Alumni Stories

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Harry Niestrath

Class of 1961

Harry was born in November of 1943 where he would graduated in 1961. From there he joined th United States Navy as an Air Crewman. After boot camp he went to school to become an In-Flight Technician where we would have to repair electronic problems while flying, sometimes through hostile territory. He flew the the Navy's P-3 airplane which primary mission was to hunt for submarines. He has been all over the world including the Philippians where he met his soon to be wife Luzviminda Abayan. Harry and Minda had 3 daughters before they moved from Hawaii to Maryland in 1985 where he retired as a Master Chief in 1987 after the birth of his son. Harry lived a wonderful life until he passed away at the age of 59 from a heart attack on May 29, 2003. Currently his wife Minda still lives in there home in Maryland while there children had grown up and spread out across the U.S. There two oldest daughters live in Florida, the oldest married with a girl and a boy, Harry was fortunate enough to meet his granddaughter. The youngest daughter currently resides in California working on becoming an artist. The youngest of his 4 siblings, and only son, had also joined the United States Navy as an Air Crewman and graduating the school for being an In-Flight Technician.
Harry was a great man and it was hard for his family to let him go, but like one of Haryy's followers said, "It's a sad day for the V8 Ranger community. Harry's knowledge and help will be sorely missed, but it seems the good Lord needs help troubleshooting his V8 ranger. At least he picked the best man for the job!".

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Lost Class Rings

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