Honoring Our Heroes
This area is dedicated to our alumni that have served or are serving in our armed forces!
Lost Class Rings
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Honored Military Alumni
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 Class of 1981
Navy, 6 Years Jet Engine mechanic.
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.
Guy Rappaport Class of 1964
Army, 5 Years Drafted, OCS, Vietnam - 68
Guy Rappaport Class of 1964
Army, 5 Years Captain, Vietnam-1968
harry borges Class of 1967
Air Force, 4 Years Crew Chief F4 fighter jets. Served Vietnam,Japan,Korea,Okinawa. 1968-1972
Jose T. Martins Class of 1997
Marine Corps, 12 Years Marine Corps Security Forces, Marine Reconnaisance,
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 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.
Neil Grossman Class of 1965
Army, 2 Years Captain..U.S. Army Fort Bragg North Carolina 1973-1975
Raphael GC Peart Class of 1979
National Guard, 20+ Years Enlisted- USMC: 1983-1986 Colonel (Retired) - National Guard: 1986-2014
Richard Schuiman Class of 1974
Army, 5 Years JAG Captain. Stationed Fort Hood, Korea and Washington DC.
Ssgt Samuel Philippe Class of 2005
Air Force, 4 Years In support of OIF/OEF @ Al Udied Air Base in Southwest Asia
Stu Stern Class of 1962
Army, 3 Years Military Intelligence
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 Class of 1959
Navy, 4 Years Radioman 2/c, USS Cambria APA-36 NAS Argentia NFLD Cuban Missile Blockade 1962
William Hansen Class of 1974
Navy, 6 Years 1975-81, Stationed in Jacksonville, Fla with HS-1, HS-11 and then HS-1,
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Class Of 1983
Reunion On June 27, 2009