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

Blake Leitch
Blake Leitch Class of 2000
Army, 7 Years
Served in the Army National Guard from July '99 - July '01. Went Active in July'01 served as a Bradley Gunner in Iraq Jan. '05 - Dec. '05. Awarded a purple Heart for wounds received in action from a roadside bomb (IED).
Bob Carso
Bob Carso Class of 1970
Navy, 20+ Years
Retired in 94 as an MMCM/SS, E-9, in nuclear engineering aboard nuclear subs. Served aboard USS Sturgeon (SSN-637), USS Alexander Hamilton (SSBN-617 Gold), USS Daniel Webster (SSBN-626 Blue), and USS Alexandria (SSN-757).
Darin L. Callahan
Darin L. Callahan Class of 1983
Air Force, 20+ Years
Chief Master Sergeant. Served active duty for 22 years across five countries and in four major combat operations.
David Blystone
David Blystone Class of 1958
Army, 20+ Years
Served 24 years, 3 months, 13 days in U.S. Army Signal Corps as Telecommunications Center Specialist in various positions in the U.S., Europe and Asia.
David Blystone
David Blystone Class of 1958
Army, 20+ Years
Enlisted June, 1958 and retired November, 1982. Served in Signal Corps as Telecommunications Center Specialist in Germany (Frankfurt am Main and Heidelberg), South Korea (Uijongbu and Seoul), Vietnam (Qui Nhon and Long Binh); in New Jersey (Camp Kilmer), Indiana (Fort Harrison - Indianapolis), Georgia Fort McPherson - Atlanta, Fort Gordon - Augusta). Military Instructor and Platoon Sergeant in student training company at Fort Gordon, Augusta, GA. Retired in Augusta.
David Blystone
David Blystone Class of 1958
Army, 20+ Years
Enlisted June, 1958 and retired November, 1982. Served in Signal Corps as Telecommunications Center Specialist in Germany (Frankfurt am Main and Heidelberg), South Korea (Uijongbu and Seoul), Vietnam (Qui Nhon and Long Binh); in New Jersey (Camp Kilmer), Indiana (Fort Harrison - Indianapolis), Georgia Fort McPherson - Atlanta, Fort Gordon - Augusta). Military Instructor and Platoon Sergeant in student training company at Fort Gordon, Augusta, GA. Retired in Augusta.
Edmund Parker
Edmund Parker Class of 1978
Navy, 15 Years
US Navy (Reserve Componet) Still serving, currently on active duty in Africa
George Webb
George Webb Class of 1974
Marine Corps, 4 Years
Presidential Honor Guard Washington, D.C.
Jerry L. Neff
Jerry L. Neff Class of 1959
National Guard, 20+ Years
I served 39 years in the Illinois and Florida Army National Guard. I retired in 1999 after serving as the Deputy Commanding General of the 32nd Army Air and Missile Defense Command.
Jim Brumm
Jim Brumm Class of 1956
Navy, 8 Years
I joined as an Aviation Cadet. After being dropped from flight school, I became a journalist with VFP-62, the outfit that photographed Cuba during the Missile Crisis, then Armed Forces Radio; and finally with the Seabees in Vietnam.
John W Williams
John W Williams Class of 1986
Navy, 20+ Years
AIRCRAFT DIRECTOR
Mike Adair
Mike Adair Class of 1971
Navy, 4 Years
three ships in four years.
Paul D Weber S
Paul D Weber S Class of 1985
Army, 20+ Years
Army for 3yrs, Illinois National Guard for 17yrs.
R. J. Zike
R. J. Zike Class of 1965
Marine Corps, 3 Years
Combat decorated Vietnam Radioman
Randy Cason
Randy Cason Class of 1973
Navy, 20+ Years
Surface Warfare Officer - Commander, retired after 26 years.
Rich Kuhn
Rich Kuhn Class of 1986
Marine Corps, 4 Years
Okinawa Japan
Terry D. Watts
Terry D. Watts Class of 1970
Army, 20+ Years
Served 25 yrs, 6 mon., 22 days as an Airborne Infantryman. Taught JROTC at MHS 9 yrs, 11 mons. and am still serving proudly in Charlotte, NC.
thomas smith
thomas smith Class of 1989
Army, 18 Years
has been in the military since gratuating
Timothy Wise
Timothy Wise Class of 1976
Navy, 20+ Years
Surface Warfare Officer, Naval Aircrew P-3B Orion
Tom Carie
Tom Carie Class of 1966
Navy, 4 Years
U.S. Naval Dental Technician School, San Diego CA., Field Medical School, Camp Lejeune, NC., Fleet Marine Force - 12th Force Dental Company, Cherry Point, NC

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Max Paratchek
Class of '75

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