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
daniel p smeltzer Class of 1969
Navy, 4 Years Vietnam. Stationed on aircraft carrier.
Dick RheaJr. Class of 1965
Army, 2 Years I was drafted during the Johnson Presidency and during those two years 1966-68, I spent the last year in Viet Nam. I was an Infantry soldier and served with the 198th Lt. Inf. Brgd. part of the Americal Division. Our Unit received 4 Bronze Stars and recognition for being battle hardened by fighting in four significant battles. What a soldier gives up at age twenty you never get back. You life is perminately altered and your youth is gone.
Franz Filicky Class of 1972
Air Force, 20+ Years Enlisted and went to basic training Dec 72.
George D Six Class of 1966
Army, 2 Years After graduating from Hempfield High School, Greensburg, PA in 1966, I earned a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from West Virginia University and I am Registered Professional Engineer (Retired) WV. In 1971when the United States of America required my presence for two years after my 2S deferment ran out I was drafted. I declined to go to Canada, but researched all other options and decided to apply for a Science and Engineering (S&E) position before being drafted. The scariest moment was when the Marine Sergeant in Pittsburgh was counting off the new recruits… Army, Marines, Army, Marines, etc,etc. The Marines do not have an S&E program. Lucky as always, that big DI pointed at me and said - Army. After a lovely (?) winter in basic training at Ft Dix, New Jersey, Engineers do not have a strong union like Lawyers and Doctors so I went in as a Private. Basic training was like a forced health spa. You know the old adage “Don’t volunteer for anything”, well I volunteered for everything. I was the Platoon Guide. My DI was Sgt. Smith. One night he came in drunk and woke up all of my platoon and had them stand at attention while he asked them what ‘Smith’ stood for. When they couldn’t answer, he told them, Smartest Man In This House. I got him down to his room and the platoon back to bed so he wouldn’t lose his stripes. I received my MOS of 01B20, Electrical Engineering Assistant, and was assigned to Picatinny Arsenal in Dover New Jersey to design fuses for weapons. Some of the projects I worked on were the LAW, TOW and an anti-tank mine for the European front. There were 7000 civilians, 200 Officers and 60 enlisted personnel at Picatinny and I made sure every Officer saluted me. We S&E’s were known as the green ghetto crew. The Enlistees had more degrees combined than the Officers.
Gerald Mundy Class of 1981
Army, 13 Years Just Cause Panama
James H Spoerer Class of 1968
Army, 3 Years 5th Special Forces Group Airborne Vietnam 1969-1970 Sgt E-5
Katheryn Wright Class of 1998
Marine Corps, 4 Years Served in the Marine Corps in Twentynine Palms, CA
Kathy Haile Class of 1965
Army, 3 Years I was assigned to the 31st Air Defense Artillery Brigade as a Social Science Specialist 1975-1978. After AD I was in the Army Reserves as an Administrative NCO for 10 years before hanging up the uniform for good in 1988.
Kevin Watson Class of 1990
Air Force, 19 Years E-7 Master Sergeant
Kimberly Capetillo Class of 2001
Navy, 4 Years Medically tetired as an Interior Communications Second Class Petty Officer. Specialized as a S.I.T.E. tech, nationally certified fiberoptic installer by the E.T.A and nationally certified electrical connector installer. Served onboard the first of its class, the USS San Antonio LPD 17 from 2009-20011 and served a year of shore duty in Norfolk, Virginia.
Kurtis A Taggart Class of 1984
Navy, 4 Years Attended Navy Boot Camp in San Diegio, CA. Trained as a Cryptological Analyst in Pensacola, FL. and Winter Harbor, ME. Served the majority of my military career as a Cryptological Intelligence Analyst on the Island of Adak, AK in the Bering Sea.
Larry Keough Class of 1969
Air Force, 3 Years Served during Vietnam area. 1969-1972 Stationed in England in fire protection.
Leonard Dennison Class of 1983
Army, 6 Years Pershing missiles Fort Sill OK. Schwabisch Gmuend Germany field artillery.
nick reott Class of 1999
Navy, 5 Years navy corpsman
Raymond Christ Class of 1965
Army, 3 Years Served from June, 1967 - June 1970. Primary MOS 91A10 Combat medic...Overseas duty- Korea: 8th Army 65th Medical Seoul Military Hospital (Yongsan) Dec 1967 thru Feb 1969 Medic in an OB-GYN ward; Feb 1969-June 1970 Ft Dix, NJ Walson Army Hospital finished w/ MOS 91D0020 Respiratory Therapist. Spec 5 @ discharge..
Robert miller Class of 1984
Coast Guard, 20+ Years U.S. Army (3 Years) U.S. Coast Guard (24+ Years) Have been faithfully and honorably serving my country since September 1984. Still serving proudly!
Ronald Bell Class of 1987
Army, 9 Years US Army Master Gunner for Bradley Fighting Vehicle. Operation Desert Storm / Shield. SSG / E-6. Stationed in Schwienfurt Germany and Ft. Benning, Ga. Combat Infantry Badge, Expert Infantry Badge, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation medal, Army Achievement Medal, Good Concuct Medal and other fun stuff!
STAFF SERGEANT JEFF ERIKSSON Class of 1998
Air Force, 8 Years AVIONICS ELECTRONICS
STAFF SERGEANT JEFFERY ERIKSSON Class of 1998
Air Force, 8 Years JOINED AIR FORCE IN JAN. OF 2001. I'VE SPENT 6YRS AT TYNDALL AFB AND 1 YR IN SOUTH KOREA. I'M NOW STATIONED AT LANGLEY AFB VA
William Cain Class of 1981
Army, 13 Years Entered in 1989 and served both active and reserve until 2002. Was medic, infantry, ICU nurse, and several other positions during his tour.
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