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Military High School Alumni

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This area is dedicated to our alumni that have served or are serving in our armed forces!

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Honored Military Alumni

Alecks S. Elia
Alecks S. Elia
Class of 1981
Marine Corps, 20+ Years

Retired Master Sergeant 03/27/1985-10/31/2007 Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal Gold Star x 3, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal X 5, Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal (Iraq), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Armed Service Reserve Medal with M Device Silver Hour Glass Attached, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation.
Allan Marshall
Allan Marshall
Class of 2004
Marine Corps, 4 Years

Infantry Machine gunner. Deployed to Marjah, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from June 2010-January 2011 and to Trek Nawa, Afghanistan from November 2011-May 2012 with a military working dog to sweep for improvised explosive devices while on foot patrols throughout the Helmand Province.
Billy Silva
Billy Silva
Class of 1999
Marine Corps, 4 Years

Infantry
Brian F Shea
Brian F Shea
Class of 1979
Navy, 9 Years

Medical Service Corps (Pharmacy Officer), Reservist
Christopher Kerwin
Christopher Kerwin
Class of 2008
Navy, 4 Years

MP
Daniel B. Kulak
Daniel B. Kulak
Class of 1960
Army, 2 Years

Served as a Captain. Viet Nam February 1969 - February 1070 with the 1st Aviation Brigade
Donna M. Jansky
Donna M. Jansky
Class of 1972
Navy, 20+ Years

Aviation Structural Mechanic. 9 years active duty, 15 years reserves. Called up for Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Retired CPO.
Grant Fotheringham
Grant Fotheringham
Class of 1987
Marine Corps, 17 Years

Served in Desert Shield/Desert Storm
Served in Somalia
Served in Operation Iraqi Freedom
James Roberts
James Roberts
Class of 1986
Navy, 14 Years

Navy Corpsman
John A. Michalak
John A. Michalak
Class of 1985
Navy, 20+ Years

Retired from Active Duty in 2007
Nuclear Trained Submarine Electrician
Joseph Grillo
Joseph Grillo
Class of 1967
Army, 2 Years

Vietnam 69-70
Justin Sauvageau
Justin Sauvageau
Class of 2009
Army, 9 Years

Operation Enduring Freedom
Karen Bell
Karen Bell
Class of 1990
Air Force, 20+ Years

Tour highlights: Germany, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and a joint tour to Iraq with the US Army
Lewis Cohen
Lewis Cohen
Class of 1968
Army, 9 Years

Medical Corps
Louie F. Leitao
Louie F. Leitao
Class of 1973
Air Force, 16 Years

Missile and Intel Operations.
Patrick Rigol
Patrick Rigol
Class of 1982
Air Force, 20+ Years

Operation Noble Eagle/Enduring Freedom/Iraqi Freedom AF Reserve Forces Meritorious Service,National Defense Service medal with 1 service Star,Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal Iraq Campaign Medal with 1 service star Global War on Terrorism service Medal,Armed Forces Service Medal Air Force Expeditionary Service ribbon with Gold Border
Paul Ruggiero
Paul Ruggiero
Class of 1985
Air Force, 12 Years

US Air Force 1985-1998. Munitions Systems Specialist 461 (2W0). Ramstein AB, Germany 1985-87, Loring AFB, ME 1988-93, Desert Shield/Storm (Diego Garcia 1990-91), Lowry AFB, CO 1993-94, Sheppard AFB, TX 1994-98.
Phil Hanson
Phil Hanson
Class of 1969
Air Force, 20+ Years

Special Air Missions (SAM ) Air Force 1 squadron, Andrews AFB. Maryland . Republic of Viet Nam 1969-1970. Cam Ranh AB . 376th Strategic Air Wing Kadena Air Base Okinawa .
Raymond Caron
Raymond Caron
Class of 1966
Air Force, 30 Years

30 Years of active duty. Retired as a CMSgt E-9. Spent all 30 years as an AMMO (Ordnance) person. spent 20 of my 30 yers somewhere in Asia. Vietnam, Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, Japan...
Richard A Pierce
Richard A Pierce
Class of 1963
Navy, 3 Years

Naval Communications Technician ( CT-2) Stationed in the Philippines and Japan.
ROBERT CHAMPAGNE
ROBERT CHAMPAGNE
Class of 1966
Air Force, 4 Years

USAF
605th Air Commando Sq, Panama, S. A., 24th & 56th Air Commando Wing, Da Nang , RVN ,& NKP ( Nakon Phanom ) RTAFB, Thailand, TDYs to Laos,England,Spain, Jordan.
Robert E Connors Jr
Robert E Connors Jr
Class of 1973
Army, 20+ Years

Retired LTC
Desert Shield/Storm Veteran
Field Artillery
Robert S. Connors
Robert S. Connors
Class of 1978
Navy, 6 Years

BT1/E6
Scott LaRocca
Scott LaRocca
Class of 1986
Marine Corps, 20+ Years

Major LaRocca is a native of Peabody, Massachusetts and a graduate of the Amphibious Warfare School, Command and Staff College, the University of Memphis with a Bachelor of Business Administration, and the Naval Postgraduate School with a Master of Science in Information Technology Systems.

Private First Class LaRocca enlisted in the Marine Corps in November 1989, earning a meritorious promotion to Lance Corporal as platoon honor graduate from Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island.

During his initial tour with Marine Aviation Logistics Squadrons 32 and 14, Lance Corporal LaRocca served as an avionics technician for the AV-8B Harrier, deployed with the 4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade to Norway for Teamwork ’92, and served as a Primary Marksmanship Instructor for Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point, NC. He earned a meritorious promotion to Corporal, was selected as the Corporals Course Honor Graduate, and was selected for the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program in July 1994. Sergeant LaRocca attended the University of Memphis, and was commissioned in August 1996.

After attending The Basic School in Quantico, VA, where he earned honors as the top aggregate rifle and pistol shooter, 2ndLt LaRocca attended Financial Management Officers Course at Camp Johnson in 1997. He was subsequently assigned to the II Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) Disbursing Office and deployed as the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit Disbursing Officer in 1998, where he participated in Operation Joint Forge in the Adriatic Sea and in pre-Kosovo operations.

In June 2000, Captain LaRocca received orders to III MEF, Okinawa, Japan, where he served as the Exercise Budget Officer and deployed as the Commander of Troops aboard the USS Blue Ridge during Exercise Ulchi Focus Lens 2001. In 2002 he served a year as the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing Budget Officer, followed by a three-year tour as the Business Performance Officer-in-Charge of Marine Corps Installations Pacific, where he earned a Certified Defense Financial Manager (CDFM) designation from the American Society of Military Comptrollers.

In June 2006, Major LaRocca received orders to the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA and subsequently earned his Master of Science in Information Technology Management. During his payback tour from 2008-2011, he served as the Director of Financial Management for the Fleet Readiness Center East, MCAS Cherry Point, NC, where he completed Defense Acquisition University’s highest level of training in Business, Cost Estimating and Financial Management, and earned his designation as an Acquisition specialist (CDFM-A) and Military Occupational Specialty as a Defense Acquisition Professional.

Major LaRocca received orders to Camp Lejeune, NC to serve as the 2d Marine Logistics Group Comptroller from 2011 to 2013. During that tour he also graduated from the Defense Resource Management Institute in Monterey, CA and deployed to Regional Support Command-North in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan to serve as the J-8 Resource Management Officer-in-Charge from 2012-2013.

Major LaRocca’s personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three gold stars in lieu of fourth award), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal (bronze star in lieu of second award), Silver and Bronze individual rifle medals, and two Lloyd Trophies and one Shively Trophy earned at the Far East Division Rifle and Pistol Team Matches.

Major LaRocca is married to the former Michelle Bridges of New Albany, Mississippi. They have three children, William (Jay), Elizabeth, and Jordyn.
Stephen J Haggard
Stephen J Haggard
Class of 1978
Army, 17 Years

After Basic, AIT and Jump School, I served in Fort Lewis, Washington with the 2/75th Ranger Battalion as a Medic (91B). I re-enlisted after 3 years and switched my MOS to Pharmacy Specialist (91Q). I served in San Antonio, Garstedt, West Germany, Augsburg, West Germany, and Fort Meade, Maryland. I served with the 13th Evacuation Hospital in Operation Desert Storm. I took the early retirement option and retired as a SSG in 1995 after 17 years on active duty.
Steven G Podhaski
Steven G Podhaski
Class of 1960
Marine Corps, 4 Years

4 years in The USMC and 17 1/2 years in the Army National Guard . .Vietnam Veteran .
Worked and tested all the (17) Nuclear Powered Trident Submarines .,starting with Guided missile submarines (SSGN)
Ohio SSGN-726 7 April 1979 completed 28 October 1981.
Thomas Actis
Thomas Actis
Class of 1968
Air Force, 7 Years

Lackland afb,chanute afb,McClellan afb,(tdy Korat rtafb,tainan,keflavick),Griffis afb,Taichung afb,Clark afb P.I.,Plattsburgh afb.
Walter J. Cross Jr.
Walter J. Cross Jr.
Class of 1965
Army, 8 Years

Retired a captain, served in Vietnam from Sept. 68 to 69. Was in Fort Knox, Fort Bennington, Ga. Monterey, Ca. And Germany...
william welch
william welch
Class of 1978
Marine Corps, 3 Years

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