Claremont High School Alumni Society
From 1911 to NOW!
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 email@example.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.”
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.......
Two iconic photographs taken decades apart, yet so hauntingly similar.
For a complete list of all KNOWN Alumni Veterans go to the bottom of this page.
Navy Army Air Force Marine Corps Coast Guard Red Cross
Stories and Photos of Our Heroes:
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
JO3 (Third Class Journalist)
Robert Balch (1963)
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)
General Medical Officer
Stationed in Naples, Italy
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
U. S. Air Force
Staff Sergeant (at time of separation)
Sept 14, 1943- December 21 1945
Stations: Oxnard, Taft, Phoenix, Sioux City, Alberguerque, Pratt
U. S. Air Force
Weather Equipment, Navigational Aids, Military Electronics
including Vacuum tube and Radar Theory... enough for more than
an Electronics Engineer!
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!!
Bronze Star, CIB,NDSM,VSM,VCM w/device "60"
Navy Enlisted Scientific Education Program
12/56 - 12/62
Nov.4, 1966 - Aug.6, 1970
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,
|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!
James (Jamie) Gray 1963
Only Medal that matters is USAF Outstanding Unit Award with 7 devices and a Combat V.
E-5, Sergeant of Marines
Fort Sill, Oklahoma
I was a sea bee, (construction), and stationed in Calif, Alaska, West Virginia and Viet Nam.
Lackland AFB, Chanute AFB, Elmendorf AFB, March AFB
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 Marti Gras.
October 1976 to April 1982
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
Stewart Robbins Moody (1963)
D TRP, 3rd SQDN, 5th Cavalry, 1st Aviation BDE, USARV
Army of the United States
August 1, 1945 - January 3, 1970
Good Conduct medal Air crewman,(flight engineer) B-52 bomber. Patrolled airspace outside Soviet Union during Cold War
Mountain Home AFB, Boise ID
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.
Jan. 1966- Dec. 1967
Served as Computer Systems Programmer 3rd FSR Okinawa Japan 13 mo
Ervie Peña (1952)
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
05C Radio Operations, Ft Gordon, Georgia
Camp Granite, Vietnam
Terror, boredom, bad grub.
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?
Daniel Schafer (1963)
Lance Corporal, E-3
Army Security Agency, 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).
Permit Class SSN
San Juan Class SSN (Improved Los Angeles Class)
Los Angleles Class SSN
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
C CO, 1ST BN, 4TH MARINES, 3RD MARDIV, III MAF
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Virtual Wall http://www.virtualwall.org/dw/WilliamsJD02a.htm
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.
|CHS Class||First Name||Last Name||Branch||War Zone|
|76||Carrie||(Banfield) Gronewald||Air Force|
|60||Bill||Briam||Army National Guard|
|45||Earl Rodney||Brown||Coast Guard||WWII|
|90||Dawn||Cunningham (Gagnon)||Air Force|
|61||Harlon||Filloon||CA Air Nat'l Guard|
|66||Steve||Gale||Air National Guard|
|60||Steve||Graves||CA Air Nat'l Guard|
|61||Bill||Gray||CA Air Nat'l Guard|
|41||Luis||Guevara||Army Air Corps||WWII|
|62||Raymond||Heyer||CA Air Nat'l Guard|
|42||Chet||Jaeger||Army Air Corps||WWII|
|66||Ray||Kopecky||Air National Guard|
|65||David||Krause||Air National Guard|
|87||Karl||Kurtz||Army||Gulf I, Gulf II, Afghan, Iraq|
|61||Richard||Lewis||CA Air Nat'l Guard|
|36||Donald||Morrison||Army Air Corps||WWII|
|74||Mary||Nicholl (West)||Air Force|
|66||Salvatore (Sam)||Nigliazzo||Air Force|
|41||Saturnino||Parrilla||Army Air Corps||WWII|
|61||Dave||Peairs||CA Air Nat'l Guard|
|57||Jim||Putman||Army Nat'l Grd & Air Force Reserve|
|61||Jared||Scott||CA Air Nat'l Guard|
|74||Francis, Jr.||Shaw||Air Force||Gulf I, Gulf II, Afghan, Iraq|
|61||John||Stephenson||CA Air Nat'l Guard|
|58||Michael C (Mickey)||Stern||Army|
|68||Bill||Watson||Air National Guard|
|50||James Allen||Wedberg||Army Corps of Engrs||Korea|
|61||Daryl||Williams||CA Air Nat'l Guard|
|66||John Jack R.||Witham||Marines|