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

Bryan McTaggart
Bryan McTaggart Class of 2001
Army, 9 Years
Helicopter Technician, two tours of Iraq.
Christopher James
Christopher James Class of 2002
Navy, 10 Years
After graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2006, Chris entered the nuclear submarine force, where he is currently serving.
Craig Rose
Craig Rose Class of 2004
Army, 6 Years
Field artillery " it means i shoot cannons" deployed twice to iraq for a total of 28 months.
Dan Hunsperger
Dan Hunsperger Class of 2001
Air Force, 7 Years
Joined in December of 2003. Still in and plan on staying in until retirement. Job is "Security Forces". Did a 6 month deployment to Ecuador South America in support of the "War on Drugs" in 2005. Also did a 15 month deployment to Baghdad, Iraq performing convoys along side the army and training the Iraqi Police. Then became an Instructor for "Combat Skills Training" where I got people ready to head into Iraq and Afghanistan. After that, I worked as a "Raven" providing aircraft security for planes traveling into hostile areas to include providing security for Senator John McCain. Been all over the world and have enjoyed every minute of it. currently stationed in Germany as part of a Contingency Response Group.
Dave Randall
Dave Randall Class of 1970
Navy, 8 Years
Submarine service. USS Robert E Lee (SSBN-601) and USS John Marshall (SSBN-611)
David Randall
David Randall Class of 1970
Navy, 8 Years
Submariner. USS Robert E Lee (SSBN-601) and USS John Marshall (SSBN-611). Electrician's Mate First Class/Engineering Lab Technician.
edward hopkins
edward hopkins Class of 2000
Navy, 8 Years
Aviation jet engine tech for F/A-18 Superhornet
Erica Jane (Darmstatter) Wheeler
Erica Jane (Darmstatter) Wheeler Class of 1976
Air Force, 15 Years
Joined USAF in 1980, as an A.G.E. specialist. Retrained into Disaster Preparedness(Readiness) becam an Tecnical Instructor. Traveled the world. Gulf War Vet, Retired in 1995.
Gary Pinkerton
Gary Pinkerton Class of 1987
Navy, 20+ Years
Gary graduated from the Naval Academy in '91 and from U of I with an MS in '93. During his 25 years in the Submarine Force, Gary served on 4 boats, including command of the USS TUCSON in Pearl Harbor.
Gavin McDaniel
Gavin McDaniel Class of 2006
National Guard, 4 Years
Just returned from Afghanistan, and is currently stationed in Wisconsin.
james burke
james burke Class of 1983
Army, 6 Years
72echo combat data telecommunications center operater (radio ratt)
Jeffrey Scott Johnson
Jeffrey Scott Johnson Class of 1984
Marine Corps, 20+ Years
Enlisted in the Marines in 1985. Avionics & Flight Engineering. Attained the rank of Master Sergeant (E-8). Graduated with BS from SIU-C cum laude in 2005. Retired in 2007. Deployed/supported 2 major combat operations. 7th Marine Expeditionary Brigade-Desert Storm & 2nd Marine Regiment-Enduring Freedom. Recruiter Supervisor Cape Girardeau Sub-Station from 1992-2000. Awarded United States Air Medal, Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal. Retiring to Cape Girardeau Missouri 2008 with supportive and beloved family.
Jim Brown
Jim Brown Class of 1968
Marine Corps, 20+ Years
Retired as a Master Gunnery Sergeant
Joey Ritcheson
Joey Ritcheson Class of 2006
Marine Corps, 3 Years
Currently serving a tour of duty in Iraq, will return home sometime in March 2010.
michael patrick reilly
michael patrick reilly Class of 1977
National Guard, 20+ Years
Retired from Illinois National Guard in October 2011. Deployed to Afghanistan in 2009 and served on Operation Noble Eagle in 2003-2004.
michael reilly
michael reilly Class of 1977
National Guard, 20+ Years
I joined the Illinois National Guard in 1984 and graduated from OCS (Officer Candidate School) in July 88. Currently, serving @ Afghanistan and expect to be promoted to Major before I retire.
Mike Dobbs
Mike Dobbs Class of 1975
Air Force, 20+ Years
Served all over the world and loved every minute of it!
Paul Robinson
Paul Robinson Class of 1982
Army, 3 Years
Military Police stationed at Ft. Lee Va.
Randall T. Sumner
Randall T. Sumner Class of 1987
Army, 20+ Years
Joined in 1988 as an M1A1 Armor Crewman. Currently a Command Sergeant Major and retiring in 2010. Deployed to Bosnia, Kosovo, and three tours in Iraq. Stationed in Fort Carson CO, Friedberg Germany, Fort Knox KY, Baunholder Germany, Hohenfels Germany, Fort Stewart, GA, and Hohenfels Germany for 2nd time. Three Bronze Star medals, one with a Valor device. Army was a great choice and for those that knew me in High School - you wouldn't believe who I came. Students reading this, the military chnaged my life and I wouldn't change a thing. Traveled, friends all over the world, finacially secure, and finally graduated from College.
Rick Clayton
Rick Clayton Class of 1992
Army, 15 Years
15 Years in the ARMY Infantry Current Rank Duty positon: Aide de Camp Currently Serving in Afghanistan

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Class of '72

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