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

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
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.
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
Michael H. Newell
Michael H. Newell Class of 1967
Army, 4 Years
West Point graduate
Mike Galats
Mike Galats Class of 1963
Army, 10 Years
SP/5 US Army Signal Corps Germany , France, Viet Nam
Philip Allen Stiles, Jr
Philip Allen Stiles, Jr Class of 1962
Navy, 20+ Years
Entered the US Navy as a Seaman Recruit on 8 August 1962. Rose to Senior Chief Firecontrol Technician prior to being commissioned as an Ensign in the Limited Duty Officer program in 1979. Qualified as a Surface Warfare Officer and retired as a Lieutenant. Commander in 1992. Served two tours in Vietnam aboard USS Manley (DD-940). Duty stations included sea and shore tours on the East Coast , Japan and Cuba.
Richard A Crusan
Richard A Crusan Class of 1981
Army, 20+ Years
Enlisted as an Armor Crewman in 1981. Entered US Military Academy in 1984. Graduated in 1988 as a Military Police Officer. Served 14 years as an MP. Deployed four times. Taught at West Point from 1997 to 2000. Served as Provost Marshal in Puerto Rico. Served three years as Army South's Public Affairs Officers. Currently employed as the Deputy G3 for US Army NATO in Germany as an Army Civilian finishing 30 years of federal service.
Robert Abdich
Robert Abdich Class of 1967
Air Force, 20+ Years
Served 21 years as an Inventory Management Specialist/Superintnendant (Supply) in the USAF. Stationed in California, South Carolina, Indiana, New Mexico, Germany, South Korea, and Okinawa, Japan.
Thomas Simmons
Thomas Simmons Class of 1963
Army, 20+ Years
West Point '68, Vietnam '69 - '70 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, resigned RA commission '74 for reserves to go to Medical School, retired '05 LTC
William A Davidson
William A Davidson Class of 1963
Air Force, 20+ Years
Served USAF in OSI for 14 yrs then Military Deputy Asst to SecAF. Retired after 23 yrs and became SES serving as Admn. Asst. to the Sec of the AF for 20 yrs.

Classmates Spotlight

Miami Palmetto High School Classmates

Betsey Bystock
Class of '61

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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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