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 Kent Atherton, U.S. Air Force
1962 1966 at Beale Air Force Base, California
David K. Bleasdell, US Army
1963-1965 Active Duty, Fort Hood, Texas.  Sergeant Chief of Artillery Survey Party. Army Commendation Medal.  1965-1969 Inactive Reserves.
Henry (Hank) Busch, US Marine Corps
Jim Coats, US Marine Corps
1962 to 1968
Dan Colburn, US Air Force
US Air Force Marching Band, Washington, D.C.
Steve Demack, US Army
1960-1963  32nd DPU, 8th DPU
Fort Ord, CA; Fort Lewis, WA; Fort Monroe, VA
Ward S. De Witt, MD, FACS, US Air Force
Inactive reserve 1963-1971; Entered active duty as a Major in the USAF Medical Corp, 1971-1973 stationed at March AFB, Riverside, CA. I was Chief of Otorhinolaryngology Department overseeing that Reginal Hospital as well as Vandenberg AFB, Norton AFB and Nellis AFB. Left active duty and remained in reserve status for a five more years.  Now reside in Montana.
Gary Galbraith, CA Air National Guard
  1962-1968  -   162nd Communications Group
Courtland 'Corky' Griffin, U.S. Army
Gary Hohn, U.S. Naval Reserve
Served 6 years in the reserves
 October 1962 to October, 1968
Earl Kidder, U.S. Air Force
1960 - 1963
Merle Kingham, US Army
 Army Reserve 1959 - 1968
John Jago, U.S. Marine Corps
Sept. 1960 to Sept. 1964
Stephen 'Steve' Leisy. US Air Force
 Air Force Reserves - March Air Force Base, Riverside, CA
Noel Liermark, US Army
1959-1962, Served in Korea, Japan and South Vietnam. I was in the Army Security Agency, (A.S.A.).
Charles Mann, US Air Force
1958 to 1962. Served in Turkey with a cold war nuclear strike force aimed at The Soviet Union. Rotated through France, England, Scotland, French Morroco (Casablanca) Libya,(Tripoli) Africa, Aviano Italy, Madrid and Seville Spain and the Azores Islands as relief squadrons.
Marshall McComb, US Navy
US Navy -1963 -1971.  Active Duty, three and one half years in the Civil Engineer Corps as the Public Works Officer at the Naval Observatory in Washington D.C.  Three years in the Reserves with the Seabees. Summer training at Camp Pendleton.  Learned why they don't allow civilians to have fully automatic M16s.
Brian E. Millar, YNC, US Coast Guard
USAF 1958-1962, Ellsworth AFB, SD and Ramey AFB, Puerto Rico; USCG 1962-1966, Alameda, CA; USCG Air Station, San Francisco; USAF 1966-1970, Luke AFB, Phang Rang AB, Vietnam; AF Recruiting Office, Huntington Park/South Gate, CA; USCG 1972-1981, Alameda, CA; USCGC Jarvis, Honolulu, HI; Coast Guard REcruiting Office, Honolulu, HI; CG Base, Governors Island, NY; CG District Headquarters, Long Beach, CA. Retired.
Mineo Miyagishima, US Army
1964-1967, Airborne Ranger, Vietnam
Harley Morris, US Marine Corps
I was stationed at MCAS El Toro, Santa Ana, CA for the greatest part of my duty. Member of the Crash Crew. We took care of the aircraft crashes and resuce operations.  Left the service Dec. 10, 1961 ... however, "Once a Marine, Always a Marine"
Jim Ovard, US Navy
Active duty 1966 -1969, USS Hornet (CVS-12); Reserves, 1969 - 1993, Military Sealift Command
Bob Phillips, US AIR FORCE
Active duty 1960-1962.

Robert (Bob) C. Prytz, US Navy
Bob served in the Far East aboard the USS Yorktown from 1960 to 1962. He continued to serve his country in the Naval Reserves until 1966
Mike Richman, US Air Force
Active duty 1962-1966 as an Air Traffic Controller at Whiteman AFB, MO (home of the B-2 bomber), and Little Rock AFB, Jacksonville AK. Hired by FAA in 1968 as a GS-6 at Van Nuys Airport, CA.  Promoted to GS-12 within 15 months. Vice-Chairman of PATCO (Southwest Region) while at Long Beach Airport, CA.
Walter Shioji, US Army 
1965-1967 90th Aviation, Germany
Served at a small secret WWII German air base by Bad Windsheim, Germany (near the famous old walled city of Rothenburg ob der Tauber)
Also spent time at Ft. Bliss, El Paso, TX, Ft. Rucker, Dothan, AL, Ft. Eustis, and Newport News, VA
John Young Schroder, US Army
1962 - 1965, United States Army Europe
Jim Serles, D.D.S., US Navy
1968-1971 - Active Duty - USS Okanagan, USS Denver and LB Naval Dental Clinic
1971-1993 -US Naval Reserve - Civil Engineer Corp (Seabees). Served aboard USS New Jersey and USS Missouri
Retired 2006 (Captain-US Naval Reserve)
Charles (Chuck) Souder, US Marine Corps
1958 - 1965 - Active Duty.
Served in Okinawa, then was asigned to the Marine Embassy Guard where he served in Vienna, Warsaw and Brussels. During this time he also served as a Secure Courier for the Sate Department.
Ernest Talaganis, U.S. Army
Gerald  (Jerry) Upson
6 years - US Air Force, Europe; 9 years, US Army Reserve, Presidio; 14 years, US Coast Guard Reserve, Alameda, CA and South Korea
William Wesenberg, US Navy
Served with the US Navy Reserves prior to graduating from the California Maritime Academy, 1961-1967. On active duty, I was Chief Engineer on the USS Kearsarge and commanded three Naval Reserve Centers. I completed my 20 years of active service in 1987 and retired to teach NJROTC in Mississippi and NY
Bob Yaffee, US Air Force
1961-1965  Served in Berlin, Germany at Tempelhof Airport and on the island of Shemya in the Aleutions

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