Jefferson High School Alumni

Rockford, Illinois (IL)

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

Allan W White
Allan W White
Class of 1974
Army, 3 Years

Served in the Army not to long after graduation, spent most of my time in California worked in the motor pool, drove big trucks, and smaller trucks got married was in an infantry unit and had to do everything that they did my wife and I lived about a half mile from the beach and real close to Monterey and Carmel did do some sightseeing from time to time, one time I got into an accident and could have been killed, but God saw fit to keep me around for awhile I've had a pretty good life since then 2 children and 2 grandchildren and still married to the same beautiful lady that stole my heart
Amy (BaDour) May
Amy (BaDour) May
Class of 2000
Navy, 4 Years

After completion of Boot Camp and Master-At-Arms "A" Class school, I went to The USS George Washington, a Nimitz class air-craft carrier. I did a full cruise cycle to include 6 months worth of work-ups and 6 months out to sea. I left the GW to go to Naval Weapon Station Yorktown in WIlliamsburg, VA. I was honorably Discharged in June of 2004.
cole hirth
cole hirth
Class of 2005
Army, 2 Years

military police officer in army reserves served 2.5 of a 6 yr contract deployed to iraq for the 2008 year
Colonel, Chaplain Kevin Lockett, USAF (ret)
Colonel, Chaplain Kevin Lockett, USAF (ret)
Class of 1979
Air Force, 23 Years

Kevin was commissioned a Chaplain, First Lieutenant in the Air Force Reserve in 1997, and entered Active Duty as a Captain in April 1998. He served 12 assignments - 2 overseas, and 3 combat deployments. He retired with 23 years of service in 2020 following his last two assignments at the Pentagon, and at Joint Base Andrews where he served as Command Chaplain, Air Force District of Washington.
Donna Rowe
Donna Rowe
Class of 1983
Air Force, 10 Years

Germany, Korea and US
James Ashbaucher
James Ashbaucher
Class of 2001
Marine Corps, 4 Years

James Ashbaucher served in the United States Marine Corps from September 18 2001 until September 17 2005 as a Military Police K9 handler and trainer.
Jason Clevenger
Jason Clevenger
Class of 1989
Army, 6 Years

Served with the 82nd Airborne Div. in Fort Bragg, NC. Spent 7 months in the Gulf War. Traveled overseas for training and missions.
Jeffrey A. Anderson II
Jeffrey A. Anderson II
Class of 1988
Navy, 7 Years

Served as a helicopter Search and Rescue Aircrewman in Antarctica and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Jeffrey Mairson
Jeffrey Mairson
Class of 2003
Marine Corps, 5 Years

Helicopter Mech
John Eisenmann
John Eisenmann
Class of 1979
Air Force, 20+ Years

Served 22 years honorably and am now a retired MSgt.
John Wallen
John Wallen
Class of 1972
Army, 20+ Years

Served 20 years as an Army Signal Corps officer with tours in Maryland; Korea; Georgia; North Carolina; Germany; and Virginia.
Karl R Adolphson
Karl R Adolphson
Class of 2004
Army, 6 Years

Fco. 1-68 Ar Bn, 2 Iraq tours
Kevin McClintock
Kevin McClintock
Class of 1982
Army, 20+ Years

Retired after 29 years of service.
Matthew Ashman
Matthew Ashman
Class of 1992
Army, 18 Years

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Matthew Feehery
Matthew Feehery
Class of 1996
Marine Corps, 5 Years

Electrician mechanic
Matthew Jones
Matthew Jones
Class of 1980
Army, 20+ Years

Field Artillery Warrant Officer (CW4)
Melissa Austin
Melissa Austin
Class of 1988
Navy, 4 Years

Gulf war veteran and Congressional Aide
Melissa Huss
Melissa Huss
Class of 2000
Marine Corps, 17 Years

Master Sergeant
Signals Intelligence Chief
Robert "Bob" Geaschel
Robert "Bob" Geaschel
Class of 1987
National Guard, 20+ Years

B CO 2/129 Infantry - Rockford Illinois 1987-1991
1992-1996 Chaplain Candidate
1996-2003 Chaplain 1/106th AVN
2003-2005 Deployed to Iraq w/ 1-106th AVN
2005 to present Chaplain w/ 404 Chem BDE
Ronald Priddy
Ronald Priddy
Class of 1975
Army, 9 Years

US Army serving at Ft Knox, Ky 1976 - 1979, Erlangen, West Germany 1979-1983, Ft Bragg, North Carolina 1983-1984. Printing press repairman/operator.
Rusty Barnes
Rusty Barnes
Class of 1991
Army, 18 Years

Military Police, Criminal Investigator, and Maintenance Officer on the PATRIOT Missile System. I served in Samolia (93) Bosnia (2000) and Iraq (2003, 04,05)
Samuel Egbert
Samuel Egbert
Class of 1984
Navy, 11 Years

corrected: served on u.s.s. chandler, ddg-996 and u.s.s. enterprise, cvn-65. awarded commendations and is the only sailor since world war 2 awarded the navy ring for absolute fearlessness, bravery and valor in the face of death against 15 libyans firing machine guns at him from a gunboat which attacked the enterprise @ 01:15 hrs. one evening during her 1988 deployment. sn. egbert removed his marlinspike from his knife sheath, broke into the ammo box mounted on the bulkhead behind him, took out 2 strings of rounds for the 50 cal mounted on his lookout watch post, and returned fire, firing not at the libyans themselves, but at the gunboat's starboard side at the waterline starting at the bow punching holes in it heading towards the stearn. about 1.5 meters from the dead stearn, the gunboat violently expoloded, throwing the libyans clear and into the persian gulf. sn. egbert didn't even know he was grazed on the left side of his head, until capt. spane came to the watch post after the explosion and told him about it. the libyans were rescued from the water by the ship's helicopters with armed marine corps detachment personnel onboard, and taken to the ship's brig for interrogation. that evening, sn. egbert defended his ship, and the lives and safety of all 6,107 personnel onboard, including the captain, and the battle group commander, a 2 star admiral. it was said by captain spane during the award ceremony that if there had been a declaration of war by congress, or an ordered police action by president reagan, sn. egbert would have been awarded the top 5 medals a millitary serviceman can be awarded, including the congressional medal of honor.
samuel egbert
samuel egbert
Class of 1984
Navy, 11 Years

served on u.s.s chandler, and u.s.s. enterprise, which is still in service
Sheila Kay Alexander
Sheila Kay Alexander
Class of 1973
Army, 20+ Years

Served as Medical Laboratory Non-commissioned officer. Retired Master Sergeant
Shineka Bolden Haskins
Shineka Bolden Haskins
Class of 1999
Navy, 8 Years

Has served onboard the USS Frank Cable out of Guam. The USS Cole out of Va. And currently stationed in Kuwait in support of OIF/OEF
Shineka Bolden Haskins
Shineka Bolden Haskins
Class of 1999
Navy, 8 Years

Served onboard the USS Frank Cable out of Guam. Also served onboard the USS Cole out of Va. Currently serving in Kuwait in support of OIF/OEF
Steve Campbell
Steve Campbell
Class of 1976
Marine Corps, 20+ Years

Twenty Seven years in the United States Marine Corps. Retired First Sergeant (E-8)
Steven Crosby
Steven Crosby
Class of 1979
Air Force, 20+ Years

Retired in early 2009 after 26 years.
Steven Lyle
Steven Lyle
Class of 1990
Air Force, 20+ Years

1.Joined 10 January 1992
2.Retired 1 September 2013
3.Stationed in Nevada, Alaska,California,United Kingdom
Tenitia (Smith) Walker
Tenitia (Smith) Walker
Class of 1987
Army, 20+ Years

I am now a proud and retired Army SSG.
Tenitia Walker
Tenitia Walker
Class of 1987
Army, 20+ Years

I am retired now.
Thomas Devens
Thomas Devens
Class of 1982
Navy, 4 Years

Served aboard USS Richard E. Byrd (DDG-23) and USS Gunston Hall (LSD-44) as Division Officer. Deployed to South America for UNITAS Cruise and to the Persian Gulf in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
Thomas N Thompson
Thomas N Thompson
Class of 1974
Army, 10 Years

Entered the Army after HS graduation as an infantryman. Served in the Republic of Panama and with the 101st Abn. Next enlistment became an aviation mechanic on UH-1's and then UH-60's. Served at Ft. Riley, KS, Fort Campbell, KY, and Camp LaGuardia, Republic of South Korea. After 10 years was medically retired at the rank of Sergeant First Class (E7)

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