John F. Kennedy High School Alumni

La Palma, California (CA)

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

Aaron Duryee
Aaron Duryee
Class of 2000
Air Force, 8 Years

5 years active and 3 reserve
Andy Brown
Andy Brown
Class of 2003
Marine Corps, 4 Years

Artillery. Two tours to Middle East.
Ben Morrow
Ben Morrow
Class of 2007
Army, 1 Years

Write me at RN 233 PV2 Morrow, Ben; A CO 2-19th IN ITB; 9050 Kinsman DR.; Ft. Benning, GA 31905-4986
Benjamin M. Morrow
Benjamin M. Morrow
Class of 2005
Army, 1 Years

PVT2 Ben Morrow ia assigned at Ft. Bragg, N.C. He completed Basic Training and Airborne Training at Ft. Benning, GA late last year and has been selected to attend the Army Ranger School soon.

He has not been scheduled for any deployments overseas yet.
Benjamin Whipple
Benjamin Whipple
Class of 1994
Army, 4 Years

Volunteered for U.S. Army after 9/11. Currently deployed to Iraq.
Benjamin Whipple
Benjamin Whipple
Class of 1994
Army, 4 Years

Fort Jackson: Basic Training
Fort Bragg JFKSWCS: AIT / PSYOP
Currently deployed: Iraq
Benjamin Whipple
Benjamin Whipple
Class of 1994
Army, 4 Years

Fort Jackson: Basic Training
Fort Bragg / JFKSWCS: AIT / PSYOP
Currently deployed: Iraq
Brandon Rodemoyer
Brandon Rodemoyer
Class of 2011
Navy, 1 Years

Logistics specialist stationed in Hawaii
Carl Cozine
Carl Cozine
Class of 1983
Marine Corps, 4 Years

Fireman stationed in Kaneohe Bay, Hi
Charles (Don) Radford
Charles (Don) Radford
Class of 1967
Army, 2 Years

Drafted 1968 Trained in Infantry Served in Cu Chi Viet Nam from June 1969 to July 1970 Duties were wheeled mechanic the Company Clerk.
Donald J Morgan
Donald J Morgan
Class of 1978
Army, 20+ Years

Retired Staff Sergeant (E-6) in October 2004 with 22 years of service.
Ebony Harvey
Ebony Harvey
Class of 1998
Army, 8 Years

Fort Jackson,Ft Lee, Fort Bliss, Ansbach Germany, Fort Bragg, Ft Irwin, Ft Chaffee, Fort Stewart, Los Alamitos, Afghanistan(OEF 3)
Evalani Reitenbaugh
Evalani Reitenbaugh
Class of 1989
Army, 14 Years

US Army Medical
Howard F. Phillips
Howard F. Phillips
Class of 1973
Army, 4 Years

Military Policeman
Ft. Ritchie, MD
Ft. Ord, CA
Jack Boden
Jack Boden
Class of 1968
Army, 20+ Years

Served during the cold war, 1972-92 with world wide service in the Continental US, Hawaii, and Armed Forces Italy. Trained as an Infantry Paratrooper. Significant Service: 1)1972-73, Infantry Platoon Leader, 1/41st Infantry, 2nd Armored Division, Fort Hood, TX. 2) 1977-78 Adjutant, 1/27th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, HI.
3)1978-79, Adjutant, Experimentation Brigade, Fort Hunter Liggette, CA. 4)1984-87, Company Commander, HQ Company, US Army Element, AFSOUTH, Naples, Italy.
Jacob Dalton
Jacob Dalton
Class of 2011
Army, 6 Years

11C IDF Infantry
Jacob Dalton
Jacob Dalton
Class of 2011
Army, 6 Years

2-14 CAV & 2-2 IN
Jared McDaniel
Jared McDaniel
Class of 1998
Coast Guard, 10 Years

Team HITRON, Gunner, Drug Enforcment. Chasin and shooten down the drug runners.
Jesse James Ochoa
Jesse James Ochoa
Class of 1966
Air Force, 4 Years

C-130 Loadmaster. Vietnam
John Cardenas (Sanders)
John Cardenas (Sanders)
Class of 1984
Navy, 4 Years

USS Roanoke/AOR-7 1991-1995 as a
Radioman (RM3). Stationed in Long Beach, CA and Bremerton, WA. West-Pac Tour 1994. Desert Shield Vet.
Joseph Buckalew
Joseph Buckalew
Class of 1972
Navy, 2 Years

Plane Captain on A-7 Corsairs. V.A.147 . T.A.D on USS Constellation / Vietnam Veteran
kandy knudsen johnson
kandy knudsen johnson
Class of 1981
Army, 20+ Years

retire oct 08. 21 years of service. ft brag, desert storm, korea, ft lewis wa, korea, ft lewis wa, two trips to Iraq.
Kelly F. Maidman
Kelly F. Maidman
Class of 1987
Army, 12 Years

Field Artillery Officer. COLT Team Leader, FIST, FPL-SP and Towed Howittzers. FSO, Bn S-4, 3/30th FA RGT, 1/504th PIR, CDR, Det 1, 257th TC (Combat HET). Instructor: Force Protection, Convey Operations and CQB Drill.
Kyle Perry
Kyle Perry
Class of 2006
Marine Corps, 4 Years

Infantry/ Machine Gunner
Larry Vierstra
Larry Vierstra
Class of 1966
Navy, 4 Years

Vietnam Era - Naval Air
NAS Los Alamitos, CA - 1967
NAS Olathe, KS - 1968
NAS Alameda, CA - 1970
marc nakahara
marc nakahara
Class of 1991
Marine Corps, 6 Years

served with 1st light armored recon battalion during operation continue hope and quick draw 1993-1994 and operation southern watch in 1996.
Maurice Velez
Maurice Velez
Class of 1973
Air Force, 20+ Years

Served 75~76 Nellis Las Vegas, 76~79 RAF Bentwaters/Woodbridge England, 79~92 Reese AFB Lubbock TX, 82~87 C-141 Flight EngineerTravis AFB Fairfield CA, 87~94 KC-10A Flight Engineer March AFB CA, Participated in Operations Just Cause in Panama, Desert Shield/Storm Iraq
Michael Norton
Michael Norton
Class of 1968
Coast Guard, 20+ Years

Joined the CG right after graduation, (low daft number),loved it so much they retired me in 1999.
World wide assignments, 20 years aboard ships (my choice) Traveled to both North and South poles several times with many exotic stops along the way.
Started out as an E-1, retired as a Chief Warrant Officer 4.
Had a ball, still am.... can't seem to get away from ships... currently a Tour Guide aboard the USS Missouri, BB-63, in Pearl Harbor, HI
Michael Sellers
Michael Sellers
Class of 1975
Air Force, 20+ Years

17 years, 2 months, 2 days on Active Duty ... reached total of 30 years served through National Guard and AF Reserve
Michael Sellers
Michael Sellers
Class of 1975
Air Force, 20+ Years

Served in Spain, England, Iceland, Kuwait, South Carolina and California.
Muhammad Saad Sheikh
Muhammad Saad Sheikh
Class of 2002
Army, 9 Years

Deployed for a total of 26 Months to Iraq, been to Korea, Ft. Bliss, Iraq. Elected Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers (BOSS) President for 2 years at Ft. Bliss, TX.
Nelson Reynolds
Nelson Reynolds
Class of 1981
Air Force, 20+ Years

TX, CA, AK, NE, FL, CA, FL--that's just the stations. Trips to WA, SC, SD, MA, VA, ME, Canada, Japan, Thailand, S. Korea, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iraq, Colombia, Honduras, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Italy, Bosnia, Croatia, Scotland, Ireland, England, Germany. "Join the Air Force, see the world!" Indeed...
Patty Cepeda
Patty Cepeda
Class of 1989
Army, 8 Years

Fort Jackson, Basic Training, Fort Huachuca, Advanced Individual Training, Seoul, Korea, Ft. Meade, MD, California Army National Guard.
Paul Huard
Paul Huard
Class of 1970
Navy, 6 Years

In country Vietnam 1 Yr.
Paul McIntire
Paul McIntire
Class of 1989
Army, 3 Years

Infantry (i didn't know any better)
6 months in Saudi Arabia-Operation Desert Storm
(Gulf War Part I)
rest of the time in Texas (yipppe ky ay)
Rj Dawson
Rj Dawson
Class of 1966
Army, 6 Years

Drafted 1969. Military Policman, Correctional specialist, Physical Security. SSG Patrol Supervisor. Also served in Air Force, Army and Coast Guard Reserve.
Robert Burden
Robert Burden
Class of 1972
Navy, 2 Years

Vietnam combat Veteran
Robert Thompson
Robert Thompson
Class of 1968
Navy, 8 Years

Served from 1970-1978 in aviation made two west Pac cruises aboard USS Ranger
Ron Backhaus
Ron Backhaus
Class of 1974
Navy, 20+ Years

Jet Engine mechanic and Aviation Administration Retired Chief Petty Officer
Scott Mercer
Scott Mercer
Class of 1991
Navy, 4 Years

Sonar Technician
Pearl Harbor, Hi.
Served in Desert Storm

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Class of '85

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STOLEN: 1974 Class Ring

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