Military Alumni

Military Alumni

Honoring Our Heroes

This area is dedicated to our alumni that have served or are serving in our armed forces!

Lost Class Rings

Have you lost your Hickory High School class ring? Have you found someone's class ring? Visit our Hornets lost class ring page to search for your class ring or post information about a found ring.

Honored Military Alumni

David W. Diffenderfer
David W. Diffenderfer Class of 1955
Navy Reserves, 8 Years
Served most of my time as civilian at the Nevada Test Site and Shockley Labs.
Doug Thomas
Doug Thomas Class of 1961
Marine Corps, 7 Years
Aviation communications specialist. Served from feb 63 to feb 70. Viet nam 66-68 in 3rd marine air wing supporting the 1st marine Division. Maintained the equipment in the combat information center. Last 2 years were spent as an instructor in the USMC communications battalion in San Diego.
Ken Vath
Ken Vath Class of 1967
Air Force, 20+ Years
MSgt (retired), Phan Rang Vietnam 1970-1971, Crew Chief AC-119 Gunships. Assignments: England, California, Guam, Japan, Florida, Louisiana.
Kirk Thiel
Kirk Thiel Class of 1985
Navy, 4 Years
MS2 USS Truett FF 1095 Norfolk Naval Base 03/87 to 02/91 Mediterainian cruise 1998 Persian Gulf war 1991
Michael Woodall
Michael Woodall Class of 1961
Air Force, 4 Years
4017th Combat Crew Training Squadron, Castle Air Force Base, CA: '62-'65 Traveled between Strategic Air Command bases to operate B-52 flight simulators to assist in training pilots and co-pilots their in-flight emergency procedures.
Mike Voyda
Mike Voyda Class of 1975
Navy, 4 Years
U S Navy 6/3/75 - 6/2/79 2 years NAS Guantanamo Bay, Cuba Med Cruize aboard USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) 6/78 - 2/79.
Rob Dobler
Rob Dobler Class of 1971
Navy, 20+ Years
Retired as an E-9 with 28 1/2 years of faithful service
Robert E. Ratkowski
Robert E. Ratkowski Class of 1964
Army, 12 Years
Vietnam 65-66, 69-70, Germany, Okinawa, Washington, d.c.(Pentagon), japan
Robert E. Ratkowski
Robert E. Ratkowski Class of 1964
Army, 12 Years
Vietnam 65-66, 69-70, Germany, Japan, Okinawa, Pentagon,(worked on White House Moscow Hotline)
ronald lucich
ronald lucich Class of 1968
Army, 20+ Years
usasafs sobi , 7th rrfs indochina, usaceeia, 122nd mt bn, 197 mech inf, 29th eng , 11th mi.
Stephen Kaye
Stephen Kaye Class of 1958
Navy, 5 Years
Pilot with HS-7 Norfolk, VA. HC-1, & HC-3 at Ream Field, San Diego, Calif.
Ted Bilak
Ted Bilak Class of 1977
Air Force, 19 Years
I joined the Navy in 76 and was involved in the iranian hosage rescue attempt mission in 1980. I then got out of the Navy and joined the Air force and retired in 1995.

Classmates Spotlight

Hickory High School Classmates

Richard Dermond
Class of '86

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School News

I heard a former hs member named Sandy Williams passed away

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