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

Angelo Figueroa
Angelo Figueroa
Class of 2001
Air Force, 16 Years

C17A - Loadmaster, Drop Master, Evaluator, Test Loadmaster. 7 Deployments. Orion Test Lead
Armando Alexander
Armando Alexander
Class of 1989
Marine Corps, 8 Years

served as a tow gunner for LAI light armor infiantry which is now LAR light armor recon. I did 8 months in dessert shield and storm and 5 months in Mugodishu Somalia. I have a combat action ribbon with a star on it. Semper Fi
Belinda Vinson
Belinda Vinson
Class of 1988
Navy, 10 Years

Navy - Radioman then crossrated to Cryptographic Operator
Bob Tierney
Bob Tierney
Class of 2001
Army, 10 Years

Combat Engineer 4 X Combat Deployments
Bryan K. Thibedeau
Bryan K. Thibedeau
Class of 1973
Army, 3 Years

FT. Polk, Ft. Gorden for 31M20 training, Ft Riley's 1st Infantry Div. for duration with 2 deployments to Germany. Satellite Specialist Telecommunications Leader.
Camille May
Camille May
Class of 2001
Navy, 10 Years

Been around the world
Charlie Barnes
Charlie Barnes
Class of 1965
Marine Corps, 6 Years

I joined the Marine Corps with 6 other from the class of 65. We all left for boot camp on June 9th, 1965. We stayed together during boot camp and infantry training, then we all went different directions. I'm sure we all went to Viet Nam one or two times. I served in Viet Nam in
1968 and 1969. I came home on Memorial Day, 1969.
D. J. (Don) Stephens
D. J. (Don) Stephens
Class of 1956
Army, 10 Years

National Guard - Regular Army
Aug 56 - Jun 65
Darryl  McDaniel
Darryl McDaniel
Class of 1967
Navy, 2 Years

Honorable
Darryl McDaniel
Darryl McDaniel
Class of 1967
Navy, 2 Years

2 years USN, 67 to 69, US Army Natiional Guard 87-89
David  Shafer
David Shafer
Class of 2002
Army, 16 Years

Served 5 combat tours. Served as a CH-47D helicopter repairer, MQ-1C Gray Eagle Quality Control, RQ-7B instructor, Maintance evaluator (Europe)
Dawn Johnson Woodruff
Dawn Johnson Woodruff
Class of 1979
Navy, 2 Years

NAS Norfolk VA
Debra Westervelt
Debra Westervelt
Class of 1980
Navy, 8 Years

Served 8 years as a Builder in the Seabees. Spent 1 1/2 yrs in Washington, D.C., 4 1/2 yrs in Wales and 2 yrs in Virginia Beach, Va.
Dennis Kingsley
Dennis Kingsley
Class of 1982
Marine Corps, 6 Years

Aviation
Donald (Don) Thomas
Donald (Don) Thomas
Class of 1963
Marine Corps, 20+ Years

Served 4 years in the U S Marines and Viet Nam in 1965-66. Also, 16 years in the N. Carolina National Guard.
Donald Chapman
Donald Chapman
Class of 1963
Navy, 20+ Years

Served on USS FDR (CVA42), USS Puget Sound and USS Damato - USNR Construction Battalion 12 (Davisville RI), 7th Reserve Naval Construction Regiment (Davisville RI), USN Reserve Force (New Orleans) - Retired after 20 years. Served as the sole enlisted detailer for Navy Reserve Construction Forces as a civilian - retired after 16 years.
Donald Noren
Donald Noren
Class of 1955
Army Reserves, 20+ Years

Musician 85th Division Band 1955 thru 1978 at Waukegan and Chicago. Retired MSG 1983.
Frank Suggs
Frank Suggs
Class of 1972
Navy Reserves, 20+ Years

I retired after 20+ years in the Navy Reserves and, I was also in the National Guard in Missouri and Kansas for 5 years.
Gary Golubski
Gary Golubski
Class of 1988
Army, 20+ Years

Sep 1988 to present
Enlisted Signal for 10 years, went to OCS in 1998, became a Signal Officer. Operation Iraqi Freedom 07-09.
Gene Garry
Gene Garry
Class of 1974
Marine Corps Reserve, 6 Years

Sgt., Recon squad leader
gerald mcintosh
gerald mcintosh
Class of 2001
Army, 4 Years

PFC US ARMY Tank driver
gerald mcintosh
gerald mcintosh
Class of 2001
Army, 4 Years

Tanker
Glenn Jensen
Glenn Jensen
Class of 1972
Army, 12 Years

Glenn is aWarrant Officer/Pilot in Army Reserves. He just returned from deployment to Balad Airbase, Iraq. He is the guy in shorts in the aircrew photo.
Heather Ellen Andersen
Heather Ellen Andersen
Class of 1988
Army, 3 Years

1989-1992 Served with 93rd EVAC out of Ft. Leonard Wood and HQ company 122nd Signal Battalion in Camp Casey, S.Korea
james Wolfe
james Wolfe
Class of 1977
Army, 20+ Years

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jeff crump
jeff crump
Class of 1986
Marine Corps, 4 Years

looking for lisa marie blanck
Jim Wesser
Jim Wesser
Class of 1981
Army, 20+ Years

Served as a Combat Engineer initially then switched to Armor (M1, M1A1 Abrams). Served in Germany x 2, Korea, with deployments in Central America, Operations Desert Shield/Storm/Provide Comfort, Operation Desert Thunder. Served as a Tank Commander during Desert Shield/Storm.
Ended my career as an instructor at the United States Military at West Point and as the Company First Sergeant at West Point. Airborne qualified as well as M1, M1A1, AGS Master Gunner, and holds an instructor qualification.
B.A. in Psychology, M.S. in Counseling and Development.
John Lodes
John Lodes
Class of 1995
Marine Corps, 4 Years

Spent 4 yrs on active duty in the Marines. 41/2 yrs in the army reserves. was in iraq. Am now in the missouri national guard and going on 9 yrs. in the military
John Miller
John Miller
Class of 1998
Marine Corps, 4 Years

Served in Kosovo and Afghanistan. Was Stationed at Camp Lejeune, NC. Deployed to other countries including 6 months on the USS Kearsarge in the Mediteranean Sea
Joseph A. Morton
Joseph A. Morton
Class of 1956
Air Force, 20+ Years

July 1955- Aug.1981. Texas, Maine, North Dakota. Florida, Idaho, Germany, England, Korea,Vietnam.
Joseph Morton
Joseph Morton
Class of 1956
Air Force, 20+ Years

SMSgt. USAF Ret. Aircraft Maintance F-89, F-101, F-4, F-5, F-111, B-52, F106, T-33, A-1 aircraft, Crew chief on some and Escape systems (EGRESS) on all. US, Europe, England Viet Nam, Korea.
Joseph Snowden
Joseph Snowden
Class of 1986
Coast Guard, 16 Years

Currently on Active Duty and serving as XO at MSO St. Louis. Completed Masters Degree & promoted to CDR (O-5). 5 years served in Army National Guard (ENL/OFF)
Joseph Snowden
Joseph Snowden
Class of 1986
Coast Guard, 20+ Years

5 yrs Army. 15 yrs Coast Guard. Selected for Commander (O-5). Presently XO of MSO St. Louis. Cmds: MSO Providence, Morgan City, Houma, Quad Cities, LANTAREA.
Joshua Hall
Joshua Hall
Class of 1997
Air Force, 10 Years

Larry R. Wasion
Larry R. Wasion
Class of 1967
Navy, 4 Years

Radarman stationed in San Diego - 3-tours of Nam
Lewis Mattox
Lewis Mattox
Class of 1967
Army, 8 Years

Captain, U.S. Army Infantry
Lori Richardson
Lori Richardson
Class of 1982
Air Force, 2 Years

US Air Force
19th Medical Group
Little Rock AFB Hospital
1090 Arnold Drive
Little Rock AFB, AR 72099-493
LT BRUCE EARL BLICKLE
LT BRUCE EARL BLICKLE
Class of 1966
Navy, 10 Years

Enlisted Navy Quartermaster (Navigation); 1969 & 1971 Viet Nam Deployments

Lieutenant, United States Navy Chaplain Corps

Command Chaplain, USS Jouett (CG-29); San Diego, CA, USA.

Chaplain Department, Great Lakes Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, IL, USA
Mark Hunt
Mark Hunt
Class of 1981
Army, 20+ Years

First five years as an active duty Infantry officer, deployed to Panama for Operation Just Cause. The last fifteen years have been with Army Reserve Civil Affairs, with deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, Nepal, India, Thailand and Bangladesh. Currently, I am a Lieutenant Colonel getting ready to retire. Graduate of Airborne, Ranger, Air Assault, Jumpmaster and about 15 other Army schools.
McDaniel Robinson III
McDaniel Robinson III
Class of 1981
Marine Corps, 3 Years

Kept the boys flying in Helos.

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