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

Billy Jack Lewis
Billy Jack Lewis Class of 1955
Army, 20+ Years
Billy Jack joined the U.S. Marines in 1955 soon after graduating from San Lorenzo High School in California, served four years (1955-1959) then a short time in the Reserves. Within a few months, he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1959 and served in the 101st Airborne Division, the 82nd Airborne; and the 173rd Airborne. He was a proud member of the elite U.S. Army Airborne Ranger Special Forces, the Green Berets. He served two tours in Vietnam and was wounded during battle, suffered a broken neck. He was medivac to Japan, then back to the States. Even after the recuperation process was over, he continued to parachute out of "perfectly good airplanes." Throughout his military career, he was awarded many decorations, medals, badges, commendations, citations, and campaign ribbons. Among them, the Purple Heart; Bronze Star; Army Commendation Medal with "V" Device and First Oak Leaf Cluster; Combat Infantry Badge; Special Forces Tab (Green Beret); Ranger Tab; Master Parachutist Wings; and many others. His last military assignment was at Field 6, Camp Rudder, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida in the 1st Ranger Company 1st Battalion, as a Ranger Instructor. Billy Jack retired from the U.S. Army on 1 August 1977 with over 22 years of military service. Billy Jack Lewis is among the Vietnam Veterans, the heroes, who died as a result of their military service. His name was added to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial during the In Memory Day Ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. on 21 April 2003.
Carl Bledsoe
Carl Bledsoe Class of 1970
Air Force, 20+ Years
26 years of service. Inertial and radar navigation systems(Pointy Head) also Tech School Instructor and FTD instructor. Worked SR-71,U2,B-52,KC-135,KC-10. Stationed at Beale AFB,Keesler AFB,Kadena AB,Barksdale AFB, and Griffiss AFB
Catherine Crespo
Catherine Crespo Class of 1971
Army Reserves, 10 Years
USAR nursing corp Deployed twice: 1. Landstuhl, Germany support OEF 2004-07 2. Afghanistan (FOB Salerno) (2008-2009)
Craig Friedenthal
Craig Friedenthal Class of 1964
Navy, 4 Years
Vietnam Veteran
Eric Reid
Eric Reid Class of 1965
Army, 20+ Years
Enlisted after graduation. Attended OCS. Served two tours in Vietnam, one as an armored cavalry officer and one as a helicopter pilot. Retired in 1985
Gabriela Rice
Gabriela Rice Class of 1994
Navy, 18 Years
Joined in 1995 as a Engineman, later converted to Navy Counselor. Deployed USS Shasta 1996, USS Pearl Harbor 2000, VFA-32 2008-2009, SEAL Team One 2011.
Glenn Heywood
Glenn Heywood Class of 1962
Navy, 4 Years
Served with Fighter Squadron VF-92 as AQF2. Deployed on CVA 61 Ranger and CVAN 65 Enterprise in the Viet Nam Era.
james Sanos
james Sanos Class of 1964
Army, 2 Years
Basic training in Fort Erwin, Ca. with the 2/34th armor battalion. Medical training in San Antonio , TX. Served as a Medic for the 2/34th in Viet Nam from 1966-1967.
Jesse Tamez
Jesse Tamez Class of 1961
Air Force, 20+ Years
Air Traffic Controller, Viet Nam Vet 67 - 68
Jesse Tamez
Jesse Tamez Class of 1961
Air Force, 20+ Years
Air Traffic Controller, Vietnam Veteran
Joan (KELLY) Reed
Joan (KELLY) Reed Class of 1967
Army, 2 Years
Women's Army Corps - Fort Knox, Kentucky. Personnel Specialist.
Jonathan Bias
Jonathan Bias Class of 1999
Navy, 17 Years
Joined in May of 1999 I went on to become a Heavy Equipment Operator as part of the Seabees. Units NMCB 40 Port Hueneme, Ca. (1999-2004), NFELC Port Hueneme, Ca. (2004-2007), Logistical Support Unit 1 Coronado, Ca. (2007-2011), CSFE Detachment Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. (2011-2014), NMCB 4 Port Hueneme, Ca. (2014-present).
Mitchell Fowler
Mitchell Fowler Class of 1964
Marine Corps, 5 Years
Served in Vietnam 1966 to 1967 with the 9th Marine Regiment
Ray Emmerich
Ray Emmerich Class of 1985
Marine Corps, 4 Years
served overseas,on ship,and in the U.S. good conduct medal,honorable discharge E-4
Robert Harkness
Robert Harkness Class of 1964
Army, 4 Years
After completing Basic Combat Training at Fort Ord, CA, Basic and Advanced Russian Courses at the Defense Language Institute at the Presidio of Monterey, CA, and the Joint Services Security School at San Angelo, TX, served in the Army Security Agency in Germany in military intelligence at Bad Aibling, Rothwesten, and Gartow.
Robert Harkness
Robert Harkness Class of 1964
Army, 4 Years
United States Army Security Agency, 1967-1971, 319th and 320th ASA Battalions
ron gendron
ron gendron Class of 1965
Army, 2 Years
drafted into the army and on to vietnam for infantry duty with 196th americal div. I left San Lorenzo after my junior year but call it my school.
Russ Otto
Russ Otto Class of 1959
Marine Corps, 4 Years
Tank commander 3rd Marine Division 3rd Tank Battalion Okinawa -tank crew and TC 1st Mar Div 1st Tk Btn,and Target tanks Camp Pendleton
Wayne Greer
Wayne Greer Class of 1962
Army, 3 Years
William Mertens
William Mertens Class of 1968
Army, 3 Years
Medic 173rd Airborne Vietnam Veteran

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