pelkey
Brad Pelkey
Class of 2005
Army, 5 Years

He is a 88M and has been through 2 deployment so far.He is working his way to SGT as we speak and also going to college as well.
Bradley Pelkey
Bradley Pelkey
Class of 2005
Army, 2 Years

Is a 88m and gunner.Just got back from a 1 year deployment from Iraq.
Bret Hilliker
Bret Hilliker
Class of 1981
Air Force, 20+ Years

Air Force--6 active 20 reserves. retired in 2006
Brian Shumway
Brian Shumway
Class of 1966
Air Force, 4 Years

1968 to 1972. Discharged Sergeant. Served in England and Germany. 50th Tactical Fighter Wing.
Bruce Carpenter
Bruce Carpenter
Class of 2003
Army, 6 Years

Served 15 months in Iraq
carla Wilson-Neil
carla Wilson-Neil
Class of 1972
Air Force, 7 Years

Vietnam Era Vet, Active Air Force (2) years, Reserves (5) years, Communications Specialist; Ramstein Germany and Selfridge, Michigan
charles demmons
charles demmons
Class of 1960
Navy, 8 Years

9 trips to vietnam
Charles Lumbert
Charles Lumbert
Class of 1961
Army, 4 Years

Enlisted October 24, 1963. Served in Taiwan 1964, Thailand 1965-66, 173rd Airborne Brigade Vietnam 1967 in the Army Security Agency communications intelligence. Discharged September 24, 1967.
Charles W. Demmons
Charles W. Demmons
Class of 1960
Navy, 8 Years

Served in Vietnam , from 1961-1966. Mostly aboard Uss Frank E. Evans DD754 and USS Oriskany CVA-34 . , The Oriskany was awarded more Battle Stars than any Carrier in the Vietnam War.
Christine Collins Zimmerman
Christine Collins Zimmerman
Class of 1971
Air Force, 3 Years

Medical Administration
David Miller
David Miller
Class of 1968
Navy, 2 Years

USS Seattle
Jeffery Hamilton
Jeffery Hamilton
Class of 1986
Navy, 4 Years

Intelligence Specialist Second Class, USS Constellation and USS Independence, Desert Shield/Storm.
Jeffrey S. Smith
Jeffrey S. Smith
Class of 1986
Army Reserves, 6 Years

SGT/E-5 COMBAT TELECOMMUNICATIONS OPERATOR 72E/G WITH 5004TH Civil Predaredness Support Detachment, Battle Creek, MI. 86-92
Twice decorated with the Army Achievement Medal for meritorious service.
Jeffrey Scott O'Keefe
Jeffrey Scott O'Keefe
Class of 1982
Army, 4 Years

Served first tour of duty, stationed in Mahneim Germany. Completed tour in May 1990, recalled to active by President George H. W. Bush in Jan. 1991.Served in Saudi Arabia in support of Operation Desert Storm until Apr. 1991. Recieved Honorable Discharge in May 1994. M.O.S.(military occupational specialty) Petroleum Supply Specialist- Truck Driver.
John Kieffer
John Kieffer
Class of 1999
Marine Corps, 8 Years

Served in Iraq and Kuwait for a total of 14 months. Currently instructing electronics and serving as a Marine Corps martial arts instructor.
Kenneth Cole
Kenneth Cole
Class of 1966
Army, 2 Years

Served from 1971 - 1973, Fort Knox, KY
After basic training worked for Headquarters Command
Kenneth Lee Hamp
Kenneth Lee Hamp
Class of 1961
Army, 3 Years

Fire Distribution Crewman...Nike Herc

Missile System
Kirt Hooten
Kirt Hooten
Class of 1991
Air Force, 13 Years

Entered service in May of 1993. Currently (Nov 06) deployed to Djibouti, Africa in support of Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Lena Anderson (Jordan)
Lena Anderson (Jordan)
Class of 2012
Navy, 4 Years

While in the Navy, I was an Interior Communications Electrician. I joined the Navy in 2014 and Honorably discharged in 2018. During my time in the services, I was stationed in Japan, deployed around South America and Australia before finishing my time in Norfolk, Virginia.
Lewis Bolton
Lewis Bolton
Class of 1990
Army, 8 Years

2 years Michigan Army National Guard (67N)
4 Years Army Active Duty (31L)
2 Yeas Army Reserve (96B)
Linda Sue Merrill
Linda Sue Merrill
Class of 1975
Air Force, 20+ Years

Enlisted April 1978, first tour as a Jet Engine Mechanic at McGuire AFB, NJ working airlift. Second tour at Beale AFB, CA working as jet engine mechanic on SR-71 and U2 strategic aircraft. Third tour in Air Force Reserves at Travis AFB, CA as aircraft flight engineer on C-141B and KC-10 airlift/tankers. Served in the first Gulf War in early 1990s. Retired in Sep 1999.
Myron W Campbell
Myron W Campbell
Class of 1938
Army, 4 Years

PFC Myron W Campbell service in the 34th Infantry Division during World War II. He was awared 4 battle stars for campaigns in North Africa and throughout Italy. He was also awarded a bronze star and a presidental unit citation.
Paul James Moore
Paul James Moore
Class of 1961
Navy, 26 Years

Navy Chaplain with Marines Mainly
Paul Wimberly
Paul Wimberly
Class of 1971
National Guard, 37 Years

1971-1974 US Army 11th ACR Armor
1974-1977 Army Reserve (IR)
1980-2013 Army National Guard
Armored Crewman/Tank Commander
UH-1H Helicopter Mechanic
UH-1H Helicopter Crewchief
Aviation Platoon Sergeant
Aviation 1ST Sergeant
Command Sergeant Major: Medevac Bn., Medical Bn., Commandant Michigan Army National Guard School House.
Shawn Rhoades
Shawn Rhoades
Class of 1987
Air Force, 8 Years

I was stationed at RAF Mildenhall, England for years and then at Malmstrom AFB, Great Falls MT
Steven Rosario
Steven Rosario
Class of 2010
Navy, 4 Years

While in the Navy I was a Master at Arms 3rd Class Petty Officer (military police) where my specialization was with K-9 (Military Working Dog Unit). I was part of the explosives detection team. Stationed at Naval Air Station Fallon Nevada and CV-71 Theodore Roosevelt Aircraft Carrier. Multiple deployments during my time and honorably discharged Dec 07 2019.
William  Heath
William Heath
Class of 1959
Army, 2 Years

US Army Military Police Sentry Dog Handler
William S. Moore
William S. Moore
Class of 1965
Army, 20+ Years

William S. Moore
Major Field Artillery
United States Army (Retired)



Bill entered the U. S. Army through the R.O.T. C. Program at Western Michigan University in 1970. He retired as a Major in the Field Artillery at Fort Leavenworth, KS in 1990.

Assignments: Spent multiple tours to Germany with the Seventh Corps Artillery; 3d Battalion 17th Field Artillery, (Nuremberg, GERMANY) and the 1st Battalion 76th Artillery and the 2d Battalion 39th Field Artillery, 3rd Infantry Division Artillery (Kitzengin, GE). U. S. assignments included Combat Developments Experimentation Command, Ft. Ord, CA; United States Army Field Artillery School, Ft. Sill, OK; Program Office FIREFINDER/REMBASS, Electronics Development Command, Ft. Monmouth, NJ; Defense Systems Management College, Ft. Belvoir, VA and the, Tactical Missile Defense Office, Combined Arms Combat Developments Activity, Training and Doctrine Command, Ft. Leavenworth, KS. When not working in troop units, Bill was assigned to various Research & Development Programs for the U. S. Army.

Military Schools Attended: Bill is a graduate of the United States Army Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, United States Army Field Artillery Nuclear Officers Course, Ft. Sill, Oklahoma; the United States Army Field Artillery Officers Advanced Course, Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, the United States Army Motor Officers Course, Ft. Knox, KY; and the Program Management Course, Defense Systems Management College, Ft. Belvoir, VA.
William Stuart Buehler
William Stuart Buehler
Class of 1952
Navy, 20+ Years

Surface Warfare Officer. Now have a permanent rank of Commander. In combat twice in the "Gulf of Tonkin Incident" in Aug 1964, was OOD conning USS MADDOX (DD-731) through two torpedo and heavy machine gun attacks by NVN PT-Boats. (One day and one night attack, Tonkin Gulf. ) 2nd attack assisted by USS Turner Joy.

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