Military Alumni

Military Alumni

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

Bill Patterson
Bill Patterson Class of 1993
Army, 13 Years
Staff Sargent, Paratrooper, 2 tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Recieved multiple awards including the Bronze Star
Brian Dewey
Brian Dewey Class of 1975
Navy, 4 Years
Entered Navy June 1975, After going to "Bootcamp" in Great Lakes. Transferred to USS Oklahoma City homeported in Yokosuka Japan until May 1978. Transferred to USS Chicago in San Diego CA from June 1978 to May 1979.
Charles Sondgeroth
Charles Sondgeroth Class of 1985
Army, 20+ Years
Currently stationed in Austin TX - Fort Hood. Will be retiring fall 2007
Colonel Lee Buland USMC (Retired)
Colonel Lee Buland USMC (Retired) Class of 1972
Marine Corps, 20+ Years
US Marine Fighter/Attack Pilot June 1976 to July 2006. Commanding Officer Marine Attack Squadron 311 from July 1993 to May 1995. Commanding Officer Marine Attack Training Squadron 203 from June 1995 to June 1997. Commanding Officer Marine Air Group 13 from June 1999 to June 2001. Acting Commanding General Marine Corps Bases East from March 2005 to February 2006. Commanding Officer Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point from February 2006 to July 2006. 6300 mishap free flight hours including 3700 hours in the AV-8B Harrier with qualifications in 30 different aircraft.
David Miller
David Miller Class of 1978
Air Force, 4 Years
Served in Grissom AFB as a Firefighter and a paramedic
James Walzer
James Walzer Class of 1967
Army, 2 Years
Basic Training @ Fort Polk, La 155 mm Howitzer Training @ Fort Hood, TX Military Police Corp, Ghelnhausen, Germany
Jason Foster
Jason Foster Class of 1995
Army, 13 Years
Jason has to this point served 9 years as enlisted Field Artillery and two as a Drill Sergeant, then switched over and is currently serving at Fort Hood, TX as a Medevac pilot flying UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopters.
John M. Green
John M. Green Class of 1993
Army, 11 Years
Aviation Crew Chief
Joseph Mitchell
Joseph Mitchell Class of 1969
Army, 6 Years
Viet Nam Veteran, combat 1970-1972...instructor, military training Fort Wolters, Texas...Fort Campbell ,Kentucky, Fort Lee, Virginia, Military Police, Sandia Base, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1974.
Julie Etheridge
Julie Etheridge Class of 1979
Navy, 4 Years
Hospital Corpsman/Operating Room Technician
Octavio Barriga
Octavio Barriga Class of 1990
Army, 3 Years
3 1/2 years United States Army Airborne Infantry. 2/502nd Infantry Air Assault, Ft. Campbell, KY 5/87th Infantry Light, Ft. Kobbe, Panama
roger baxter
roger baxter Class of 1967
Navy, 4 Years
2nd class radarman vietnam vet 69-72 servrd on USS camden and plankowner on USS Shasta
Sherry Booth
Sherry Booth Class of 1975
Coast Guard, 5 Years
Went in as an enlisted, 1991, went to college got my degrees, came out as an 0-4, 1995. Married a military member who retired from Navy, also from Ill. Was over in Japan same time as Brian Dewey and Dan Edgecomb..never crossed paths. pic submitted is me holding our "Cutter" flag.
Sherry Booth-Boyer
Sherry Booth-Boyer Class of 1975
Coast Guard, 5 Years
Started in 1991as a enlisted, went to college and made it to an 0-4. ended in 1995. Married to a military man who served 20 years in Navy, and retired. Also from Illinois. In pi..holding the flag!!
Stan Gehler
Stan Gehler Class of 1958
Army, 19 Years
Troop and Company Commander, Viet Nam, Korea, Germany, Armor Battalion Executive Officer
Stan Gehler
Stan Gehler Class of 1958
Army, 20+ Years
Entered Army in 1963 after graduation from the University of IL. Was commissioned in 1963, became on Armor Officer/ served in Cavalry in Viet Nam. Another area of expertise was logistics. Received a Bronze Star in Viet Nam. Retired in 1983. Went to work for Civil Service, and saved Government million of dollars, for which he received a Presidential letter from George Bush 41.Is now retired from both. Submitted by his wife, Sandra Gehler.
Terri Green
Terri Green Class of 1977
Army, 4 Years
It was great
Terri Green(POLSON)
Terri Green(POLSON) Class of 1977
Army, 4 Years
I was in for 4 years. Worked in ammuntion and supply. Got out as an E4 on the list for E5

Classmates Spotlight

Mendota Township High School Classmates

Justin Setchell
Class of '03

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School News

Norm Parks

By the pictures of the class of 58 it is simply amazing to find out how much everyone looked alike. Must have had name t...
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