Mcdowell High School Alumni

Erie, Pennsylvania (PA)

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!

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Honored Military Alumni

Mel ( Dick) Mando
Mel ( Dick) Mando
Class of 1963
Air Force, 6 Years

Last duty, Clark AB Phillippines , Medical Specialist-Field Medic, Air-Evac
Alan R Ochsenbein
Alan R Ochsenbein
Class of 1964
Air Force, 16 Years

AFROTC grad commissioned in 1968, served in Okinawa, Japan, Alaska overseas and held several command and staff jobs including IG team, worked on Operation Babylift during fall of Saigon, and Coin Alaska, resupply of north slope oil fields, squadron commander of 21st Services Squadron, Tachikawa, Japan.
Barbara (Graves)  Rich
Barbara (Graves) Rich
Class of 1972
Air Force, 16 Years

Communications and Computers Systems Officer
Bill Jenkins
Bill Jenkins
Class of 1967
Air Force, 4 Years

Civil Engineering Squadron
Bob Kiehlmeier
Bob Kiehlmeier
Class of 1967
Navy Reserves, 20+ Years

Retired in 1994 as Radioman Chief Petty Officer. Served in Keflavik, Iceland, Honolulu,
Hawaii, Persian Gulf -Iranian Hostage event, and other places I cannot tell about......
Carrie Rowland
Carrie Rowland
Class of 1995
Air Force, 4 Years

Medical Material Specialist
Christopher Tinsman
Christopher Tinsman
Class of 2004
Marine Corps, 12 Years

Still on orders as active duty
Darrell Patten
Darrell Patten
Class of 1997
Navy, 13 Years

Submarine force, US Atlantic Fleet conventional mechanic.
David Boudreau
David Boudreau
Class of 1987
Air Force, 20+ Years

1987 - 1994 Law Enforcement Specialist / US Military Customs

1994 - 2007 Military Training Instructor, Training Superintendent USAF Basic Military Training
David Cooke
David Cooke
Class of 1971
Air Force, 4 Years

Military Police Europe and US Air Force National Museum
David Pamula
David Pamula
Class of 1966
Navy, 4 Years

Boiler tender 3rd class,USS AMERICA CVA66,3years Vietnam war 1967-70
David Wagner
David Wagner
Class of 1988
Marine Corps, 20+ Years

Faithfully and honorably Served in the United States Marine Coprs for over 21 years. Participated in Operations Desert Shield/Storm, Operation Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. Retirement Date set for 31 Oct 2010.
Donald C Thompson
Donald C Thompson
Class of 1951
Army, 10 Years

ROTC at W&J, two active duty tours, 1955-1956, 1961-1962, resigned as Captain 1965.
Donald L.Wilson
Donald L.Wilson
Class of 1967
Air Force, 36 Years

USAF Security Police 4 yrs, Taiwan, Vietnam, & Okla. USAFR 30 more yrs, mostly flying med-evac in the Middle East and Europe.
Dwain Fugate
Dwain Fugate
Class of 1963
Marine Corps, 4 Years

Vietnam Helicopter Door Gunner, shot down 3/2/67. Fractured 3 vertebrae. Purple Heart
Eric Stroup
Eric Stroup
Class of 1982
National Guard, 6 Years

florida army nation guard
Ernie Katzwinkel
Ernie Katzwinkel
Class of 1971
Navy, 20+ Years

Captain Civil Engineer Corps, SEABEEs, 28 Years.
FRANK E. MEHLER  JR.
FRANK E. MEHLER JR.
Class of 1967
Marine Corps, 4 Years

SERVED AS AN AEROGRAPHER WITH THE 5 MARINE AIR WING DIVISION
Gary Hines
Gary Hines
Class of 1970
Navy, 20+ Years

Master Chief Electrician's Mate EMCM(SW) E-9
Served 30 years 22 Sept 1970 - 1 October 2000.
Served on 7 ships, went around the world twice, served 2 years overseas (Iceland). Based in Norfolk, VA most of the time to avoid uprooting my family every few years. Served as a Command Master Chief several times. Mentored thousands of young sailors during my career. Would do it all again if asked to.
Gary Porter
Gary Porter
Class of 1964
Air Force, 20+ Years

Flew F-15s and F-105s for 2200+ hours including 303 combat hours. Retired as Major in 1989.
Heidi Cornell
Heidi Cornell
Class of 1985
Army, 20+ Years

I served over 22 years in the Army and served in Iraq in 08-09.
James Dingfelder
James Dingfelder
Class of 1956
Air Force, 3 Years

Captain,Medical Corp
Jamie E. McGonigal
Jamie E. McGonigal
Class of 1990
Marine Corps, 3 Years

2111 - Small Arms Repair
Jason French
Jason French
Class of 1996
Army, 4 Years

Served in the 101st, 82nd 1st Ranger Bat. and 160th SOAR. Ranger School graduate 10-97
Jeffrey T. Claypool
Jeffrey T. Claypool
Class of 1983
Marine Corps, 20+ Years

Served from 1983-2006, including 3 tours in Iraq, as an aerial navigator/tactical systems officer on the KC-130. I worked my way through the enlisted ranks to Gunnery Sergeant and then received a commission as a Warrant Officer, retiring as a Chief Warrant Officer-3.
I was stationed at MCAGCC Twenty-nine Palms, CA: Camp H.M. Smith, HI; Camp Elmore, VA; Mather AFB, CA; MCAS Cherry Point, NC; MCAS Futenma, Okinawa, Japan; and NAS JRB Fort Worth, TX.
I participated/supported numerous operations throughout my career including Somalia and Iraq, accruing over 5,800 flight hours around the world and flying 166 combat missions.
Jerold Farver, Sr.
Jerold Farver, Sr.
Class of 1965
Navy, 4 Years

FTG3 Pacific Fleet
Jerold Farver, Sr.
Jerold Farver, Sr.
Class of 1965
Navy, 4 Years

FTG3 Pacific Fleet 1965-1969
Jim Kruger
Jim Kruger
Class of 1965
Navy, 4 Years

Served on USA Goodrich DDR831 supported theFleet in the Mediterranean during the Arab Israeli War then Vietnam 1967-1968 with communication facility in Danang and PBR boats South of Hue supporting the Army on river patrols then back to Charleston, SC. on USS Hunley AS 31supporting the Nuclear Submarine Fleet
John S. Desko
John S. Desko
Class of 1967
Air Force, 4 Years

Task Force Alpha
Joseph D. Arico
Joseph D. Arico
Class of 1993
Marine Corps, 20+ Years

Semper Fidelis!
Karl E Groters
Karl E Groters
Class of 1957
Air Force, 20+ Years

USAF Security Service - Hill AFB Command Post
Karl Wurzbach
Karl Wurzbach
Class of 1991
Army, 17 Years

Intelligence sergeant and formerly a weapons sergeant with the 3rd Special Forces Group.
Kevin Weilacher
Kevin Weilacher
Class of 1976
Air Force, 20+ Years

I joined the Air Force on 22 December 1976......
Just three days before Christmas.
It took me to alot of great places and lots of cool jobs from loading Nukes on B-52's, to be an Structural Airframe repair and even did a stint in a recruiting, which was a blast.
Kimberly Spusta
Kimberly Spusta
Class of 2001
Air Force, 2 Years

USAF Weather Officer
LAURIE  (DEANGELO) MIXTER
LAURIE (DEANGELO) MIXTER
Class of 1978
Army, 15 Years

March 3, 1979 to August 8, 2004 Combat Veteran, Operation Iraqy Freedom, first wave. Disbaled American Veteran Pittsburgh, PA.
Leigh A Baumbaugh
Leigh A Baumbaugh
Class of 1990
Air Force, 25 Years

Still serving on Active Duty (25+ yrs) Currently serving as Operations Officer and Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies, Air Force ROTC, Det 610, University of North Dakota
Served two tours as a squadron commander, five-times combat deployed, primary specialty--Contracting Officer
Loralee trask
Loralee trask
Class of 1983
Navy, 8 Years

Radioman 2nd class petty officer. Served from 19 nov 86 thru sep 1994.
loran george
loran george
Class of 1977
Army, 6 Years

1977-1979 served in germany , working on the rhine river as a bridge enginner
Luke "Ed" Flannery
Luke "Ed" Flannery
Class of 1958
Navy, 6 Years

PO2 (E5)
AIRCREWMAN (RADAR, ELECTRONIC COUNTER MEASURES, NAVIGATION) IN
WILLIE VICTORS (WV-2) LOCKHEED SUPER RADAR CONSTELLATIONS. THE GRANDFATHER OF THE CURRENT AWACS AIRCRAFT.
3,500 FLIGHT PATROL HOURS
LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT! PUT ANOTHER 16 YEARS IN THE MARYLAND AIR GUARD.
Mark S. Tomlin
Mark S. Tomlin
Class of 1974
Air Force, 20+ Years

Numerous assignments, retired from 1st Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field Fla.

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Class of '99

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skipper fallier (letcher)

Just to let his class of 68 know,my brother skip died january 28th 2007 in leesburg florida of lung cancer,,he had been ...
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Our Mcdowell 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 Mcdowell High School Military to know that they are loved and appreciated. All of us in Erie are proud of our military alumni and want to thank them for risking their lives to protect our country!