Houghton High School Alumni

Houghton, 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

Anne Karry Wellman
Anne Karry Wellman
Class of 1965
Air Force, 4 Years

Weather observer
Ben Bowman
Ben Bowman
Class of 1997
National Guard, 7 Years

Served in the middle east 2005-2006 in operation Iraqi Freedom as a medic on convoy security.
Chanse Linder
Chanse Linder
Class of 1982
Navy, 20+ Years

Electronics, Anti-Submarine Warfare, IUSS, USS Voge, USS Nicholas, NOPF Dam Neck, NRD Milwaukee
Cindy Coones
Cindy Coones
Class of 1999
Army, 18 Years

Currently still serving, Cindy Coones has already served 18 years with 5 deployments. Joined right out of high school and plan on making this a career
David McCloskey
David McCloskey
Class of 1958
Navy, 4 Years

Navy enlisted CT 2 served four years active duty various shore stations and USS Oxford during the Cuban Crisis, Retired after 30 years as a civil servant in Navy Headquarters Washington, DC doing ship and submarine design.
David Paeske
David Paeske
Class of 1961
Army, 20+ Years

Active Duty Army 3 years 1964-67
Naval Reserve ( Seabees ) 17 years 1973-1990 .
Dick Oswald
Dick Oswald
Class of 1966
Air Force, 20+ Years

Aircraft maintenance. Worked on B52's, KC135"s, F100's and B57's
DOUG ZERBST
DOUG ZERBST
Class of 1956
Army, 20+ Years

Enlisted in Army in 1951. Completd GED in 1955. Graduated w/class of 1956. 27 years active duty.
Rose to the rank of Chief Warrant Officer. Served two years in Viet Nam on helicopters. Awarded the Purple Heart, Two Bronze Stars and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. Spent 3 years w/the Army ROTC Det at Mich Tech. Served on Military Attache duty w/the American Embassy in Africa. Stationed in France, Germany and various posts throughout the U.S. Married to wife Helen for 55years w/3 children, Jerry, Sandy and Douglas Jr. Presently reside in Florida but make it back to the U.P. from time to time.
Douglas P. Tunnyhill
Douglas P. Tunnyhill
Class of 1970
Air Force, 4 Years

Served as a SERE Instructor at Fairchild AFB, Spokane, WA. SERE = Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape, "Survival School."
Gregory Stewart
Gregory Stewart
Class of 1978
National Guard, 20+ Years

Spent 4 years on Nuclear Submarines then Naval Reserve for 6 years. Then on to the Army National Guard for 11 years. Retired as a Captain
John W Wehmanen
John W Wehmanen
Class of 1967
Army, 20+ Years

Eight years active Army followed by thirteen years Army Reserve. Service in Korea and Germany. Retired out of Pentagon as Department of Army Civilian; Engineering. Total government service forty years.
Mark Smith
Mark Smith
Class of 1978
Air Force, 20+ Years

USAF fighter pilot (F-15, F/A-18), retired Lt Col, DESERT STORM veteran
Paul E. Gauthier
Paul E. Gauthier
Class of 1958
Air Force, 20+ Years

Logistics Officer, flew the Airborn Command Post (Looking Glass), served in Turkey, Spain, Thailand, Japan, and numerous Bases in the United States. Retired from the Pentagon in 1984
Rupert W O'Brien Jr
Rupert W O'Brien Jr
Class of 1958
Army, 2 Years

Volunteered Draft in 58, Went to Fort Hood, Texas spent 6 Months there (with Elvis Presley) went to Germany and spent the rest of my two years, got out in 1960
Susan Hooker
Susan Hooker
Class of 1967
Army, 20+ Years

6 years active duty followed by 18 more in the Reserves and National Guard. Worked in telecommunications. Retired LTC 1996

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Nora Rakestraw
Class of '65

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In Memory Of

Anne Wellman Died 0n 3 Feb 2020 of ALS
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Our Houghton 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 Houghton High School Military to know that they are loved and appreciated. All of us in Houghton are proud of our military alumni and want to thank them for risking their lives to protect our country!