In Tribute: Veterans

          
 
 
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This page is  dedicated to all alumni of Claremont High School who served in the Armed Forces with all our thanks and deepest respect for your service. We invite you to send in your stories and photos. We are honored to post those items on this page.
All CHS Veterans were honored at Veterans Day ceremony on 11/11/11 at 11:00 am in Claremont.
Please contact Ken Hargrove at ken.hargrove@gmail.com to be sure your name is on the list!
Thank you for what you did for us and for our country.  
 
"We Carry On”
On Comrades brave who fought and die,
So nobly that a soul might live,
Who freely gave to God and country
All ye have to give—
“We carry on.”
 
Each crudely fashioned cross
That marks your lowly resting place
Ev’n though it saddens, still inspires
And with grim, determined face—
“We carry on.”
 
A thousand tears for you were shed
A country’s spirit mourns its loss,
In every heart and mind inspired
By you the infinite and dead—
“We carry on.”

Marylou Miller
El Espiritu 1945
 

The Three Soldiers (also known as The Three Servicemen) is a bronze statue on the Washington, DC National Mall commemorating the Vietnam War. The grouping consists of three young men, armed and dressed appropriately for the Vietnam War era, purposely identifiable as Caucasian, African American, and Hispanic. It was designed to complement the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, by adding a more traditional component. The statue, unveiled on Veterans Day, 1984, was designed by Frederick Hart.
Vietnam Women's Memorial
The Vietnam Women's Memorial is a memorial dedicated to the women of the United States who served in the Vietnam War, most of whom were nurses. It serves as a reminder of the importance of women in the conflict. It depicts three uniformed women with a wounded soldier. It is part of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and is located on National Mall in Washington DC, a short distance south of The Wall, north of the Reflecting Pool.  It was designed by Glenna Goodacre and dedicated on November 11, 1993.
Virtual Vietnam Memorial Wall
To all Vietnam Veterans, family and friends take a look. The link below is a 'virtual wall' of all those lost during the Vietnam war with the names, bio's and other information on our lost comrades. It is a very memorable link, and those who served in that timeframe and lost friends or family can look them up on this site.
First click on a state.......then when it opens .........a name.......then it should show you a picture of the person or at least his bio and medals.......
 
In 1970, John Wayne hosted a variety show celebrating America's history. Included in the cast were the following: Ann Margret , Lucille Ball, Jack Benny, Dan Blocker, Roscoe Lee Browne, George Burns, Owen Bush, James Caldwell, Glen Campbell, Johnny Cash, Roy Clark, Bing Crosby, Phyllis Diller, Edward Faulkner, Lorne Greene, Harry Hickox, Celeste Holm, Bob Hope, Kay E. Kuter, Michael Landon, Forrest Lewis, Dean Martin, Dick Martin, Ross Martin, Greg Morris, Ricky & David Nelson, Hugh O'Brian, Dan Rowan, William Shatner, Orville Sherman, Red Skelton, Tom Smothers, Leslie Uggams, Jesse Vint, John Wayne, Patrick Wayne, Dennis Weaver, Dan White, Hal Williams, The Doodletown Pipers. 

 The closing piece featured many of the show's guests. Enjoy this:
John Wayne Tribute
For a complete list of all KNOWN Alumni Veterans go to the bottom of this page.
                                        
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 Stories and Photos of Our Heroes:
 
Claremont War Heroes from left to right: Unknown, John Gonzales, Eugene Martinez,
Al Sevilla, Ysidro "Johnny" Garcia, Celestino Gonzalez, Joe Felix.
 
These young men grew up in Claremont & likely attended CHS but left before graduation, so are not listed in their class rosters. If anyone has more information & knows their class years, please Contact Us so they can be included.
 
Air Force
1965 - 1985
Retired as Major
 
Communications-Electronics Officers Course, Keesler AFB, Mississippi, 1965-66.
Air Force Special Investigations School, 1966.
 
Although I was an active duty Air Force Officer, my assignment was as a federal agent for the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (the AF's internal FBI). I wore civilian clothes, carried a badge, worked major crimes and counterintelligence operations. Because of the electronics school, I was in the technical side doing all sorts of things with microphones, telephones, cameras, closed circuit TV, and a few other things we don't talk about.
 
Started in the Washington DC office, traveled north as far as Bagotville, Canada (180 mi north of Quebec City) and as far south as Trinidad. Then to Ankara, Turkey. Travels to Greece, Israel, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, the Seychelles Islands, Iran, and India. Back to a boring time in Texas, then to Wiesbaden, Germany. Ended up with a HQ OSI tour in Washington DC. Retired 1985.
 
 
U.S. Air Force
1979-2006
Retired as (O-6) Colonel
 
Flight Surgeon, Residency-trained  Emergency Medicine Physician, CCCAT Instructor, Navy-trained Dive Medical Officer. Head physician for USAF Special Tactics for 8 years.
Medals: USAF Outstanding Unit Award with 7 devices and a Combat V
Stationed: Edwards AFB Lackland AFB (Wilford Hall) Andrews AFB Ft Bragg Hurlburt Field Brooks City-Base
U. S. Navy
August 1955 through January 1959
JO3 (Third Class Journalist)
Gedunk Medal
 
 
Stations: Naval Air Station, Alameda, CA; USS Yorktown; USS Ticonderoga; Yakuska, Japan; Subic Bay, Philippines; USS Cape Esperance.
 
Editor of ships' newspapers aboard aircraft carriers USS Yorktown & USS Ticonderoga; set up television station aboard carrier USS Midway; news director for radio station KCMP, Subic Bay, Philippines, produced & directed "Spirit of the Navy" at Basilone Theatre, Treasure Island Navy Base, San Francisco.
 
Had to go through Boot Camp twice. Was a non-swimmer (and still am), but managed to bribe my company commander into swimming alongside of me in order to pass my second attempt in exchange for a feature story I wrote about him for the Navy Times. First assignment right out of boot camp was as driver for Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz. First trip we took to the airport, I tried making smalltalk and said: "So, Admiral Nimitz, do you think you're going to make the Navy a career?" He laughed the rest of the trip and we became friends even after I was discharged (honorably, I may add). With six months to kill in Japan, I found a wonderful Japanese singer and put together The Michiko Homamura Show and toured Japan with it.
 
 
Air Force
July 1960 - April 1964
E-4
Communications Intercept/Intelligence
 
Listened to military communications originating in China and the Soviet Union. My specialty was Morse Code communications. Some of the stuff was pretty darn exciting at the time. Later, with declassification and the end of The Cold War, it was mostly pretty mundane.
 
Stationed at Shu Linkou Air Station, west of Taipei, Taiwan. Northeast Cape Air Station, Saint Lawrence Island, Alaska (look this one on Google Maps). Kincheloe Air Force Base, Michigan.
 
Some of the best years of my life. I would have made it a career except that I don't play well in sandboxes.
 
United States Air Force
 
United States Air Force
 
United States Navy 
May 1975 - December 2000 
E-6 
 
Aviation Storekeeper school: Meridian Mississippi
Basic Electricity and Electronics: Orlando Florida
Teletype School: San Antonio Texas
Cryptology School: San Antonio Texas 

 
2 Navy Achievement Metals
4 Good Conduct active duty
1 Good Conduct reserves
Marks man award 

 
I was first a boatswains mate, did the liberty launches and tours of the Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor Hi. I then became a Aviation storekeeper and worked at the supply center in North Island Ca it always got me a job in the squadrons as a Flight Attendant. I then got out of active service and stayed in the reserves for six years. Rejoined the Navy in 1984. I came back in as a Cryptologic Technician Maintenance repairing Crypto equipment and computers. My last job was a recruiter and classifier. 
 
Boot Camp Orlando Fl
Water Transportation: Pearl Harbor, Hi
Supply Center: North Island, Ca
VR-57 squadron: North Island, Ca
VR-56 squadron: Norfolk, Va
Cryptology School: Pensacola, Fl
Naval Communications Center: Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
Office of Naval Intelligence: Suitland, Md
Naval Communications Center: Diego Garcia
NCTAMS: Guam
National Security Agency: Ft Meade, Md
Recruiter/Classifier: Los Angeles, Ca 

 
The Navy grounded me and gave me strength. I loved EVERY minute of my time in the service. I would recommend the Navy to anyone who does not know what to do with their lives. With the education and clearance that I received in the Navy it has opened many doors for me to get great jobs on the outside. 
 
U.S. Army
Career
1978-2008
 
Commissioned out of Cal Poly ROTC after graduating
Retired 2008 currently work for US. Government in Sudan

Robert Balch (1963)
 
U.S. Army
1965-1969
Specialist 5th Class
 
Vietnam Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Meritorious Unit Citation
Phu Bai, Vietnam, Chitose, Japan, Ft.Ord, CA, Ft. Devens, MA
 
Copied enemy morse code communications. When in Japan, copied Russian, Czech, Afghan communications. When not copying morse code, I played drums in a band that played on our pose, and surrounding Marines and Seabees.
 
United States Air Force
Air Force Academy - 1976-1980
Air Force Systems Command 1980 - 1989  - Norton AFB, WPAFB, Maxwell
AFB (SOS), Ft. Lewis (Defense Systems Mgt College), Crystal City (Navy
- Joint assignment), Pentagon, Andrews AFB (Active Duty)
Air Force Logistics Command 1989 - 1993 - McClellan AFB (Active
Reserve) - Gulf War
Air Force Academy Admissions Office 1993 - 2001 (Active Reserve)
 
U.S. Army
1974-76 
PFC 

Cannon Fire Direction 
Expert Marksman 
Headquarters & Headquarters Battery, 9th Infantry Division Artillery, Fort Lewis, WA
 
  
USAF reserve and CA Air National Guard 
1970-76 
E5 
Medic 
 
US Navy
1993-1996
Lt. USNR
General Medical Officer
Stationed in Naples, Italy
 
U.S. Army
1959-1962 
SP4 
Basic training, Ft. Ord, CA, Military Police School, Ft. Gordon, GA 
Marksmanship and Sharpshooter medals in basic training. 
 
 
After graduating from Military Police training, I spent all of 1960 at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma doing post patrol and town patrol in nearby Lawton, OK. I was then transferred to Heidelberg, Germany via Ft. Dix, N.J.. I was one of 12 American MPs selected to guard the Central Army Group (CENTAG) headquarters (the “war room” in the basement - just like from Dr. Strangelove) and act as “bodyguard” for General Clark. There were also 12 German and 12 French MPs that guarded their respective Generals. 
 
I took basic training at Ft. Ord, CA, then MP training at Ft. Gordon, GA, then a short stint at Ft. Dix, NJ, from where I was selected for the above assignment in Germany. I remained there for all of 1961 until my father unexpectedly died and I came home on emergency leave. I was then temporarily assigned to Ft. MacArthur, CA while the Army decided whether to send me back to Germany for the few months I had left on my enlistment or discharge me. In January of 1962, I was released from active duty and placed in the reserves. Six months later, I became a Police Officer for the City of Upland. 
 
Like many others have said regarding their military service, “I wouldn’t do it again for a million dollars, but I wouldn’t take a million dollars for the experience”. I could speak for hours about all of my military experiences (almost all good), but a couple are especially memorable. Once, while at Ft. Sill, OK, I was briefly picked up off the ground in my MP patrol car by a rather fierce tornado! I then knew how Dorothy felt in “The Wizard of Oz”. Fortunately, I was set down exactly from where I had departed. In 1961, stationed in Heidelberg, Germany, the only way an American could go into East Germany was to go through a months long application process. It was finally approved and in August I took a train towards Berlin. We were stopped at the East German border where my papers were intensely scrutinized and the soldiers took great delight in poking their sub machine guns into my chest. I was the only American on the train and I’m sure they didn’t want the opportunity to go to waste! We were finally allowed to proceed after they lowered all the window blinds and I was told that I would be arrested if I tried to look out of any windows while traveling to Berlin. I figured that at least one of the other passengers was probably KGB, so I (pretty much) complied. The next day, we took a pre-arranged bus tour from the American zone of Berlin through the Brandenburg Gate, (the dividing line between East and West) into East Berlin. The contrast was unbelievable! West Berlin was almost completely rebuilt, new and beautiful, and East Berlin was almost completely in rubble, with bombed out buildings everywhere. Although the war had ended 16 years earlier East Berlin looked like it had ended the day before. As I was the only American on the tour bus, the driver narrated the tour in German, and since my German was VERY limited, she narrated most of what she had spoken in English, just for me. Towards the end of the day and the end of the tour, we approached the Brandenburg Gate with about five or six cars in front of us. Thirty seconds to go until the American Zone! Suddenly, a East German soldier or policeman stopped the cars in front of us and after waiting about ten minutes, our bus driver got out to see what the reason for the delay was. She returned several minutes later with a very concerned look on her face, pulling me aside and saying “We cannot proceed, you are American, it is not safe for you to stay here, the only way back to the west is at Potsdam Platz” which she gestured was about a mile to the south. I had absolutely no clue as to what was happening, but from the look on her face, there was no doubt she was serious. I got off the bus and started walking south, encountering the bombed out remains of Hitler’s Bunker, a short distance away. From there, a block away from the Brandenburg Gate, I observed a dozen or so soldiers or policemen setting up wooden sawhorses and stringing spools of barbed wire across Unter Der Linden, the road under the Brandenburg Gate. I stood there for a couple of minutes with absolutely no idea if there was a gas leak, some sort of accident, or what? Therefore, I, with camera in hand, never took a single picture of one of the most momentous events in history, the very first minutes of the building of the infamous Berlin Wall!! The realization that I was the only American in East Berlin at that exact moment in history, had a camera to capture it, and DIDN’T, has frustrated me ever since that day in August 1961. I’ve seen many documentaries on the Berlin Wall, but none of them show what I alone saw, they all start with cinder blocks being put in place. Thinking no more about it, but still very puzzled, I continued on to Potsdam Platz and got on a stopped trolly car about a block inside the American Zone. A few seconds later, I saw a man with a terrified look on his face running as fast as he could towards my trolley which was still stopped. To add to my utter confusement of the last half hour, this man jumped on the trolley and immediately crawled UNDER the seat and curled himself into a ball. Only after the trolley had moved for about a minute did the man get up and sit on his seat, nervously looking around. By that time, I was about as confused as I’ve ever been in my life. A few minutes later, I surreptitiously slipped out my camera and took a picture of this man as he looked towards the floor. I may have not taken the picture of the beginning of the wall construction that I have regretted all my life, but I may well have taken a picture of the first person (except me) escaping East Berlin after the initial construction began. After I returned to my barracks in Heidelberg, I observed them to be empty. I tracked down someone to ask “what’s going on” and was told “Haven’t you heard about Berlin, all of your group is at the war room or out in the field, we’re about to go to war”. I replied “What in the hell are you talking about, I’ve just spent three days in Berlin and nothing’s going on”. I was told to get on my combat gear, get my .45 pistol, and stand by to be picked up. I was driven by Jeep out into a forest where one of my fellow American MPs was sitting on one of several tanks. A lieutenant came by and told us that they expected the Russians to be headed our way “soon” and since they outmatched us 20 to 1 in tanks, we “probably wouldn’t make it, and our job was just to slow them down as much as we could until the nukes from the states get here”. It was only about then that I started putting what I had seen in Berlin into some sort of perspective. I looked at my .45 pistol and thought “The Russian Army is coming, what in the world am I supposed to do with this?” I never had the slightest thought or even suspicion that we would end up in a shooting war, and sure enough, after just a few days, all our routines were back to normal and it was like nothing had ever happened. If my tour bus had been two minutes earlier, I would not have this story to tell, as I would have cleared the Brandenburg Gate. If my tour bus had been a half hour later and I would have not been able to walk out to the American Zone, I surely would have been contacted by the East German military or police, and when my military ID revealed that I had a NATO secret security clearance and worked at the headquarters of all of the allied military powers in Central Europe, I’ve sometimes wondered if I could have become the center of an “international incident”, or maybe just disappeared from the face of the earth. P.S. I didn’t know a single secret! Anyway, the military was quite an interesting experience. “I wouldn’t do it again for a million dollars but I wouldn’t take a million dollars for the experience”, but boy, do I wish I would have used my camera that day so long ago....... 
U.S. Marines
1969-1970
Vietnam 1970
 
U.S. Navy
1974 - 1980
Aviation Boatswain Mate
USS Ranger ( CVA - 61 )
 
U. S. Air Force
US Army Reserve
1977-2002

Ft. Richardson, AK - 1977
Upland, CA - 1978-1982
Lackland AFB, TX 1982-83, Goodfellow AFB, TX 1983-1984
Tempelhof Central Airport, Berlin, Germany - 1984-1986
Ft. George G. Meade, MD - 1986-1989, Wheeler AFB, HI 1990-1991
Wheeler Army Airfield, HI 1991-1995, Hickam AFB, HI - 1995
Goodfellow AFB, TX - 1996-2002
 
Defense Language Institute, Foreign Language Training Center, Europe, National Cryptologic School,
 
U. S. Air Force
March 1968 - March 1972
Staff Sergeant (at time of separation)

 
Basic military training Technical training as weapons and munitions specialist Nuclear weapons training Weapons and munitions loading instructor certification training.
 
Received the National Defense ribbon, Good Conduct ribbon, Expert Marksman ribbon, Vietnam Campaign and Vietnam Service ribbons. While assigned to MacDill AFB, our squadron received the Presidential Unit Citation.
 
I was trained as a weapons and munitions specialist. My primary duties were to load all the assorted munitions on the F-4 Phantom fighter/bomber. During my final year of service, I was an instructor of weapons loading procedures on the F-4, including a nuclear weapons capability.
 
Basic Training - Lackland AFB, San Antonio, TX Technical Training - Lowrey AFB, Denver, CO MacDill AFB - Tampa, FL Udorn AFB - Udorn, Thailand George AFB - Victorville, CA
 
I enlisted in the military after dropping out of Cal Poly, Pomona where I had been pursuing a landscape architecture degree. I believed that military service would offer an opportunity to acquire substantial life experience and personal accountability. I found this to be true, and even though I was happy to separate from active duty after 4 years and return to civilian life, I never regret having served. I am proud to be a military veteran because, as such, I have a much richer appreciation for the freedoms we enjoy in this great country. I am extremely patriotic and will always support our past, present and future military personnel.
 
I particularly treasure the year I spend in Thailand. I set a personal goal to not be the typical "ugly American GI." I made an effort to try to learn the language and customs of the Thai people. I found them to be genuinely friendly and sincere people. To this day, I can still remember some basic Thai phrases that I learned over 41 years ago. The pinnacle of my experience in Thailand was when I befriended a young brother and sister who worked as food servers on our base. They would practice their English with me, and I would practice speaking Thai to them. One day, they invited me out to their home in the countryside. There I met their parents, who had never before seen an American. After spending the day with them, I came away with a much richer understanding of their culture and felt that in that one day I had been an ambassador of my country. I can only hope that I made a favorable impression on their family.
 
Army Airforce  
Sept 14, 1943- December 21 1945

Flight officer
Flight training
 
I enlisted in the air Corps before I was 18 and they did not call me until September ‘43 when I became 18. We went first to San Antonio Texas which is not a fun place to be. The eggs were green and the water tasted like a mixture of sulfur and oil. I was sent to a college training detachment in Fayetteville Arkansas. Spent a couple of months there. Very nice. Was assigned to Oxnard flying training which was really the best time in my military career because they taught us to fly and we flew around Oxnard learning to fly and learning acrobatics. The Stearman aircraft was a delight to fly but it was tricky on lending, a little maneuver called a ground loop wherein the aircraft makes 360° turn. It was interesting on windy days cadets who are not flying wood lined the runway watching for this maneuver.
 
After soloing and gaining solo flying time we were transferred to basic flying in Taft near Bakersfield at Garner Field. Here we flew the Vulte B-13 not a really fun airplane to fly. Heavy and sluggish for the most part. We transferred after graduation from Garner Field to advance flying training detachment at Luke Field in Phoenix Arizona. We flew AT-6s which is a dream airplane to fly. Formation flying, acrobatics and cross country flights. Great great fun.
 
Unfortunately the military at this time October 1944 found out they had too many single-engine pilots and as a consequence postponed our graduation for another two months and In the meantime apparently by lots, half the group was sent to fighter groups and the other half including myself were sent to fly B-17s around the gunnery range in Kingman Arizona. Eventually we graduated and eventually they assigned us to be 17 group scheduled for Europe. Fortunately just before we were scheduled for an overseas shipment, war in Europe came to an end and they didn't need us there.
 
The military in its ultimate wisdom sent us in our dark winter clothing to Tucson Arizona. Tucson Arizona did not know we were coming. We hung around Tucson for a month while a military decided what to do with us. They did decide then to send us to fly B-29s. We were assigned to Wichita Kansas to join up with a crew for ultimate assignment to the war with Japan. Fortunately for the Japanese they surrendered just as we were going to be sent to that area. During my assignment to the B-29s we were stationed among others in Albuquerque where one morning on the flight line we saw the explosion of the atomic bomb test at Alamogordo. Most impressive. impressive. I was relived of duty December 1945, five months before my 21st birthday.

Stations: Oxnard, Taft, Phoenix, Sioux City, Alberguerque, Pratt
Duties: Fly
 
U. S. Air Force
1987-1990
Sergeant
Weather Equipment, Navigational Aids, Military Electronics
including Vacuum tube and Radar Theory... enough for more than
an Electronics Engineer!
Expert Marksman
Installation, maintenance and repair under all weather and hostility conditions of flightline electronic equipment. no aircraft could move without our equipment, so it was high pressure. Stationed at Chanute AFB, Illinois Grand Forks AFB, Grand Forks, North Dakota
Lots of work. 24 hours a day pager. Interface with pilots and weather station personnel constantly. Working at 100+ degrees and at -50 F. Rape, kidnap, torture, attempted murder, over and over. I am disabled at 100% from PTSD, lung and bone diseases, and other ill effects. I am a SURVIVOR!! and a WOMAN!!
 
Army
Oct 69 - Jan 92 
Captain 
 
Airborne, Special Forces, MACVSOG Recon Course, Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Course, DLI Laotian Language course 
Purple Heart, Bronze Star 
Performed recon missions against Ho Chi Minh trail complex during war in SouthEast Asia. 
Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Korea and Japan 
Best years of my life were spent as a member of U. S. Army Special Forces. 
 
Army
1965/1968
1st Lt.

Bronze Star, CIB,NDSM,VSM,VCM w/device "60"
 
US Navy
Vietnam
 
U.S. Marines
April 1, 1960 to Sept 9, 1969
Staff Sgt.
 
Radio Relay and Electronics Technician
Electronics Instructor
 
Training:Radio Technician Course, Noncommissioned Officer Leadership School, Electronics Engineer Technology Course, Instructor Orientation Course
Navy Enlisted Scientific Education Program
 
After boot camp at MCRD San Diego I went to 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton. Then two years as a student at the University of Washington in Seattle. In Viet Nam I was assigned to the 1st Marine Air Wing in Da Nang. When I returned from Viet Nam I was an Instructor with the Electronics School at MCRD San Diego
 
One night while I was stationed on Comm Hill, on the perimiter outside Da Nang, the Viet Cong attacked the hill next to us. We scrambled to our foxholes and everything was blacked out. We were told that they were attacking the wrong hill, that we were the primary target, since we had all the communication links for much of South Viet Nam. We were told to hold our fire and not reveal our position. I could see the whites of their eyes and smell the powder. When a flare would go off, we could see the Cong only 40 to 50 yards away. The infantry finally flanked them and whuped 'em good. During the battle, I don't know which I wanted to do more, join the fight or run like hell, 'cept I was too scared to run!
 
Army
1968-1970
E-5 Sgnt
 
 
Infantry 11B, truck maintenance, truck driver
Stations: Ft. Polk, La.  AIT
Army Commendation Medal
 
1968-69 Several locations in South Vietnam, Cam-Ranh, Bein-Hoa, Thu-Duc. 69-70 Fort McClellan, Alabama
 
United States Air Force
1991-Present
Master Sergeant (MSgt)
 
Basic Training: Lackland Air Force Base, in San Antonio, Texas
Achievement Medal, Commendation Medal
Aerospace Ground Equipment Team Leader/ NCOIC
Cannon AFB, NM 1992-1993 Misawa AB Japan 1993-1996 Luke AFB, AZ 1996-present
 
Been in the Air Force for 20 years and will be getting ready to retire in 2.5 years. Spent winters snowboarding in Japan at Mt. Appi Ski Resort and riding motorcross/dirt bike riding. Japan had a lot of great trails to motorcycle ride in and some great tracks. Met a lot of good friends while in the Air Force and lost a few as well RIP.
 
Army
 
US Navy
12/56 - 12/62
PH-3

 
Navy Photo School, NAS Pensacola
 
Fun memory. Marching through downtown Long Beach to the music of a Navy band playing John Phillip Sousa, carrying M1s and all the pretty girls along the way. It was summer of 1957 and my boot company was picked to escort the young women who were in the Miss Universe contest. The next day I drew Miss Peru, Gladys Zender, who, as luck would have it was named Miss Universe the next day. Bad memories: All the pictures I took of plane crashes and the results of such. I believe that service in the name of our country is a "duty" and is something every young man (and women at their option) should assume.
 
       
United States Navy
Nov.4, 1966 - Aug.6, 1970
E-5
Viet Nam, 4-Wes-Pac Cruises Aboard USS Constellation, CVA-64, 1966-1970.
Duties: Take Care Of Ships Boats, 40 & 50 Ft. U-Boats, Captains Gig, Ships Life Boats. In Those Days, If Man-OverBoard Was Called, We Had To Man Either The Port Or Starboard LifeBoat To Hopefully Pick Up The Guy That Went Over Board, We Pulled Numerous Pilots Out Of The Water, Either After Crashing On Deck Or Missing The Deck, No Fault Of Their Own! Pilots Were The Heros Aboard The Carriers.
Connie was a good ship, lots of memories, Hot Nites, Good Crew, Good Ship, Brought Us Home After 4-Wes-Pac Cruises. Hong Kong, Phillipine Islands, Japan, Hawaii, Korea, Da Nang.....Best Of All, San Diego, California!
Navy Achievement Award, Viet Nam Service Medal, Viet Nam Combat, Good Conduct Medal,
 
US Navy
1960-1964
3rd Class Petty Officer – Commisaryman
I was stationed on board ship and was assigned to the chief’s wardroom/mess... Was responsible for cooking and baking for the chiefs and chief warrant officers on our ship. It was really good duty back then as total body count on our ship was around 320-340 and we all knew each other, unlike the big ships today where you could serve a four hitch on your ship and never get to know everyone, today’s cruisers are really big, and the flat-tops, ( carriers ) today with the full flight crews on board are about 5-6,000 people.
I was on the U.S.S. Sirius A.F. - 60 Supply Ship, WES-PAC 7th Fleet, & our battle group had the USS Coral Sea, the Missouri and numerous Tin Cans ( Destroyers ) and smaller Destroyer Escorts, ( DE"s ). I cannot remember the names of all the other ships in our task group. We were home ported at T.I. ( Treasure Island ) pier 21 San Francisco and the Oakland Army Refer Docks.
   We sailed to Pearl ( Hawaii ) then Buckner Bay ( White Beach ) Okinawa , Japan, then Sasebo, Yokusaka , and Yokohama, Japan, then down to Olongapo, ( Subic Bay ) Philippines, and would sail to Hong Kong for Ship’s re-painting and R&R - Rest and Relaxation twice a year....

I enjoyed the cruising, I have always had a love for the Ocean as well as the mountains, and for a 17-year-old kid still not dry behind the ears yet, it was a real eye opener for me to see how other people lived in their countries, and it really made you appreciate home that much more. On one side you would see all the lights and fast paced life of the working folks, and then on the other side you would see the poverty and the poor, and it was pretty bad at times, like nothing you could imagine, down in bumboat alley in Hong Kong, the Families would keep all the baby girls born to them, but after having one healthy son, a lot of them would discard future baby boys in the bay and other places, they kept the girls because they represented money to the family as soon as they were old enough to prostitute them selves to make money for their parents.

In the bay of Hong Kong the water was so acidic that they said that you could develop film and if you fell overboard you would be restricted to the ship’s sick bay for 30 days and get shots 3 X a day for 30 days. The sewer system back then was open sewers called ( BINJI ) ditches, I will leave that to your imagination, but the country was really beautiful and I was amazed at the way the children really respected their elders.

The children in Hawaii were taught from day one that it took more muscles to create a frown in your face than a smile, so everyone (all Islanders were always smiling and happy). In the Philippines, if you wanted to travel from Subic Bay to the other side of the islands to Clark Air Force Base, you had to travel during daylight hours only, if you missed the last bus back to Subic you were told to return the next morning (They still had people in the jungles called "HUCKS" - active headhunters) and they would ambush taxis and other forms of transportation at night.

All in all it was really neat to be able to travel over there and we knew what we had to do if any thing broke out then (WAR) but in all reality I met some great people , learned a lot about different cultures. When I was in we were liked by all those people then, so they would take us to their homes, we would go see things that guys would not get to see today, and being in the service taught you a lot about pride and about yourself, teamwork, etc, etc...

It was always neat to come home and be on leave and have your dress blues or whites on, holding your head high and everyone proud of you and thanking you for looking out for our country.

When sailing from Hong Kong one time to Seattle, Washington, for SEAFARE (FLEET WEEK) Ships open house to the public, the Canadians would sail up alongside of us and want ice cream and watermelons. The Old Man (Captain) would trade their Captain for really good Canadian Whiskey, and then all hands on our ship would get a double shot of this special Whiskey, with all the rest going into private storage for the Skipper. I was proud to be a USS SAILOR, to represent my country, and always wished I had done a full twenty active duty, but life goes on and you make the best of it that you can. It’s still, in my mind, a good start for any young man or woman in their life, and it can be a real rewarding experience.

We had a pretty good count of class members from CHS 1961 who served in the US MILITARY, be it Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard , or National Guard , and everyone should be proud of what they did!
 
United States Navy
1944-1946 
SpY 3/c 
 
Control Tower  
Atlanta GA, Tillimuck OR, Seattle WA 
 
Army
October 1966- October 1969
E-5
Finance Corp
Pay Disbursing Specialist
Ft. Ord, Ft.Harrison, Ft. Bliss, Ft. Benning Phu Bai Vietnam

Only Medal that matters is USAF Outstanding Unit Award
with 7 devices and a Combat V.
 
U.S.Army 
KIA- IRAQ- Dec.25, 2005
1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.
Died in Iraq on Christmas day when a bomb exploded near the M1-A1 tank he was driving in Baghdad.
Friends, relatives and fellow soldiers recalled the married father as a "gentle giant" during services at the Forest Lawn Memorial-Park in Glendale. His hulking size allowed him to fill a room by himself, they said. But he also had the heart to match.

He was a straight-A student and a tremendous athlete who inspired everyone he knew. He could have accomplished anything he wanted in life, they said, but he died doing what he loved: Fighting for his country.

"Sergio fought for something he believed in," said his father, Victor. "He loved being a soldier, he loved his job.
US Army
August 1966 - August 1969
California Army National Guard
October 1982 - October 1992 
Highest Rank attained Staff Sergeant E-6 
 
Communication Center Specialist
Radio Teletype Operator
Non-Commissioned Officer Training School 
 
National Defense Ribbon - 2
Vietnam Service Medal w/5 bronze stars
Vietnam Campaign Medal
Army Achievement Medal
Enlisted Trainers Excellence Award 
Communication Center Operation and Team Leader
Radio Teletype Operator and Team Leader
Cryptography Supervisor
Commo Track Commander 
 
US Army
Basic Training - Ft Ord,CA
Advanced Training - Ft Gordon, GA
Vietnam January 1967 - August 1968 - extended tour - 1st Signal Bde
Fort Carson, CO August 1968 - August 1969 - 4th Squadron 12th Cavalry

Army National Guard
October 1982 - October 1986 - 240th Signal Bn
October 1986 - October 1992 - 1st Squadron 18th Cavalry 
 
Entered Army at 17 right out of high school. Hit Vietnam shortly after 18th birthday. Grew up fast, had to. Saw stuff no one should have to see. Honorably discharged in August 1969. In college I remember seeing guys sweating the draft lottery and I didn't want to tell them I was a vet at age 20. Had many unresolved feelings and eventually joined the Cal Army National Guard to be around people that I could relate to and could relate to me. I am proud to have done my duty for my country and would do it all again in a heartbeat! 
 
U.S. Marines
June 26, 1968- August 28, 1970
June 26, 1968 - August 28, 1970
E-5, Sergeant of Marines
 
Two tours in Vietnam; 22 months Dec 68 thru Aug 70; FLC-Support Battalion at Red Beach; Danang, Vietnam- Provisional Rifle Company; TAOR- sweep and secure, convoy security
 
Medals and Commendations:
Various Vietnam Service, Campaign, Combat and Conduct medals.
 
Stations: Boot Camp- MCRD- San Diego; Infantry Training- Camp Pendleton; Vietnam- Danang (Red Beach), An Hoa, Phu Loc-6
 
Joined Marines in Senior year - boot camp-10 days after graduation. Got trained, went to Nam- spent 21 months, came home-2 days later separated w/Honorable Discharge, looking for work.
 
CHS classmates I encountered in Vietnam; Rick Stevenson-'67, Rick Blick-'68, Gary Vallone-'68.
 
 Memory: Knew stuff at 17 that I shouldn't; saw stuff at 18 that was hard to handle, acquired skills I pray I'll never need to use again, lived with guys I'd die for and some did die for me (SEMPER FI), was spat upon by a lady of my mother's age on landing on my return from Nam and was then advised by the government not to wear my uniform in public, was released from active duty and then I had to register for the draft
ALL GAVE SOME, SOME GAVE ALL.
 
Run For The Wall ( rftw.org )- President
Claremont/Upland American Legion Post 78- 1st Vice Commander
Claremont/Upland Marine Corps League Detachment 965
Disabled American Veterans-Life Member
 
US Army
08/12/1974 - 08/11/1977 
Specialist 4th Class 
 
Basic Training, FT McClellan, AL
05G20 U S Army Security Agency, FT Devens, MA
502nd ASA Bn, Augsburg, West Germany 

 
National Defense Service Medal
Good Conduct Medal 
Signal Security Specialist, Army Security Agency 
 
FT McClellan, Anniston, AL
FT Devens, Ayer, MA
Vint Hills Farm Station, Warrenton, VA
Flak Kaserne, Augsburg, West Germany 

 
I was fortunate to be stationed in Europe, and I was able to travel and visit Switzerland, Belgium, England and France. It was interesting for me to live in Germany as I had studied World War II in great detail. I was very proud to walk down a German street in an American uniform and to know that I was able to do that because our country had helped win the war against the Nazis just 30 years before. 
 
 
U.S. Air Force   
1961-1965 
Major 
 
Bronze Star, 3 Air Medals 
Intelligence Officer, Scientist 
   
Philippines, Denver. Washington DC, Tucson. Maryland 
US Army
1965-1967
Spec.5

Meteorology
Fort Sill, Oklahoma
 
US Air Force 
1966-1969 
Sgt 
 
Minuteman Missiles 
Marksmanship 
Load and off load Missiles. Set up motors to be test fired. 
Hill AFB Utah
 
U.S. Marine Corps 
March 2007-March 2011
Sergeant
 Iraq 2008-2009
Driver and Gunner
 
       
United States Navy
1968-1972
 I was a sea bee, (construction), and stationed in Calif, Alaska, West Virginia
and Viet Nam
 
U.S. Marine Corps
June 1961-June 1987 
Lt Col 
 
I enlisted in the Marine Corps after graduation from CHS. After two years I was released from active duty to accept an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis Md. After graduation I took my commission in the Marine Corps. I attended Armor School at Fort Knox Ky and Amphibious Warfare School at Quantico, VA 
 
Purple heart, Meritorious Service Medal (2,) Navy Commendation Medal w/combat V, Army Commendation Medal, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry w/ silver star, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Combat Action Ribbon and various unit citations. 
 
Tank Officer, Infantry Officer and Logistics Officer 
 
3d Marine Division, Vietnam (Plt Ldr); Armor School, Ft Knox, Ky (Instructor), Recruit Depot, San Diego (Series Cdr, Co Cdr, Operations Officer), 3d Marine Division, Okinawa (Tank Co Cdr, Logistics Officer), Quantico, VA, (Co Cdr OCS) 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton (Tank Co Cdr, Logistics Officer), HQ Fleet Marine Force Pacific (Operations Officer, Force Inspector) 
 
The Marine Corps was very good to me. I started out as a Private and retired as a LtCol with a BS degree. My best assignment was as an infantry platoon leader in Vietnam. The young Marines in my platoon were amazing! They went into harm's way without hesitation. Leading them was the best experience of my life, losing some of them was the worst. 
Army
1965-1968
Sergeant, E-5
 
I joined the Army to see the world and got stationed in Pasadena, 30 miles from home. I went through basic training at Fort Polk, LA with Jon Dearborn. Provided Counter Intelligence services and background investigations as well as installation security throughout Region II.
US Army 
1972-77 
First Lieutenant 
 
Parachute school at Ft. Bragg 
Battalion Signal Officer 
101st Airborne Division Ft Campbell Kentucky
 
US Navy 
1974-1978 

 
IS2 (Intelligence Specialist) 
NIPSTRAFAC, Key West 

Running "Mission Planning" in a carrier-based intelligence center where all the pilots were briefed from before their flights (usually by CCTV to their squadron Ready Rooms) 
USS Ranger (CV-61) out of San Diego. 9 month WestPac cruise to Hawaii, Philippines, Hong Kong, & Singapore. Then Bremerton, WA for 14 month dry-dock overhaul. 
 
 Air Force/Air National Guard
1967-1973
  Sgt./Crew Chief
 
 Aerospace Power Support- Chanute AFB, Assigned to 163rd Jet Fighter Squadron.
Hon. discharged,marksmanship medal, highest grade avg. in technical ground power class.
Performed all ground power support on F102 jet fighter aircraft.
Lackland AFB, Chanute AFB, Elmendorf AFB, March AFB

 
At Elmendorf AFB in Alaska we were assigned to intercept Russian Badger Bombers that would come down the coast. At that time the Russians were assisting the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War.
 
US Army 
May 1995 - Current 
Sergeant First Class 
 
Too many to name. Most memorable would likely be that one time in Afghanistan serving with some Americans and Australians. Not everyone made it home. 
 
US Army 
1964 
E-5 
 
U.S. Air Force 
11/19/1981 to 10/01/2006 
Master Sargent 
 
Civil engineering school, USAF Skeet team 
Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air force Commendation Medals, Air Force Achievement Medals, Professional Military Education RIbbon, Small arms expert ribbon, AF overseas short tour ribbon, AF training Ribbon, AF longevity service Award, Global war on terrorism service medal, AF Good Conduct medals, Master Instructors Badge awarded. 
 
NCOIC, AFNORTH CE SHOP, NCOIC Gulbpor MS instructors school, NCOIC RED HORSE SHOP VEGAS, 
 
Offutt AFB Nebraska, Shemya Air Station Alaska, Osan AB Korea, Norton AFB Calif, Sheppard AFB Texas, Nellis AFB Las Vegas, AFNORTH Brunssum Holland. ( TDY all over the world ) 
 
U.S. Marines
Vietnam 1968-Khe San
 
 
US Marines
Jan 3,1971 - July 1, 2001
Colonel
Artillery Officer
 
Medals and commendations:
Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal
 
Stationed at:
Kaneohe, HI.; Washington, DC; Okinawa, Japan
Camp Pendleton, CA; Quantico, VA; Seoul, Korea
Camp Lejeune, NC
 
U.S. Navy
 2/65 - 11/74

E6 - First Class Petty Officer
Electronics and Sonar.
Vietnam Service Medal (4) Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2)
 Good Conduct Medal (2) Vietnam Campaign Medal National Defense
 Service Medal (2)

Sonar Technician serving on Destroyers. Taught Basic Electronics at Naval Training Center, San Diego my final 3 years.
Naval Training Center, San Diego 2/65 - 5/65 (Boot Camp) Fleet
ASW School, San Diego 6/65 - 5/66 (Electronics/Sonar School)
USS Herbert J Thomas DD833, San Diego 6/66 - 12/69 USS Jonas Ingram DD938, Mayport, FL 1/70 - 10/71 Naval Training Center, San Diego 11/71 - 11/74 (Basic Electronics School - Instructor)

3 Westpac cruises on USS Herbert J Thomas to Vietnam with stops in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; Midway Island; Hong Kong; Yokosuka, Okinawa & Sasabo, Japan; Kaohsiung, Taiwan; Da Nang, Vietnam; Subic Bay, Philippines, Guam. Also made visits with the Thomas to Alcapuco, San Francisco, & Portland on Midshipman cruises. Joined USS Jonas Ingram in the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard where she was going through a major overhaul. After the overhaul, Ingram relocated to its homeport in Mayport, FL. Made several Caribbean Cuises visiting Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; Roosevelt Rhodes, Purto Rico; Kingston, Jamaica; Port Au Prince, Haiti; St. Thomas and St. Croix, Virgin Islands. Also visited Mobile, Alabama for Mardi Gras.
  

 USAF
01-21-1998 to 03-01-2005 
Staff Sergeant 
Louis F. Garland Fire Academy 
Osan AFB South Korea
Beale AFB Northern California 
RAF Lakenheath United Kingdom 
 
United States Marine Corps 
Dec 2012 - Aug 2015 
Lance Corporal 
 
Infantry Anti-Tank Missileman's Course 
Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Operators Course 
National Defense Service Medal
Global War On Terrorism Medal 
Gunner (TOW PLT)
Gunner (SCOUT PLT)
Battalion Primary Raven Operator                           
Twenty-nine Palms 
 
I spent 3 years huddled away in the desert loving the Marine Corps and every second was a blessing. I did nothing miraculous but I did my time. 
 
and
U.S. Army

Don McCanne is my identical twin brother.  We were both General Medical Officers, eventually both assigned to the 249th General hospital.  It was at the end of the medical evacuation combat chain, set up for treating casualties from Viet Nam.  It was actually located on the outskirts of Tokyo. We had reported for active duty in August 1964, the day after one of our closest friends was the first American combat pilot killed over North Vietnam.  That was the seriously wrongly characterized Gulf of Tonkin incident, and led to our alleged justification for invading North Vietnam.  Our friend was Lt. J.G. Richard C. Sather, a 1956 graduate of Pomona High School.  His name is at eye-level on the first panel of the Vietnam Memorial, representing an unnecessary and extremely costly pivotal error by our political leadership in 1964.

After several years of not drafting any physician into military service, there was a sudden draft of a few hundred of us who were just completing internships.  We were used to fill stateside combat battalion surgeon slots which had been vacant for years.  Don and I became battalion surgeons in the 1st Armored Division at Fort Hood, Texas, along with about 40 other surprised newly licensed physicians assigned to Fort Hood.  Contrary to popular lore, there really are not very many "stupid doctors" lurking around. 

While Dick Sather was still a "MIA" in the Gulf of Tonkin, it was easy for us to surmise that the load of doctors being assigned to combat units was a prequel to our invasion of North Vietnam.  This was only reinforced by orders received to go to overseas assignments of "Destination: classified." 

Of the 40 from Fort Hood, all but three of us were sent to Viet Nam.  One who was not, was the son of a close friend of Senator Jacob Javitz (NY).  He was said to have a big red "P.I." stamped on the cover of his personnel file.  (PI = political influence.) 

Don and I were also excluded from active combat.  We received no explanation; but I wonder if the decision makers wanted to avoid adverse publicity, similar to that acquired when the five Sullivan brothers went down in the same ship during WW II.  They did keep us assigned to the same units - and used us for some local newspaper publicity, accompanied by photos of the identical twin "Army doctors."  Anyway, we exhibited no heroics - but were "blessed" with the luck of having two hard working parents who put their four children through college, and three of us through medical school.  It's been a good life for all of us.

U.S. Navy
1976-1984
 
Electronics Technician (ET1) 1976-1982 and served an additional two years in the active Navy reserve 1982-1984. I had three duty rotations including the Naval Telecommunications Center (NTCC) Subic Bay, Philippines, Oceanographic Unit 4 embarked onboard USNS Chauvenet TAGS-29 forward deployed in Indonesia, and USS Wichita AOR-1 home ported in Alameda, CA. Reserve at the Navy/Marine Reserve Center (NMRC) San Jose, CA. Sea duty included two WestPac deployments plus one year of oceanographic research in Indonesia.
 
U.S. Marines
October 1976 to April 1982
First Lieutenant
Communication Officer
Attended The Basic School Communication Officers School, stationed Marine Corps Development & Education Command Quantico, VA
 Marine Corps Air-Ground Combat Training Center Twentynine Palms, CA
Third Battalion, Fourth Marines, Third Marine Division
Okinawa (Japan), Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow, CA
 
U.S. Army
Lieutenant. Colonel
 
Retired from US Army, served in Vietnam.  Specialized in armored warfare and worked on computer simulations of tactical ground operations.
 
1972-2008
 
Major General
 
Maj. Gen. Paul E. Mock, who received his commission in 1972 through the ROTC at Claremont Men’s College.   In 1996, Mock was mobilized for Operation Joint Endeavor, serving in Croatia to support operations in Bosnia. In 2002, he assumed command of the 311th Support Command. Two years later, he was mobilized for Operation Iraqi Freedom as commanding general, 377th Theater Support Command, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, where he commanded more than 20,000 personnel. From 2005 until he retired in 2008, he was commander of the 63rd Regional Readiness Command in Los Alamitos.
 
Medals received: Distinguished Served Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal
 
Special schools: Infantry, Special Forces, Psychological Operations, Logisitcs
 
Paul also is a retired Los Angeles Police Department lieutenant and worked for the LAPD for 25 years.
 

 
Captain, Helicopter Pilot
D TRP, 3rd SQDN, 5th Cavalry, 1st Aviation BDE, USARV
Army of the United States
August 1, 1945 - January 3, 1970
 
 
United States Air Force
1957-1964

S/SGT
Jet engine school Amarillo, TX
Good Conduct medal Air crewman,(flight engineer) B-52 bomber. Patrolled airspace outside Soviet Union during Cold War
Mountain Home AFB, Boise ID
 
U.S. Army
5/23/67 - 12/29/68 
SPEC 5 
 
Radio Operator - 57th Medical Detachment (Helicopter Ambulance)
Call Sign - Long Binh Dustoff Control 

 
Long Binh, Vietnam 
 
U.S. Army
 
22 July 1966 to 23 March 1992
Retired Lt. Colonel
 
Basic, Advanced, Officer Candidate School, Quartermaster School, Advanced Officer School, Command and General Staff College
Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal,
Vietnam Service Medal W/4 Bronze Service Stars, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army Reserve
Componets Achievement Medal W/Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon,
Republic of Vietnam Campign Ribbon W/ Device (1960)

Active Duty-- I was commissioned an Ordanance Officer by training with a supply specialty. I was a unit Commanding Officer three (3) times, with commands at Fort Hood, TX; Fort Lewis, WA; and in Stuttgard, Germany. I held staff positions at both the Battalion and Brigade levels. While in Thailand and Germany, I held supply officer positions responsible for Divisional assets.

Active Reserve Duty-- I was a Logistical Senerio writer/trainer for Guard and Reserve unit training throughout the United States. At my unit in Houston, TX, I prepared training programs for the units and then went into the field with the soldiers and conducted their training. They were rated on their ability to pass the required levels of instruction.

Fort Dix, NJ; Fort Ord, CA; Aberdeen Proving Grounds, MD; Fort Lee, VA; Sacramento Army Depot, CA; Thailand; Fort Hood, TX; Fort Lewis, WA; Augsburg/Stuttgard, Germany; Houston, TX

The Military as a profession had its ups and downs. I married a wonderful "Army Brat" and had three (3) beautiful children (6 Grand- children) but my downside was that I was away too much. I enjoyed my service time, getting to meet people all over the world, learning about new languages and cultures, and standing tall with pride for the good old United States of America.
 
During my time in the service we fought a war which could not be won and I was spit upon for being part of it. As a young Lieutenant in California, I was assigned on orders for six (6) months as a Kin Notification Officer. It was my responsbility to inform the families of soldiers killed in action in Vietnam. I took the place of the WWII telegram. I shed many a tear right alongside with the mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters of valiant soldiers never to return on their own. I returned from Southeast Asia, alive, to continue the effort to defend and support the USA. I will do this until my last breath.
 
U.S. Air Force 
1969-1976 
E-5 Staff Sgt. 
 
Jet Mechanics School Sheppard AFB, Witchita Falls, Texas
Flight Engineering Lockheed C-141, Altus AFB, Oklahoma
SR-71 Maintenance School Beale AFB, Yuba City, California 

 
Honor Graduate at all schools, leadership medal, Viet-Nam Service Ribbon 
 
Maintained high performance jet aircraft, flew as a crew member on Lockheed C-141, Crew Chief on Lockheed SR-71 
 
Norton AFB, San Bernardino, California
Cameron Bay AFB, Viet-Nam
Beale AFB, California
Okinowa, Japan
Clark AFB, Philipines 
 
U.S. Air Force 
1966-1969
Sgt. E/4 
 
Operated with MACV-SOG and all Special Forces as Air Control for
Special Operations Missions. 
Multiple CONUS Bases and Southeast Asia 
 
United States Marine Corps
1990-1994
Corporal
 
CA Army National Guard    
1997-2000 
Specialist 
MCRD (San Diego, CA); MCT (Camp Pendleton, CA); SOI (Camp Pendleton, CA); MCMWTC (Bridgeport, CA); SERE Training (Philippines); UH-60 'Blackhawk" AIT (Fort Eustis, Virginia)    
Camp Pendleton, CA and JTFB Los Alamitos, CA 
 
U.S. Marines
Jan. 1966- Dec. 1967
Served as Computer Systems Programmer 3rd FSR Okinawa Japan 13 mo
TAD DaNang 7 days White Beach 3rd FSR Supply Base
Service Finished El Toro Base Supply DP Platoon. 
Honorable Discharge  Dec 1967 - Rank E5 Sergeant
 
Army
 
Vietnam from May 1968 to June 1969.  Stationed in Pleiku, Vietnam with the 4th Infantry Division Headquarters.  Ended up being a truck driver after coming down with malaria during first month in country.  
 

 USAF (1952-1956)

Communication Center Specialist (Crypto and Telecommunications).
Tours of duty with MAT (1953) and SAC (1954-56).
Korean veteran (1953). Highest rank: Sgt.1st class.

The excellent training that I received through the USAF, qualified me for the G. I. Bill which financed my university education that includes the Ph.D. in Spanish Language and Literature, USC (1972).

It was an honor to serve my country as a soldier which in turn set the foundation for me to dedicate 35 years to the educational environment of our society as a professor of Spanish language and literature at CSUF (1963-1998).
 
US Marine Corps 
8/26/2013-8/25/2018 
Corporal 
2631 ELINT Analyst 
Fort Meade, Maryland 
 
 
Army
12/67-7/69
SP5

05C Radio Operations, Ft Gordon, Georgia
Communications
Camp Granite, Vietnam
Terror, boredom, bad grub.
 
 
US Navy
After from graduating from College, I requested Active Duty to fulfill my commitment to the U.S. Naval Reserve. I was ordered to the Construction Battalion Center @ Port Hueneme, California. Having been trained as a UTW-3 (E-4) Water Treatment Specialist, I joined Mobile Construction Battalion Eleven IMCB-11) as they were being refit prior to deployment to Vietnam.
In early April, 1966, the Battalion was ordered to Da Nang to support the 3rd. Marine Amphibious Force conducting military operations in the area. We were stationed south of the City, and began immediately building storage facilities, bunkers, and air fields. My duties included ‘B’ Company Clerk, Field Construction Liason and Security Team Leader for Camp Security, which including the area between the Da Nang River and the Camp perimeter. It was an extremely demanding deployment due to the extreme heat & humidity of the area. 
My only relief from the 24/7 schedule, was a one week Rest & Relaxation (R&R) trip to Bangkok, Thailand. I spent a thousand dollars in those seven days, and had nothing to show for it...but a massive hang-over! The days seem to really drag, but late in October we were ordered back to Port Hueneme for refit and new personnel.
In February of 1967, I got married. Shortly thereafter, MCB-11 deployed for a second time to Vietnam. This time we were stationed @ Dong Ha, twelve mile south of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) near Khe Sahn, the U.S. Marines forward combat base in-country!  
During this deployment, I was in charge of MCB-11’s Water Treatment & Storage Facility. I and a Construction man were responsibility for the Base having clean, potable water... 24/7! It was a difficult task since the high temperature & humidity was difficult to keep the water sanitized and safe for drinking!
Adding to the difficulty of maintaining a reliable water supply, the North Vietnamese Army (NVA) continually bombarded the Base with mortar and rocket rounds...24/7! It was very difficult to get eight-hours sleep with the constant fear of being killed at any moment!
Two events occurred during the deployment that catastrophic to all the Sea Bees present. The first happened two months into the deployment. A ‘lucky’ 81mm mortar round hit the nearby ammunition supply depot. The explosions were deafening, and continued for an hour afterward! No one was injured, but we were all full-alert for a week.
The second occurred six months after arrival. Late one night, the NVA launched a very large rocket. We could hear it coming, so everyone ‘hit the deck’! Moments later we heard a horrendous explosion!
I still carry the experiences from Vietnam in my memory. So many young Americans lost...for what?
United States Army
   8/65 - 8/68 
 
   SP5(E5)
   Nuclear Weapons Electronics 
Inspection and maintenance of war reserve nuclear weapons in Germany 
Too many! Loved being stationed in Germany. Bought a new VW (which I shipped home) andtoured most of Europe while I was there. Great opportunities shouldn't be wasted! 
 
U.S. Marines
Feb1968-Jul1971
 
PFC through Commissioned Officer
Commendations: Standard issue for Grunts, incl. Bronze Star and Purple Heart
 
Stationed: MCRD, San Diego; MCB, CamPen; MCB, Quantico; 5th Marines, I Corps, RVN "Arizona Territory;" MCB, CamPen.
 
Experiencing both enlisted Boot Camp and Officer Candidate School was...well, an experience. Forty years later, seeing both sons graduate from those same "schools" provided patent proof that the curriculum and the "instructors" have not changed; when it works wonders, do not fix it. The Corps wisely has not.
 
 
U.S. Marines
1960-1965
CAPTAIN
Officers Training School 1960-(Sept.-Dec.) Quantico, VA
Helicopter Pilot and a duty operations officer
 
Stationed:
Pensacola, Fl, Jan. 1961-June 1962
El Toro, CA 1962-1963
Viet Nam: Squadron HMM 364, Danang, South Viet Nam 1963-1964
Discharged at El Toro, CA June, 1965.
 
Medals and Commendations, Combat: Purple Heart and 4 Air Medals (68 combat missions and one single mission Air Medal)--various Viet Nam campaign medals
U.S. Marines
1966-1967
Lance Corporal, E-3
 
 I am particularly proud to have served in the U.S. Marine Corps and consider surviving Boot Camp as a major life accomplishment! I wasn't drafted, but left college after my sophomore year and enlisted thinking it was not only my duty to serve my country in time of war, but also an opportunity to have some excitement. I spent almost a year Stateside training at Camp Pendleton, CA. and Camp Lejeune, NC. I then took a 3 week "cruise" on a troopship to Danang, Vietnam in December 1966 which included a several day encounter with a typhoon and its huge waves in the South China Sea off the Philippines (without question the longest scare in my life).
 
I was a 2300 MOS which is Ammunition and Explosive Ordnance Disposal (bomb squad) and was attached to the 3rd Marine Division on the DMZ. I worked out of Dong Ha Combat Base which was a forward headquarters and supply point for the "Leatherneck Square" system of fire bases along the DMZ. These bases were strategically placed to disrupt the North Vietnamese Army's infiltration routes into South Vietnam. We were a big thorn in their side and they mined the roads, blew the bridges, ambushed convoys and patrols and attacked our bases constantly and with a vengeance. All the fire bases were within range of enemy artillery within North Vietnam and suffered accordingly. About twenty percent of the guys in my unit were either wounded or killed.
 
I had good times and bad times, but I wouldn't trade my experiences or the camaraderie I shared with my fellow Marines. It was a real life experience and a singular maturing event. I am proud to have been a Marine and proud to have served in Vietnam.
 
Purple Heart, Naval Unit Citation, National Defense, Vietnam Service (2 stars), Vietnam Campaign Medals. Expert Rifleman shooting badge.
 Camp Pendleton, CA, Camp Legeune, NC, Republic of South Vietnam
 
United States Army
1965-1969
E-5
Army Security Agency, Germany
 
United States Army
1969-1970
Sergeant
 
Training: LRP, Infantry-Korea
 
 
United States Army
WWII
 
Purple Heart, Silver Star, 3 Bronze Campaign Stars, American Theatre Ribbon, European African Middle Eastern Theatre Ribbon, Victory Ribbon.
 
He was a Platoon Sergeant when he was discharged and separated in 1946
 
United States Army
1980-1998
 
Commissioned as a 2LT into the Army as an Armor officer in May, 1980.  I had been an ROTC cadet in the CMC ROTC unit.  
 
Funny thing – although I had orders to flight school, the Army sent me to Armor training (as Aviation was a specialty, but not an official Army Branch. The Air Force split over 30 years before still being a sore point!; anyway, the first 6 mos. of my service I spent in tanks at Ft. Knox, KY, prior to 9 mos. of flight training at Ft. Rucker, AL. Trained in UH-1 Hueys, OH-58 Kiowa, and primarily AH-1 Cobra, then off to Germany.

Spent 3 years in Mainz, Germany. Got to fly the East-West German border once, but no conflict (call me a “cold-warrior”). Saw Bret & Trisha a couple of times socially – BK (before kids).

 
Came back stateside and spent 3 final years in Tahlequah, OK as an ROTC training officer(allowed my wife to attend grad school at Univ. of Arkansas and allowed me to fulfill my scholarship/flight-school active-duty obligation). I ETS’d in September, 1998, as a Captain.
 
U.S. Navy
Sturgeon Class SSN
Permit Class SSN
San Juan Class SSN (Improved Los Angeles Class)
Los Angleles Class SSN
 
 
U.S. Army Special Forces ABN 
1957 -1983 
SGM But Medically Retired as MSG
 
Fort Ord - Basic Training
Fort Benning - Jump School
Fort Bragg - Special Forces Training
Jungle Warfare Training School - Panama 

 
Silver Star, Purple Heart 1OLC, Joint Service Commadation Medal, Air Medal 2 OLC, Master Jump Wings, Good Conduct Medal 5 OLC, Exped Mdl,
EIB, VN Svs Medal, many more. 

 
Assigned to SOG, CCC - Kontum, VN, CCN, Natrang, VN, Thiland 
 
England, Germany, France, Iran, (trained the troops for Iran, when it was friendlytowards the US) Vietnam (CCC, CCN) 3 tours, Burma, Thiland. 
 
Some places were great others not so great 
 
California Air National Guard 
1976 to 1988 
Technical Sargent 
Civil Engineering Squadron 
March AFB 
 
US Army Vietnam 
1969-1971 
E-5 

Armor Training school-Ft Knox Ky. Armor Crewman 
Army Commodation award, Viet Nam Service medal, 
Driver, Loader, Gunner, Assitant Tank Commander on M551 Sheridan tank, armored calvary 
                 Central Coast of South Viet Nam. Duc Pho (LZ Bronco) along coast North to Tam Ky. Also served at Ft. Knox Ky. Didn't get any free samples. 
 
A lifetime experience, Glad to have served, also glad to have come back uninjured. 
 
United States Army
1963-1965
Germany
 
United States Army
Feb. 1959-1961; Sept. 1961-1962
 
Specialist 5th class, E-5
Air Traffic Controller in the Army "Air force."
 
Air Traffic Control School resulting in FAA Air Traffic and Ground Controlled Radar certifications. Made for great duty!
 
U.S. Marines
June 26, 1968-June 25, 1971
Corporal
 
 
I dropped out of high school in my senior year.I joined the Marine Corps with my best friend from high school, Ken Hargrove. Later our other friend Rick Blick also joined the Marine Corps. It was a challenging time to be a member of the Armed Forces with the political turmoil over Vietnam at the forefront of our nation. The three of us all served in Vietnam. We are all still close and have enjoyed a life-long friendship together. In the Summer of 1972 we all lived together in Phoenix, Arizona, and greatly enjoyed what we term our "Therapy" after our discharge from the Marine Corps. I am proud to have served as a Marine as I am proud of my service in VietNam. I promised myself in VietNam that if I survived the war I would give myself a college education. I received a degree in Philosophy and a teaching credential and have been a teacher for the last 30 years.
 
Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Camp Pendleton, 3rd Marine Division operating at the DMZ in South Vietnam, Camp Hansen Okinawa, Mt. Fuji Japan
 
Served with artillery, mortar, and tank units. Upon returning stateside I was a combat weapons instructor with the Schools Battalion. Was a member of the Naval Special Warfare Brigade.
 
Vietnam Service Medal w/ 3 Battle Stars, Combat Action Ribbon, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry
 
Infantry Training Regiment, Field Artillery School, Special Weapons Program, Ammunition Technician, Combat Weapons Instructor. Was offered Drill Instructor School and Sergeant to re-enlist but took my Honorable Discharge.
 
United States Army
Active Duty 2000-2004
Aschaffenburg, Germany
 
United States Army
 
7 Nov 1967 to 30 Jul 1995
Major
Helicopter Pilot
Flight School Training
Distinguished Flying Cross 17 Air Medals Bronze Star
RVN, Germany, CAARNG, and MAARNG
 
United States Army
22 aug 67 - 22 aug 70

Sp 5 - 91S20
Brook Army Med School - Ft. Sam Houston - San Antonio, Texas
Vietnam Service Medal
Basic - Ft. Ord, Cal. Brook Army Medical School - Ft. Sam Houston,Texas 3rd Med. Det, - Pleiku, II corp, central highlands, RVN Madigan Gen. Hosp. - Ft. Lewis, WA

 
Flew helicopter spray missions (Malathion & kerosene mix - every other day for 6 mo.) over Mt. top fire bases along Cambodian - Laotian border to lower incidence of Falciparum Malaria. In charge of VD clinic at Madigan Gen. Hosp.
 
United States Army
Jan. 1986-1989    
E4    
Chaplain Assistant  
Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas 
 
United States Army
Army Corps of Engineers
 
Class of 1950 Valedictorian, Korean War Veteran
 
I worked with von Braun's 100 Nazis developing missiles. I took part in the Congo, Bameleke, and Vietnam (four years) wars, when I co-managed the DOD-Reimbursable Program, and witnessed the 1973 Daoud revolution during two Foreign Service Officer tours in Afghanistan. I studied and served in nine countries, visited some 170 others in several capacities and am currently a retired Foreign Service Officer.  American Legion Rockville Post 86.
 
United States Army 
2006 to present 
SSG 
Army commendation medal x4, Army achievement medal x4, Army superior unit award, Army good conduct medal x4, National defense service medal, Iraq campaign medal, global war on terrorism, Military outstanding volunteer service medal, Non commissioned officer professional development ribbon x2, Army service ribbon, Overseas service ribbon x2, 
Team Chief, Recruiter, Station Commander 
Ft Polk Louisiana, Miesau Germany, Joimt abase Lewis McHord Washington, Recruiting Station Los Angeles CA 
 
KIA-VIETNAM
 
 
Lance Corporal
C CO, 1ST BN, 4TH MARINES, 3RD MARDIV, III MAF
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Virtual Wall  http://www.virtualwall.org/dw/WilliamsJD02a.htm
 
U.S. Marines
 
 
United States Army
August 1992-November 1999
E-4
Army achievement Medal Sharp Shooter Badge
Drove tanker trucks. Responsible for submitting paper work for awards to be awarded by fellow soldiers. Stationed in Savannah, Ga.
Enormous thanks to all our CHS Veterans who sacrificed to protect our country.  These Veterans were recognized in Claremont at the Veterans Day Ceremony on 11/11/11 at 11 am. and honored with a brass Tribute Plaque dedicated and installed at CHS by the CHS Alumni Society. 
 
If you know of a CHS Veteran or Active US Military man or woman who is not on this list, please send the name, class year, branch of service and war zone to Sharon Esterley at esterley@aol.com for addition.
 
 IDENTIFIED CHS ALUMNI VETS
 
CHS Class
First Name
Last Name
Branch
War Zone
80
Cliff
Abbott
Marines
 
53
David
Adams
Navy
 
59
Norm
Adams
Navy
 
64
Peter
Ainsworth
Army
 
60
Bob   
Allen
Air Force
 
44
Clarence
Allen
 
WWII
71
Rob
Allen
Air Force
 
55
Sheldon
Altfeld
Navy
 
61
Jim
Andersen  
Army
 
52
Conley
Angle
Army
 
53
David
Angle
Army
 
60
Ronald
Angle
Air Force
 
67
Manuel
Armandarez
Army
Vietnam
56
Larry
Armendarez
Marines
 
59
Luis
Armendarez
Army
 
59
Geoff
Armour
Army
 
73
Michael
Bailey
Army
 
54
George
Balch
Navy
Korea
63
Robert
Balch
Army
Vietnam
65
Robert
Ball, Jr.
Marines
 
57
Tom
Ballogg
Navy
 
65
Tony  
Baltierra
Army
Vietnam
44
Stanley
Barnes
 
WWII
52
Roger
Bartlett
Army
 
56
Gordon
Bartlett
Army
 
60
Chip
Batcheller
Navy
Vietnam
2001
Keenan
Beasley
Army
 
53
Bruce
Beatty
Army
 
40
Jerome (Don)
Beatty
Army
WWII
39
June
Beatty
WACS
WWII
61
Jerome
Beck
Air Force
 
58
John
Bedford
Navy
 
44
Philip
Benton
 
WWII
56
Robert
Bertelson
Army
 
59
Bruce
Bjornsen
Army
 
68
Rick
Blick
Marines
Vietnam
81
Michael
Boice
Marines
 
94
Eugene
Bolton
Navy
 
59
Richard
Bond
Air Force
 
74
Richard
Bonilla
Navy
 
63
Peter
Boonisar
Army
 
82
Mark
Bortscheller
Air Force
 
44
Howard
Bradley
 
WWII
44
Ralph
Bradley
 
WWII
90
Matthew
Brand
Army
 
76
Karl
Brandt
Air Force
 
60
Bill
Briam
Army National Guard
 
44
Barbara
Briggs
 
WWII
61
Dave
Brokl  
Air Force
 
61
Neal (Claudie)
Brookman
Army
Vietnam
45
Earl Rodney
Brown
Coast Guard
WWII
42
Syd
Brown
USAF
WWII
66
Russ
Brown
Air Force
 
61
Dave
Browning  
Navy
 
63
Richard
Browning  
Air Force
 
54
David
Brunsworth
Marines
 
54
Bill
Bryan
Army
 
54
Chuck
Brydon
Army
 
80
Tom
Burgess
Navy
 
61
Bob
Bush   
Army
Vietnam
59
Armando
Bustos
Air Force
 
44
Ernest
Campos
 
WWII
80
John
Carroll
Air Force
 
62
Gary
Chase
Army
 
55
Charles
Chilton
Army
Vietnam
49
Herb
Christian
Army
Korea
81
Jaquilyn
Coiner (Hidalgo)
Navy
 
62
Chuck
Colclough
Air Force
 
61
Richard
Cole
Navy
 
63
Darryl
Cole
Navy
 
62
Dennis
Comstock
Navy
Vietnam
59
Frank
Comstock
Marines
Vietnam
76
Peggy
Comstock-Durrett
Air Force
 
44
Fred
Contreras
 
WWII
86
Brian
Cooke
Army
 
54
Chandler
Cooke
Navy
 
44
Mary A.
Cooke
 
WWII
62
John
Cordova
Army
 
65
John
Corey
Army
Vietnam
66
Guy
Cotton
Army
 
62
Ron
Cox
Army
 
67
Henry
Cuilty
 
Vietnam
55
William
Cunliffe
Air Force
 
90
Dawn
Cunningham (Gagnon)
Air Force
 
44
Guthrie
Darr
 
WWII
62
Jon
Dearborn
Army
 
81
Frank
DeMary
Air Force
 
44
Frank
Dement
 
WWII
53
Howard
DeWeese
Navy
 
61
Arthur
Dickinson
Air Force
 
60
Kent
Dobson
Army
 
80
Rory
Dodd
Army
 
96
Gregory
Dotson
Marines
 
60
Bruce
Douglas
Navy
Vietnam
57
Richard
Douse (Bendroth)
Navy
 
65
Chris
Duffy
Army
 
65
James
Duffy
Army
 
63
Stephen
Dundas
Navy
Vietnam
69
Randall Steven
Dworak
Army
Vietnam
63
George
Dynes
Air Force
Vietnam
67
Eric
Eichorn
Air Force
Vietnam
68
Alan
Elson
Navy
Vietnam
59
Marvin
Engebretson
Marines
 
66
Evertt
Eudy
Navy
 
60
Tom
Evans
Marines
 
65
Ron
Feinstein
Marines
 
68
Danny
Fibrow
Army
 
61
Harlon
Filloon
CA Air Nat'l Guard
 
82
Barry
Fischer
Navy
 
57
Frank
Fish
Navy
 
67
Barry
Fisher
Army
Vietnam
66
Dan
Fisher
Army
 
64
Craig
Fowler
Army
Vietnam
61
Robert Rixon
Frampton
Navy
 
62
Alan
Francisco
Army
 
64
Richard
Frankel
Army
Vietnam
59
Danny
Freeman
Navy
 
66
Steve
Gale
Air National Guard
 
62
Mike
Galey
Army
 
61
Steve
Garciduenas
Army
 
57
David
Garmus
Navy
 
69
Peter
Gerdeman
Navy
 
61
Howard
Gilbert
Air Force
 
66
Jim
Goetz
National Guard
61
Gareth
Goetz
Army
 
68
Lou
Gossage
Army
 
60
Steve
Graves
CA Air Nat'l Guard
 
61
Bill
Gray
CA Air Nat'l Guard
 
63
James
Gray  
Army
Vietnam
76
Carrie
Gronewald
Air Force
 
41
Luis
Guevara
Army Air Corps
WWII
66
Jim
Gularte
Marines
Vietnam
67
Steve
Gularte
Marines
 
66
Clint
Gulick
Marines
 
67
David
Gutierrez
Army
Vietnam
69
Rolf
Haas
Army
 
58
John
Hardy
Navy
 
39
William (Floyd)
Hardy
Navy
WWII
68
Ken
Hargrove
Marines
Vietnam
70
Phil
Hargrove
Marines
Vietnam
67
Steve
Hargrove
Marines
Vietnam
60
Harry
Harrison
Air Force
Vietnam
67
Jeff
Hathaway
Air Force
 
44
Dale
Healy
 
WWII
85
Daniel
Heinrich
Navy
 
58
Jack
Helber
Army
 
65
Robert
Helber
Air Force
 
61
Bill
Helber  
Navy
 
44
Oletha
Henard
 
WWII
71
Robert Lowell
Henderson
Army
 
44
Rex
Henzie
 
WWII
63
Ben
Heyer
Navy
Vietnam
62
Raymond
Heyer
CA Air Nat'l Guard
 
61
Terry
Hodges
Coast Guard
 
58
Stuart
Holmes
Army
 
64
Charles
Holt
Navy
Vietnam
59
Felix
Hoppis
Navy
 
62
Steve
Hyman
Army
 
61
Stephen
Isaacson
Air Force
 
76
Mike
Jack
Navy
 
59
Van
Jackman
Navy
 
61
Rick
Jackson
Army
 
44
Arthur
Jacobson
 
WWII
42
Chet
Jaeger
Army Air Corps
WWII
51
Jerry
James
Army
Korea
64
D. Fred
Jay
Navy
 
44
Bryan
Johns
 
WWII
44
Volney
Johns
 
WWII
63
Kenneth
Johnson
Navy
 
67
Charles
Jones
Navy
 
59
Donald
Jones
Army
 
64
Donald
Jones
Marines
 
44
Earle
Jones
 
WWII
75
Patrick
Jones
Marines
 
67
Rick
Jones
Army
 
68
Dave
Kamm
Army
 
68
Phil
Kaspersky
Army
 
65
Ken
Kaufman
Army
 
2003
Athena
Kay
Navy
 
58
Calven
Kees
Army
 
60
Douglas
Kell
Army
Vietnam
68
Rick
Kepler
Marines
 
70
Ken
Kernan
Navy
 
59
Don
Kieselhorst
Army
 
67
Rick
Kirkendall
Marines
Vietnam
73
Carrie (Berg)
Knoll
Navy
 
44
Frank
Knott
 
WWII
68
Terry
Kohut
Army
 
66
Ray
Kopecky
Air National Guard
 
65
David
Krause
Air National Guard
 
63
Jeff
Kreinbring
Air Force
 
66
Doug
Kriezel
Army
 
77
Scott
Krouse
Navy
 
67
Bruce
Kuder
Air Force
 
87
Karl
Kurtz
Army
Gulf I, Gulf II, Afghan, Iraq
74
Joseph
La Gue
Marines
 
66
C. Stewart
Lacy
Marines
Vietnam
44
Willis
Lake
 
WWII
66
Lee
Lange
Marines
 
52
Jerry
Lawson
Navy
 
50
David
Leighton
Army
 
59
Hayden
Lening
Air Force
 
61
Richard
Lewis
CA Air Nat'l Guard
 
51
Richard
Liles
Army
Korea
70
David
Lindsey
Army
 
65
James
Lint
Navy
 
60
Edward
Loeb
Air Force
 
42
Meade
MacNamee
 
WWII
53
Stan
Madsen
Army
 
87
Zenas
Malray
Army
Iraq
67
Robert Stuart
Martin
Army
 
44
Max
Massee
 
WWII
64
Berle
Maxey
Army
Vietnam
66
Don
Maxey
Navy
 
90
Jeffrey
McAloon
Marines
 
55
Don
McCanne
Army
 
64
Gregory
McCarthy
Army
Vietnam
44
David
McComas
 
WWII
44
Garner
McCrossen
 
WWII
76
Mike
McDermott
Navy
 
62
Wayne
McNabb
Navy
 
66
Tom
Meriwether
Army
 
81
Polly
Miller-Phillips
Army
 
68
Paul
Mock
Army
Bosnia, Iraq
83
Stacy
Mohr
Marines
 
62
John
Molina
Army
 
61
Robert
Moody  
Army
 
63
Stewart Robbins
Moody  
Army
Vietnam
56
Jim
Moore
Air Force
 
64
James
Morgan
 
Vietnam
44
Eloise
Morrison
 
WWII
59
Tom
Morse
Navy
 
62
Michael
Moticha
Army
 
89
James
Mullin
Marines
 
72
Jonathan
Munroe
Navy
 
53
Erroll
Murphy
Air Force
 
65
Terry
Muskavitch
Army
 
55
Norman
Nelson
Navy
 
69
Steve
Neudoeffer
Army
 
60
Lance
Neward
Navy
Vietnam
74
Mary
Nicholl (West)
Air Force
 
54
Bill
Norris
Navy
 
60
Tom
Omri
Coast Guard
 
63
Tony  
Omri
Army
Vietnam
81
Necmettin
Ovacik
Turkish Army
 
59
Robert
Palmer
Army
Vietnam
54
Bob   
Parham
Army
 
41
Saturnino
Parrilla
Army Air Corps
WWII
58
Dwayne
Patton
Army
 
60
David
Paul
Marines
Vietnam
61
Dave   
Peairs
CA Air Nat'l Guard
 
58
Jerry
Peairs
Army
 
64
Donald
Pearson
Army
Vietnam
61
Janet R.
Pearson
Navy
 
65
Oscar (Srader)
Pearson
Army
Vietnam
59
Tom
Pearson
Navy
 
64
Harry
Pennock
Army
Vietnam
54
Jerry
Platt
Air Force
 
60
Peter
Plaut
Army
Vietnam
66
Joel
Plaxton
Air Force
Vietnam
71
Jonathan
Plaxton
Army
 
57
Terry
Plummer
Army
 
85
Lance
Pollard
 
 
65
Richard
Portis
Army
Vietnam
1919
Charles Keith
Powell
 
WWI
66
Buz
Powers
Navy
 
63
Dale
Price
Army
 
61
Patrick
Rains  
Army
 
63
Peter
Rait
Marines
 
60
George
Redmond
Navy
Vietnam
47
Gale
Reid
Army
Korea
78
Scott
Relf
Army
 
59
Fred
Rinard
Army
 
80
Doug
Rising
Army
?
82
Doug
Rising
Army
?
60
Dennis
Running
Army
 
65
John
Running
Navy
Vietnam
56
Charles
Runsvold
Marines
Vietnam
56
Doug
Russell
Army
 
66
Jerry
Sait
Air Force
 
67
Mike
Sampson
Navy
 
63
Daniel
Schafer
Marines
Vietnam
60
Michael
Schafer
Army
Vietnam
63
Paul
Schenck
Army
 
61
Jared
Scott  
CA Air Nat'l Guard
 
60
Richard
Scott  
Navy
Vietnam
61
Frank
Sell  
Army
 
62
Dennis
Seneshen
Army
 
63
James
Seubold
Coast Guard
 
60
Ray
Sevilla
Army
Vietnam
67
Patrick
Shaner
Army
 
66
Rick
Shank
Army
 
74
Francis, Jr.
Shaw
Air Force
Gulf I, Gulf II, Afghan, Iraq
61
Tony  
Sheets
Army
 
65
William
Sheffey
Air Force
 
44
Peter
Sherman
 
WWII
44
William
Sherman
 
WWII
44
Frederick
Shine
 
WWII
65
Aubrey
Simmons
Army
 
39
Dillard
Simmons
Army
WWII
84
Mike
Simmons
 
 
58
Dennis
Skelton
Army
 
57
Ken
Slaughter
Navy
 
53
Allan
Smith
Naval Reserve
 
29
Robert Sumpter
Smith
Navy
WWII
27
Clark V.
Smith
 
 
76
Stephen
Smith
Air Force
 
76
Carrie
Snodgrass
Army
 
65
Ted
Snyder
Army
Vietnam
44
Theodore
Snyder
 
WWII
63
Ronald
Sommerhause
Army
 
76
John
Sontag
Navy
 
59
Ronald
Spann
Army
 
80
Gina
Steenhulzen
Navy
 
61
Bill
Steiner  
Army
 
63
Bob   
Steiner  
Army
Vietnam
59
Moye
Stephens
Army
 
61
John
Stephenson  
CA Air Nat'l Guard
 
67
Rick
Stevenson
Air Force
Vietnam
44
John
Stewart
 
WWII
61
Norm
Stewart  
Navy
 
82
David
Story
Marines
 
54
George
Straley
Army
 
56
William
Strathman
Air Force
 
50
Otto
Streich
Army
Korea
65
Francis
Stull
Army
 
68
Bill
Sutherland
Army
 
75
Roberta
Sutter
CA Air National Guard
 
66
Ken
Sweitzer
Army
Vietnam
56
Ed
Swiatek
Marines
 
51
Leroy
Swick
Army
Korea
44
James
Swilling
 
WWII
58
Chris
Taylor
Army
 
66
John
Terry
Army
 
54
Gary
Thompson
Army
 
44
Donald
Tooker
 
WWII
60
Mike
Torrez
Army
 
58
Phil
Torrez
Army
 
70
Jeff
Trask
Marines
 
68
John
Tune
Navy
 
68
Gary
Vallone
Marines
Vietnam
72
John
Vallone
Army
 
70
Tom
Vallone
Army
 
44
E.
Van Borden
 
WWII
61
Adrian 
Vandenberg, Jr.
Army
 
59
Wesley
Vaughn
National Guard
 
80
Clete
Vito
Navy
 
76
Brett
VonderReith
Army
 
61
John   
VonderReith
Navy
Vietnam
80
Paul Glenn
Walker
Army
 
71
Jerry
Walsh
Air Force
 
65
Philip (Chip)
Washington
Army
 
80
William
Washington
Army
 
68
Bill
Watson
Air National Guard
 
54
Jim
Watts
Air Force
 
65
Richard
Webster
Army
Vietnam
50
James Allen
Wedberg
Army Corps of Engrs
Korea
74
Richard
Weir
Navy
 
85
David
Welch
Army
 
61
Ron
Werner
Navy
 
54
Howard
Wheaton
Navy
 
59
Scott
Wheaton
Air Force
 
44
Donald
Wheeler
 
WWII
44
Hershel
Wheeler
 
WWII
59
Dean
Wickstrom
Coast Guard
 
44
Thomas
Wiggins
 
WWII
61
Don
Wilcoxen
Air Force
 
62
Charles
Williams
Army
 
67
Craig
Williams
Army
Vietnam
65
John David
Williams
Marines
Vietnam
61
Daryl
Williams  
CA Air Nat'l Guard
 
53
Ed
Wolfe
Army
 
90
Nadine
Ybarra
Army
 
59
Steve
Young
Army