Honoring Our Heroes
This area is dedicated to our alumni that have served or are serving in our armed forces!
Lost Class Rings
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Honored Military Alumni
Brian O'Keefe Class of 1974
Coast Guard, 20+ Years Retired in 2007 as Captain 12 years of sea duty including Commanding Officer USCGC VALIANT, 1997-99, Miami Beach Fl and Commanding Officer USCGC MUNRO, 2000-02, Alameda CA
Dave Lanson Class of 1975
Navy, 4 Years Stationed aboard USS Kitty Hawk for three years, including two Western Pacific cruises to Southeast Asia. Worked as petty officer third class in supply department providing retail services to crew members.
Don Wilson Class of 1987
Army, 20+ Years Serving in Intelligence. Stationed in GA., LA., Korea, TX., Italy, IL., NC. and now Colorado
Donald Wilson Class of 1987
Army, 20+ Years Blessed for 25+ Years, Forever Forward!, All The Way!
Dr. Thomas Jandris Class of 1966
Army, 4 Years Tom spent four yeaqrs in the Army Security Agency in Monterey, CA; Goodfelow Air Firce Base, San Angelo, TX; and Berlin, Germany in the early 1970s. He was awarded the Presidential Spirit of Honor Medal in 1971 for " best exhibiting the spirit of the American fighting man."
Eddie C. Thompkins III Class of 1979
Marine Corps, 20+ Years Retired as a Gunnery Sergeant after 21 years of service. Career field: Counterterrorism Analyst Currently living in England with my son who is serving in the US AIr Force.
Enrique " Rico" Arroyo Class of 1987
Marine Corps, 4 Years Served in the Gulf War.
Eric Carlson Class of 1986
Marine Corps, 20+ Years Served 21 years 8 months active duty. Marine Barracks Wash, D.C. 4th, 5th, and 7th Marine Regiments. Two tours at School of Infantry as a weapons instructor.
Harold Richardson Class of 1991
Marine Corps, 6 Years 1st ANGLICO Camp Pendleton, CA
James Strickland Class of 1985
Army, 20+ Years Served 20 plus years in the United States Army Transportation Corps, Gulf War and Iraqi War Veteran with 3 overseas tours (Egypt, Korea, Germany) and stints in North Carolina and Georgia. Retired in 2004, presently teaching truck driving in the state of Washington
Keith B. Konze Class of 1979
Air Force, 20+ Years Served 20yrs as a propulsion system mechanic for the F4, F15 and F16
Michael Gardner Class of 1980
Navy, 20+ Years Michael served honorably for 21 years in the US Navy; having been deployed during the Libya bombings of 1986, the 1990-91 Gulf War, the 1992 Somalia refief efforts and was deployed again after 9/11 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom both in Afganistan and Iraq. Mike retired in October 2003 and now resides in Virginia Beach VA with his wife of 16 years where they are raising two boys ages 15 and 11. Mike currently works for Blackwater USA and supervises the Aviation Logistics operations
Mike Sheehan Class of 1968
Air Force, 4 Years Heavy Equipment Operator, ER Medic, Air Medical Evacuation (C-130), Vietnam 1970-71
Ray Schomas Class of 1963
Marine Corps, 4 Years Aircraft Com/Nav Tech F4B/J with MAG-13 in Chu Lai South Vietnam 1/67 - 9/68 and with the Marine R/D detachment at the Naval Missle Center in Pt Mugu, CA.
Robert Sherman Class of 2005
Navy, 2 Years I'm a Aviation Boatswain's Mate Fuelsman, I am stationed on the USS Essex in Sasebo, Japan
Russell M. Koester Class of 1967
Army, 16 Years Military Police Ft. Shreidan, Illinois 1968-69 Camp Casey, Korea 1969-70 Illinois Army National Guard Arkansas Army National Guard Arkansas Air National Guard 5 Th. Army Honor Guard Ft. Sheridan, Illinois.
Stephen "Mike" Zibrun Class of 1963
Navy Reserves, 3 Years USS Parle DE 708, PC3 Striker Subic Bay Philippines 1969-70
Thomas A. Harris Class of 1996
Air Force, 15 Years 1996-present
Thomas Erb Class of 1961
Navy, 4 Years Served on USS Bache DD470 as electricans mate ship was in Cuban Missile Crisis in Oct 1962
Tracy Johnston Class of 1966
Navy, 4 Years Petty Officer Sonar Tech. 1969 - 1971 USS Perry DD844 Black Sea Mission - '70 Presidential Unit Citation '70 - Against Gaddafi / Libya / plane hijacking. Combat Action '72 - Vietnam. Sailed 5 of 7 seas - Panama Canal / Cuba / Naples / Spain / Black Sea / Hawaii / Midway / Orient. to name a few ports Played catch with pitcher Vida Blue in Cuba '69. Had dinner with CIA Director R. Helms '70. Met Neil Armstrong and held his golf club used to hit golf ball on moon '71. Met Bob Hope in '71. Met wife in '71. Part of rescue team saving pilot in N. Viet. port area. Experienced perfect storm off Mexico '72. Seen every Clint Eastwood movie 5 times minimum. All with spending 42 of 48 months mostly at sea. Max time without seeing land/mail 74 days. Oh, I loved every minute of it!!
Joyce De Bias
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In memory of Paul Fellenz, class of 1987