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

Allyn J. Merrell
Allyn J. Merrell Class of 1980
Air Force, 20+ Years
Serviced 10 years with the 27th TFW at Cannon AFB working F-111D and then the 9th SRW at Beale AFB woriking KC-135Q and 11 years in the Air Force Reserve with the 940th ARW woriking KC-135E at Mather ABF, McCallen AFB, Beale AFB and retired as a TSGT Aug. 2001
Charles Jaber
Charles Jaber Class of 1967
Navy, 2 Years
Upon graduating from UH, enlisted in 1972, but declined OCS for shorter enlistment. Schooled/trained as OS (Operations Specialist), served on destroyer, USS Rathburne out of Pearl Harbor (won COMCRUDESPAC basketball championship), completed two WESPAC Vietnam tours, sustained sharpnel injuries to back, underwent surgery/rehab, honorable medical discharge 1974, utilized G.I. Bill to obtain 2nd degree.
Charles Jaber
Charles Jaber Class of 1967
Navy, 2 Years
Upon graduating UH, enlisted in 1972, declined OCS for shorter enlistment, schooled/trained as OS (Operations Specialist), served on destroyer, USS Rathburne out of Peal Harbor (won COMCRUDESPAC basketball championship), two WESTPAC Vietnam tours, sustained sharpnel to back, underwent surgery/rehab, honorable medical discharge, utilized G.I. Bill to obtain 2nd degree.
Christian M. Kiyuna
Christian M. Kiyuna Class of 1970
Air Force, 4 Years
Vietnam , Munition Maintenance
Christian M. Kiyuna
Christian M. Kiyuna Class of 1970
Air Force, 4 Years
Ubon Thailand 8th TFW Munitions Mait.
Jesse Wilson
Jesse Wilson Class of 1966
Air Force, 20+ Years
Joined the USAF a week after graduating...Basic at Lackland AFB, TX...Tech Training for aircraft maintenance at Chanute AFB, IL...F-104s & F-4s at George AFB, CA...RF-4Cs, F-4C&Ds, HH-53Cs, HH-3Cs, C-47s, HH-43s, A-1E, Ds at Udorn RTAFB, Thailand...got out and worked as a civilian aircraft maintenance F-4s and F-5s in Teharan, Iran...C-54s and C-7s in Kwajalein, Marshall Islands...went to college and back into USAF in aircraft maintenance OV-10s at Sembach AB, Germany, T-37s & T-38s at Laughlin AFB, TX, F-4Es, F-5Es, T-33s at Clark AB, PI, AFROTC instructor at USM Hattiesburg, MS, F-15s and F-117s at Holloman AFB, NM, C-17 and V-22 support at Keesler AFB, MS, F-16, F-15C/D/E, KC-135R, and B-1 at Mountain Home AFB, ID, C-130, F-15C/D/J at Yokota AB, Japan, QF-4, QF-4, BQM-34, MQM-107 drones at Tyndall AFB, FL...31+ years as enlisted and officer...great career and now enjoying retirement...in the Sunshine State...God Bless America.
Jimmie Agapay
Jimmie Agapay Class of 1968
Army, 4 Years
Sgt. Airborne infantry mos-11b-11c-11h & sf/ranger train in special Ops jungle desert mountain snow&ice urban.
Jimmie Agapay
Jimmie Agapay Class of 1968
Army, 4 Years
82nd Abn. Div. Paratrooper-11/b/11h/11c..
John M. Gunson
John M. Gunson Class of 1963
Army, 6 Years
Enlisted in U.S.Army Reserve, 100BG, 442Inf at Fort DeRussy, HI, in March, 1963. Upon graduation from Kalani in June 1963, I completed 6 months ACDUTRA at Schofield Barracks, HI. In 1964, after my father's (USCG) transfer from HI to Philadelphia, PA, I completed my military obligation with the Maryland Army National Guard in Denton, MD.
Ken Quero
Ken Quero Class of 1967
Navy, 2 Years
Served during the Vietman Conflict (WAR)..on the USS Ticondaroga CVA-14..Two (2) tours in Vietman. I am now a Disabled Vietman Vet..Was an Avation Ordanance builder..
Phil Van Alst
Phil Van Alst Class of 1969
Air Force, 20+ Years
Helicopter pilot
Reid Lofton
Reid Lofton Class of 1970
Navy, 4 Years
Joined the Navy in July of 1970. Basic training was at RTC/NTC SanDiego, CA. After basic, went to Radioman school. First duty station was at Naval Communications Station - Guam and then the U.S.S. Oriskany (CVA-34). Served 2 tours off Vietnam.
Richard Coffin
Richard Coffin Class of 1973
Air Force, 2 Years
Served as Radar Repairman for AC&W at Keesler AFB, MS., and Mill Valley AFS, CA., (the 666th RADS, yes 666). Vietnam War ended and like many others took an early out.
Ross Shiraki
Ross Shiraki Class of 1968
Navy, 4 Years
4 years active - 28 years reserve Recalled to active duty 98-99 and 2001
Sanford Tanna
Sanford Tanna Class of 1968
Army, 20+ Years
Military career spanning 30 years in Army Signal Corps and Army Aviation Branch. Graduated from Southern Illinos University, Carbondale in 1986 and the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy in 1989. Served two Tours in the Republic of Korea, two tours in the Federal Republic of Germany, 1 tour at Schofield Barracks, HI. Deployed to Saudi Arabia in support of Operations Desert Shield and Storm. Held leadership positions as Squad Leader, Platoon Sergeant, First Sergeant, Battalion and Brigade Command Sergeant Major. Served as Commandant of the Aviation Center Noncommissioned Academy, Fort Rucker, Alabama before retiring from active duty on 30 June 2000. Awards and decorations include Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal 2OLC, Army Commendation Medal 3 OLC, Army Achievement Medal, Expeditiary Forces Medal, Expert Marksmanship Badge, Master Crewmember Wings.
Terry Chang
Terry Chang Class of 1969
Army Reserves, 20+ Years
I began my service upon graduation Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI in 1974, when I was commissioned a 2LT. The Vietnam Conflict ended a month after I completed IOBC at Ft Benning, GA. From that time forward until the conclusion of Desert Storm, I served in various positions in the USAR (BCT instructor at Ft Wood, MO; Training Officer at Ft Jackson, SC; Personnel Officer at Ft Dix, NJ; AT Platoon Ldr at Schofield Barracks, HI; Executive Officer at Ft McCoy, WI; to name a few). My highest rank attained was that of a CPT. While I was an Executive Officer of an Ordinance Company, I took part in exercises in Germany in 1983. Later, as a Company Commander, I was able to take part in Operation Team Spirit 84 (Winter Maneuver exercises that were held annually in Korea). For a short time in 1985, I served with another Kalani 69 grad name Walter Best. He was an E6 in an MI battalion in Los Angeles, CA. In 1992, with the conclusion of hostilities with Iraq and relative peace in the world, I was relegated to the Retired Reserves for a a space of 14 years. I re-entered the ranks of the Army in 2006 as an E5 (as I had exceeded my MRD) and deployed as a Civil Affairs NCO in Afghanistan. I served two combat tours in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, and then returned home in February 2008. I was, on an average, roughly thirty years older than most of my counterparts in the field. By the time I returned, I was quite beat up and suffering from a herniated disc in my neck. In April 2010, I submitted my paperwork and was officially retired in the end of that year.
Thomas Sugars
Thomas Sugars Class of 1972
Navy, 6 Years
Tom spent his first two years in advanced technical schools followed by assignment to USS Mariano G Vallejo SSBN 658 Blue Crew ssbn658.org During the off crew cycle, Tom continued with more advanced training. April 12, 1976, Tom was awarded Silver Dolphins and delcared "Qualified in Submarines" One interesting note: The 658 was next to the 642 during construction at Mare Island Naval Shipyard. 642 was named USS Kamehameha.
Val Daigle
Val Daigle Class of 1964
Navy, 20+ Years
Navy Pilot with 155 combat missions in Viet Nam flying A-7's from USS Oriskany (now a reef off Pensacola FL). Retired with 2,500 flt hours and 350 carrier landings (many at night!!). Three tours as a Flight Instructor and a few desk jobs. Flew T-34, T28, T-2, TF-9, TA-4, A-4, A-7, C-1 aircraft during my career. After retirement flew with Pan American World Airways til they decided to try bankruptcy.
Wade Daffinee
Wade Daffinee Class of 1971
Army, 20+ Years
Joined in 1971 after graduation. Basic training at Fort Ord California. Stationed at Kaiserslautern, West Germany; Fort Benning, Georgia; Frankfurt, West Germany; Fort Sam Houston, Texas; Zweibruecken, West Germany; and lastly Fort Lee, Virginia. Participated in Operation Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia. Retired as Master Sergeant in March 1992. Receives two Meritorious Service Medals among other various medals and awards.
Wayne Waterman
Wayne Waterman Class of 1966
Marine Corps, 7 Years
Upon graduation USMC Reserves -Force Recon. Vietnam 1st Marine Division Infantry.

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