William Chrisman High School Alumni

Independence, Missouri (MO)

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

Angela D McLane Beyrle
Angela D McLane Beyrle
Class of 1994
Navy, 20+ Years

Mass Communication Specialist (Aviation Warfare)
Petty Officer First Class Angela D. McLane

Petty Officer McLane is a native of Independence, Mo, the hometown of President Harry
S. Truman. She began her Navy career in 1997 as an Undesignated Airman. She was then
assigned to USS CORONADO (AGF 11) where she served as an Airman in the Air
Department. While stationed aboard CORONADO, she struck for and advanced to Navy
Photographer’s Mate (PH) Petty Officer Third Class in 1998. During her tour at
CORONADO, she deployed to Alaska, Canada, Hawaii, and Mexico. In June 1999, Petty
Officer McLane transferred to USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74) where she worked in
the Photo Lab. During her tour at STENNIS, she deployed to South China, South Korea,
Malaysia, Bahrain, Australia, and Hawaii.
After Petty Officer McLane completed the Digital Multimedia course in September 2001,
at Defense Information School (DINFOS), Fort Meade, Maryland, she transferred to
FLEET IMAGING COMMAND PACIFIC (FICP) where she worked in the Electronic
Imaging Department within a variety of multimedia projects. While stationed at FICP,
she advanced to Photographer’s Mate Petty Officer Second Class. After Petty Officer
McLane completed the Video Production and Documentation course in February 2005, at
DINFOS, Fort Meade, Maryland, she transferred to FLEET COMBAT CAMERA
GROUP PACIFIC (FLTCOMCAMGRUPAC) where she became the Leading Petty
Officer (LPO) on multiple deployments to Australia, 2 times on the ground in Iraq,
Africa, and the Philippines. While attached to FLTCOMCAMGRUPAC, Petty Officer
McLane was meritoriously Command Advanced (CAP) to Mass Communication
Specialist (MC) Petty Officer First Class. Petty Officer McLane transferred to White
House Communications Agency (WHCA) where she became the White House Television
(WHTV) Presidential Director. She led 14 WHTV joint personnel teams in support of
Presidential, Vice Presidential and First Lady of the United States, during the Obama
Administration, for historical archiving and traveled to over 35 countries and 25 states.
Petty Officer McLane completed the Intermediate Video Course in February 2014. In
November 2015, Petty Officer McLane completed the Broadcast Managers Course at
DINFOS, Fort Meade, Maryland, and transferred to American Forces Network (AFN)
Bahrain and served as the Station Manager, where she ran the radio station for military
personnel, their families and civilians.
Petty Officer McLane is currently attending University of Maryland University College
to complete her BA in Graphic Communications.
Petty Officer McLane’s personal awards include the Meritorious Command Advance
Program (CAP), Joint Service Commendation Medal (3 awards), Army Commendation
Medal (2 awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 awards), Good
Conduct Medal (6 awards), and the Letter of Commendation Letter (2 letters).
Brian Morris
Brian Morris
Class of 2007
Army, 3 Years

Cavalry Scout - medical retired
Charles R Buchanan
Charles R Buchanan
Class of 1961
Marine Corps, 4 Years

I served with the 3rd Battalion 6th Marines at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Was stationed at Guantanamo Bay during the Cuban missile crises in 1963. Discharged in 1965 from Marine Barracks, Naval Station, San Diego
David A. Bunten
David A. Bunten
Class of 1967
Air Force, 4 Years

Minute Man Missile Tech, Malstrom A.F B., Great Falls, Mont.
Debra Marshall Gagnon
Debra Marshall Gagnon
Class of 1970
Navy, 20+ Years

1987-2007, USN Nurse Corps. Started and finished at Great Lakes, other duty stations, Portsmouth VA; Rota, Spain; Cherry Point, NC; Okinawa, Japan. Only got deployed once: USS Fort McHenry to Indonesia in 2005 for Tsunami relief.
GARY BRYANT
GARY BRYANT
Class of 1967
Air Force, 20+ Years

CHIEF CLERK, TECHNICAL SERGEANT, DISABLED VIETNAM VETERAN
GARY BRYANT
GARY BRYANT
Class of 1967
Air Force, 20+ Years

CHIEF CLERK/SUPERVISOR/TYPIST. VIETNAM VETERAN.
Gary M. Luff
Gary M. Luff
Class of 1957
Army, 20+ Years

Lieutenant Colonel, US Army Retired; last assignment Battalion Commander 1/13 Armor, 1st Armored Division.
Jim Dessent
Jim Dessent
Class of 1977
Navy, 6 Years

I was a missle tech first serving on the USS Holland in Holy Loch Scotland then onto the USS James Monroe a ssbn out of Charleston.
John Milfor
John Milfor
Class of 1961
Air Force, 4 Years

Joined Air Force right after graduation. 4 years and then out. Missed going to Vietnam by about 6 months.
Lloyd Williamson
Lloyd Williamson
Class of 1988
Marine Corps, 12 Years

Bulk Fuel Specialist
Bulk Fuel Co, 9th ESB, Okinawa Japan 89-90, 92-93, 96-97
H&HS MCAS Camp Pendleton, CA 90-92
MCMWTC, Bridgeport, CA 93-96
MWSS-371, MCAS Yuma, AZ 97-00
PAUL MILLER
PAUL MILLER
Class of 1966
Army, 2 Years

Infantry
Roger Albert
Roger Albert
Class of 1965
Coast Guard, 4 Years

USCGS Forsythia - Mississippi and Arkansas River aids to navagation. Discharged 2/70 E6 1st Class Boatswain Mate in charge of deck crew.
Roger Albert
Roger Albert
Class of 1965
Coast Guard, 4 Years

Aids to navagation, Mississippi River, Memphis, TN to Vicksburg, MS. Arkansas River to Little Rock, AR.
Ronald Benedict
Ronald Benedict
Class of 1964
Army, 7 Years

U.S. Army Infantry. Captain. Vietnam veteran, platoon leader 1st Bn, 2d Inf., 1st Infantry Division (1967-1968). Combat disabled.
Ronald Dale Campbell
Ronald Dale Campbell
Class of 1964
Army, 20+ Years

1964 - 1968 Army Security Agency - Ft. Devens, MA. 1969 - 1987 Military Police - Various assignments worldwide. Retired.
Steven 'Neal'  Wilson
Steven 'Neal' Wilson
Class of 1982
Army, 10 Years

National Guard and still serving!
WILLIAM E. HUNTSUCKERE
WILLIAM E. HUNTSUCKERE
Class of 1958
Army, 5 Years

TWO TURES KOREA 1962-63 & 64-65
ONE YEAR VIET NAM 1965-66
CRANE OPPERATER
william younger
william younger
Class of 1977
Air Force, 20+ Years

2 weeks after graduation i went to boot camp. became a radar operator. 5 years in germany 3 years at shaw afb sc. got out of service in 85. joined air force reserves in 1989. became a jet engine mechanic on A-10's at richards gabuar. moved to mesa arizona 1996. joined reserve unit at luke afb. became an electrical specialist on the F-16's until i retired in 2002.

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Class of '70

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