Military Alumni

Military Alumni

Honoring Our Heroes

This area is dedicated to our alumni that have served or are serving in our armed forces!

Lost Class Rings

Have you lost your West High School class ring? Have you found someone's class ring? Visit our Eagles lost class ring page to search for your class ring or post information about a found ring.

Honored Military Alumni

(Erryl) Gene Brown
(Erryl) Gene Brown Class of 1960
Navy, 7 Years
Member of the Navy music program; played lead trumpet in several shore bands as well as the Commander 7th Fleet band on the USS Providence, CLG-6 from '61 to '68.
Alfred E Stewart Jr
Alfred E Stewart Jr Class of 1962
Marine Corps, 6 Years
Vietnam 1965 to 1966
Bernie Bookhammer, Jr.
Bernie Bookhammer, Jr. Class of 1968
Navy, 4 Years
Anti Submarine Warfare PO 2nd Aircrew. SS3 Operator TAC 9 VP-56
Carolyn (Berndt) Torgrim
Carolyn (Berndt) Torgrim Class of 1972
Navy, 6 Years
Served from January 1,1973- December 30, 1979. Based at Sub-Base, Honolulu, Hawaii and began in the Admissions Department and worked up to an Aviation Meteorologist.
Cary (Bill) Myers
Cary (Bill) Myers Class of 1962
Navy, 4 Years
Attended Naval Electronics School at Treasure Island, Ca. Then off to the USS Windham County ( LST 1170) home ported in Yokosuka Japan. We sailed all over the far east, Japan to Viet Nam and poets inbetwixt.
Dale Brehm
Dale Brehm Class of 1966
Navy, 10 Years
Graduated US Naval Academy 1970. Navy pilot 1970-1980.
Doug DePriest
Doug DePriest Class of 1983
Air Force, 20+ Years
Air Traffic Controller and Air Traffic Automation Specialist. Assignments: Spangdahlem AB, Germany - Hill AFB, UT - King Salmon AS, AK - RAF Bentwaters, UK - Whiteman AFB, MO - Andrews AFB, MD (Air Staff) - Tinker AFB, OK Operations Supported: Desert Storm, Desert Shield, Bosnia, Macedonia
Haley Bia (Houser)
Haley Bia (Houser) Class of 2000
National Guard, 9 Years
Served in the Alaska Air National Guard for 1 year and now serving in the Arizona National Guard for 8 years. 1 tour to Iraq in 2008 as Security Forces.
Hubert S. Llewellyn
Hubert S. Llewellyn Class of 1981
Navy, 6 Years
W-4 chief warrant officer, 6 years Navy/ Naval reserve submarine duty missile command and supply out of Pearl Harbour,HI and Bangor,WA
James P Shanahan Jr
James P Shanahan Jr Class of 1986
Navy, 20+ Years
Enlisted April 25, 1988 and Retired October 31, 2009. Went to boot camp at San Diego, CA. then to Millington, TN. for Aviation Structural Mechanic(Structures). I have served at San Diego, NAS Adak, AK., NAS Whidbey Is., on board the USS Constellation, USS Abraham Lincoln, and USS Harry S Truman. Retired as Chief Petty Officer (E7) from CVWP at NAS Whidbey Is.
Jason Cumiford
Jason Cumiford Class of 2000
Army, 7 Years
Active Duty Infantry Officer.
Jeff Sanders
Jeff Sanders Class of 1983
Air Force, 5 Years
First posting at the Pentagon (1988-1990). Second posting, Incirlik AB, Turkey, 1990-1991. Third posting, Offutt AFB, NE, 1991-1993. Communications specialist. General discharge under honorable conditions.
Jim (Hoby) Gayheart
Jim (Hoby) Gayheart Class of 1988
Army, 9 Years
1996 - 2005 One tour to Iraq.
Kerry Sweet
Kerry Sweet Class of 1977
Army, 20+ Years
Enlisted Combat Engineer (E-1 - E-5) ROTC University of Oregon Podiatric Surgeon 1994 - Present) Currently Lieutenant Colonel
Larry Bramlette
Larry Bramlette Class of 1960
Army, 20+ Years
Graduated from United States Military Academy 1964. Retired in 1993 with the rank of Col.
Michael D. Duggan
Michael D. Duggan Class of 1960
Navy, 20+ Years
Submarine Warfare qualified on USS Grenadier (SS525), Key West, FL Cuban Missile Crisis, Guantanamo Bay Cuba U.S Navy Reserves with Navy Special Warfare recalled for Operation Earnest Will and Operation Desert Shield/Storm retired 2002 as Master Chief Petty Officer (E-9)
Michael E. Popelka
Michael E. Popelka Class of 1960
Marine Corps, 20+ Years
Vietnam 1965-1966 & 1968-1969 Vietnam: Commanding Officer, Battery C, 1st Battalion, 13th Marine Regiment Retired as Lieutenant Colonel
RITA KING
RITA KING Class of 1968
Army, 10 Years
SEARGNT MILIATARY POLICE
Robert Saffell
Robert Saffell Class of 1970
Air Force, 4 Years
Vietnam era
Roger J. Mertes, LtCol-USAF-Retired
Roger J. Mertes, LtCol-USAF-Retired Class of 1967
Air Force, 20+ Years
Pilot, B52s, Air Operations Officer, Commander of Field Maintenance and later Organizational Maintenance Squadrons Retired as Deputy RM from Minot

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