West Ottawa High School Alumni

Holland, Michigan (MI)

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

Alex Potgeter
Alex Potgeter
Class of 2004
Army, 4 Years

Alex is serving in the US Army. He left for Basic Combat Training on 13 June, 2004 and is still serving.
Beau Denney
Beau Denney
Class of 2005
Army, 2 Years

Currently serving at the Army National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California.
Benjamin VanderHulst
Benjamin VanderHulst
Class of 1998
Navy, 6 Years

Served in both operation Enduring and Iraqi Freedom aboard the USS T. Roosevelt down in the engine room, making sure the reactor was safe.
Bob Aardema
Bob Aardema
Class of 1964
Air Force, 20+ Years

Went into pilot training after graduating from Hope in 1969. Served 6 years on active duty during Viet Nam and 17 more years flying for the Michigan Air National Guard out of Battle Creek. Ended my career flying the A-10 Thunderbolt II.
Bob Beckman
Bob Beckman
Class of 1968
Navy, 20+ Years

Served in the U. S. Navy from 1973 through 1995 with two tours onboard USS John F. Kennedy (CV67).
Charles Briggs
Charles Briggs
Class of 1993
Navy, 5 Years

U.S. Navy F-18 Mechanic, Quality Inspector, and Flight Deck Trouble Shooter and Final Checker. Two deployments to Persian Gulf and over 700 days at sea.
Corey McNeill
Corey McNeill
Class of 2003
Army, 2 Years

I've been serving at Camp Stanely South Korea since Sept. 2007.
I've extended my tour for 1 more year.
I'm in the 61st Maintence Co.,
501st Support Group,
Unit #15334.
I love serving and defending my county.
Daniel Cnossen
Daniel Cnossen
Class of 1990
Navy, 2 Years

I was stationed aboard the USS Carl Vinson (Aircraft Carrier) in Bremerton Washington. I served 2 years active duty (1991-1993) and 6 years inactive duty.
Dr. Steven Stam
Dr. Steven Stam
Class of 1966
Army, 4 Years

Military Occupation Specialty - Armor Unit Commander; Highest rank achieved - Captain
Gary Bloemers
Gary Bloemers
Class of 1967
Army, 2 Years

Basic training at Fort Knox KY, Fort Polk LA for Advanced Infantry Training and then Fort Benning GA for Scout Dog School. After Scout Dog School went to Viet Nam and was assigned to the 49th Scout Dog Platoon, 199th Light Infantry Brigade. Spent 1 year in Viet Nam with my scout dog Dusty working with different infantry units.
Gary Derksen
Gary Derksen
Class of 1967
Air Force, 26 Years

Jet Engine Mechanic. Served 3 year tour with USAF Thunderbirds. Stationed at various bases state side and overseas.
James Rininger
James Rininger
Class of 1999
Air Force, 6 Years

I have been stationed in Alaska, Colorado, and Texas. Spent 9 months in Korea at Osan and Kwang Ju. I've also been to Iraq.
Jennifer M Gunn (Allen)
Jennifer M Gunn (Allen)
Class of 2002
Air Force, 5 Years

Entered basic training in October 2009. Attended technical training for Public Health at Brooks City Base after graduating basic. Stationed at Sheppard AFB from April 2010-Sept 2014.
Jim Corwin
Jim Corwin
Class of 1964
Army, 3 Years

Served 3 years with 10th Special Forces Group Airborne.
Jim Wilson
Jim Wilson
Class of 1975
Air Force, 20+ Years

After 20 years traveling the world in support of Mobile Air Traffic Control Electronics and Computer Security, I can truly lay claim to "been there done that...". Desert storm was my last and final h
Jim Wilson
Jim Wilson
Class of 1975
Air Force, 20+ Years

Air Traffic Control Computer Security
Ken Cooper
Ken Cooper
Class of 1980
Marine Corps, 6 Years

I was an aviation safety equipment mechanic maintaining many elements for the crew including ejection seats.
Kendra (Madison) Ward
Kendra (Madison) Ward
Class of 1991
Army, 4 Years

Stationed at Fort Hood, TX, Fort Lee, VA and Fort Jackson, SC.
Kendra Madison
Kendra Madison
Class of 1991
Army, 4 Years

Active Duty Army
Kevin Gilmor
Kevin Gilmor
Class of 1984
Navy, 6 Years

Data Systems Technician. Served aboard the USS Arthur W. Radford DD-968 (1985-1990)
Kim Mentzer
Kim Mentzer
Class of 1976
Army, 6 Years

6-1/2 years Military Police, stationed at Fort Devens, MA and Field Station Augsburg, Germany. Re-enlistment oath administered in MA by 1969 WO grad Bill Jacques!
Markus Ysquierdo
Markus Ysquierdo
Class of 2005
Marine Corps, 4 Years

Went to boot camp the day he graduated. Was stationed in Camp lejeune NC. Worked with the border patrol in yuma in 2006. Went to Iraq Feb-Sept 2007 and July08-Feb09
Michael Whitney
Michael Whitney
Class of 2004
Army, 6 Years

Served in the US Army right out of highschool was station in El Paso, Texas and Korea
Mike Parker
Mike Parker
Class of 1969
Air Force, 4 Years

worked in vehicle maint. . was in fl., nc.,vienam, la. discharged in 73. then was in usmc for a year and stationed in cal.
Pablo Solano
Pablo Solano
Class of 1998
Army, 3 Years

I served in the U.S. Army as a Cannon Crewmember. I got to play with the M198 towed Artillery Gun. I went to basic training at Ft. Sill, OK. I then served the remainder of my term in Ft. Bragg, NC. I was in the 3rd/321st FAR. "Steel Rain"
Robert  Beam
Robert Beam
Class of 1993
Marine Corps, 4 Years

United States Marine Corps
Robert Alicea
Robert Alicea
Class of 1988
Marine Corps, 4 Years

Stationed in Cubi Point, Subic Bay, Philippines for most of my time in the Corps.
Robert Boersen
Robert Boersen
Class of 2003
Army, 4 Years

Currently serving 2nd tour in Iraq. Robert is in the 4th Infantry Division stationed in Ft. Hood.
Robert H. Alicea
Robert H. Alicea
Class of 1988
Marine Corps, 4 Years

Joined in Aug. 88, and after boot camp in San Diego, I went to SOI at Camp Geiger, NC, before being sent over to Cubi Point, Subic Bay, Philippines were I did my entire duty.
Roxanna Hernandez Saenz
Roxanna Hernandez Saenz
Class of 2005
National Guard, 1 Years

She serves in FT. Lewis, WA, married, and a mom...her family back home is very proud of her.
Sam Ritsema
Sam Ritsema
Class of 1980
Marine Corps, 6 Years

2142 amttrack mechanic
Thomas A. Beckman
Thomas A. Beckman
Class of 1984
Army, 5 Years

Desert Storm Veteran
Thomas Simmons
Thomas Simmons
Class of 1988
Army, 10 Years

Spent 10 years in the 4th Psyop Group (Airborne) working in Africa and Asia. Worked mostly in Somalia, Thailand, Cambodia, and Korea.
Tim VanRaalte
Tim VanRaalte
Class of 1971
Navy, 4 Years

tour of duty in brown water navy, rivers of Vietnam. Received notorious unit citation of Vietnam service.
Todd van Klavern
Todd van Klavern
Class of 1983
Army, 6 Years

493rd TAMC, 732nd MI
Tony Jungblut
Tony Jungblut
Class of 1992
Navy, 12 Years

I have serve three tours overseas in supoort Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom as a Navy P3-C Pilot and Mission Commander. My last tour was as an Advanced Maritime Instructor Pilot in Corpus Christi, TX, and I am currently serving onboard the Pre-Commissioning Unit George H W Bush (CVN-77) in Norfolk, VA.
William Jaques
William Jaques
Class of 1969
Army, 15 Years

Served in US Navy 1969-1973, Separated from the military and attended CMU. Distingushed Military Graduate from ROTC. Served in US Army 1977-1988.
William M. Rietveld
William M. Rietveld
Class of 1998
Navy, 10 Years

I am an F/A-18 Hornet Pilot, just completed training with VFA-125 in Lemoore, CA.

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