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

Bill Vaughn
Bill Vaughn
Class of 1981
Army Reserves, 37 Years

Served for 37 years of Active and Reserves as Infantry and Civil Affairs. Tours include Gulf War 1991, Bosnia 1996, Afghanistan 2003-2003, Iraq 2007-2008, Egypt 2010. Photo is after giving my youngest Son his oath of office at Commissioning. He is now a Blackhawk pilot for the Army.
Carl William Bortle
Carl William Bortle
Class of 1965
Marine Corps, 2 Years

Unites States Marine Corp Presidential Honor Guard Washington, DC
Carolina Monroy
Carolina Monroy
Class of 2007
National Guard, 3 Years

Still serving
Cherrylann (Rainey) StJohn
Cherrylann (Rainey) StJohn
Class of 1971
Air Force, 20+ Years

Security Policeman. Stationed in Texas, Mississippi, Korea, Italy, Arkansas, Greece and Virginia. Worked unit and command level
Cherrylann (Rainey) StJohn
Cherrylann (Rainey) StJohn
Class of 1971
Air Force, 20+ Years

Security Police
Cye Cohen
Cye Cohen
Class of 1966
Army, 3 Years

Military Police/ Vietnam
David Will
David Will
Class of 1980
Navy, 20+ Years

Navy Reserve, Civil Engineer Corps (Seabees) 87-Present. Two tours in Afghanistan 06 and 07.
Dr. Ernest K. Ralston
Dr. Ernest K. Ralston
Class of 1972
Army, 20+ Years

US Army Special Forces Combat Medic, Vietnam combat service 72-74, Honorable Discharge 1989, recalled back to service reserves 2009, Iraq and Afghanistan combat service. Currently assigned to Special Operations Command.
Elizabeth Altare
Elizabeth Altare
Class of 1999
Marine Corps, 8 Years

Served 4 years avtive duty and the rest as inactive reserves
Ita-marie Aguilera
Ita-marie Aguilera
Class of 1997
Air Force, 4 Years

Medical Technician
Jackie Disspain
Jackie Disspain
Class of 1962
Army, 2 Years

Army Intelligence Corps 6th Army Good. Conduct Medal. Vietnam Service Medal
Jeff Trompeter
Jeff Trompeter
Class of 1985
Navy, 7 Years

U.S Navy Civil Engineer Corps Officer 1990 - 1997.
Jeffery Dixon
Jeffery Dixon
Class of 1982
Army, 7 Years

95B1C Military Police,Panama (Operation Just Cause),California 68G10 Aviation Sheet Metal Mechanic.Alaska,Fairbanks.
Jim Swanson
Jim Swanson
Class of 1965
Army, 12 Years

Basic training August 1967 Vietnam February 1968 1969. Served with First Infantry Division as a fire direction chief computer..Became a computer programmer/analyst served with USACDEC.. Returned to Field Artillery with the 24 Infantry Division as a Battalion Chief Computer
John "Buz" MacCurdy
John "Buz" MacCurdy
Class of 1965
Air Force, 4 Years

SSgt; 4531st TAC FTR WG; July 1966 - April 1970; Rerouted from Danang, Viet Nam to Kunsan, Korea in Jan 1967 when North Korean's seized USS Pueblo; lived in a tent on the Yellow Sea for 6-months!
John E. Horn
John E. Horn
Class of 1964
Army, 20+ Years

John was drafted into the Army on Nov 16, 1966 as a private. He was selected and attended OCS and was commissioned a 2d Lieutenant in October 1967. He attended flight school and graduated and was awarded Army Aviator Wings in October 1968. Assigned to the 173d Assault Helicopter Company in the Republic of Vietnam in March 1969. John served 2 combat tours amassing 1700 hours of flight time. Promoted to Captain in October 1970. He met and married Betty, who he met on R&R in Sydney in January 1970. They married December 1970 and were assigned to the Berlin Brigade. John served a total of 28 years, 16 of which were overseas. In addition to Vietnam, John saw combat during the Grenada invasion, Panama invasion and Desert Storm. He retired in 1994 as a Colonel. His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, with Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Medal with 62 Oak Leaf Clusters, Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Defense Distinguished Meritorious Service Medal, Master Army Aviator wings, Expert Infantryman Badge. And he is still married to the sweetie he met on R&R!
Juan Rodriguez
Juan Rodriguez
Class of 1977
Army, 20+ Years

Served 5 years on Active Duty and 26 years in the Army Reserve. I was stationed in Germany from 1982 through 1985 and deployed to Iraq in 2004. Also, had deployments to El Salvador, Panama, Ecuador and Peru.
julie snowberger denton
julie snowberger denton
Class of 1977
Air Force, 2 Years

veterinary technician
LEONARDO J. PEREZ
LEONARDO J. PEREZ
Class of 1998
Air Force, 10 Years

Current Air Force Reservist with the 482nd Mako Medics
Michael Galatis
Michael Galatis
Class of 1963
Army, 10 Years

Europe, Viet Nam, USA

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Dwight Melgaard
Class of '72

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Andrew Parker Memorial Scholarship Fund Run/Walk

My son, Andrew Parker, graduated from Miami Palmetto in June 2010. He was killed in an automobile accident on October 16...
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Our Miami Palmetto 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 Miami Palmetto High School Military to know that they are loved and appreciated. All of us in Pinecrest are proud of our military alumni and want to thank them for risking their lives to protect our country!