Miami Edison Veterans And First Responders
This candle burns in memory of all veterans. You are not forgotten
Thanks to all of our Veteran’s, we are probably the only class web site that has this much recorded information about our Veteran’s. Please keep the emails coming and if you have information on anyone you don’t see listed, please send it along.
ARMY – 1961 to 1964 E-3
Willard Abe Andes
US ARMY Rank 06 – 21 years of service – July 72 to October 75 Vietnam served US Army Bwn Unit San Antinio Tx. December 1990 to June 1991 Desert Storm. Now retired US Army
USN, AT1 1962 to 1968 – USN enlisted January 62 until May 66 Aviation Electronics Tech (radar & Airborne CIC 63-64 WWII flying DEW Line out of Kezavik Iceland – 64-66 VAW-12 1965 VAW-12 aboard USS Independence CVA-62 in Vietnam cruise 66-68 USNR
P.O.W. Ralph Bisz
USN aviator shot down in Nam, MIA.
US ARMY – 1964 – 1966, Detachment 1, 46th Finance Corps, US Army (Trois Fontaines, France) Rank at Discharge: 1st Lt., FC Decorations: Vietnam Service Medal. Attended National Security Forum at US Air Force War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery AL, Class of 1993.
Charles R Collins
USMC – Sgt 1964 – 1968 – 1 year in Vietnam; 1967-1968 March – 20 weeks in bootcamp at Parris Island to build me up since I was 3 pounds over min weight. Spent most of my time at Camp LeJune NC Davie E Cunningham US Army captain 1962-67 Served with the following units: US army Infantry School 2nd Infantry Division 7th Infantry Division(ROK) 11th Air Assault Division 1st Air Cavalry Division US Army Aviation School 1st Aviation Brigade, 121st AHC, RVN Awards and Decoarations: DFC, BSM, PH, AM w/15 OLC, ACM, DSM, RSM, KDSM, KCM(RVN), CG W/P(RVN), CG w/Star(RVN), honor medal 1st cl(RVN), unit PUC(US), Valorous Unit Award(US), Cross of Gallantry with Palm(four awards), PUC(ROK)
USAF E-2 – 3 years, 10 months of service. Stationed Abilene Tx – Member R-52 Atlas ICBM Combat Launch Crew
US Navy POI, E-6 – Sept 1960 to July 1978 – Joined Navy Reserve Miami September 1960. Went active duty April 1963 USS Alcor AK259 Charleston SC. Discharged June 1965 and returned to Miami and rejoined Reserve July 1965. Served in MCB-14 Seabees and IUW unit and had to resign in 1978.
Henry “Bucky” Fox
USAF – 1967 – 1971, reserve to 1976 – JAG assigned to 92nd Bomb Wing – SAC – Miami, Ft Lauderdale now Tallahassee
P.O.W. Ralph Gaither
There are many names not on the list yet. Ralph Gaither, USN aviator. Shot down in Nam, spent 7 years, 3 months and 23 days POW in the Hanoi Hilton. I enlisted into the Navy 26 Nov 1961, received pilots wings and Ensign commission on 16 Oct 1964. Served 23 years and a few months. Retired a Navy Commander Jan 1986. Taught high school technology education from 1988 – 1999 at a local Pensacola High School then retired again. I was put on Edison’s Hall of Fame a few years ago for my tour as a POW in North Vietnam.
Albert D (Al) Garcia
Branch: USAF Rank: MSGT 20
ARMY – 20 years in the ANC. Ret in 1981 went back for 5 months for Desert Storm. I was a Lt Col when I retired. Spent some time in Germany but mostly stateside. Was W/WRAIN program for five years and assigned to WRAIR in the Epidemiology Dept. for three years. I was an Army Health Nurse and served my last four in charge of Preventive Medicine at Ft McClellan.
Gerald L Good
US Navy Rank: LT 1964 – 1969
Jim Holis Jr
US Army Retired Lt Colonel – Deceased 2002
Graduated 1960, served in the USAF 1961 – 1965 – Honorably discharged April 1965, Fairchild Air Force Base, Spokane Washington
JOHN R LEISENRING
USAF Rank: E-5 1963-1970
ARMY – 82 Airborn E4 1961 – 1964
AIR FORCE A1C 1963-1939 Comments: I HAVE WORKED IN THE HEAVY HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION BUSINESS FOR THE PAST 45 YEARS IN THE S FLA AREA. I AM MARRIED AND HAVE 3 GROWN CHILDREN AND 2 GRAND KIDS. I AM CURRENTLY RETIRED IN MIAMI AND WILL IN THE NEXT6 MONTHS OR SO MOVE TO THE WEST COAST OF FLA NEAR FT MYERS.
John M Nash
USAF -Airman, 1st Class, 6 years of service U. S. Air Force Airmen 1st Class 1960 to 1966
Madeleine Perl Zelinski
Army – E4, 3 years
Robert J Reed
USAF E-8 Years Of Service: 20
Army-ROTC Cpl 2 I have a BS from the UCAB in Venezuela. Divorced, have Karina 36, Krystal 27 and Angely 9. Was a Cummins engine, Navistar, Garrett Air Research distributor in Venezuela for 35 years, closed the shop due to political problems. I am retired and financially stable, thank God. I have two granddaughters, Isabella 7 and Alexandra 3, who live in Weston. I collect antiques and have quite a few. I also collect cars. I read a lot and try to learn all I can, I ask myself what for, but it makes me happy. I agree completely with Socrates that all I know is nothing. I know I am just a piece of dust in the universe, but my goal has been to have good descendants and to pass my genes the best I could to the new generations. I feel I had a very good life. I regret, that Sacha, my brother and classmate, passed away. I think the world was a better place then, but I keep trusting that God will make this a better place at the end.
George W Theobald
USAF 1963 – 1967 Stofs Sgt
Army – CW4, 26 years of service 1960 – 1971 Retired 1987 from Ft Lee, Va. 3 boys, 3 step daughters – on my final wife #3
U.S.A.F. I dropped out of Edison, and went into the Air Force. (I had been going to the aviation school.) Spent 8 yrs active duty, in SAC B-52-D’s. 4245 strat wg, 494 bomb wg Sheppard AFB Texas, 99 BW Westover Mass. Three trips overseas, Arc Light. Lost a lot of friends, found a lot of friends, and try to keep all the good memories. firstname.lastname@example.org
USN – enlisted January 62 until May 66 – Aviation Electronics Tech (radar & Airborne CIC 1963 – 64 V-11 Flying Dew Line from Keflavik, Iceland. 1965 VAW-12 aboard USS Independence CVA-62 in Vietnam
David E. Bergquist
USAF – BS Bus Mgt 1965 – U of F- MS Bus Admin 1975 – Univ. Central Mich USAF Major, Ret, 1966-1986 USAF Pilot and Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Commander
William E Brown
Air Force E-3 – 4 years of service – Retired from Kennedy Space Center 2005. Self employed Electrician. Married to Judy; two children and one step-son
US Army E-8 First Sgt. 1966 – 1993 Spent 2 years active duty then transferred to Army Reserves where I was and X-ray Specialists and Medical Lab Specialists. Spent my last 17 years as a First Sgt. of a battalion size medical unit. I was stationed at Ft. Benning GA., Ft. Bragg NC, Ft. Sam Houston TX. and Ft. Drum NY. I earned the following Medals and Ribbons: Expert Field Medical Badge, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Achievement Medal, Sharp Shooter with Pistol Badge, US Army Reserve Recruiters Badge, Expert with Rifle Badge, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Cluster, NCO Professional Development Ribbon Level 4, Army Service Ribbon, National Defense Medal with Bronze Star, and the Armed Force Reserve Medal with Bronze Hour Glass.
James L. Cardozo
US Navy – E5, Served 4 years
Lyle M Digby
US Army Cpt 3 Drafted in 1966 in the US Army. Graduated 2nd Lieutenant, Ft. Sill Artillery Officer Candidate School. Served as platoon leader and training officer Ft Dix Advanced Infantry company,1968. Graduated Nike- Hercules Officer Course, Ft Bliss, Tx. 1968. Served as 1st Lieutenant, XO, Nike-Hercules Missile Battery in Korea,68-69. Served as 1st Lieutenant and as Captain in the 181st Military Police Company, Florida National Guard, 70-72. Honorable Order of Saint Barbara, Field Artillery. Retired, 40 years in business, Vice President at Aarons Rents, 1972 – 2000; Franchise Owner at Aarons, 2000 – 2012.
Donald C Evans
USMC– L/CPL 1961 – 1965 – Four years of destructive Marine Corps Service, unfortunately I destroyed mostly beer cans. Due to my finely honed skills with said, beer cans, I sky rocketed to the rank of PFC. A rank I held for over two years, a distinction attained by myself and one other young Marine who went a w o l and couldn’t be found for two years. Did I mention my nick name? “PFC fluff-dry” The Marine Corps humored me with an honorable discharge. I agreed they made a wise and just assessment. Truth be told, anything short of burning at the stake would have been fine with me.
Albert D Garcia
USAF MSGT 20
John Gary Holbein
USAF: 1960 – 1981 retired MSGT Vietnam 1967 – 1968, Flight Mechanic c-7a caribou. 21 Years of Service.
Charles Ronald (Ron) LaBar
Lt. Col. I served 20 years in the USAF and retired in 1986 as a Lt. Col. Duty in Vietnam, Panama, Florida (twice)..Assistant Professor of FSU’s ROTC program in Tallahassee in 1970. I ran the Air Force Conference Center in Homestead from 1978 to 1983. Other assignments were Illinois, Alabama, Mississippi and last at Nellis AFB, Nv. where I retired in 1986 and immediately went to work for the City of Las Vegas. Please fill free to post our address, phone and email for our classmates to contact us. Ron LaBar, 4526 Newton Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89121, (702)451-1380
Beverley Anderson Linsley
U.S.A.F. MSGT, RETIRED (1962 – 1966) (1974 – 2002) YEARS OF SERVICE: 28. AIR RESERVE TECHNICIAN FROM 1971 – 1966. INTERESTED IN CONTACTING OTHER MIAMI EDISON VETERANS.
Gary V Moorhead
USAF TSGT 1962 – 1982 – After Tech School in Mississippi, Altus OK, Cheyenne Mountain CO, Korea; beautiful Germany; can’t tell you NKP. Thailand; oh no Ark, Homestead FL retired. Electronics Technician then on the job training management. 1982
RALPH QUINN RICHARDSON
Army, Army Reserve, Air Force Reserve Sgt E5 6 active,12 reserve. Served in the Army from 1959 till 1962. Was stationed in Fort Polk LA training infantry troops to send to southeast Asia, Was also stationed in Heilbron Germany for 20 months. Highest rank was Sgt E5. Went into the reserve and served until 1979
US ARMY Captain/Major Served 1971 – 1973. Physician Martin Army Hospital Ft Benning GA 71-73. email@example.com
James H Webster
Army Rank: Captain 1967 – 1971 ran track at Miami Edison under Coach Collins was awarded most outstanding senior athlete trophy for 1961. Attended Furman University freshman year on full track scholar ship. transferred to the University of Tennessee 1962 on track scholarship and won the s.e.c. 100 and 200 yard dashes for seasons 1964 and 1966. Spent four years in the army upon being drafted in 1967, received a commission after OCS and entered the intelligence corps as second lieutenant. was stationed in Heidelberg, Germany, discharged as a captain in 1971. was a boat manufacturer and started whitewater boat corp. became a Bimini, Bahamas spear fisherman and still am since 1995. paint oil and acrylic pictures in spare time.
US Army, SP5 – US Army Intelligence & Security, Mar. ’62 – Mar. ’65. Army Language School, Monterey, CA, Russian Linguist (988.1). Served in Shemya (end of the Aleutian chain), Two Ranch Station (near Petaluma, CA), and TDY to East German border.
Herbert J. Winters
US ARMY – E5, Served in the U.S. Army 1961-1964, 7th Engineer Brigade, Rhein / Main AFB Germany
US Navy QM2, E5 1960 to 1965 – Served aboard 2 ships in the navigation Dept., based mostly in San Diego CA. Made 2 West Pac cruises – was involved in the Gulf of Tonkin incident in 1964 and received the Armed Forces Expediency Medal – Vietnam. Went to Quartermaster School in Japan. Lot’s of travel and great experience and great memories.
Steven J Zurko
USCG Reserves Rank: QM-2 6 Taught middle school in Palm Beach county for 35 years. I have been married for 42 years. We had 2 sons. The youngest one drowned at 19 years after going surfing in 1996. My wife and I moved back to Tallahassee where we attended college about 4 years ago. My brother Max and my son Grant already lived there. My mother lived with us until a couple of years ago when she passed at 93 years. We have 2 miniature Schnauzers. They are delightfully funny dogs. I’ve had both knees replaced. About 30 years ago my wife and I joined the Episcopal church.
Gordon L Arabian
US ARMY Colonel 32
Richard A Boyer
Lance (Jeff) Carbone
US Army SP5 E-5 1967-1969
Marines Rank: S. Sgt 6
Yvonne L Cummings
Gary J. Davis
USAF E4 – 66-67 336 T.F.W. Phang Vietnam Vet
U.S.Navy (air) Rank: E-3 Years Of Service: 2 years active duty 4 years reserve firstname.lastname@example.org
Philip E. Goble
USMC A1C Lt Col 33 1/2 Dates of Service: 14 June 1962 to 30 August 1995 Served in Republic of Vietnam: 1966-67 Enlisted as a Private, retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. Education: BA, Elon College, Elon College, NC. Field: Business Administration; Graduated: 1972 (Cum Laude) MA, Pepperdine University, Malibu, California. Field: Human Resources Management; Graduated: 1977 (Note: Both BA and MA were attained while on active duty) Military Education: Warrant Officer’s Screening Course Warrant Officer’s Basic Course Marine Corps Amphibious Warefare Course Armed Forces Staff College If any additional information is required/needed, please let me know.
E-4 1963-1966 Joined USN November 1962. Musician 2nd Class 1962-1966. Naval School of Music, Washington, DC 1963, was involved in duties at White House at time of Kennedy assassination. Transferred to Commander 7th Fleet and served in Vietnam 1963-1965. Finished tour of duty at Jacksonville Naval Air Station and was honorably discharged in August of 1966.
James (Jim) P. Green Branch: USN Rank: Commander 1964-1986 After 22 years in the Navy as a Naval Aviator, I retired and became a Corporate Pilot for another 22 years of flying. My wife, of 45 years, and I are now retired (again) and living in the Las Vegas area (we wanted to be where our money went over the years). Of all the memories in life – – – Edison (I went to Edison Elementary, Junior High, and High School) are some of my favorites Anybody know about Jim Reilly, Jim Cardoza, or Charlie Lodico?
Judy K. McDowell Holt
Navy Nurse Corps: Married to David H. Holt since 1967, raised three great boys, have four wonderful grandchildren. Florida State University,1962-1966;BSN Nursing. Military service; Vietnam, Navy Nurse Corps. Received MS in Nursing; University of Glasgow, Scotland U.K. Career, nursing 1964 until retirement, 2001. Adult health and intensive care focus. 20 years at James Madison University; Emeriti Professor Nursing and Family Nurse Practitioner, Certified Healing Touch Practitioner. Live in beautiful Shenandoah Valley, VA. Love kids, dancing, golf, reading, and life!
William F. Horne
Air Force 1964-1968
U.S. air force E -4 62-66 Comments: immigrated from England Feb 59. Enlisted in US Air Force 62-66 jet fighter mech. Became U.S citizen and licensed aircraft mechanic 1967, and hired on Eastern airlines to 89. Hired at Lockheed aircraft inspection 3yrs, then Northwest Airlines, now retired in Atlanta. Married 1975, daughter now 35 and son 33. Married 2nd time 1989 to present to lovely Lorraine. Enjoy flying as private pilot and maintenance on own airplane as main hobby. I would like to contact Lane Adams-class of 62
Graduated 1962 Miami Edison and enlisted in US Navy January 1963 and was honorably discharged July 1967. After 1 year in Iceland, spent the rest of my career as a P3 Orion (civilian jet Electra) jet mechanic in a P3 squadron VP44 at Patuxent River Naval Air Base in Maryland. The squadron’s job was to locate Russian submarines in the North Atlantic. drop from high altitude to 50 feet above the waves and drop sonar buoys’ into the ocean to gather data on the subs. The P3’s are now used by NOAA as hurricane hunter airplanes.
William T Merritt
USAF Years of Service – 4, Rand – Sgt – Joined USAF in 1964. After basic training I was sent to Wichita Falls Texas for six months schooling in power production. Sent to Eglin A.F.B. Florida for two years. I was sent on a secret mission for 3 1/2 months that turned out to be in Medicine Hat Alberta Canada (close to Calgary) in the dead of winter at 30 below and they said it was a desirable TDY. Finally back to Florida and college ext. classes through Florida State University. Before joining I earned extra money playing lead guitar in a rock band. We played for University of Miami frat parties, Miami Edison sock hops along with beach and pool parties. I decided to start a group in the Air Force and played night clubs. We also traveled with the U.S.O. during shows for the troops and even on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Lexington. The money was getting good and as fate would have it, I got orders for a place close to Laos called Udorn Thani. A lot of air support was flown from the base into Vietnam. After a year there I was honorably discharged in San Francisco California. I now live in Winter Haven Florida with my wife and two daughters.
Donald L. Mullis
Army Captain 1972-1975 President of Senior Class, Julian Daniel Award, Professional Baseball Player in Atlanta Braves Organization, Orthopaedic Surgeon for 33 years in Asheville, N.C., retired 2011, married to same lady for 44 years with three children and seven grandchildren
USAF Colonel, 21 years: Entered Air Force Pilot Training after graduation from college in 1966. Received a fighter assignment to the F-100 and was sent to Vietnam in May 1968. Flew 300+ combat missions over North & South Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, got shot at but not shot down, watched too many friends and comrades die, and was fortunate to return home in one piece in 1969. After 5 years of active service, joined the Air Force Reserve. Had the privilege of serving as the Commander of a F-4 Phantom squadron before retiring in 1987.
James J. Reilly
Marine Corp from 62-67 during Viet Nam.
Lourdes Rother Crespo
I was a sergeant in the Air Force from 1962 to 1968. I served as a medic stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base in Shreveport, LA. I now live in Oregon.
F.B. “Sunny” Silver (Fannie Buchanan)
US Navy Reserves Years Of Service: 20 Rank: E-6 I joined the Navy Reserves in August 1979 and retired as a Reservist in 1999. I was in the supply corp. and spent 2 years active as a recruiter for the Reserves. I served in several different units; SIMA,NAVAIR,SUPPLY AND The CB’s. 20 great years.
US ARMY E-5 3 years Hard to believe we are approaching the 50th. Looking forward to the reunion and seeing fellow classmates. Following the service and after graduating FAU I have worked in local government in Broward Cities as either an Assistant City Manager or City Manager for most of the time. Shelley and I have been married for over 40 years and I have two grown children, Elizabeth and John A. with two granddaughters Dinez and Angelica and a grandson on the way. I still enjoy tennis, fishing and an occasional beer with Jim Reilly
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Kendall (Kenny) Thompson
USN 4 years, 7 months RM3. Enlisted USN 1962 – 1968 Boot camp training in Great Lakes Chicago IL; stationed San Diego Ca. on board USS Lofberg 2 years. Studied communications and was radioman, then spent last 2 years Shore Duty in Key West FL until 1968. Now living in Atlanta Georgia with wife Donna Kilvington Thompson, son John Thomspon and Daughter Dawn Ford. Four grandchildren – Brittany, Jonathan, Asher and Chase. We are retired an enjoying the two smaller grand kids.
Luis A Velez
USAF Rank: e-3, A1C 1963 – 1967. Served as an electronic technician on B-52 aircraft maintaining fire control and radar systems at Dyess AFB in Abilene Texas. On Nov 13, 2010 Lt General John Kelly, USMC, gave a speech to the Semper Fi Society of St. Louis, MO. This was only 4 days after his son, Lt Robert Kelly, USMC was killed by an IED while on his 3rd Combat tour. During his speech, General Kelly spoke about the dedication and valor of the young men and women who step forward each and every day to protect us. During the speech, he never mentioned the loss of his own son. He closed the speech with the moving account of the last 6 seconds in the lives of 2 young Marines who died with rifles blazing to protect their brother Marines. If you’ve been reading Blackfive long enough, you know exactly who we’re talking about: “I will leave you with a story about the kind of people they are about the quality of the steel in their backs, about the kind of dedication they bring to our country while they serve in uniform and forever after as veterans.
Two years ago when I was the Commander of all U.S. and Iraqi forces, in fact, the 22nd of April 2008, two Marine infantry battalions, 1/9 “The Walking Dead,” and 2/8 were switching out in Ramadi. One battalion in the closing days of their deployment going home very soon, the other just starting its seven-month combat tour. Two Marines, Corporal Jonathan Yale and Lance Corporal Jordan Haerter, 22 and 20 years old respectively, one from each battalion, were assuming the watch together at the entrance gate of an outpost that contained a makeshift barracks housing 50 Marines. The same broken down ramshackle building was also home to 100 Iraqi police, also my men and our allies in the fight against the terrorists in Ramadi, a city until recently the most dangerous city on earth and owned by Al Qaeda. Yale was a dirt poor mixed-race kid from Virginia with a wife and daughter, and a mother and sister who lived with him and he supported as well. He did this on a yearly salary of less than $23,000. Haerter, on the other hand, was a middle class white kid from Long Island. They were from two completely different worlds. Had they not joined the Marines they would never have met each other, or understood that multiple America’s exist simultaneously depending on one’s race, education level, economic status, and where you might have been born. But they were Marines, combat Marines, forged in the same crucible of Marine training, and because of this bond they were brothers as close, or closer, than if they were born of the same woman. The mission orders they received from the sergeant squad leader I am sure went something like: “Okay you two clowns, stand this post and let no unauthorized personnel or vehicles pass.” “You clear?” I am also sure Yale and Haerter then rolled their eyes and said in unison something like: “Yes Sergeant,” with just enough attitude that made the point without saying the words, “No kidding sweetheart, we know what we’re doing.”
They then relieved two other Marines on watch and took up their post at the entry control point of Joint Security Station Nasser, in the Sophia section of Ramadi, Al Anbar, Iraq. A few minutes later a large blue truck turned down the alley way-perhaps 60- 70 yards in length-and sped its way through the serpentine of concrete jersey walls. The truck stopped just short of where the two were posted and detonated, killing them both catastrophically. Twenty-four brick masonry houses were damaged or destroyed. A mosque 100 yards away collapsed. The truck’s engine came to rest two hundred yards away knocking most of a house down before it stopped. Our explosive experts reckoned the blast was made of 2,000 pounds of explosives. Two died, and because these two young infantrymen didn’t have it in their DNA to run from danger, they saved 150 of their Iraqi and American brothers-in-arms. When I read the situation report about the incident a few hours after it happened I called the regimental commander for details as something about this struck me as different. Marines dying or being seriously wounded is commonplace in combat. We expect Marines regardless of rank or MOS to stand their ground and do their duty, and even die in the process, if that is what the mission takes. But this just seemed different. The regimental commander had just returned from the site and he agreed, but reported that there were no American witnesses to the event-just Iraqi police. I figured if there was any chance of finding out what actually happened and then to decorate the two Marines to acknowledge their bravery, I’d have to do it as a combat award that requires two eye-witnesses and we figured the bureaucrats back in Washington would never buy Iraqi statements. If it had any chance at all, it had to come under the signature of a general officer.
I traveled to Ramadi the next day and spoke individually to a half-dozen Iraqi police all of whom told the same story. The blue truck turned down into the alley and immediately sped up as it made its way through the serpentine. They all said, “We knew immediately what was going on as soon as the two Marines began firing.” The Iraqi police then related that some of them also fired, and then to a man, ran for safety just prior to the explosion. All survived. Many were injured, some seriously. One of the Iraqis elaborated and with tears welling up said, “They’d run like any normal man would to save his life.” “What he didn’t know until then,” he said, “and what he learned that very instant, was that Marines are not normal.” Choking past the emotion he said, “Sir, in the name of God no sane man would have stood there and done what they did.” “No sane man.” “They saved us all.” What we didn’t know at the time, and only learned a couple of days later after I wrote a summary and submitted both Yale and Haerter for posthumous Navy Crosses, was that one of our security cameras, damaged initially in the blast, recorded some of the suicide attack. It happened exactly as the Iraqis had described it. It took exactly six seconds from when the truck entered the alley until it detonated. You can watch the last six seconds of their young lives. Putting myself in their heads I supposed it took about a second for the two Marines to separately come to the same conclusion about what was going on once the truck came into their view at the far end of the alley. Exactly no time to talk it over, or call the sergeant to ask what they should do. Only enough time to take half an instant and think about what the sergeant told them to do only a few minutes before: “let no unauthorized personnel or vehicles pass.” The two Marines had about five seconds left to live. It took maybe another two seconds for them to present their weapons, take aim, and open up.
By this time the truck was half-way through the barriers and gaining speed the whole time. Here, the recording shows a number of Iraqi police, some of whom had fired their AKs, now scattering like the normal and rational men they were-some running right past the Marines. They had three seconds left to live. For about two seconds more, the recording shows the Marines’ weapons firing non-stop, the truck’s windshield exploding into shards of glass as their rounds take it apart and tore in to the body of the SOB who is trying to get past them to kill their brothers-American and Iraqi-bedded down in the barracks totally unaware of the fact that their lives at that moment depended entirely on two Marines standing their ground. If they had been aware, they would have known they were safe, because two Marines stood between them and a crazed suicide bomber. The recording shows the truck careening to a stop immediately in front of the two Marines. In all of the instantaneous violence Yale and Haerter never hesitated. By all reports and by the recording, they never stepped back. They never even started to step aside. They never even shifted their weight. With their feet spread shoulder width apart, they leaned into the danger, firing as fast as they could work their weapons. They had only one second left to live. The truck explodes. The camera goes blank. Two young men go to their God. Six seconds. Not enough time to think about their families, their country, their flag, or about their lives or their deaths, but more than enough time for two very brave young men to do their duty, into eternity.
That is the kind of people who are on watch all over the world tonight-for you. We Marines believe that God gave America the greatest gift he could bestow to man while he lived on this earth-freedom. We also believe he gave us another gift nearly as precious-our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Coast Guardsmen, and Marines-to safeguard that gift and guarantee no force on this earth can ever steal it away. It has been my distinct honor to have been with you here today. Rest assured our America, this experiment in democracy started over two centuries ago, will forever remain the “land of the free and home of the brave” so long as we never run out of tough young Americans who are willing to look beyond their own self-interest and comfortablelives, and go into the darkest and most dangerous places on earth to hunt down, and kill, those who would do us harm. God Bless America, and.. SEMPER FIDELIS!” .
Terry W. Williams
US Air Force SSgt 1964-1968
US Army Colonel/06 – 32 years of service – US Army 8/65, basic training, Adv and Tng, OCS, Jump School, USAJFK Sp War 3/7/5. Special Forces Gp Abn. XVIII Abn Corps, CDR 1/20 SFG 1St ABN, CDR 1/117th Field Artillery, Emergency Preparedness Liason Office Alabama to Fed. Two tours in Vietnam, Africa, Spain. Retired in 1997 – 32 years of service.
I was an Army helicopter pilot, drafted in 1967, released in 1971, in the central highlands of Vietnam all of 1969, then a flight training center instructor in Savannah, GA.
ARMY – SGT 1967 – 1969
Steve J Fiske
USMC Rank: S/Sgt
Joan Gilmour MacNeill
Navy – After graduation from Edison in 1963 I attended the University of Florida, the last two years on a Navy Nurse Scholarship and then served in the Nave Nurse Corp 1967 – 1969. I was stationed primarily at the Charleston Naval Hospital. It was during the Viet Nam War, so it was a very busy tour of duty. After that I taught nursing for a while at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami.
Robert L. Moore
USN-R E-3 Active Duty 1966-1968
ARMY: E-5, Years of service – Enlisted in the Army in 1966 three years after graduation. Basic Training at Fort Benning, GA and advanced training in helicopter repair Fort Eustis, VA. Spent all of 1967 in Viet Nam and returned to Fort Eustis for the balance of my tour. Met my wife at the College of William and Mary and have lived in Williamsburg, VA. for 37 years. I have one daughter and two grandchildren.
Air Force 64-68. Viet Nam 66-68. Viet Nam vet, 1966-1968. Radio, Forward Air Control, S. Viet Nam. Received AF Commendation Medal, National Defense Service medal, Viet Nam Service Medal, Republic of Viet Nam Campaign Medal, Viet Nam Cross of Gallantry. Received law degree from FSU, have been attorney since 1975, now specializing mainly in appellate practice, but still engage in other areas of law.
U.S.A.F. I enlisted in the AF in June 13, 1963 just a few days after graduation on June 8th from our beloved Miami Edison. I was the little blond guy that sang the Graduation Solo “No Man is an Island”= Go figure – On the side – I loved the overall team atmosphere at Edison – everyone had a notion and everyone respected that notion. A great place for education and simply growing up! Oh, yes, I think I was in the “Deans Office” once or twice = I have no idea why today, but still acknowledging my innocence….. I did my AF training on a KB-50, and was assigned (along with most of my class) to the 463rd at Langley (mid-late 63). Did 120 days TDY in Panama (late 63) Dropping the Army for Jungle Training & supporting the South American Embassy’s with we called the “Andes Trip” visiting “almost all” countries in Central & South America. I then did a 1-month stint with the Thunderbirds as the “support vehicle” carrying all their equipment. I left mid 64 going to Evreux France – got as far as the Azores – down for a few days for weather – got up, and the venue changed – wrong direction – I was really looking forward to a bit of France – but – go back to Langley – down for two days and off to Clark Airbase in the Philippines. I, along with the rest of the “my flight” was there for the next 3 years – After Temporary Duty (TDY) August 1964 timeframe I was assigned directly to the 773rd Tactical Air Command (TAC) returning back to the US in June 1967. I have many stories of fear and respect – especially for the AC’s, Co-Pilots, Navigators, Load Masters – and yes, lest I forget the Flight Mechanics – all of which made individual contributions to me at the time with indelible positive impacts to my lifetime following. First time at Tan Son Nhut – I meet a group of Australians right out of the “bush”; One had a finger “clip” in his hat band – you have to understand – as a 19 year old kid, this was pretty eye opening – we all conversed, had SPAM on Rice Bread with a few rusty cans of Coke and Blatz Beer…. We carried anything and everything you could imagine>>>>>>> The first time I went to Cam Ranh Bay – we carried a Caterpillar – to flatten the landing zone, we then did at least 15-25 sorties carrying PSP – yes, to build the Run Way…. Once we took off very close to the DMZ with – 2 engines dead on right – took off with 2 on left – Crew did a magnificent job – lot of left rudder – seemed usual to me! Kudus to the C130B and the Flight Crew…. I am not sure if it was this or another “incident” when flying with a (Full Bird) Afro-American AC (Aircraft Commander), what a Gentlemen, right in the middle of race issues within the states, he gets on the radio as says “Well, the Jig is up” – that resonates with me today – with true respect, what an impressive gentlemen!!! I did get a few trips back to the US during the “stay” – nursed a few C-130’s with cracked wing struts back for repair to Martin Marietta GA. – Great times in Guam and Hawaii….. Our typical duty was 20 days a Mo in country, Tan Son Nhut (Saigon) for sorties (Short Flights) supporting our Vietnam conflict – 12 on and 12 off, with 10 days to fix the airframe back in at Clark along with other duties – all over SE Asia – Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, and a few others we are not supposed to talk about… HQ Flight Ops Quonset Hut at Tan Son Nhut – named after Capt. Callanan – one of our first downed C-130’s (Pleiku 1-7-66). I remember fondly, the Loadmaster, Lowell “Pete” White…. A great guy – a dedicated man with a true mission – all you had to do was talk to him – Our crew did many missions together, fortunately I missed this one. So in 2012 Pete is: Married 50 Years to Karen – Oak Brook IL – 2 Children, Kris, Single (Yep, a Body Piercer) & Brandon, Married to a lovely lady (Member of Greeley Estates – Heavy Metal Band – buy at any CD Store) I retired from HP,, at that time, taking care of a few WW accounts and for fun, raced Porsches as a hobby while I now help other Porsche drivers as the Track Event Chairman for the 1,700 member – Chicago Region Porsche Club of America. Oh, Yes, I am now doing Marketing and WEB design for an Electrical Distributer to make a few dólares…………..
My best regards to all! BTW – RIP = Paul Anderson – My true friend – passed a new years ago – Take a look at the 1963 BEACON and you can see….. firstname.lastname@example.org
I served in the U.S. Navy as a Lt. Commander from 1976 to 1980.
J. Lee Murphy
Commander 33 1964-1968 Viet Nam aboard USS Mauna Kea. 1968-1995 US Naval Reserve, Retired Commander, Engineering Duty.
Barry E Nickerson
US ARMY 1969 – 1970 Vietnam
Lawrence (Larry)A Palomino
Air force A/1C 1955-1959
Army – Capt. 1969 – 1972
USMC – Sargeant 4 years service Viet Nam 1965 B14 1966 E27
Elwin Jim Spaulding
US Navy, E-5 1966 to 1969
USAF 1967 – 1988 – Served 21 years in USAF pilot flying T-38 and T-37 as an instructor and the FB-111 as aircraft commander and flight evaluator. I retired at Lt. Col.
William J. (Bill) Theiler
U.S.N. Radioman 2nd Class E-5 1966-1970 Basic training and service schools, San Diego, Ca. e3 until 1967. Radioman Seaman e3 Naval Facility Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands, The West Indies. 1968-1969 Naval Facility (NavFac) Argentina, Newfoundland as Radioman 3rd Class (RM3, or E4) and at NavFac Nantucket, Nantucket Island, MA. from mid 1969 until separation on 1-28-70 as a Radioman 2nd Class E5
Donald S Tutt
U.S.N. E-5 1967-1971
USAF: Joined the service in 1963 and served 4 years, spent 3 years in Louisville, Kentucky. I came back to Miami in 1969 and worked construction for 4 years. I now work for Publix Supermarket as a Meat Cutter since November 2004 wand was with Winn Dixie for 29 and 1/2 years. I have 3 children
USN, E-4 – 3 years of service. US Navy Waves 1965 – 1968. Bainbridge MD – Boot Camp – Chicago IL – US Naval Hospital – Nilton FL – NAAS Whiting Field. 3 beautiful daughters, 5 georgous grandchildren
Donald B. Coxe
Army Years Of Service: 2 Rank: E-4 Comments: Drafted on Dec. 5, 1965,went to boot camp at fort Benning, GA., then to Fort Jackson SC. for heavy equipment school.Shipped out to Thailand for one year tour. Returned to FT. Holabird, MD., where i was discharged at the end of my enlistment. USMC64/68 – Sgt – MWHG-1,H&HS-1== JAPAN/DaNANG,RVN – MAG-14,MWSG-27, VMGR 252 CHERRY POINT, N. C. Retired 1 child & 1 grandchild
USAF 1969-1972. Class of 1964.
Don W. Davis
M.A.S.H. Served in Vietnam as an Orthopedic Technician U.S.M.C. ’68-72’6
Nicholas (Nick) R Friedman
US Army – Captain 1968 – 1971. FSU after Edison, served in Viet Nam as an advisor to Vietnamese Army, went to FSU law school, and retired to a farm in NC in 1994. Volunteered with a variety of non-profit groups since retiring and enjoy reading, skiing and golf. Complete Armor and OMO Schools at Ft. KNoxI was stationed from 1968 to 1970 with the 3rd Squadron of the 12th Cavalry in Germany, then graduated from Military Advisor [MATA-CORDS] School at the JFK Special Warfare Center at Ft. Bragg in 1970 and that I received the Bronze Star, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, and the Vietnamese Staff Service Medal First Class, in addition to the three standard service ribbons for my service in Viet Nam, and was Honorably Discharged in 1974 after service in the Inactive Reserves?
Linda Sabo Goodman
US Air Force, SSGT 1964 to 1969 – I obtained the rank of SSGT and was stationed in Biloxi, Missiissippi and Weisbaden, Germany. It was wonderful to serve our great nation and at the same time it provided me the opportunity to travel to eight countries in Europe which I am sure I would have never been able to get to otherwise. It was a great experience and I met some wonderful people. email@example.com
USAF, Major Served 1971-1972, 1973-1977 Currently professor of Radiology, University of Miami School of Medicine at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. firstname.lastname@example.org
Thomas Edward Harrell
USMC 1964 – 1968 – Cpl
U.S. Navy E-6 Years: 1965-1972
U.S Army, E-5 Sgt. Served June 66 – June 69. Served in 1st Inf. Div. November 66 – November 67. Ft. Stewart, GA January 67 – June 69.
Served in Vietnam
US Navy – E-6 1965 to 1972
Bob Moore (aka “R.L.”)
Enlisted Naval Air Reserve in Oct. 1965.(My interest in aviation at the time was encouraged in no small part by Coach Fowle’s Aviation Science Class – remember that? Our final exam was the FAA Test for a Private Pilot’s License. It was tough – only one in our class passed it, he got a “A.” I missed it by two questions.) Joined Anti Submarine Squadron VS-741 at NAS Jacksonville, FL. Active duty Nov. 1966 with fleet. Joined Attack Squadron VA-75 (“The Sunday Punchers”), an A-6 Squadron aboard USS Independence at Palma De Mallorca, Spain. Returned to our home base at NAS Oceana, Virginia Beach, VA in Jan. 1967.VA-75 deployed aboard USS Kitty Hawk at San Diego, CA for WestPac cruise to Yankee Station off Viet Nam 1967 – 1968. Aviation Supply Clerk & volunteered on ship’s radio station. Never forget standing quarters as we passed the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor. Also won’t forget standing that “wheels watch” with the mosquitoes at the end of the runway at Oceana four nights before being transferred to Reserve in Sept. 1968! First chance I got, I “came home” to West Virginia – and this time, stayed. In my 20th year with West Virginia DOT. Currently writing a history about The Midland Trail Highway through West Virginia. Can easily recall the influence of my English Teacher, Mrs. Sylvia Miller, who encouraged writing & composition. In the Beacon, I’m listed as Robert Lee Moore, but most at Edison most just called me “R.L.” (these days, I only hear “Robert Lee” is when the Mrs. is reeeeaally ticked!)
Robert L. Moore
USN-R E-3 Active Duty 1966-1968 Reniero (“Rennie”) Perez US Coast Guard
U.S.N. Served in Vietnam, I played football for the Red Raiders (right guard) and received a scholarship to the University of Kentucky in 1964. I played for the Kentucky Wildcats for 2 years when I decided to join the Navy in 1966. I served on a Submarine Tender USS Bushnell for 2 years and then as a Sea Bee for Mobile Construction Battalion # 9. I was stationed in Okinawa from June of 1968 until October 1969 and was honorable discharged in October 1969. I married a girl in 1970 who also graduated from Edison (1962) and her maiden name was Sandra Cox. Latter we found out that we shared the gymnasium home room during the 1962 school year and never knew each other. We went to the 20th year reunion for the 1964 graduates and have been married for 35 years this September 3.
USAF – A1C, served 4 years. Aircraft mechanic and flight engineer combat vet three tours in Vietnam (over 200 combat missions). General contractor 44 years in business, married 45 years with 4 daughters and 6 grandkids. Played varsity football in High School.
Carlos J Puig
US Army Major Years: 9
William H. Reno, II
U.S.M.C. 2nd Lt. 1968 Danange, Vietnam Aviation Ordinance Safety Officer. Served in USMCR – 2 years active. 4 years reserve – Aviation Ordnance, Safety Officer – UMA 142, UMA 144- Danange Vietnam – 1968.
Ralph Quinn Richardson
Rank: SGT E5. Army, Army Reserve, Air Force, Air Force Reserve, 6 Active, 12 Reserve
Daniel L. Rubini
COLONEL (Retired) Daniel L. Rubini served as Assistant Chief Of Staff, Government Team and Special Functions Team and as Brigade Staff Judge Advocate at the 358th Civil Affairs Brigade, Norristown PA. Colonel Rubini earned his Bachelors degree in Political Science at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Blacksburg VA Chartered Financial Consultant from American College , Bryn Mawr PA, and Juris Doctor from Temple University , Philadelphia PA. He served as Staff Judge Advocate to the 304th Civil Affairs Brigade. He served as Staff Judge Advocate to the 157th Separate Infantry Brigade (Mechanized), 1175th US Army Outport, and as Trial/ Defense Counsel to the 153rd Judge Advocate General’s Detachment. Colonel Rubini served in Desert Shield/Storm as advisor to the Kuwait Ministry of Justice. He served in Haiti (Operation Uphold Democracy) in 1994 as Ministry of Justice Advisor and on later MAT missions II, III (Team Chief-Justice), V, and VI (Team Chief- Justice) from 1995 to 1997. He served in Central America as Chief of Civil Affairs (J5) to US Southern Command- Forward Command Element for Hurricane Mitch reconstruction in 1999. He retired in February 2000 but returned to Active Duty to serve on the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq as Senior Advisor to the Ministry of Justice. He served in Iraq from September 2003 to February 2004. Colonel Rubini practiced law for 22 years and is now a US Administrative Law Judge in Philadelphia , PA. email@example.com
Earl K Sampson
UAMC CPL 2 CPL 2 Drafted into Marines in 1966. Served 13 months in Vietnam, 3rd Btn. 26th Marines, 2 Purple Hearts. Returned to Miami 1968 to work and complete college. After graduation, started Jr. College. Received AA and AS degrees, joined Marines in 1966 and fought in Vietnam for 13 months. Resumed work and college in 1968. Finally graduated from what is now St. Thomas with BA in 1974. Years later, earned MBA from St. Thomas in 1987. Worked with Miami-Dade PD, Monroe Co. Sheriff and FL Prison System for 35 years. Retired and happy riding my Harley-Davidson to many events. Active in American Legion and other groups. Wish Miami was like it was when we were in school!
Charles W Schloemer
ARMY E-5 2-years – Entered US Army May 15, 1958 – School for Marine Diesel Engines, Boat Handling, Trainer – Vietnam Jan 1969 – 1970 Rated Specialist E5 firstname.lastname@example.org
Navy – E-4 Musician, 4 years of service – November 1964 to November 1968. Served on the Yorktown and the Enterprise, two tours off the shoes of Viet Nam. Tour ended in Charleston S.C. Petty Officer 3rd Class. 561-758-7079
RAUL ALBERTO SMITH
USMC 64/68 PARRIS ISLAND – PLT# 364 MWHG, H&HS-1 – JAPAN/APR 65 DaNang,RVN/JUN65/MAY66 CHERRY POINT – MAG 14 MWSG-27/VMGR-252 KMONPAKR@HOTMAIL.COM
Doug P Stephens
Army Sgt, 1967-1969
George Clifford Stringer, Jr.
USAF – Class of 1965. Graduated summer of 1965. Enlisted in the USAF Nov. 01, 1965. Completed basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, TX. January 01, 1966. Reported for duty at Robbins AFB, Warner Robbins, Ga. Assigned to 465th Strategic Air Command, Organizational Maintenance Squadron, Airman First Class. September 1968, reported for duty at Non-Kom Phanom AFB (NKP) Thailand on the Laos border. Assigned to the 56th Combat Support Group, Staff Sargent. Returned to Miami, FL, September 04, 1969.
André P. Tillman, Jr. (Andy)
US Army 1967-1970. Rank: SP E-5. Class of 1964 – Served a tour of duty in Vietnam from Jan. 1968 to Jan 1969. Served with the 1ct Calvary Division in the central highlands of Vietnam. Have medical issues today due to Agent Orange exposure.
George M. Ward
Army National Guard, USAR – Captain, MSC – Years of Service: 14 – Class of 1964, Captain, Medical Service Corps. DCARNG 1968 – 1977, USAR 1977 – 1982; Honor Graduate, US Medical Field Service School, BAMC, Ft Sam Houston, Texas 1972
SMC Sgt Years: 6
George R Wood
USAF E-5 Served 22 years and 9 months. Served 1965 – 1969 and re-joined 1990. The Fl Air National Guard. Served active duty again from 9-11-01 to April 2006. Retired
Army Staff Sargent – Years of Service: 2. I am a member of the Class of 1964 and served in the US Army, Feb 1971 through Nov 1972. I was drafted from my first teaching job at Miami Beach Senior High and returned to teaching at Parkway Junior High. I taught typing at the Clerk School in Columbia South Carolina at Fort Jackson after completing basics at Fort Jackson.
I would like to take a moment to thank Bill Peeler, Class of 1965 for all his help with our Veterans Page, Sincerely, Ralph Sanabria
Armando J. Altuve
US Army. 2 Years – Rank: E-5.Class of 1966. Enlisted in June 1968. Schooling at US Army Missle and Munition, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. Graduated as Control computer Repairman. ETS on June 1970 as Specialist Fifth Class, E-5.
Class of 1965 – US Army 1969-1970 – SP4.
| USAF E-5 Sgt. 3yrs, 9mos, 12 days 16hrs VIETNAM 67-69,20TH TASS DANANG,I CORE.. FORWARD AIR CONTROL, “FAC” REMEMBER OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS.. THEY GAVE IT ALL.!!!! Retired restauranteur , married a coulpe if times Three kids and four grand kids Live in Ocala on small horse farm
U. S. Army Years Of Service: 20 Rank: Major (Ret) Marvin (Ed) Bridges Maj. USA (Ret) Aug 1969 to Aug 1989 marvin.bridges@us,army.mil
John L. Cimino
Drafted in June 1967 was in VN from Nov 1967 through Nov 1968 in the central highlands. Assigned as a “grunt” in Company B, 3/8th 4th Inf. Div. Joined the Army reserves in 1975 and retired as CSM in 1997.
Army did a tour in Vietnam
William D. Duncan Jr.
United States Air Force (USAF) Years of Service: 24, Rank: Colonel Served in the USAF from 1970 until 1994. Commissioned a 2dLt through AFROTC at Florida State University, served as an officer in aircraft maintenance career field. Stationed at 12 locations throughout the career, sent to Air Force Institute of Technology for Masters Degree, and Air Force Professional Military schools. Served in leadership positions, including Commander of an aircraft maintenance squadron, and Production Division Chief for C-130 overhaul depot at Warner Robins Air Logistics Center. Retired in 1994 after 24 years service with the rank of Colonel.
Donald C Evans
U.S.A. Medic E4 1966-1968 Vietnam – Thailand
Carl Thomas Hansen
US Marine Corps E-4 January 1966 to December 1968. I was in the 5th Engineer Battalion and 3rd FSR. I served in Okinawa and the Philippines.
USAF Years of Service: 1964-1984 Rank: Msgt – E7 Left Edison in November 1964 and joined the USAF. Twenty years mostly spent in the far east. Japan, Philippines, Viet Nam, and Thailand.
Thomas Patrick Jaskal
Army, served 6 years – Rank: SGT I served with the 4th ID 1st 69th Armor and HQ 10 Cav in Viet Nam, 1969-1970. Prior to that I was with the 2nd Cav in Bamberg Gere at Fort Benning GA.
U.S.A.F E-4. 1966-1970 Training at Keesler AFB, MS and Eglin AFB (Hurlburt Field), Fl. Served with the 6594th Test Group, Hickam AFB, Hawaii with TDY to SE Asia.
Michael J Kilbridg
Navy, Years Of Service: Oct. 1962-May 1967 Rank: E-4
Kitty (Cox ) LaFoutain
U.S.A.R. Medvac Unit 145 1980-1986 Served as a medic on a Huey Helicopter and drilled out of Dobbins Air Force Base in Marietta, Ga.
U.S.M.C. Joined the Marines in about 1965. He went to Vietnam right away and when he came back a few years later, he became ill with leukemia and passed away shortly after. I would like to remember him as if he died in combat says Chris Logan.
USN in the Bering Straits
Diane Bake Murphy
Class of 1965
Us Army CPT 1969 – 1972 Rote Armor Pilot Fixed Wing Aviation Vettemd@optonline.net
Army PFC 1969 – 1971 Drafted 03 April 1969. Served in Vietnam 1970-1971 as a Radio Carrier Attendant, 55th Signal Bn. in Nha Trang, Qui Nhon, and with the 101st Airborne Div. in Phu Bai. Attained the rank of PFC, did my tour, my time, honorably discharged, and glad to be done with it.
Jerald Lee Penzo
Air Force 1966 to 1970 Rank: Sgt.
U.S.A.F. Second Lieutenant 1968- I was drafted into the Army in 1968. After boot camp in Ft. Benning, I agreed to finish my degree at the University of Miami and was enrolled in Army ROTC. I transferred to Air Force ROTC and graduated with a commission as a Second Lieutenant. I attended pilot training in Big Spring, Tx. and was eventually based in Warner Robbins, Ga. I spent a little over two years in Vietnam as a pilot. I flew KC-135 Tankers and Spector Gun Ships. James Pinkston USMC 1965-1969. Served Vietnam.
US Navy Years of Service: 1966-1969 Rank: HN – Initially in UDT (Underwater Demolition Team) dis enrolled due to color-blindness. Ended up in the Hospital Corps, stationed aboard heavy cruiser – USS Newport News – 11 months in Viet Nam, N. of DM7. Had R & R in Hong Kong, Philippines, Kobe, Sasko and Yukaska, Japan. Following Viet Nam attended several schools. Left the Navy 10-31-69.
US ARMY – I went in the U.S. Army in November 1967 and was discharged in January 1971. I was a Warrant Officer and Helicopter Pilot, with tours in Vietnam 1968-1969 and Germany from 1969-1971.
Alfredo J. Recio
Viet Nam veteran and received the Purple Heart. Deceased 2010 and lay in rest VA National Military Cemetery Lake Worth He attended Miami Edison and was supposed to graduate in the class of 65. His brother Jorge graduated from Edison on 67.
US ARMY – Captain – served 1969 to 1976 email@example.com
U.S.M.C. Major 1965-1969 Served in the Marine Corps from June 10, 1965 through June 9th 1969. During this period of my twenty-year career in the Marine Corps, I served in Vietnam from December 14, 1966 through January 1968 with the 3rd Marine Division in the infantry. I reentered the Marine Corps as a second Lieutenant May 1973 after graduating from Florida Atlantic University. I retired from the Marine Corps May 1989 at the rank of Major. Biography listed at the bottom of the page. I am married to the former Terry Lynn Henderson. We have two grown children, Philip who is 24 and a graduate of the Citadel class of ’98. Our daughter Kikki is married to Philip Wang who a third year Law Student at the University of Michigan. They both reside in Ann Arbor. Terry and I live in McLean, Virginia. We are very active members of our church, the Presbyterian Reformed Church. Currently, my life’s project is building a military Christian boys club called the Puritan Vanguard Cadet Corps (PVCC) ages 10-18
Respectfully submitted, Major Ray Salas U.S. Marine Corps, Retired www.puritanvanguard.com
Helen J Sarver
Navy LTjg Years: 1970-72
Evelyn Janson Salas
USAF SSgt 1968-1972
Helen J Sarver
Navy LTjg 1970-72
RAUL ALBERTO SMITH
USMC Rank: SGT 64/68 PARRIS ISLAND – PLT# 364 MWHG,H&HS-1 – JAPAN/APR 65 DaNang,RVN/JUN65/MAY66 CHERRY POINT – MAG 14 MWSG-27/VMGR-252
Doug P Stephens
Army Rank: Sgt, 1967-1969
USMC SGT 1966-72
George Clifford Stringer, Jr.
USAF – Graduated summer of 1965. Enlisted in the United States Air Force November 01, 1965. Completed Basic Training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Tx. January 01, 1966 reported for duty at Robbins Air Force Base, Warner Robbins, Ga. Assigned to the 465 Strategic Air Command, Organizational Maintenance Squadron, Airman First Class. September 1968 reported for duty at Non-Kom Phanom Air Force Base (NKP) Thailand on Laos Border. Assigned to the 56th Combat Support Group, Staff Seargeant. Returned to Miami Florida September 04, 1969.
U.S.M.C.R. Captain 1969-1973 Administrative Officer -XO- Women Detachnent Cherry Point. Administrative Officer -Marine corps Recruit Depot – Parris Island, SC. Served active duty 1968 – 1972. Served reserve time until 1977. Received Official retirement from Reserves in 1984 as Captain. Two duty stations: Cherry Point, NC and Parris Island SC
Henry F Vales
Branch: Army Rank: First Lieutenant 3 Comments: us Officer Candidate School in Ft. Benning Ga. Special Warfare School Ft. Bragg, Republic of Vietnam. OCS 1966 – 1967 Ft Knox – Cross Training – Army Calvary Ft Ord – Quick Kill Instructor – Ft Bragg Special Warfare School – Vietnam (4 Core- Cambodia Border) 68-69. Graduated Belmont College in Tennessee – MBA University of Miami.
Thomas R. Wade
US Navy – Lt. Commander – US Navy Medical Corps from June 1978 to June 1980. I was stationed at the Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Virginia, assigned to the Dermatology Clinic while I was there.
USMC – Sgt. served 6 years
Samuel (Sam) H. Wetmore
Graduated: 1965 Branch Of Service: US Army Years Of Service: 3 Rank: SP4 Enlisted US Army 1968, Basic Training in Ft. Jackson, SC. Station at Sharpe Army Aviation Depot 1968 Vietnam Service 1969- Can’t tell what I did. US Army Recruiter Jacksonville, FL. 1970, Honorable Discharge March 1971. Exhaulted rank of SP4
Armando J. Altuve
US ARMY, E-5 Years of Service: 2 Enlisted in June 1968. Schooling at US Army Missle and Munition, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. Graduated as Control Computer Repairman. ETS on June 1970 as Specialist Fifth Class,
US ARMY, Sergeant Years of Service: 1965-1968 Served in the U.S. Army from 08-65 to 09-68, three years 26 days. Did my time. Viet Nam was with the 2nd Bn. 503rd Inf., 173rd Abn. Bde. In the states served with the 6th Special Forces, and the 82nd Abn. Div. Assigned duty with the 82nd in Washington D.C. during the 68 riots. Served my time leaving the service as a Sergeant in 1968.
Enlisted in US Army June 1968 to June 1971 Specialist 5th Class Radio Relay Carrier Repairman, Section Chief 53rd Signal Battalion, Head Quarters Company, 2nd Field Forces Bien Hoa, Vietnam Tour of Duty Sept 1969 to Sept 1970 365 Days
John E. Carpenter
US Army FS -LTC 32 Presently serving third year tour in Afghanistan ^ tours in Iraq 1 year tour in Colombia South America
SOURCE OF COMMISSIONED SERVICE OCS
MILITARY SCHOOLS ATTENDED Navy SERE School (Honor Graduate) Navy Cold Weather School CWEST Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses Armor Officer Basic and Advanced Courses Military Intelligence Basic and Advanced Courses United States Army Command and General Staff College Air Force University Naval War College EDUCATIONAL DEGREES Los Angeles City College – AS Degree – Computer Science Cal State University at Los Angeles – BA Degree – History FOREIGN LANGUAGE(S) Spanish PROMOTIONS DATE OF APPOINTMENT 2LT 16 Aug 80 1LT 16 Aug 83 CPT 10 Jan 86 MAJ 10 Jan 93 LTC 01 May 00 MAJOR DUTY ASSIGNMENTS FROM TO ASSIGNMENT Aug 80 Aug 81 Platoon Leader, B Company, 1st Battalion, 185th Armor, Palmdale, California Dec 81 Aug 83 Mortar Platoon Leader, A Company, 1st Battalion, 185th Armor, Hemet, California Sept 83 Oct 84 Scout Platoon Leader, CSC , 1St Battalion, 185th Armor, Apple Valley, California Oct 84 Jan 84 Support Platoon Leader, HHC 1st Battalion, 185th Armor, San Bernardino, California Jan 84 Aug 85 XO, HHC, 1st Battalion, 185th Armor, San Bernardino, California Aug 85 Dec 86 Company Commander, D Company, 1st Battalion, 185 Armor, Apple Valley, California Jan 86 Feb 88 Operations Officer, 108th Training Command, Fort Jackson, North Carolina Feb 88 Sep 88 Training Officer, 108th Training Command, Fort Jackson, North Carolina Sept 88 Oct 92 S4, 337th Military Intelligence Battalion Tactical Exploitation Airborne, Charlotte, North Carolina Oct 92 Apr 94 S2, 172nd Rear Area Operations Center, Fort Bragg, North Carolina Apr 94 Apr 95 Field Support, Atlantic Intelligence Command, Norfolk Naval Base, Norfolk, Virginia May 96 Oct 96 Regional Support, Atlantic Intelligence Command, Norfolk Naval Base, Norfolk, Virginia Oct 96 Feb 97 Joint Maritime Watch Officer, United States Atlantic Command Joint Reserve Unit, Norfolk Feb 97 Feb 98 Global Watch Officer, United States Atlantic Command Joint Reserve Unit, Norfolk VA Feb 98 Oct 01 Chief Current Intelligence Division, United States Atlantic Command Joint Reserve Unit, Oct 01 Jan 04 Current Intelligence Integrator, Standing Joint Force Headquarters, Joint Forces Command, Jan 04 Aug 04 JFCOM LNO to CJTF-7, Baghdad, Iraq Aug04 Jan 06 Chief Collaborative Information Management Office, Standing Joint Force Headquarters, Jan 06 Jun 06 JFCOM Knowledge Manager J5 IED TF Norfolk, Virginia Jun 06 Nov 06 JFCOM J2 Ops Officer Norfolk, Virginia Nov 06 Feb 07 JFCOM LNO DCGS-A MNF-I Baghdad, Iraq Feb 07 Apr 07 JFCOM J2 Ops Officer Norfolk, Virginia Apr 07 Jul 07 Fielding Project Leader for JFCOM ISIRIS MNC-I Baghdad, Iraq Jul 07 Jan 08 Deputy J2 MILGRP US Embassy Bogota, Colombia Jun 10 Mar 12 J2 Army Corps of Engineers Kandahar Afghanistan Mar 12 Present Center for Army Lessons Learned LNO CJTF-1 US DECORATIONS AND BADGES Legion of Merit Bronze Star (with Oak Leaf Cluster) Defense Meritorious Service Medal Meritorious Service Medal Joint Commendation Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster) Joint Service Achievement Medal Army Commendation Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster) Army Achievement Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster) Army Reserve Component Overseas Ribbon National Defense Service Medal Joint Unit Meritorious Award Army Service Ribbon Iraq Campaign Medal Parachutist Badge Combat Action Badge LTC John E.Carpenter CALL LNO IOPT ISAF HQ
US NAVY – Served Jan. 1966 through October 1969
U.S.A.F.- LTC – I was commissioned a 2 LT in the Army the day I graduated. I was in the Army for 25 years and retired in 1994 as LTC. Half of my career was spend overseas Far East, Middle East, Europe and 3 tough years in Hawaii. I retired from Central Command at MacDill AFB here in Tampa.
Marine Corps June 1966 – April 1969 Sergeant E-5. I am a former Vietnam Veteran that spent 12 months and 20 days in the Republic of Vietnam. I started out as tank mechanic, and worked my way up to Tank Commander. I had the last blade tank in Vietnam under my command. I was probably one of the youngest Sargents in that capacity in Vietnam. The best thing that ever happened to me was when my blade tank went out of commission. It was the procedure that the can were re assigned to whatever, but the Tank commander stayed with his Tank, until if was back in service or no longer serviceable
U.S.A.F. 05 Lieutenant Colonel 1971-1991 Flew the F-4 at Luke AFB, AZ, Holloman AFB, NM and Mac Dill AFB, Fl. Flew the OV-10 in Osan Korea and Patrick AFB, Fl. Transitioned to F-16 in 1981 at Mac Dill AFB, Fl, then flew it in Madrid Spain at Torrejon AB. I was an instructor pilot in all three aircraft. I was also stationed at Langley AFB, Va.
US ARMY Sgt. E-6
Willie Dorado U.S.A. E5
Class of 1966
Keith F Filer Jr
Army – E4 Served 1968 – 1970
U.S. Marine Corps To my knowledge I was the first graduate of the class of ’66 to enlist. I enlisted in the Marine Corps and entered boot camp on 14 July, 1966. For those of you that will remember our Senior year books arrived late that year and we had to return to school (the gym) to pick them up and have them autographed by our fellow classmates. On that date (June something…we had already graduated) Abel Rodriguez had taken me down town to the Marine recruiters to be sworn in. I never had my year book signed. My kids thought I didn’t have any friends! I think, I was first to land in Viet Nam, arriving on 18 Dec. 1966. I served with India Co. 3rd. Battalion, 3rd. Marine Regiment, 3rd. Marine Division (3/3/3) from Dec. 66 until Jan 68. I was a Corporal and Squad leader in a Weapons Platoon. We spent our tour in “I” Corps on the DMZ north of Dong Ha.
AM AF Vet – 23 years – Unfortunately lat call up gave severe disabilities, not to mention many other medical problems incurred in service, am now 100% disabled; can’t get out & around easily. Funny – still look almost like photo, am aged little in looks, but inside body is hell. As all other vets know, we receive vey little help, especially with PTSD issues. My VA hosp (Bay Pines, St Petersburg FL is supposed to be one of the best) still exhibits a covert attitude of “this wouldn’t be a bad place to work if it weren’t for f’ing vets”; must fight repeatedly for everything. Am exhausted from fighting the good fight, emotionally & mentally. Out of all that time, maybe 8 good years, 10 horrible, rest mediocre.
Steven T. Griffin
U.S.A.F. SMSgt E-8 Entered Air Force May 1968 after friend told me I was to be drafted, liked it and stayed for the next 21 years. Started out as a power production specialist stationed in FL and one year in Viet Nam. I retrained as a B-52 Gunner and spent time on Guam and Thailand flying over North and South Viet Nam, Laos and Cambodia. I retired with over 850 Combat hours and close to 6000 flying hours during my service. I received the Distinguished Flying Cross, 2 Meritorious Service awards and 4 Air Medals. Duty stations Tyndall AFB FI 68-69, Can Rahn Bay, Viet Nam 69-70, Seymour Johnson AFB N.C. 71-76 (temporary duty to Guam and Thailand 72 & 73), Castle AFB CA 76-86 and Loring AFB Me 86-89.
Carl T. Hansen
Howard M Karsh
USAR 1971 – 1977 E-6 Specialist 5
US Army, Sgt. E5, Vietnam Jan 1968 – 199th Light Infantry Brigade, P.H., B.S., F.T.A.
Airforce – Chief Master Sergeant – Served from Jan 1967 to June 1991 as an Imagery and Intelligence Analyst. 1967 – 1970 Tan Son Nhut AB, Vietnam, 1970 – 1972 Kadena AB Okinawa, 1972 – 1973 Shaw AFB, SC., 1973 – 1975 Anderson AFB, Guam, 1975 – 1983 Eglin AFB, FL., 1983 – 1985 RAF Alconbury England, 1985 – 1991 Bolling AFB, Wash DC.
Byron “Buddy C Maidel
Marines – CPL 1967 – 1970 – I enlisted in the Marine Corps in May of 67 and served in Viet Man as a 0311 Grunt assigned to Golf Company 2nd Batt 5th Maine Reg. We received the Presidential Unit Citation for our combat during the Battle of Hue City of Tet Offensive 68 from President Nixon. Discharged in April 70. Happy to have made it home in one piece.
Andrew John McDonouth
USCG Years of Service 31, Rank O-6 – After graduation from Edison, I went on to matriculate from the University of Miami, after two undergraduate years at U of Florida Gainesville. Then in 1971 off to active duty in the USCG, where I was SAR Coordinator in Group San Francisco Bay. After Active Duty I remained in the Reserves, accumulating 31 years achieving the rank of )-6; I retired in August 2002. In 1983 I produced a son; to whom I just gave the oath of Officer in the USMC, He is 23. I have been married to Eileen Baca for 18 years now and we live in the hills of the East Side of San Francisco Bay in the community of Montclair. I now fly the A-330 for Northwest Airlines out of Seattle to the Orient and beyond and have two years to go before I retire. Leisure time has my wife and I enjoying sailing on our boat that we keep in the Gulf Islands on Vancouver Island, British Columbia or traveling the world on “standby”
David L. Minei
U.S.A.F. SSgt. 1967-1971 – I entered the Air Force in 1967 with Marty Miller. I became an aircraft mechanic and served in Viet Nam from October 1968 to October 1969. I was there for 366 days and can remember the departure as one of the highlights. Being on an air base the primary action I saw was dodging rockets being lobbed into the base by VC. One of the funniest things that happened while I was there was the base ammo dump being burned up when a fire burning weeds got out of hand. The squadron I was in had to fly to another base to load there planes for their missions for almost three weeks. Anyway, I am now a civil servant in Washington, DC and work with the National Institutes of Health in the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Diseases Institute. I wish all Vets and Edison Graduates the very best.
Victor Roy Nardelli
was in the Army and was at Walter Reed Hospital due to an illness, possibly “agent orange”. He died while in the hospital in February, 1972 and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.If you want/need additional information, you may contact his sister, Lenore. Her information is correct in the current 2010 directory.
Don G Nicholson
Mr. Noble proudly served his country during the Vietnam conflict, and he was a recipient of three Purple Hearts and a Silver Cross for his services. He was born in Miami and passed away June 19, 2003.
U.S.A.F. served in Guam
NAVY – Served in Vietnam USS Oriskany (Aircraft Carrier CV 34). The USS Oriskany now lies off the Pensacola Bay Florida and serves as a reef for divers. Married to Dorothy O’Connor Bourque. Two boys and three grandchildren.
USAF – SSgt E5 – Enlisted July 14, 1967. After basic training I went to Kessler AFB for technical training as an Electronic Warfare Technician (Electronic Countermeasures). Spent eight months at Shaw AFB (TAC) in Sumter S.C. before going to Takhli RTAFB (TAC) in Thailand. I was involved with the Wild Weasel program on F105’s, RF-4C’s and EB-66’s. My tour of duty lasted 18 months in SEA before returning stateside to Loring AFB (SAC), in Limestone Maine. I was honorably discharged on July 13, 1971.
Rayfield Patrick Penzo
USN – passed away May 2013 Ray will get military honors for the Navy service
Marines – E2 – served 2 years firstname.lastname@example.org Alfredo Recio Marine (deceased last July 2010) was a Marine and served in Viet Nam 14 months
Marine (deceased last July 2010) was a Marine and served in Viet Nam 14 months
Enlisted U.S.A.F. E4 1966-1970 96th Strategic Air Command Dyess A.F.B., 72nd Strategic Air Command Ramey A.F.B. Went TDY to Homestead AFB and TDY to Mac Dill AFB in a satellite mission. After graduating Miami Edison Sr. High School, which was on a Friday; Sunday I was sworn in at 5 a.m. in Coconut Grove. Monday morning I got my first hair cut in Amarillo Texas. After boot camp, I was assigned to Dyess AFB in Texas where I started my on the job training in the motor pool. I started as a heavy equipment mechanic working on “yukes”, fire trucks and refueling trucks for the planes. After accomplishing that I changed my AFFC to a general mechanic. Then there was an opening at Ramey AFB in Puerto Rico for my position. I ran the night shift for the motor pool and was know to be a scrounger. If we did not have it; I could get it like Radar in the movie M*A*S*H. For an example, they needed 10 gallons of gray paint to paint the walls of the motor pool for an inspection and there was none be had because everyone had already scooped up on it. So my commander came to me and said that he had no luck in finding gray paint and could locate some. I laughed and though with 90 days left in the service, I had to make him an offer that if I came up with the paint, I would not have to be one of the ones doing the painting. So I made a few phone calls to my suppliers and we ended up getting 8 gallons of white paint and 2 gallons of black. When I came back, my commander told me “that was not gray paint”. Surprisingly to him, when I mixed up the white and black together, we had gray paint. He smiled, nodded his head and walked away and I then took the day off which I spent at the NCO Club while everyone else was painting. As we slept in the barracks at night, the B-52’s would take off on missions with the KC 130 re-fulers carrying the fuel for the mission. You would always know when they were going on the mission because of the rumble of the motors and the amount of time it took for them to take off. We knew they were heavily loaded because the rumble of the motors even shook the fans we had on the walls. We listened for the planes to come back and you could tell by the sound of the planes that they had completed their mission. Fortunately enough, we did not lose any of our crew during my time in the service.
I am saddened to say, it seems to me that people never think about Veterans except in times of war. That is why I decided to honor all Veterans Of Edison Sr. High School on this page. I will continue until we get our Memorial placed in the center patio of our old high school.
U.S.A.F. E4 The Summer of 66′ headlines included “60,000 per month to be drafted”, so I elected to delay the college experience & join many fellow classmates in the military by enlisting in the U.S. Air Force. After Basic Training & Tech School at Amarillo AFB, Texas, I was assigned to Key West Naval Air Station (not what I had in mind) at the 671st Radar Squadron. 18 months there, then the 33rd Air Division at Fort Lee, Virginia for a few months. A volunteer request for a Viet Nam assignment caused the U.S.A.F. to send me to Hickam AFB, Hawaii (??) where I pounded the halls (way before E-Mail) at HQ Pacific Air Forces for the balance of my 4 year stint. Did TDY’s to a couple of Pacific islands (Johnston & Midway). Proud to have served my country, and also grateful that the GI Bill enabled my eventual Bachelor’s Degree from F.I.U. in Miami. My heart goes out to the many veterans that paid the price of life, limb, and/or sanity during that time of conflict. All Americans should be proud of their sacrifices, and honor them accordingly.
USAF Years Of Service: 4
John L Vaught
USAF Msgt E-7, 1966-1987 20 Years if service
Max j zurko
Robert Bruce Bartlett
Army 1st Lt 1971-1974 ROTC 4 years, FSU excellent experience email@example.com
Bill J Beasley
U.S. Air Force 1968/1972
ARMY 1968 – 1971 SP4, Served in 44 Med. Command USARV 1970 – 1971. Graduated 1975 National Collage of Chiropractic. Have been in practice in Miami since 1976.
John L. Cimino
Drafted in June 1967, served in VN from 1967 through Nov. 1968 in the central highlands. Assigned as a “grunt” in Company B, 3/8th 4th Inf. Div. Joined the Army in 1975 and retired as CSM in 1997.
George B Clement
U.s. Coast Gurad Seaman 5 Years
Thomas L. Gaussiran
USAF A2C 1961 – 1963
William (Bill) Leroy Hunt
U.S.A.F Was retired from the United States Air Force in 1994 after 25 years of service as an Air Traffic Controller. I have been stationed in Texas, Illinois, Florida, Greece, Mississippi, England, Kansas, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Nevada, Florida, Alaska, and Florida. I now have a home at Satellite Beach, Florida were my wife and three of our six children reside. I presently work on Ascension Island in the South Atlantic Ocean for Computer Sciences Raytheon. I am the Chief of Airfield, and Air Traffic Control Operations. This is a Civil/Military Airport and one of only three airports in the South Atlantic Ocean. Sincerely, Bill Hunt, Class of 67.
USN, Hospital Corpsman, Active duty – January 1969 thru August 1973. Assignments: 1969 – Hospital Corps School, Naval Hospital, San Diego, CA; 1970 – Med Evac. Transport, Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, FL; 1971-1973 – Cardiac and Thoracic Surgical Technician, National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD; 8/20/1973 – Honorable Discharge.
USAF – 1967 – 1971 Sergeant – I received one day of combat pay when our C130 flew over a corner of Viet Nam on the way to our air base in Thailand. Due to budget cuts, the return flight was diverted around the combat zone – costing the Government a whole lot more in aircraft fuel than our measly combat pay! I was a fire control technician and worked on F105 Thunder Chiefs, F4 Phantoms and F111 Aardvarks. firstname.lastname@example.org
Clarence A Lewis
USMC/USMCR – MSGT (e-8) served 26 years – Have lived in Houston for 6 yrs. Now retired, but was in sales for a number of years. Looking to make a move, within the next year to the Denver, CO area. Would be happy to hear from my fellow Red Raiders, especially Class of 6t7!! email@example.com
U.S,A.F. Retired SMSgt. Enlisted October 1967 retired April 1988. Assigned to Kadena AB Okinawa, Phan Rang AB Viet Nam, McGuire AFB NJ, Homestead AFB FL, CCK AB Taiwan, Maxwell AFB AL, Kessler AFB MS, Norton AFB CA, Randolph AFB TX, and Langley AFB VA. Now living in Yorktown VA.
USMC 67 – 68, Corporal; 0311 – Received gun shot and shrapnel wounds in View Nam during Tet offensive.
USN/USAR E-4/Major 1968-1972, 1976-1998. USN 68-72 stationed 1 year in Key West, 2 years aboard USS Independence – 2 cruises to Med. USAR 76-98, E-4 stayed in 364 Public Affairs Dept. Direct commission in 82. Promoted to Major in 93 and received command of 364th. June 97 – Aug 97 stationed in Bosnia – unit was activated – published weekly newspaper did radio tv spots.
U.S.M.C prior to graduation, 1967. Served in combat in the Republic of South Vietnam with the 3rd. batt. 5th. Marines as a infantry rifleman (Grunt) from Dec. 6, 67 to Jan. 6, 1969 (400 days). Vietnam was the second greatest experience in my Life. My first was my “deliverance from darkness” (Sept. 1, 1979) by the divine grace of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
I want to thank my brother and friend Ray Salas Jr. (Edison’s Class “65”) on his last day of his tour shared with me brotherly wisdom and encouragement moments before my company embarked on a “Search and destroy” operation. And for all the Edison’s boys who served our great country and especially those whose names are etched in memorials and in our hearts. Semper Fi!
Luis A Velez
USMC Corporal Years: 4
Rick H. Allison
Army PFC 1968-69
Ralph W Roberts
Army E-8 Years: 24
Dorothy O’Connor Bourque
Married to Barry O’Connor (Married O’Connor 1966) Barry is a Navy Vietnam Veteran who served on the USS Oriskany (Aircraft Carrier CV 34) The USS Oriskany now lies off the Pensacola Bay, Florida and serves as a reef for divers. Two boys and three grandchildren. Registered Nurse/Clinical Systems Analyst looking for work in 2010. Enjoy cruising on Royal Caribbean & Celebrity Cruises in between projects…. firstname.lastname@example.org
Dean R Brown
US Naval – Captain – 1969 – 1993 US Naval Academy Navy Pilot Eastern Air Lines 1980-1987 Delta Airlines 1987- Present Married 1981- Present 3 children Living in Orlando, FLUS Naval Academy
Johnny L. Easters
I endured basic training at Ft. Jackson SC in the winter of 68, the unit was E-7-2. Then I received my Advance Individual Training at Ft. Benning Ga. After graduating it was off to Vietnam 69-71 with an Advisory Team, ADV TM 64 in Chau Doc. Returning from Vietnam landed me at Ft. Sill Ok. with the 4/31 Inf., for a few months until I left service and returned to Miami. I bounced around with a few jobs but nothing seemed to fit so I re-entered the Army in 74 and retired in 91. My assignments during that period included Ft. Polk La. 74, Ft. Sill again 4/31 Inf. 74-76, Schwienfurt Germany 3 ID 1/31 Inf. 76-78, FORSCOM HQs Atlanta Ga. 78-80. In 81 I became a mean old Drill Sargent and had assignments with B-4-2, E-4-2 and as a Drill Sargent instructor at Ft. Benning Ga. 81-83. Then Off to the Jungles of Panama 84-85 with Jungle Operations Training Center (JOTC) My last assignment was Ft Dix NJ with several training units and I also had the pleasure of training the Kuwait College students so they could assist us in the 1st Gulf War. My last year at Edison was in 68, I was a junior . I joined the US Army that year and served for three years with two tours in Vietnam. I returned to Miami in 71 with all my limbs. I rejoined the Army in 74 and retired in 1991. Currently living in North Carolina handling a small business and coaching youth Football, man do I miss Edison Football and the Old Orange Bowl. Edison Park 61-62-63 Edison Jr 64-65 Edison 67-68
Randy L Erwin
Rank: E-4 Years: 1968-1970
Rank Sgt. E5. US Army, Vietnam Jan 1968. 199th Light Infantry Brigade. P.H., B.S., F.T.A.
Ralph W Roberts
Army E-8 MSG Years: 24 Married to Dixie Hawkins class of ’69
Sgt. Air Force Enlisted Oct.69, went to basic Jan.70. After Basic went to Keesler AFB (Biloxi, Ms.) Next went to Tyndall AFB (Panama City, Fl) for 2 years. Then was stationed at CCK Air Base in Taiwan, for 15 months. Had 2 daughters while in the Air Force. My career field was supply. Discharged Honorably 12/7/73.
Jesus (Jay) Ibanez
U. S. NAVY Rank: PNCM(SW) E-9 28 After graduation attended Florida Institute of Technology and graduated with an AS in oceanographic technology. After searching for jobs with no success, joined the Navy in July of 1971. Since at the time I was not an American citizen (born in Panama of Cuban parents) I could not qualify for a security clearance. Because of that glitch could not qualify in the oceanography field. I went to the fleet, 1st duty station USS Saratoga (CV-60, first deployment the Tonkin Gulf.
Brief chronology: Jul-Oct 1971 Boot Camp Orlando FL Oct-Nov 1971 Aviation Fundamentals School Nov-1971 to Feb 1973 USS Saratoga CV-60 Feb-May 1973 Personnel man Class A School May 1973 to Jul 1975 – Patrol Squadron 44 (Brunswick, ME, deploy to Bermuda and Spain) Aug 1975 to Apr 1980 – Bureau of Naval Personnel and Chief of Naval Operations, Washington DC.
Earned my BS from University of Maryland in Dec 1979. May 1980 – Sep 1984 – personnel administration training team, Atlantic -Traveler from Maine to Spain conducting training and efficiency reviews to over 140 navy sea going units. Sep 1984 to Sep 1985 – USS America (CV-66) operations in Norway and North Pole. Nov 1985 – Dec 1989, U. S. Naval Academy, Annapolis MD. Personnel officer for the support personnel detachment support the Naval Academy. Jan 1990 – Sep 1993 USS El Paso (LKA-117) deployed to the Mediterranean, Persian Gulf, Indian Ocean, etc. Oct 1993 – Oct 1996 Navy Space Warfare Command Atlantic -non-tactical software implementation team to Navy ships in the eastern seaboard. Oct 1996- May 1999 – assistance officer in charge of personnel support detachment Naval Air Station Norfolk. May 1999 to Sep 2008 – worked for Mantech and CACI supporting Navy Space Warfare Command in the development and testing of a personnel and administration application. Sep 2008 to present still supporting the U. S. Navy as a civil servant. Married, two grown children and a beautiful granddaughter. Presently reside in Virginia Beach, VA. Travel to Miami to visit family and friends. Most memorable moments during the Navy: visiting Hong Kong and Spain. Less memorable 90 days “sitting” less than a mile from the coast off Somalia. Life has been good. I have met people all over the country and the world.
Ralph W Roberts
Army E-8 24 years Graduated from MESH in 1968, attended Western Carolina University degree of Bachelor of Science Cum Laude. Served in the Army for 24 years; after retiring went on to further my education from Jacksonville, Florida Theological Seminary earned my Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Pastoral Counseling. I am married to my high school sweetheart, Dixie Lee Hawkins a ’69 Edison grad for 43 years. We now reside in Sevierville, Tennessee loving the mountains and 4 seasons. We have 2 sons and 2 grandchildren.
U.S.A.F. E5 5 Years
Rocco J Russomano
Army NG E5` 20 Have been teaching band and choral since 1973. Have taught in Florida, California and presently Oklahoma. Have also worked on cruise ships as a professional musician.
Warner C Ward
US Navy _ SN – Years: 2
USN/USMC FMF Rank EM2 E5 – Years of service four
AIR FORCE Years Of Service: 3
Army SP5 1974 – 1977
Wilmore Ritchie Jr.
Navy Master Chief Petty Officer (E-9) -1971/10/04 – 1971/12/10 – Recruit Training Command NTC Orlando FL • -1971/12/29 – 1972/05/17 – Naval Air Technical Training Command NAS Memphis, Millington TN • -1972/05/25 – 1974/11/25 – Naval Air Development Center, NAF Warminster PA • -1975/01/05 – 1977/08/18 – COMFLEACT Okinawa / NAF Kadena Japan • -1977/09/15 – 1978/06/02 – Service School Command, NTC Great Lakes IL • -1978/06/16 – 1979/03/09 – Naval Guided Missile School Dam Neck, Virginia Beach VA • -1979/04/11 – 1984/01/12 – USS Richmond K Turner CG-20 Charleston SC • -1984/02/20 – 1987/06/23 – NavShipWepSysEngSta Port Hueneme CA • -1987/06/28 – 1987/07/10 – Naval Amphibious School Command, Coronado CA • -1987/08/07 – 1991/05/03 – USS Halsey CG-23, San Diego CA • -1991/05/03 – 1991/05/31 – Service School Command, NTC San Diego CA • -1991/06/30 – 1993/06/30 – Fleet Training Center San Diego CA • -1993/06/30 – 2001/10/03 – Fleet Reserve (Inactive) San Diego CA
I Served from 1977until 2011 Serving in the Army 1977 until 2011. Held the Rank of Sergeant Major Class of 1972 Miami Edison
USAF Rank: E4 1973-1977 aka: Guy Allen Kwame, Yeshua Ben Yosef – Served June 1973 – April 1977 Homestead AFB, Florida 1973 – 1976 and RAF Alconbury 2166 Communications Squadron 1976 – 1977. Inventory Management Specialist/Supply
Cheryl Lynn Jossie
Arm Forces 1978 – 1984 – Duty Station Izmir, Turkey NATO Headquarters attached to Det 118 United States Air Force 3 years. Rank E-5/ Specialist Personnel Management. Current occupation, nurse
Allen [Keita Kwame
USAF 1973 – 1977, Senior Airmen Abel A Rodriguez Army Sgt. 7
HECTOR L CARRASQUILLO
Army Rank: E-5 4.5 Never forget where you came from…still proud, still bleed Miami Edison Red Raider!
James A Davis
ARMY – Sgt 3-5 Aviation Military Service 1977 – 1984
Allen M Diaz
US ARMY SP 4 6
US Army. 15 Years. Rank: E-6. Class of 1990.
Robert A. Lawrence
Faculty 1950 – 1967 US Army-3rd Infantry Division WWII, Corporal – 3 years, 4 months email@example.com
Mavis Pape Teacher
W.A.C., 1st Lt. served 12 years – recruiting officer in Oklahoma City, Cleveland and Houston. Years of service 1942 – 1945.
Coach Phillip Tedder
USAF 1st Lt. served 2 year
U.S.A.F. E4 The Summer of 66′ headlines included “60,000 per month to be drafted”, so I elected to delay the college experience & join many fellow classmates in the military by enlisting in the U.S. Air Force. After Basic Training & Tech School at Amarillo AFB, Texas, I was assigned to Key West Naval Air Station (not what I had in mind) at the 671st Radar Squadron. 18 months there, then the 33rd Air Division at Fort Lee, Virginia for a few months. A volunteer request for a Viet Nam assignment caused the U.S.A.F. to send me to Hickam AFB, Hawaii (??) where I pounded the halls (way before E-Mail) at HQ Pacific Air Forces for the balance of my 4 year stint. Did TDY’s to a couple of Pacific islands (Johnston & Midway). Proud to have served my country, and also grateful that the GI Bill enabled my eventual Bachelor’s Degree from F.I.U. in Miami. My heart goes out to the many veterans that paid the price of life, limb, and/or sanity during that time of conflict. All Americans should be proud of their sacrifices, and honor them accordingly. firstname.lastname@example.org
I am married to the former Terry Lynn Henderson. We have two grown children, Philip who is 24 and a graduate of the Citadel class of ’98. Our daughter Kikki is married to Philip Wang who a third year Law Student at the University of Michigan. They both reside in Ann Arbor. Terry and I live in McLean, Virginia. We are very active members of our church, the Presbyterian Reformed Church. Currently, my life’s project is building a military Christian boys club called the Puritan Vanguard Cadet Corps (PVCC) ages 10-18 www.puritanvanguard.com Respectfully submitted, Major Ray Salas U.S. Marine Corps, Retired
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