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.......

http://www.virtualwall.org/iStates.htm


 

Two iconic photographs taken decades apart,
yet so hauntingly similar.
 
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.

                                 Red Cross

Navy       Army      Air Force                Marine Corps       Coast Guard         Red Cross      

 Stories and Photos of Our Heroes:

 

Robert Allen (1960)

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


Sheldon Altfeld (1955) 

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 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)
 
Allen Barrett (1972) 
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....... 
 
Rick Blick (1968)
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
 
Richard Douse (Bendroth at CHS) (1957)
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,

 

Robert Rixon Frampton 1961

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 
 

James (Jamie) Gray 1963

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.

Donald Hardy (1966)

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 

Jack R. Helber (1958)

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
 
       
United States Navy

1968-1972

 I was a sea bee, (construction), and stationed in Calif, Alaska, West Virginia

and Viet Nam.

Richard Hudson (1961)

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. 

Steven Alan Hyman (1962)

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.

Peter Spencer Ilsley (1966)

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. 

 

David Krause (1965)
 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. 
 
Mike McDermott (1976)
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

 
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 
 
Basic Training Lackland AFB, San Antonio, TX
Air Traffic Control, Keesler AFB, Biloxi, MS
Combat Control Schools, Multiple AFB's, Diving, FL
Jump School, Ft. Benning, GA
SERE, Homestead AFB, FL 

 
Operated with MACV-SOG and all Special Forces as Air Control for Special Operations Missions. 
Multiple CONUS Bases and Southeast Asia 
 
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.  
 

Ervie Pena (1952)


 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).
 
 
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?

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 
 
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.

Weslyne Renee Walker (Snipes) (1980)

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  
68 Pamela Ables Air Force  
53 David Adams Navy  
77 James Richard Adams Army  
59 Norm Adams Navy  
69 Stephen Adams Air Force  
64 Peter Ainsworth Army  
60 Bob    Allen Air Force  
44 Clarence Allen   WWII
71 Rob Allen Air Force  
55 Sheldon Altfeld Navy  
39 James Anderson Navy WWII
61 Jim Andersen   Army  
52 Conley Angle Army  
53 David Angle Army  
60 Ronald Angle Air Force  
65 Gerald Anooshian Navy  
48 Peter Armendarez Air Force  
67 Manuel Armandarez Army Vietnam
56 Larry Armendarez Marines  
59 Luis Armendarez Army  
59 Geoff Armour Army  
73 Leslie Jeanne Armstrong Navy  
54 David Aronovici Army  
73 Michael Bailey Army  
87 Noel Pamintuan Balacuit Army  
54 George Balch Navy Korea
63 Robert Balch Army Vietnam
65 Robert Ball, Jr. Marines Vietnam
57 Tom Ballogg Navy  
65 Tony   Baltierra Army Vietnam
76 Carrie (Banfield) Gronewald Air Force  
44 Stanley Barnes   WWII
72 Alan Barrett Army  
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
70 Karen Benton Stokes Marines  
56 Robert Bertelson Army  
59 Bruce Bjornsen Army  
68 Rick Blick Marines Vietnam
81 Michael Boice Air Force  
94 Eugene Bolton Navy  
59 Richard Bond Air Force  
74 Richard Bonilla Navy  
63 Peter Boonisar Army  
82 Mark Bortscheller Air Force  
14 Fred Sumner Brackett Army WWII
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  
90 Theresa Burgess (Sueoka) Army  
80 Tom Burgess Navy  
46 James Lewis Burke Air Force Korea
68 Jim Busbin Army Vietnam
61 Bob Bush    Army Vietnam
59 Armando Bustos Air Force  
44 Ernest Campos   WWII
80 John Carroll Air Force  
65 George James Charlesbois Army Vietnam
62 Gary Chase Army  
55 Charles Chilton Army Vietnam
49 Herb Christian Army Korea
67 Ron   Clark Army  
63 David Clarridge Army Vietnam
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  
39 Mary A. Cooke WAVES WWII
79 George Copenhaver Navy  
62 John Cordova Army  
65 John Corey Army Vietnam
68 JAck Cosby Army  
66 Guy Cotton Army  
62 Ron Cox Army  
67 Henry Cuilty   Vietnam
55 William Cunliffe Air Force  
90 Dawn Cunningham (Gagnon) Air Force  
72 Dean Cunningham Navy  
66 Don Daniels Army  
44 Guthrie Darr   WWII
76 Michael Craig Davis Marines  
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
64 Kelton(Kelly) Donaldson Army  
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
65 Patrick Eggers Navy  
67 Eric Eichorn Air Force Vietnam
66 Franklin David Ellis Army 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  
62 James Fritsche Air Force  
67 Steve Gale Army  
62 Mike Galey Army  
61 Steve Garciduenas Army  
57 David Garmus Navy  
67 Scott Garrnett Army Vietnam
65 Bruce Gehany (Ward) Marines  
69 Peter Gerdeman Navy  
61 Thomas Earl Gimple Army  
61 Howard Gilbert Air Force  
66 Jim Goetz National Guard   
61 Gareth Goetz Army  
55 Crispin Gonzalez Marines  
68 Lou Gossage Army  
73 Peter Vincent Gottuso Navy  
60 Steve Graves CA Air Nat'l Guard  
61 Bill Gray CA Air Nat'l Guard  
63 James Gray   Army Vietnam
61 Bill Green Marines  
1 Sergio Gudino Army IRAQ_ KIA
41 Luis Guevara Army Air Corps WWII
66 Jim Gularte Marines Vietnam
67 Steve Gularte Marines  
66 Clint Gulick Marines  
68 Glenn Gulick Army Vietnam
67 David Gutierrez Army Vietnam
69 Rolf Haas Army  
67 Bill Hall Navy Vietnam
66 Don Hardy Army Vietnam
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
70 Pamela Harris Army  
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  
66 Glenn Martin Heminger Navy  
44 Oletha Henard   WWII
71 Robert Lowell Henderson Army  
44 Rex Henzie   WWII
91 Jimi Montgomery Hernandez Army  
67 Fred Herring Navy  
63 Ben Heyer Navy Vietnam
62 Raymond Heyer CA Air Nat'l Guard  
68 Steve Hickey CA Air Nat'l Guard  
61 Terry Hodges Coast Guard  
2010 Rachael Holler Air Force  
58 Stuart Holmes Army  
64 Charles Holt Navy Vietnam
59 Felix Hoppis Navy  
64 Norm Horsley Navy  
61 Rick Hudson Marines  
63 Boyce(Chuck) Hurlbut Army Vietnam
62 Steve Hyman Army  
06 Jacob Impastato Coast Guard  
61 Stephen Isaacson Air Force  
2004 Arturo Islas Army  
76 Mike Jack Navy  
59 Van Jackman Navy  
74 Gary Hall Jackson 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 Kendall Johnson Navy Vietnam
73 Roderick Johnson Army  
68 Ron Johnson CA Air Nat'l Guard  
67 Steven Johnson Air Force  
67 Chuck "Charly" Jones Lovell 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 Kispersky Army  
65 Ken Kaufman Army  
2003 Athena Kay Navy  
58 Calven Kees Army  
60 Douglas Kell Army Vietnam
60 Gerald Kelly Army  
56 Robert Kelly Marines  
68 Rick Kepler Marines  
70 Ken Kernan Navy  
59 Don Kieselhorst Army  
67 Rick Kirkendall Marines Vietnam
98 Robert Fergus Klenk Marines  
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
80 Andy Kyriakidis Air Force  
74 Joseph La Gue Marines  
66 C. Stewart  Lacy Marines Vietnam
44 Willis Lake   WWII
66 Lee Lange Marines  
67 David Langlois Navy Vietnam
66 John Lata Navy  
93 Kent Lavelle Air Force  
52 Jerry Lawson Navy  
50 David Leighton Army  
59 Hayden Lening Air Force  
2004 Elad Levy Air Force  
61 Richard Lewis CA Air Nat'l Guard  
51 Richard Liles Army Korea
48 Robert Liles Navy  
70 David Lindsey Army  
68 Jon Lines Navy  
72 Rod Lines Army  
65 James Lint Navy  
60 Edward Loeb Air Force  
2004 Lauren Ashley Lopez Hamilton Navy  
42 Meade MacNamee   WWII
2012 Ruben Madrigal Marines  
53 Stan Madsen Army  
65 Steven Malysiak Army  
87 Zenas Malray Army Iraq
69 David Marks Army  
66 Stuart Dennis Manly Army Vietnam
64 Jeffrey Martin Marines  
67 Robert Stuart Martin Army  
44 Max Massee   WWII
64 Berle Maxey Army Vietnam
66 John Donald Maxey Navy  
90 Jeffrey McAloon Marines  
55 Lon McCanne Army  
64 Gregory McCarthy Army Vietnam
44 David McComas   WWII
44 Garner McCrossen   WWII
76 Mike McDermott Navy  
66 Charles McGrath Navy  
88 Robert McNair Navy  
72 Charles McPartland Marines  
62 Wayne McNabb Navy  
66 Tom Meriwether Army  
65 Henry Cord III Meyer Army Vietnam
68 Janice Miller 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  
62 Michael Wayne Moore Army  
64 James Morgan Army Vietnam
36 Donald Morrison Army Air Corps WWII
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  
69 Ben Neiden Air Force  
55 Norman Nelson Navy  
64 Ken Neudoerffer Army  
69 Steve Neudoerffer Army  
60 Lance Neward Navy Vietnam
74 Mary Nicholl (West) Air Force  
66 Salvatore (Sam) Nigliazzo 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
16 Howard Parsons Army WWI
65 Robert Parsons Air Force Vietnam
58 Dwayne Patton Army  
60 David Paul Marines Vietnam
74 Craig James Pastor Navy  
56 Dick Peacock (Winter) Army  
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  
52 Ervie Pena Air Force  
64 Harry Pennock Army Vietnam
54 Jerry Platt Air Force Korea
60 Peter Plaut Army Vietnam
66 Joel Plaxton Air Force Vietnam
71 Jonathan Plaxton Army  
57 Terry Plummer Army  
85 Lance Pollard    
71 David Post Air Force  
65 Richard Portis Army Vietnam
16 Warren Keith Powell Army WWI
17 Myron Powell Army WWI
19 Charles Keith Powell Army WWI-KIA
66 Buz  Powers Navy  
61 Allan Preston Navy Vietnam
63 Dale Price Army  
57 Jim Putman Army Nat'l Grd & Air Force Reserve  
61 Patrick Rains   Army  
63 Peter Rait Marines  
69 Hans Ransom Navy  
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  
49 Paul Robbie Navy  
65 Douglas Rosenow Marines  
90 James III Rumbles Marines  
60 Dennis Running Army  
65 John Running Navy Vietnam
56 Charles Runsvold Marines Vietnam
56 Doug Russell Army  
18 Paul A. Russell Army WWI
66 Jerry Sait Air Force  
67 Mike Sampson Navy  
63 Daniel Schafer Marines Vietnam
60 Michael Schafer Army Vietnam
68 Mark Schafer CA Air Nat'l Guard  
63 Thomas Scheetz Army  
63 Paul Schenck Army  
67 Bruce Randy Scott Army Vietnam
61 Jared Scott   CA Air Nat'l Guard  
60 Richard Scott   Navy Vietnam
2004 Randall Scrugham Navy  
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 Army  
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  
65 Oscar Srader (Pearson) Army  
66 Carlysle Gaines Stark Air Force  
80 Gina Steenhulzen Navy  
61 Bill Steiner   Army  
63 Bob    Steiner   Army Vietnam
99 Gabriel Stempinski Navy  
94 Andrea Lynn Stemple Navy  
59 Moye Stephens Army  
61 John Stephenson   CA Air Nat'l Guard  
58 Michael C (Mickey) Stern Army  
67 Rick Stevenson Air Force Vietnam
44 John Stewart   WWII
66 James Stewart Army Vietnam
61 Norm Stewart   Navy  
82 David Story Marines  
54 George Straley Army  
56 William Strathman Air Force  
2001 Maria Stratman Air Force  
50 Otto Streich Army Korea
65 Francis Stull Army  
66 John Norbert Sullivan Army Vietnam
68 Bill Sutherland Army  
64 Richard Swann Army  
66 Ken Sweitzer Army Vietnam
67 Raymond Sweitzer Army  
72 Richard Swetnam Marines  
56 Ed Swiatek Marines  
51 Leroy Swick Army Korea
44 James Swilling   WWII
58 Chris Taylor Army  
67 Steven Taylor Army  
66 John Terry Army  
54 Gary Thompson Army  
68 Kevin Thomson Navy  
44 Donald Tooker   WWII
60 Mike Torres Army  
58 Phil Torrez Army  
67 William Tozier Army  
70 Jeff Trask Marines  
68 John Tune Navy  
66 Robert Uhack Army Vietnam
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  
67 Lynn Vinzant Air Force  
80 Clete Vito Navy  
72 Ed Voelkel Army  
76 Brett VonderReith Army  
61 John    VonderReith Navy Vietnam
80 Paul 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
67 Steven Weinke  Navy Vietnam
85 David Welch Army  
73 William III Wenke Marines  
61 Ron Werner Navy  
98 Derrick Wernke Army  
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  
98 Roston Willis Navy  
68 Richard Winger Navy  
66 John Jack R. Witham Marines Vietnam
53 Ed Wolfe Army  
90 Nadine Ybarra Army  
59 Steve Young Army