Military Alumni

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

Amina Dees
Amina Dees
Class of 1992
Army, 5 Years

Worked as an supply clerk in a foward support battalion at Ft. Campbell, Ky. In Illeshiem Germany I worked in Quality control ordering, shipping, and recieving blackhawk helicopter parts.
Andre Jessup
Andre Jessup
Class of 1988
Army, 20+ Years

I served 4 years in the United States Marines and participated in Desert Shield and Desert Storm in 1991-1992. I served 16 years in the Army and participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005. I joined the military 2 weeks after graduation from high school and retired 20 years later in 2008.
Army Sgt. Simone Robinson
Army Sgt. Simone Robinson
Class of 2005
Army, 4 Years

soldier dies after Afghanistan attack

The Associated Press

ROBBINS, Ill. — An Illinois Army National Guard soldier from the Chicago suburb of Robbins has died of wounds she sustained in an attack in Afghanistan in January.

Military officials say 21-year-old Spc. Simone Robinson died Sunday at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas.

She and four other Illinois Army National Guard soldiers were wounded on Jan. 17 in an attack by an improvised explosive device.

Robinson joined the Illinois Army National Guard in December 2004. Her unit was deployed in August 2008. It was her first deployment.

She graduated from Thornton High School in south suburban Harvey. She’s survived by a 2-year-old daughter.

Robinson was assigned to Company G, 634th Brigade Support Battalion in Crestwood.


‘A go-getter’ who kept others laughing

The Associated Press

On the night Sgt. Simone A. Robinson departed for war, she held her 2-year-old baby Nyzia on her lap. She played with her until the last moment, then handed her to her mother, who would care for the girl while Robinson was away.

“She said, ‘Hurry and put her in the car,”’ said her mother, Regina Byther. “She tried to be tough, but she was hurt to leave her baby.”

Robinson, 21, of Dixmoor, Ill., died March 1 at Brooke Army Medical Center of wounds from an improvised explosive device that detonated near her security post on Jan. 17 in Kabul. She was a 2005 high school graduate and was assigned to Crestwood, Ill.

“She kept me laughing and others around her,” said Amanda Manson, a friend since eighth grade. “She would help you when you came to her if you had problems with your work. I don’t think she ever got bad grades.”

Her father, Charles Robinson, remembered the way she made him laugh and how she sang in the choir at St. Luke Baptist Church, and the time she corrected the way he pronounced “aromatherapy.”

“A go-getter. Always wanted to accomplish this and accomplish that,” he said. “My baby girl.”
Bambi williams
Bambi williams
Class of 1997
Army, 3 Years

fort Campbell KY
Cesly ross
Cesly ross
Class of 1990
Army, 18 Years

stationed currently in Georgia
Charles L. Abron
Charles L. Abron
Class of 1984
Army, 8 Years

Last Tour Of Service Afghanistan. Served as a biometrics tech. Performed over 50 missions throughout the region. Received an Honorable Discharge also awarded a MSM
Clarence Anderson
Clarence Anderson
Class of 1995
Army, 19 Years

Currently serving as an Instructor / Writer for the Warrant Officer Basic and Advance Course at the Metalworking Services Division at Fort Lee, VA.
Cpl Michael E. Cook
Cpl Michael E. Cook
Class of 2004
Marine Corps, 4 Years

"Marines: No better friend, no worse enemy." Served from 2009-2013, ended tour of duty honorably, went on to college directly afterwards graduating in 2017...I need a vacation.
Cpl. Jerrell X. Lofton
Cpl. Jerrell X. Lofton
Class of 2009
Marine Corps, 4 Years

Currently serving at Quantico in Virginia
Cynthia L. Alexander (Kitts)
Cynthia L. Alexander (Kitts)
Class of 1986
Navy, 8 Years

Went in the Military in 1997-2006 was a Hospital Corpsmen (Medic) during that time frame. I was over in Iraq and Afghanistan for 2 years. I was also stationed in Yokosuka Japan on the U.S. Kitty Hawk. I was also stationed at Quantico Virgina on a Marine corp base.I am now a retired Navy veteran.
Darryl  Spears
Darryl Spears
Class of 1982
Army, 9 Years

'82-'86 12 B Combat Engineer ( 5th Engineer Bn/ 1st Armored Div. Furth, Ger. '86-'91 77W Petroleum Specialist ( 6/101 Aviation Ft.Campbell, Ky. 3rd Armored Div Schweinfurt, Ger. Airborne/ Air Assault
David Cary
David Cary
Class of 1978
Army, 6 Years

3rd Armored Cav. Ft Bliss Tx
david childress
david childress
Class of 1984
Marine Corps, 13 Years

jet mechanic
David M Childress
David M Childress
Class of 1984
Marine Corps, 13 Years

desert storm vet
Debbie Hall-Cole
Debbie Hall-Cole
Class of 1993
Army Reserves, 8 Years

Sgt. served in Iraq for 16 months 2004-2005
Deneshia Johnson-Steward
Deneshia Johnson-Steward
Class of 1996
Air Force, 9 Years

Served in active duty Air Force from 1996-2005. Deployed to Suadi Arabia in 2002-2003 during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Seperated with Honorable Discharge.
Dennis O'Grady
Dennis O'Grady
Class of 1991
Air Force, 18 Years

Has served 18 years in the Air Force all at overseas and deployed location.
Dennis O’Grady
Dennis O’Grady
Class of 1991
Air Force, 28 Years

After graduating Dennis joined the Air Force as a Strategic Aircraft Maintenance Technician. He has been stationed in Okinawa and Tokyo Japan, Turkey, Arkansas, New Mexico, and currently lives in Shiloh Illinois. He has participated in Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, Noble Eagle, Inherent Resolve and others. He has been assigned to Pacific Air Command, Special Operations.Command, and Air Mobility Command. Over his 28 years he has visited all 50 states, and over 40 countries. Currently he manages sustainment of the Air Forces 600 C-130.
Desmond Pope
Desmond Pope
Class of 2004
Marine Corps, 5 Years

Served in OIF 5-7, Recently meritorously promoted to the rank of Corporal. Stationed in Kansas City MO as of right now. Holds billet as Personnel Clerk, original MOS: Field Artillery additional MOS: Combat Marksmanship Trainer
Don and Ron Hensley
Don and Ron Hensley
Class of 1981
Navy, 20+ Years

U.S. Navy Deep Sea Divers

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Class of '07

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