North High School Alumni

Torrance, California (CA)

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

Alexander Mendoza
Alexander Mendoza
Class of 1966
Army, 4 Years

US Army veteran served 2 tours of duty in Vietnam.
Art Neumann
Art Neumann
Class of 1960
Army, 20+ Years

Retired with 36 years of service as a CW-4 US Army. Imagery Analyst, Viet Nam, counter narcotics, Bosnia, Kosovo, Desert Fox and USMC support in Afghanistan. 2.5 yrs with the Joint Chiefs of Staff Pentagon. (note: I moved to Denver CO mid-term Senior Year.)
Arthur Neumann
Arthur Neumann
Class of 1960
Army, 20+ Years

Chief Warrant Officer CW4, Imagery Analyst. Total 36 years service. Assignments include Berlin Crisis; 2+ tours Viet Nam; Joint Chiefs of Staff, Pentagon-Bosnia, Kosovo, Desert Fox; Counter Narcotics Ops in central and south America,support for US Marine Corps Afghanistan 2002. Retired January 2003
Bob Lamb
Bob Lamb
Class of 1966
Air Force, 6 Years

Served in Texas, Germany & Phoenix Z
Claude Stemp
Claude Stemp
Class of 1958
Air Force, 25 Years

Intelligence and targeting officer for 15 years ,chosen to command six times. Honored to work with the company ie CIA plus NASA In NKP,Thailand putting bombs on the Ho. Chi Minh trail with our beautiful B 52s, A1E prop fighters,C 130s intel work etc. Awarded the Bronze Star Medal plus seven others serving gladly. Taught at USAF Survival School and DOD Intel school. An honor to work with great NCOs and true heroes Lucky to be alive.
Colleen Annes
Colleen Annes
Class of 1974
Air Force, 20+ Years

retired after 32 years, 2000 flying hours (500 in fighters), two O/S assignments (one remote), and flying in five conflicts: ELF One (when the Kingdom was fun), Desert Shield/Storm (just when I thought I'd never see this place again), Just Cause (tiny but it counts), Joint Endeavor/Guard (and I thought Korea was cold!), and OIF (at night Kirkuk looked like a Mad Max movie with all the oil fires around the base)...favorite jet: F16 (sorry to my Eagle driver friends but the Viper was my first); favorite assignment: Green Door (some of the best things I've never done); least favorite: Pentagon (two hour commute, 18 hour days, six days a week, AND working for the Army...but I created a tiny island of Air Force that my boss hated)
David Burgett
David Burgett
Class of 1966
Army, 2 Years

Served 9 months in San Juan, Puerto Rico and 1 year in Thailand in the middle of the jungle
David E. Gagnon
David E. Gagnon
Class of 1980
Marine Corps, 4 Years

shore party(logistics specialist) stationed at Gamp Pendleton 1980-1981, stationed at Kaneohe MCAS 1981-1984
donald williamson
donald williamson
Class of 1965
Navy Reserves, 6 Years

served 6 yrs in USNR, 2yrs active from 66-68. did 2 tours in Nam with MCB9 BRAVO CO. I was a CEW3/PO3. deployed to DaNang twice but worked all over I Corps. Came home and did 4yrs of active reserve. Would have been an O1 if not for the war. For one of the other vets, I helped build 1stTK Alpha Co. base in Danang in 66. I have a pic of me on one of their M48's
Dyrck H Van Dusen
Dyrck H Van Dusen
Class of 1964
Marine Corps, 20+ Years

Vietnam 1969/1970 (15 months). First and Fifth tanks primarily in Danang area. 20 years service as an armor officer with First, Third, Fourth, and Fifth Tank Battalions. Trained recruits in San Diego and Armor Officers at Fort Knox. operation at Test Project Officer for M1A1 AbramsTank and USMC Light Armored Vehicle. Retired 1988.
Dyrck H Van Dusen
Dyrck H Van Dusen
Class of 1964
Marine Corps, 20+ Years

Vietnam 1969/1970 (15 months). First and Fifth tanks primarily in Danang area. 20 years service as an armor officer with First, Third, Fourth, and Fifth Tank Battalions. Trained recruits in San Diego and Armor Officers at Fort Knox. operation at Test Project Officer for M1A1 AbramsTank and USMC Light Armored Vehicle. Retired 1988.
Jim Foreman
Jim Foreman
Class of 1969
Army, 18 Years

retired from the Army in 1991
Julie Elkin Richard
Julie Elkin Richard
Class of 1976
Marine Corps, 4 Years

Radio/TV broadcaster overseas
Linda Durian Priest
Linda Durian Priest
Class of 1976
Air Force, 20+ Years

Still serving in the USAF reserves since 1978. Also civilian worker for the Air Force
Richard Balleraas
Richard Balleraas
Class of 1974
Air Force, 20+ Years

Served from 1977 - 1997. Aircraft Maintenance Technician.
richard blake
richard blake
Class of 1973
Army, 5 Years

Viet Nam veteran served from 73 to 78 Served with the big red 1 after nam went to Germany. I now suffer with Diabetes from agent Orange
Richard Cook
Richard Cook
Class of 1968
Army, 2 Years

1970 draft volunteer; 11B (infantry) with 1st Infantry Division in Kansas and Germany
Richard French
Richard French
Class of 1963
Air Force, 20+ Years

Served 26+ years in the accounting & finance career field.
Richard Nienow
Richard Nienow
Class of 1973
Air Force, 6 Years

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Ronnie Updike
Ronnie Updike
Class of 1965
Army, 2 Years

3rd Inf. Division 2nd Bt. 15th Inf.

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Class of '71

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