Military Alumni

Military High School 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

Alfred C. Nelson Jr
Alfred C. Nelson Jr
Class of 1961
Army, 20+ Years

Infantry Commander Viet Nam 1968-69. Earned 2 Silver Stars, 3 Bronze Stars (2 with V), 2 Prurple Hearts, Air Medal, Cross of Galantry, Combat Infantryman Badge, Also during 30 year career earned 5 Meritorous Service Medals, 2 Army Accomodatin Medals, 1 Army Achivement Medal, and 1 award of Legion of Merit. Retired in the grade of Major. Served tours in Germany, Korea, Viet Nam, Fort Benning, Riley, Carson, Leonard Wood, Polk, and Alaska.
Bill Moody
Bill Moody
Class of 1964
Army, 3 Years

Military Police Dog Handler.in the US Army. Vetnam Veteran
Bob Matthews
Bob Matthews
Class of 1967
Air Force, 4 Years

Military intelligence.
Charles W. Sutphen
Charles W. Sutphen
Class of 1960
Army, 20+ Years

Did a hitch in the Navy, reserves for about two years, then 16 years in the Army. Served in combat in Vietnam in 1968, received the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Combat Infantry Badge, and others during my career. Retired in 1982.
daniel walker
daniel walker
Class of 1964
Navy, 4 Years

served as a plane capt for fighter squadron 53. participated in the battle of tonkin gulf in aug 1964 off coast of vietnam which initiated the war. did two tours vietnam service. discharged as an e-3.
David Valenzuela
David Valenzuela
Class of 1980
Marine Corps, 14 Years

Served with 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division Camp Pendleton, Ca
Desert Storm/ Iraqi Freedom Veteran (2 combat tours) Injured in Iraq and returned to Tucson, Az
Fernando Morelos
Fernando Morelos
Class of 1980
Air Force, 20+ Years

Air Traffic Controller
Assignments: Dyess AFB Abilene TX., Sheppard AFB Wichita Falls TX., Kunsan AB South Korea, Holloman AFB New Mexico
Fred Wilson
Fred Wilson
Class of 1967
Air Force, 4 Years

Environmental & Military Public Health
Gary Childs
Gary Childs
Class of 1963
Army, 2 Years

Inducted Aug 9, 1967 stationed at Ft Bliss, Texas for basic training.After basic I was stationed at Ft Polk, La.for advanced infantry training at the jungle warfare facility called Tigerland. Sent to Viet Nam April 9, 1968 and assigned to Charlie Company 4 of the 12th 199th Light Infantry Brigade. I returned to the states on April 9, 1969 and was discharged at the Oakland Army Terminal in Oakland California.
Gary l Riggs
Gary l Riggs
Class of 1968
Army, 2 Years

Drafted on Dec. 9,1969-Nov. 1971, Ft. Lewis, Washington for Basic. Amberg, Germany-Motor Pool Mechanic, Hawk Missile Unit.
Gary Riggs
Gary Riggs
Class of 1968
Army, 2 Years

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James Addis
James Addis
Class of 1982
Air Force, 20+ Years

Air Controller
James F. Hyder, Jr.
James F. Hyder, Jr.
Class of 1965
Army, 4 Years

Jimmy served in Vietnam in 1966-67. Born July 25, 1947 died June 8, 2013 Thank you for your service to our country.
Jerald Burelison
Jerald Burelison
Class of 1964
Navy, 20+ Years

Joined 3 days after graduation in 1964, separated in 1969 rejoined 1971 and retired in 1991. Did 5 tours in Vietnam, was stationed about the USS Constellation, USS Colonial, USS Dixon & USS Tripoli. Also station NCS Stockton, Stockton, CA, NCS United Kingdom, Thurso, Scotland, NCU Key West, FL. Retired from HG AFNORTH NATO Comman, Oslo, Norway. Now retired in Snowflake, AZ. Married Phyllis Zachary class of 65'.
John "Lucky" Lopez
John "Lucky" Lopez
Class of 1974
Air Force, 20+ Years

Served the Air Force for 23 years, retired as a Master Sergeant, stationed @Norton AFB CA, Travis AFB CA, Yokota AB Japan, Clark AB Philippines, Charleston AFB SC, Diego Garcia, Indian Ocean, Patrick AFB, Florida. Aircraft Maintenance, C-141s, C-130's Special Ops and Search & Rescue, HH-60s, C-17s.
Ken Saner
Ken Saner
Class of 1963
Marine Corps, 3 Years

MOS: (0311) Grunt - Joined Marines June 25th 1964 along with three other SSHS graduates, Kress Goeltzenleuchter class of (63), Tom Madaras & Mike Stevenson, class of (64) - Bootcamp, MCRD, SanDiego, June 25th to Oct. 6th 1964 - Stationed at Camp Pendleton with the 1st Marine Division, Oct. (64) to Jan. (65) - Served one tour of duty in Vietnam with 1st Battallion, 9th Marines, 3rd Marine Division, March (65) thru April (66) - Upon returning stateside, stationed at Twentynine Palms, Calif. until discharged, June 25th, 1967
Kevin Gantt
Kevin Gantt
Class of 1994
Air Force, 8 Years

Deployed to the war 5 times
Leonard Aros
Leonard Aros
Class of 1990
Air Force, 12 Years

Enlisted then Commissioned Officer; deployed to Turkey, Norway, Egypt, Korea, Okinawa, currently in Germany as a DoD Engineer.
Martin R "Gunny" Barreras
Martin R "Gunny" Barreras
Class of 1983
Army, 20+ Years

American Army non-commissioned officer who held the rank of Command Sergeant Major, and played a crucial role into the rescue of Jessica Lynch in 2003.[1]

Barreras was born in Tularosa, New Mexico in 1964. His family moved to Tucson, AZ in 1974 where he attended and graduated from Sunnyside High School in 1982. In 1983, Barreras first enlisted in the Marine Corps. Six years later, he was transferred to the Ranger Regiment and served under the Regiment until 2010.[2] During his military career, he spent most of his service in Iraq and Afghanistan. On May 6, 2014, Barreras was shot in Afghanistan. Several days later he was returned to the United States, where he died in the San Antonio medical hospital.
MONTY PINNICK
MONTY PINNICK
Class of 1969
Army, 2 Years

MISSILE CREWMAN- GERMANY
Patrick O'Brien
Patrick O'Brien
Class of 1969
Navy, 4 Years

Enlisted in May of 1970, boot camp in San Diego. Avaition Electronics "A" school in Memphis Tenn. "C" school in Md. the 34 monthes in VQ-3 in Guam. Aircrewman flying C-130 's all over the Pacific. Loved the flying just not the Navy or Guam. Got back to the world in 1974.
Paul Perkins
Paul Perkins
Class of 1985
Army, 18 Years

US Army Military Police Officer. Served 3 tour in Afghanistan. Change my job to a door gunner on a black hawk. Current in school for a recruiter.
Rebecca Staup
Rebecca Staup
Class of 1970
Navy, 4 Years

Oboist, English horn player with U.S. Navy Band in Washington, D.C.
Robin Glave
Robin Glave
Class of 1970
Air Force, 20+ Years

Crash
Fire Chief
Robin Glave
Robin Glave
Class of 1970
Air Force, 20+ Years

Master Sergeant, Crash Fire Chief,
Sylvia Islas
Sylvia Islas
Class of 2007
National Guard, 3 Years

Currently in OCS.
Thomas E Jaimez
Thomas E Jaimez
Class of 1974
Army, 20+ Years

US ARMY RETIRED,Still Serving Proudly @ FT HOOD TEXAS
Tom Feldt
Tom Feldt
Class of 1967
Air Force, 4 Years

Stationed in Alaska, Colorado, Louisiana as Security Police. Also Viet Nam where I was assigned to the ROK white horse division as a liason Officer. (This was an Army position but they pulled out and I got stuck with them).
Vivian Ortiz
Vivian Ortiz
Class of 1973
Army, 4 Years

Army Security Agency
Walter L Catton (Wally)
Walter L Catton (Wally)
Class of 1977
Army, 4 Years

Was Armored Reconnaissance Scout Sgt E-5, Served in Korea, Texas and European theater
Walter Y. Tang
Walter Y. Tang
Class of 1988
Marine Corps, 10 Years

Marines Corps 8th PSC and on the way to Africa for about 7 to 8 month

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