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

Alyssa  Batista
Alyssa Batista Class of 1997
Navy, 9 Years
Still serving in the Navy started out as a deck seaman, then when to hospital corpsmen school then went to laboratory school and now back on a ship in va
Barry Hurff
Barry Hurff Class of 1967
Army, 12 Years
Barry served in the Army Reserves and did reserve training with the National Guard. He was discharged in 1980.
Bill Maciel
Bill Maciel Class of 1967
Marine Corps, 3 Years
Bill enlisted in the USMC and served in Vietnam '69 - '71
Bill Manders
Bill Manders Class of 1971
Navy, 20+ Years
Joined the Navy in 1982 and became an Electronics Technician (ET). Served as an enlisted man for 10 years before getting a commission via the Limited Duty Officer program. Went on to serve another 21 years until I retired from active duty in March of 2013 as a Commander.
Chris Hay
Chris Hay Class of 1989
Marine Corps, 12 Years
F-18 Hornet pilot. Deployed to Afghanistan winter 2006 with the 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment as their air operations advisor. Currently an instructor for the advance training jet, Meridian Mississippi.
Dana Copeland
Dana Copeland Class of 2003
Air Force, 1 Years
Currently serving in the Isreali Air Force as of Janurary 2005.
Danny Twitty   KIA: VIETNAM
Danny Twitty KIA: VIETNAM Class of 1967
Army, 1 Years
Danny enlisted in the Army in 1967. When Danny completed jump school his father's WWII Paratrooper Wings were pinned on his chest at the airborne graduation ceremony. He was airlifted to Vietnam on December 14, 1967. Danny was killed on April 6, 1968 in the last days of the historic TET Offensive on 1968 at Khe Sahn, Quang Tri Province. Danny died of wounds from an enemy mortar shell. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 501st Infantry, 101st Airborne Division. Danny was the first Rio alumnus to die in combat. He was 19 years old.
Daren Maloy
Daren Maloy Class of 1994
National Guard, 20+ Years
Avionics mechanic
Dave Gretch
Dave Gretch Class of 1967
Coast Guard, 4 Years
Dave enlisted in the Coast Guard in 1967.
Don Dickman
Don Dickman Class of 1967
Air Force, 4 Years
Don enlisted in 1967 and served until 1971
Frank Drew Harrison
Frank Drew Harrison Class of 1969
Navy, 3 Years
Served on 2 cruises to Vietnam aboard USS Ranger with VF21 Freelancers as avionics tech.
Gary Borgman
Gary Borgman Class of 1967
Army, 2 Years
Gary served stateside as a medic
Gloria (Beaver) Bratton
Gloria (Beaver) Bratton Class of 1968
Navy, 3 Years
Attended bootcamp at Bainbridge, MD, then U.S.N. Radioman School at the same location. Spent two years at CNO's Communication Center, Pentagon, Wash DC.
Gloria Bratton (Beaver)
Gloria Bratton (Beaver) Class of 1968
Navy, 3 Years
What a wild experience. Served on the east coast at the Chief of Naval Operation's Communication Center in the Pentagon, WashDC.
Gordon Smith
Gordon Smith Class of 1967
Air Force, 3 Years
VIETNAM SERVICE: I served one year (8/70-8/71) in the 834th Air Division as a Mission Controller at "Rocket Alley" Airlift Command Element, Bien Hoa AB. We controlled the tactical combat support missions of all the in-country C-7s, C-123s & C130s. Most of my work was in the elevated control room on the radios talking to our planes and support agencies, occasionally I worked the airfield cargo ramps troubleshooting as a "Ramp Coordinaor" in a pickup truck and on the voulteer basis I served off-base as an in-country ALCE courier which allowed me to fly to many allied base camps throughout South Vietnam.
Jerry Eisenhower
Jerry Eisenhower Class of 1967
Navy, 4 Years
Jerry served in Vietnam '68 - '70
Jim Harris
Jim Harris Class of 1967
Navy, 4 Years
Jim dropped out in 1966 and joined the Navy. Jim served on tugboats in Vietnam at Chu Lai and Danang '67 - '68
Jim Hyler
Jim Hyler Class of 1967
Army, 3 Years
Jim enlisted in the Army, served with D Troop 3/5 Cav, 9th Infantry Division, Jim flew in OH6 & UH1 "Hueys" as a crew chief and door gunner. Jim was awarded the Air Medal for "Valor" (heroics) Vietnam '68 - '69
Joe Vassar
Joe Vassar Class of 1967
Marine Corps, 6 Years
Joe served in combat with an artillery unit in Vietnam. Returned stateside and selected and served as a USMC recruiter.
John Cassie
John Cassie Class of 1967
Army, 2 Years
John was drafted into the Army and was in heavy combat in Vietnam

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