Military Alumni

Military 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

Jarod J. Gatson
Jarod J. Gatson Class of 2000
National Guard, 9 Years
SSG Jarod J. Gatson is a commendable soldier that always goes above and beyond the call of duty!! Jarod has just recently returned from serving in Iraq for one year. He has also been deployed to Afghanistan, Korea, Germany, Kuwait, and Uzebekistan. His unwaivering pride and love for our country is one to be admired! Showing his selflessness by putting his life on the line for ours without a second thought is what makes him a true hero!!
Jeff Nelson
Jeff Nelson Class of 1987
Army, 20+ Years
Helicopter Test Pilot, Fixed Wing Reconnaissance Pilot, sered in Desert Storm and OIF.
Jeffrey Spencer
Jeffrey Spencer Class of 1977
Army, 8 Years
After 3 years in ROTC under SGM Matson, I joined the Army in 1976 before graduating. Started as a transport operator (E-4) for HHC USACDEC at Ft. Ord, CA. Licensed on all tactical and commercial vehicles. Served as ass't instructor for the driver testing unit. (1977-1980) Served as Admin and Supply Technician for the 233rd Combat Engineers, 33rd infantry brigade, Illinois National Guard - Joliet Armory (1980-1981). Last tour I was Squad Leader and Ass't Platoon Sergeant where I was a test driver for the Humvee. (1981) I was Training NCO for Transportation Co, ESC at USACDEC, Ft. Hunter Liggett (1982-1983). My final assignment was as NCOIC for Driver Training at Ft. Ord (1984). My daughter now is serving in the USCG.
Jeffrey Spencer
Jeffrey Spencer Class of 1977
Army, 8 Years
Transportation Corps Ft. Dix, NJ Ft. Ord, CA Ft, Sheridan, IL Ft. Hunter Liggett, CA
John Joseph Hamrin
John Joseph Hamrin Class of 1971
Navy, 4 Years
Enlisted before graduating started boot camp a month after graduation. Went off to Great Lakes NTC. Stationed aboard the USS Gridley (DLG 21) 72-73. Aboard the USS Harold E. Holt (DE 1074 73-75. Two weeks before my Honorable Discharge, the Holt rescued the SS Mayaguez from Cambodian capture. Proud to have honorably served.
Kevin Joseph Yandura
Kevin Joseph Yandura Class of 1985
Air Force, 20+ Years
Pilot flys KC-135 refuels midair, rank: Lieutenant Colonel, stationed in Kabul Afganastan for one year then goes to San Antonio TX.
Louis Konc
Louis Konc Class of 1967
Army, 2 Years
Served in Korea from March 28 1969 - June 10 1970 Co. A 2/38th Inf. 2ND Inf. Div. DMZ Imjin Scout
Mark Haralson
Mark Haralson Class of 1974
Marine Corps, 6 Years
San Diego boot, 3 years Active Reserve, Denver CO, Gun Battery surveyor, plotter; 3 years Acitve Duty, 6323 New RiverAir Station, H53, 461, Beirut tour 1981 - 82, Honorable Discharge E-5
Michael Montello
Michael Montello Class of 1981
Army, 20+ Years
Public Affairs NCO 2 Deployments to Iraq and 1 to Afghanistan. Other Assignments Korea, Italy, Hawaii, Maryland, North Carolina and Washington State. Still Serving.
Ronald Lingle
Ronald Lingle Class of 1968
Army, 3 Years
Medic U.S.ARMY Special Forces, 1970 to 1973

Classmates Spotlight

Joliet West High School Classmates

Patrick Mckenzie
Class of '76

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