Martin Van Buren High School Alumni

Queens Village, New York (NY)

Recent Members

Claude Claude G Wilks 2001
Des Sue 2013
Kady Cox 1999
Karl Zuk 1971
Kash Patel 1991
Reva Small 1961
Seth Lerner 1981
Stephanie Wallis 1961

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!

Lost Class Rings

Have you lost your Martin Van Buren High School class ring? Have you found someone's class ring? Visit our Vee Bees lost class ring page to search for your class ring or post information about a found ring.

Honored Military Alumni

CAPT Shari Holtzclaw Kirshner, MSC,USN (ret)
CAPT Shari Holtzclaw Kirshner, MSC,USN (ret)
Class of 1972
Navy, 20+ Years

Served 33 years in the US Navy, Medical Service Corps, as a healthcare administrator, specializing in medical supply and logistics support to the fleet and shore commands. Career highlights include assignments as the Chief of Navy Medical Logistics and as the Commanding Officer of Naval Medical Logistics Command.
Chris Graham
Chris Graham
Class of 1981
Navy, 6 Years

Jet Engine mechanic.
Craig B Bergman, CMSgt, USAF retired
Craig B Bergman, CMSgt, USAF retired
Class of 1969
Air Force, 20+ Years

Veit Nam, Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom plus; 14 years Special Operations, 13 years Combat Search and Rescue, Europe, Latin and South America.
Dennis Scott Lee
Dennis Scott Lee
Class of 1962
Army, 3 Years

Sergeant, United States Army, Vietnam
Guy Rappaport
Guy Rappaport
Class of 1964
Army, 5 Years

Drafted, OCS, Vietnam - 68
Guy Rappaport
Guy Rappaport
Class of 1964
Army, 5 Years

Captain, Vietnam-1968
harry borges
harry borges
Class of 1967
Air Force, 4 Years

Crew Chief F4 fighter jets. Served Vietnam,Japan,Korea,Okinawa. 1968-1972
Jose T. Martins
Jose T. Martins
Class of 1997
Marine Corps, 12 Years

Marine Corps Security Forces, Marine Reconnaisance,
Joshua I. Riber
Joshua I. Riber
Class of 1959
Army, 20+ Years

I served a total 33 years, 24 in the Reserves and 9 on
Active Duty. Originally commissioned in the
Corps of Engineers, upon graduation from CCNY. I eventually retired as a Lt. Colonel, Medical Corps.
Lieutenant Colonel David M. Finkelstein, US Army
Lieutenant Colonel David M. Finkelstein, US Army
Class of 1972
Army, 20+ Years

Colonel Finkelstein graduated from West Point in 1976 and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Regular U.S. Army. He held field, command, and staff assignments in the U.S. and Asia (Korea), including command of B Company 40th Signal Battalion. In Korea he served in the DMZ with the UN Joint Secutity Force at Ponmunjom. After many years of field duty in 1983 he was sent to study Chinese language at Nankai University in Tianjin China. He subsequently earned a Ph.D. in Chinese history from Princeton University and served as a China specialist for the Army at the Pentagon for the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman, Joint Cheifs of Staff. He also taught Chinese history at West Point. He is a graduate of the US Army Command & General Staff College, the Army War College, the JFK Center for Unconventional Warfare and Military Assistance, and the US Army Airborne School. His awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), Army Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (2 awards), National Defense Service Medal (2 awards),US Army Parachutists (Airborne) Wings, and 3 awards of the Presidential Meritorious Unit Citation for service with DIA. Colonel Finkelstein retired from the Army in 1998.
Martin F Flanagan
Martin F Flanagan
Class of 1959
Navy, 4 Years

Radarman 2nd Class
Served aboard USS Boxer, LPH-4 and t
USS Valcour, AVP-55, 2 deployments in Persian Gulf.
Neil Grossman
Neil Grossman
Class of 1965
Army, 2 Years

Captain..U.S. Army Fort Bragg North Carolina 1973-1975
Raphael GC Peart
Raphael GC Peart
Class of 1979
National Guard, 20+ Years

Enlisted- USMC: 1983-1986
Colonel (Retired) - National Guard: 1986-2014
Richard Schuiman
Richard Schuiman
Class of 1974
Army, 5 Years

JAG Captain. Stationed Fort Hood, Korea and Washington DC.
Ssgt Samuel Philippe
Ssgt Samuel Philippe
Class of 2005
Air Force, 4 Years

In support of OIF/OEF @ Al Udied Air Base in Southwest Asia
Stu Stern
Stu Stern
Class of 1962
Army, 3 Years

Military Intelligence
Tom Sayre
Tom Sayre
Class of 1968
Air Force, 20+ Years

Retired from USAF in 1988 as a SMSgt (E8) with more than 20 years of active duty service. Served around the world Japan, Turkey, California Texas, Ohio. Was the Air Force Recruiting suuperviosor for eastern Queens and Nassau counties from 1979- 1984.
William C. (Bill) Wilson
William C. (Bill) Wilson
Class of 1959
Navy, 4 Years

Radioman 2/c, USS Cambria APA-36
NAS Argentia NFLD
Cuban Missile Blockade 1962
William Hansen
William Hansen
Class of 1974
Navy, 6 Years

1975-81, Stationed in Jacksonville, Fla with HS-1, HS-11 and then HS-1,

Classmates Spotlight

Martin Van Buren High School Classmates

Joel Fried
Class of '62

Alumni Stories

High School Alumni Stores

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School News

Class Of 1983

Reunion On June 27, 2009
Hempstead State Park Exit 18 Southern State Parkway
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Our Martin Van Buren 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 Martin Van Buren High School Military to know that they are loved and appreciated. All of us in Queens Village are proud of our military alumni and want to thank them for risking their lives to protect our country!