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

al dikcis
al dikcis
Class of 2006
Army, 2 Years

light wheel mechanic--
Bill Pankow
Bill Pankow
Class of 1967
Navy, 4 Years

Communication Technician stationed on Guam and in Morocco, Africa
Carl Lahti
Carl Lahti
Class of 1985
Navy, 19 Years

Submarine Officer. Currently serving as the Commanding Officer of USS NEBRASKA (SSBN 739).
Charles F. Hutchinson
Charles F. Hutchinson
Class of 1972
Army, 18 Years

Received an early retirement as a Major in 1994 supporting the Army drawdown strategy after Desert Storm. Commissioned as a 2LT, Field Artillery Officer thru Niagara University's ROTC program in 1976. Served in 17th FA Brigade in Germany and 2ID in Korea. Very rewarding experience.
Daniel Jagow
Daniel Jagow
Class of 1964
Navy, 5 Years

Trained as electronic technician and worked with Navy SEALs and UDT prior to deployment overseas in Viet Nam. Also trained as Nuclear Reactor operator and served on the USS Truxtun (DLGN/CGN-35). Visited many ports in Asia and Africa.
David Adams
David Adams
Class of 1980
Air Force, 20+ Years

Civil Engineer. Traveled to over 70 countries, working with US and foreign Embassies assessing airports prior to bringing in our large military and Presidential aircraft.
David H Miller
David H Miller
Class of 1962
Marine Corps, 4 Years

Spent 1964-1968 in Marine Corps. After basic training at Parris Island, SC and advanced training at Camp Lejuene, NC, I was stationed at Marine Barracks, Washington, DC. At this duty station, I was first assigned to the guard section which guarded the 8th & I Barracks. Then I moved to the honor guard which was located at Building 58 in the Navy Yard. Honor guard responsibilities included being part of Tuesday evening parade at the IWO Memorial in Arlington, VA and the Friday evening parade at 8th &I. Other responsibilities included burial ceremonies at Arlington Cemetery and providing security for the President at Camp David.

Spent 1964-1968 in Marine Corps. After basic training at Parris Island, SC and advanced training at Camp Lejuene, NC, I was stationed at Marine Barracks, Washington, DC. At this duty station, I was first assigned to the guard section which guarded the 8th & I Barracks. Then I moved to the honor guard which was located at Building 58 in the Navy Yard. Honor guard responsibilities included being part of Tuesday evening parade at the IWO Memorial in Arlington, VA and the Friday evening parade at 8th & I. Other responsibilities included burial ceremonies at Arlington Cemetery and providing security for the President at Camp David.
David Oakes
David Oakes
Class of 1972
Marine Corps, 4 Years

Although my personality never quite fit the Marine mentality I was proud to serve and made it out with an honorable discharge. It was the end of the Vietnam war and being a Marine wasn't popular. But, I never ws much of one to care what anyone thought. I moved around a bit and eventually wound up in California where I installed the computers at the El Toro base. The base is no longer there but I have a lot of memories that are.
David York
David York
Class of 1986
Navy, 4 Years

Hospital Corpsman 1988-1992
Desert Shield / Storm
Bethesda Naval Hospital - Cardio Thoracic Surgery
NAS Sigonella, Italy - Flight Medic, EMS
Douglas E. Johnson
Douglas E. Johnson
Class of 1978
Army, 20+ Years

Served over 20+ years of active and reserves as a Communications Electronic Engineer and Systems Automations officer in various positions from platoon leader to Commander in Army and Joint assignments
Dr. John E. Lapham
Dr. John E. Lapham
Class of 1970
Army, 20+ Years

Enlisted, Officer Candidate School graduate, and Officer
Dusty Johnson
Dusty Johnson
Class of 1968
Air Force, 4 Years

South east Asia 3X
Ed Dera
Ed Dera
Class of 1964
Army, 2 Years

6th Army Cavalry Refpgiment
Fort Meade Md.
Edward Dera
Edward Dera
Class of 1964
Army, 2 Years

US Army 6th Amored Calvary Division
Fort Meade Maryland.
SGT E-5
Fred C. Weaver Jr.
Fred C. Weaver Jr.
Class of 1964
Air Force, 4 Years

K-9 Military Policeman. Served one (1) year in Vietnam (December 1966 to December 1967). Honorable discharge in July 1968.
James Church
James Church
Class of 1968
Army, 2 Years

Vietnam Veteran
Jerry R Dixon
Jerry R Dixon
Class of 1969
Army, 16 Years

did ten years army and six air force.
was a computer tech
Jim Blake
Jim Blake
Class of 1976
Air Force, 6 Years

Served proudly!
John Dale
John Dale
Class of 2000
Army, 3 Years

Infantry - Operation Iraqi Freedom
John Strenksoki
John Strenksoki
Class of 1967
Army, 3 Years

Vietnam
Kenneth Regester
Kenneth Regester
Class of 1972
Air Force, 20+ Years

Retired MSgt (E7)
Lyle
Lyle
Class of 1963
Army, 3 Years

Combat infantryman,Vietnam nam 1966 Germany 67-68. Demolition training and mt.repelling in Germany quite a lot of training,,made the VFW magazine for being in one of the bloodiest battles in Vietnam nam ,,
Marvin Allan Williams
Marvin Allan Williams
Class of 1968
Air Force, 20+ Years

SMSgt (E8) Retired. I was a photographer for the first 12 years, then spent 5 years in flight simulators, and the final 6 years as Deputy Director of a Family Support Center.
mike carlson sr
mike carlson sr
Class of 1975
Navy, 20+ Years

american hostage crises, desert shield & storm
mike carlson sr.
mike carlson sr.
Class of 1975
Navy, 20+ Years

Was part of the Iran hostage crisis; desert shield&storm was on 5 different ships& 3 shore commands did whole career in Charleston s.c. retiered in 99 now the v.a.disabled me. Hello to all of class of 75 hope to make it up that way one day.
Natalino Christopher Matt
Natalino Christopher Matt
Class of 1996
Marine Corps, 4 Years

Logistics
Neil McCallum
Neil McCallum
Class of 1976
Navy, 20+ Years

US Navy Submarine Service 9+ years, US Navy Seabees 12+ years.
Nicholas J. Mayer
Nicholas J. Mayer
Class of 2006
Navy, 2 Years

I am currently serving in Kuwait with Marine Expeditionary (MESRON) Boat Detachment 211. In May 2008, I was promoted to Petty Officer 3rd Class in Information Technology.
Norman Fose
Norman Fose
Class of 1974
Army, 18 Years

Warrant Officer served in Desert Storm
Patrick K. Downey
Patrick K. Downey
Class of 1973
Air Force, 20+ Years

Worked in personnel and contractng.
Patrick Oakes
Patrick Oakes
Class of 1997
Navy, 13 Years

Medically Retired culinary specialists / mess management specialists, instructor, and a correction officer
Rick D. Huff
Rick D. Huff
Class of 1972
Army, 4 Years

Enlisted April 76 as an Army medic/surgical assistant. Stationed at Fitzsimmons AMC Denver CO then TriplerAMC Honolulu HI. I enjoyed my stint in the US military and was proud to serve. Of course residing in Kaneohe, HI was a 'hazardous' duty assignment. Truly, it was an educational and rewarding experience. Honorable discharge as an E5 in 1980.
Robert B Ignagni
Robert B Ignagni
Class of 1977
Navy, 8 Years

Hospital Corpsman, special ops USMC and
Seal Team 5. GREAT TIME
Robert B Ignagni
Robert B Ignagni
Class of 1977
Navy, 8 Years

Hospital Corpsman, Marine Corps special operations, and Navy Special warefare
Salvatore Mansu
Salvatore Mansu
Class of 1963
Air Force, 20+ Years

I enlisted in the Air Force in 1966 and retired in 1986. I was trained as a Cryptographic Specialist and was stationed in Germany, Turkey, Alaska and many of the lower 48 states. Worked on the SAC Airborne Command Post (Looking Glass).
Sarah Cramer
Sarah Cramer
Class of 2007
Army, 5 Years

Air Defense Artillery- 4/5 ADA
stan dikcis
stan dikcis
Class of 2005
Army, 3 Years

airborn--- injuerd in combat
thomas cannuli
thomas cannuli
Class of 2008
Army, 1 Years

94t
Tom Darnley
Tom Darnley
Class of 1969
Army, 21 Years

Medic, Air Defense Artillery Officer, Medical Service Officer, Instructor at Command and General Staff College.
Tom Zwelling
Tom Zwelling
Class of 1983
Air Force, 34 Years

Retired in 2018.

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Our Niagara Wheatfield 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 Niagara Wheatfield High School Military to know that they are loved and appreciated. All of us in Sanborn are proud of our military alumni and want to thank them for risking their lives to protect our country!