Virden High School Alumni

Virden, Illinois (IL)

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!

Lost Class Rings

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Honored Military Alumni

Bill Butler
Bill Butler
Class of 1958
Navy, 3 Years

Aviation electronics technician and operator of radar/radio/submarine detection eqpt. on long range patrol bomber involved in anti-submarine warfare.
Blake DeFevers
Blake DeFevers
Class of 2000
Army, 4 Years

While stationed in Italy, Blake served 2 years in Afghanistan.
Brian Rankin
Brian Rankin
Class of 1979
Army, 2 Years

Served with the US Army in West Germany. Was awareded the Army Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service.
David B. Wright
David B. Wright
Class of 1960
Marine Corps, 20+ Years

Joined USMCR Springfield, Ill Aug 59, Boot Camp at Parris Island June 60. Served at Sea on Cuban Blockade, later in Tennessee during James Meredith's Enrollment problems at U of MS, Then Viet-Nam still with HMM-261, then Western Pacific Landing Force. Next was transferred to Marine Barracks, Wash., DC in US Marine Drum & Bugle Corps, "The Commandant's Own" as Bugler & Section Leader. Participated in "The Poor People's March on DC" and the "King Riots" before transferred to US Marine Band as Public Information Officer where I also participated in the" Yippies March on DC to shut down the Government". Last assignment as Barracks was as Security Clearance Chief. I resigned in 74 as a Gunnery Sergeant. Stayed out until 1982 when I joined the Maryland Army National Guard (MDARNG) 121st Combat Engineers as a Platoon Sergeant. 1983 was transferred into newly being formed 629th Military Intelligence Bn (CEWI) [Combat Electronic Warfare Intelligence] as First Sergeant retiring in 1992. and went to work for the Charles County Maryland Sheriff's Office, retiring in 99 after 25 years as a Lt and Director of the Southern Criminal Justice Academy
Gary LaRue Otten
Gary LaRue Otten
Class of 1960
Air Force, 4 Years

Radio Repair, 2 years in GEEIA Squadron at Hill AFB, 1 year Newfoundland.
James Gates
James Gates
Class of 1964
Air Force, 20+ Years

Medical corps, Vietman veteran.
Larry Dean
Larry Dean
Class of 1960
Air Force, 20+ Years

Served 3 tours in Southeast Asia (Vietnam War) Served in the Belgian Congo Career involved aircraft operations, intelligence, and information systems design and development
Larry Dean (Dinger)
Larry Dean (Dinger)
Class of 1960
Air Force, 20+ Years

Radio Relay Equipment tech, Airborne Navigational Aids tech, Doppler Radar tech, Computer Systems Analyst/Programmer, Analogue and Digital Avionics Computer tech, Special Operations, Intelligence, Computer Systems Design.
Lynn Berry Jr
Lynn Berry Jr
Class of 1960
Army, 3 Years

SGT,Preventive Medicine Epidemiologist, Vietnam War 1966-1969
Merrell Wilson
Merrell Wilson
Class of 1964
Air Force, 4 Years

Aircraft Mechanic, Vietnam.
Robert (Bobby) Brown
Robert (Bobby) Brown
Class of 1999
Marine Corps, 7 Years

i have refueled evey thing the Marines have and sen the world
Steve McHenry
Steve McHenry
Class of 1986
Army, 6 Years

63B Light Wheel Vehicle Mechanic

Classmates Spotlight

Virden High School Classmates

Nancy Timm
Class of '68

Alumni Stories

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School News

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