THANK YOU TO OUR
CLASS OF 1966 
VETERANS

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There is no greater love than this: that a man would
lay down his life for the sake of his friends, for when he gives up
his life, he gives up all that he has
.
 
— Reference to 
John 15:12-14 —


 


During the planning of the 50th Reunion in 2016, we finally accumulated accurate information about the veterans from our class. With the video tribute below, we hope to somehow express our heartfelt thank you to all of our class members who served our country. We honor you and thank you, including any classmates who many not be shown. This is dedicated to all the men and women who have served or are serving our country.
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OUR CLASS VETERANS:

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ELLIOTT ALLEN
After high school, Elliott attended college for a couple of years and then went into the military. He was in the Navy for 7 years 9 months and 11 days and during that time he went to various electronic/computer schools and was on shore duty in the US until he deployed on a ship in Vietnam in 1971. After he got out, he went to work for a computer company and eventually ended up at a large defense contractor (SAIC) where he retired as an Assistant VP of Network Services.

 

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THOMAS BOWMAN
USAF from 1966-1970

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BILL BRIDGES
U.S. Army, Sergeant E-5. Basic Training in Ft. Benning, Georgia (home of the infantry); Advanced Training at Ft. Dix, New Jersey; Stationed in Camp Kaiser, South Korea; Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1
st Battalion Mechanized, 17th Infantry, 8th Army 1968.

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STEVE CRUEA
U.S. ARMY; 101
st Airborne Division; Vietnam Veteran; Bronze Star recipient

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TED DEVILBISS
Drafted into the Army after college.

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JOE DIXON
Four years as a weatherman in the Navy mainly at North Island Naval Air Station in San Diego; Saw a little bit of Vietnam early in, certainly more than I ever wanted to, but sorry, no pictures from then, at least in anything approaching a uniform.

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BOB ENGLERT
In 1968, Bob received his draft notice and enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served with the First Cavalry Division in Vietnam for one year beginning October 25, 1968 and was an instructor at Ft. Lee Virginia after that until 1971. His tour in Vietnam was at Bien Hoa Army Base.

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LEO FRENCH
United States Army; 1970 to 1977 overseas and state-side assignments; United States Army Reserves, 1978 to 1986; United States Army, 1986 to 1996, all state-side assignments.

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RON FRYDMAN
Served in military … details unknown

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ED FULLER
USAF; went to Texas for Basic Training; Did a tour in Vietnam; Given a Hardship discharge after his father died.

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LARRY GROSSNICKLE
USMC from 1966-1969

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MARC JENNINGS
USMC (no other details)

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TOM KENDER
USAF 1970-1974; Langley AFB in Virginia; Sergeant and Base Newspaper Editor; He and his two brothers all served simultaneously during Vietnam.

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BILL KISTNER
U. S. ARMY (ASA) MOS — 1968-1971; Intercept Equipment Repair

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JIM MCLEFRESH
U.S. Air Force service from September 1966 - September 1986; Stationed at Lackland AFB, TX (Basic Training); Chanute AFB, IL (Skill Training); Luke AFB, AZ (Training for Vietnam assignment); Vietnam and Laos (worked for the CIA and Air America); Castle AFB, CA; Madrid, Spain; Fairchild AFB, WA (outside of Spokane, WA); Holloman AFB, NM (completed R&D on the F-16); Nellis AFB, NV (retired at Nellis and moved back to Spokane, WA)

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BOB MURDOCK
Served four years in the USAF.

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DAVE OAKES
Was in the United States Air Force until 1988.

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ROBERT PERKINS
38 years in the Army starting as a Combat Specialist; from 1
st Lt. to Captain, to Major; Army National Guard; became Army Chaplin and prison Chaplin; two state-side tours of duty; one European tour of duty; officially retired in 2008

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REED PUTNAM
29 year career in the U.S. Navy; Enlisted in 1968; Commissioned Ensign in 1974; assigned to the Navy’s Nuclear Propulsion Program; in 1998 Reed was a Navy Capt. assigned to Naval Sea Systems Command in Arlington, VA.

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WILLARD C. RUSSELL, Jr.
Was in active duty in Vietnam and Germany 1968 through 1971.

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KERRY THOMPSON
Served in the military … specific details unknown.

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GEORGE WIEMERSLAGE (WIEMER)
Served in the U.S. Navy for four years.

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MICHAEL WILLIAMS
After FHS, Mike enlisted in the USAF; Discharged in 1970; Re-enlisted in the Air Force in the late 70s and stationed at WPAFB; transferred to Goldsboro, NC and became Avionics Maintenance Superintendent at Seymour Johnson AFB in 1988; Transferred to Austin, TX at Bergstrom AFB in 1991-1996.


After the creation of the video tribute to our class veterans, we learned of two more classmates who served in the military. Regretfully, they are not included in the video. 

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LEONARD (STEVE) GRIEVE 
Steve served in the U.S Army, including two tours in Vietnam as a member of the 361st Signal Battalion, 1st Signal Brigade, USASTRATCOM.
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ALFRED GODWIN LASSTER lll
Al served in the U. S. Air Force in Thailand and Spain during the Vietnam era. He serviced the computers in the reconnaissance aircraft used by the U.S. Air Force.


 




RESOURCES FOR VETERANS

Thank you to Sarah Brian from the Springfield, Ohio area for contacting this website and for sharing the information below. She researched the links and found them very useful for her father who served our country. They both knew the value in making the information accessible to others. 

• PTSD, Substance Abuse, and Mental Health Help for Veterans https://www.yourstoragefinder.com/guidance-for-veterans-mental-health
• Find a PTSD Therapist https://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/treatment/therapy-med/finding-a-therapist.asp
• Homeless Vets’ Guide to Stop Living On The Streets https://www.thezebra.com/insurance-news/5518/guide-how-to-stop-living-out-of-car/
• Building Their Life Back - The Guide for Homeless Vets https://www.bigrentz.com/how-to-guides/resources-homeless-veterans
• Coalition for Homeless Veteranshttp://nchv.org/index.php/help/
 Financial Fitness from a Military Careerhttps://blog.taxact.com/how-to-make-the-most-financially-out-of-your-military-career/
Financial Assistance for Homeless Vets http://www.operationwearehere.com/FinancialAssistance.html
Homeless Vets’ Guide to Finding a Home https://www.homecity.com/homes-for-homeless-vets
 Community and Support for Veterans https://www.realwarriors.net/ 
 Affordable Legal Advice for Veterans https://www.justgreatlawyers.com/legal-advice-for-veterans