Honors & Tributes

HONORS AND TRIBUTES

   

 

 

 

This page is dedicated to the classmates that have served in the armed forces and to those that have lost their lives in the service to our country.  It is my honor and privilege to be creating this page.  Of course, none of this would have been possible without the classmates that have given their time and valuable information.  We all admit there are many more names that should be included on this page and I would like to request that if any of you know of someone that should be acknowledged here please let us know.  Also, as much of this information is recollection, if there are errors please contact us so that we may have an accurate site. In addition, any and all information that can enhance this page only adds to the honor that is due to these people.  Thank you.   Betty Giroux Kootnikoff

 

 

 

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Thank you Joe Johnson for the link to the POW/MIA Personnel Office and thank you for the link below

 

The Virtual Wall, Vietnam Memorial

 

U.S. Army Vietnam
  

 

 

Bruce Fuller - PFC - E3 - Army - Regular - 101st Airborne Division

 


Length of service 0 years
His tour began on Dec 29, 1967
Casualty was on Feb 18, 1968
In PHUOC LONG, SOUTH VIETNAM
HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY
GUN, SMALL ARMS FIRE
Body was recovered

 
Panel 40E - Line 5 

Details provided by the Vietnam Memorial Wall WebsiteBruce Fuller
   http://thewall-usa.com/info.asp?recid=17420

 

Dear Class of 67 Alumni,
Bruce Fuller graduated from Sunnyvale High in 1967 but was killed in VietNam in 1968. I am working on a project of making a memory book of him and would like to ask any of his friends if they could message me with any fun stories or favorite memories of him. The next generation of Fullers is wanting to know who this person is that has his picture on the wall. I thank you in advance for any help that you can give me in remembering this amazing person I am proud to say is my brother.....Sharon Parkinson

 

 Thomas Horal -   PFC - E3 - Army - Selective Service 4th Infantry Division          

Length of service 0 years
His tour began on May 3, 1969Casualty was on Jun 5, 1969
In KONTUM, SOUTH VIETNAM 
hostle, ground casualty
multiple fragmentation wounds
body was recovered

Panel 23W - Line 74

Details provided by the Vietnam Memorial Wall Website. 

 Thomas Horal http://thewall-usa.com/info.asp?recid=24113

 

 

 

Rest easy, sleep well my brothers.
Know the line has held, your job is done.
Rest easy, sleep well.
Others have taken up where you fell, the line has held.
Peace, peace and farewell.

 

Mario Ebangi

 

 

Drafted 1968, stationed in Germany                        Honorable Discharge, 1970

 

 

Joe Johnson 

 

Joe was in the Army 4 years (1968-1972)
1 Purple Heart 2 service Medals with V' for Valor
Vietnam, 1 1/2 years (Combat Engineer)

Germany 13 Months
Basic Training=Fort Lewis
AIT=Fort Lee ,Va. & Fort Leonardwood,Missouri
Also stationed in Fort Bliss, Texas

 

                                     

  Tom Sanders 

 

U.S. Army (Drafted)
1969 to 1971
Sergeant E-5
199th Light Infantry Brigade
5/2 Artillery
IV Corps South Vietnam

Tom provided the following picture taken in early 1970

 'Dressed And Going Home'

 

 

 

 

Kevin Kelly - Also see Marine Corp - Vietnam below

 

Bobby McKee  

 

US rank of SP-5 and was honorably discharged in 1974. Army paratrooper in the 82d Airborne Division (1971-1974) stationed at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina - did not go to Vietnam. Bobby achieved the

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Mike Murray, Class of 66

 

 

I stayed out of combat by being a Nike Hercules computer operator on a Nike missile site on Okinawa, Japan. I went basic training first at Ft. Jackson, South Carolina and later because of the over crowdingness and later sent to Ft. Gordon, Georgia. After finishing basic training went to Ft. Bliss, Texas for Nike Hercules missile school. After graduating came home on leave to go with Sharon Miller to Pat Canups wedding to Bob Fisher in July 67. After my short time on leave and the wedding was sent to Okinawa, Japan to Btry C, 1st Missile Btn, 65th Arty (site #7) on the south tip of the island. My duties included working as computer operator, target tracking radar operator & accqusition radar operator. Spent 19 months on Okinawa and came back to the U.S. and was sent to Ft. Carson, Colo. which was a Mechanized Infantry. I lost my MOS as a computer operator because all of the U.S. Nike Missile bases were being closed down getting ready for the Salt Missile treaty with the Soviets. So I wound up working as a Mechanical draftsman updating tech manuals and drawing in 3D which is one of the things I had learned while attending SHS. Later came home on leave and married Sharon Miller class of 67 and we both moved back to Colorado until I finished my last year. Sharon got a job working in the Accounting Dept. at the Post Exchange. I received an Honorable discharged in Feb, 1970.

 

 

 

         

 

 U.S. Marines Vietnam

 

Louie Alicea- US Marine Corps 1967-1969 (Hawaii,Okinawa,Viet Nam,Guam).   

United States Marine Corps

Rank - Corporal

MOS - 0351 Rockets, Machine Gun Squad Leader in Vietnam

Aug 1967 - March 1969

Vietnam Tour -January 1968 - February 1969 ( Tet Offensive )

Tour Stops: Hawaii, Okinawa, GuamIwo Jima Naval Air Craft Carrier- Float Phase Airlifts to Operations in the south sector of  the DMZ. Camp Carrol , Con Thien, and road/rivers to Khe San.

Vietnam Operations in: Quang Tri, Quang Nam, DMZ, Elephant Valley, DaNang, Borders of Cambodia and Laos. Search and Distroy missions in between.

An experience you never forget. My first sixth months was Hell. We were young men living each day to survive and protecting each other to see another day. We were trained in survival and I did what I had to do to survive. I was wounded in action within the first 6 months of my tour, and received a Purple Heart, and was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal w/Combat "V".

Getting wounded was a wake up call for me. I was so confident that nothing would happen to me. Then I became angry, cautious, and afraid. I wanted to make it home. Those 3 weeks in the hospital gave me time to think about what was really happening. My squad leader was killed when I was wounded, and 30 others were wounded in a 2 day period. I can remember waking up the next morning in the DaNang Hospital and seeing fellow marines from my unit in the rows of beds next to me. I was Lucky !

Years ago, I visited the Viet Nam Wall in Washington D.C. It was hard to see some of my Marine friends on that wall. I prayed we would never have another Viet Nam in our life.

My brother the teacher ( John the "Jet ") use to have me give a presentation on my experiences in the Marine Corps, and Viet Nam to his class.

I have a beautiful family, and that is what life's all about for me.

John Cardiel and I have a special bond that is so great. We have experienced so much together. Childhood, school,  Marine Corps, HP employment, family, traveling, and sports activities. We live about a mile from each other and get together regularly.  

 

 

 

    

    

 

 

 

 

Ted Brown  - United States Marine Corps 1971-1975 - Airborne Radio OP/Loamaster on KC130's 

 (See Tony Saracino's comments below.)

 

 

 

 

 

Tony Saracino  -  I served from 1971 to 1975. Went in on the "buddy" system with Ted Brown, and we went through boot camp, AIT, and had the same MOS.  We were Airborne radio operators and loadmasters on KC-130F's.

Was stationed with all 3 Marine Air Wings, spent 1 year stationed in the Far East.

Honorable discharge as a Staff Sergeant.

 

 

 

 

Walter Carter  -   

 

 

 

Although Walter was in our class he did not graduate with us.  We think he left Sunnyvale High after his Junior year and joined the Marines thereafter.

We believe Walter died while still in the United States.  Tony Saracino recollects that he was in a car accident prior to 1970.

If anyone can confirm this informat
ion or can add any information on Walter please let us know.

 

Johnny Cardiel   - Enlisted in the U.S. Marines in 1967 with fellow classmate Louie Alicea.  We both went to Viet Nam.  Lou spent a comlete tour.  I was there for a short time.  Both of us were wounded in action.  Happy to say returned and doing fine.

 

 

 

 

Jeff Davis - Marine Corps 1968 - 1971  

Sept 1968 entered the Marines.  Jeff served in Okinawa from 1969 to 1970 and Viet Nam  1970 to 1971.  
J
une of 1971 he was honorably discharged as a sargent. 

 

 

 

 

 Kevin Kelly Marine Corps 1967-71 
(El Toro MCAS,California Iwakuni,Japan/Chu Lai,Vietnam)
-Rifleman, Avionics Tech-
Deputy Sheriff Sgt Idaho 1971-79
(Ada County, Boise)
Idaho National Guard 1971-1979
-Armored Scout Vehicle Commander-
US Army 1979-1997 (retired 28yrs)
(Alabama,Maryland,New Hampshire Texas,Germany,Italy,Honduras,El Salvador,Colombia,Panama,Somalia Kenya,Bosnia,Macedonia,Puerto Rico, Haiti and Dominican Republic)

-Helicopter AeroScout Pilot, Helicopter Instructor Pilot, Fixed Wing Instructor Pilot-
Flight Safety International 1997-
(Dothan,Daleville, Alabama)
-Fixed Wing Multi-engine Flight Instructor to US Army-
-CFII,Helicopter&Airplane, ATP/Heavy Multi-engine Airplane, CFI,MEL&SEL Commercial MEL&SEL-
 

 

 

 

 

 

U.S. Air Force

 

Mike Arredondo -

 

I was in the USAF for 3 years, 9 months and 3 days, from Sept. 1, 1970 to June 3, 1974. That was exactly 3 years 9 months and 2 days too long. More then enough time to make me appreciate the value of a college education.    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Dick Singer 

 

 (Dick this was too well said not to include verbatim) - "I was in the USAFSS, which is the Security Service branch of the Air Force.  The security service is the "Intelligence" branch of the USAF.  (I always like to mention that for those folks that figured I had little or no intelligence in me.   ;)

 

Anyway, I trained for 7 months at Goodfellow AFB in San Angelo, Texas.  From there I spent a little less than two years working at NSA (National Security Agency) in Washington DC.  Actually, the agency is located outside of DC in Laurel Maryland on Fort Meade (Headquarter of the 1st Army).  From there I went to Shemya, Alaska.  Shemya (pronounced Shemia) is on the very tip of the Aleutian Island chain
which separates the Pacific Ocean from the Bering Sea.  We were 180 miles from the Kamchatka Peninsula of Russia.  Average temps were between 20-40 degrees F.  There were 1500 guys and no dependents (wives and kids) and during the time I was there, they did not send women to the barren tundra-covered rock.  A few years later they did start giving women the equal rights they had been asking for... poor gals."
 
Dick is still trying to find a picture of himself with a few buddies down at the beach one sunny summer day when the temp got up to 44 degrees. 
He managed to find this one image until the 'summer picture' surfaces.  Dick relaxing after some 'vigorous training'Some things never change! 

 

  

 

 

Ray Rice

Enlisted in Air Force 1968.  Assigned to Korea (twice), Okinawa,Japan, Alaska, Georgia, Washington and California.  Retired Master Sargeant in California.

 

 

 

 

 

U.S. Navy

 

Drew Beck  - Joined the USNR on April 1, 1969, 14 months on active reserves (weedknd drills once a month), then went on active duty in June of 1970.  served 21 months of active duty, then received a 3 month early discharge to return to school. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charles Brandau 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dave Christian

 

Joined the USNR on April 1, 1969.  We served 1 year and 2 months as active reserves (weekend drills once a month), and then went on active duty in June of 1970.   The rest of us served 21 months of active duty, then received a 3 month early out to return to school.  Drew Beck, Lynn Toshi and Mike England and I all joined the USNR on April 1, 1969. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jan Dawson

Joined the Navy in 1969: Boot Camp in San Diego, CA.
Graduated from Electronics Mechanics 'A' School, San Francisco (Treasure Island), 1971; graduated from Submarine School in New London (Groton) CT, 1971, attended Electronics Eqpt Surveillance ‘B’ School, 1971-1972. (Top secret clearance—basically, I was to become a spy.) I got out of Submarine duty and was sent to Surface-craft Warfare duty. Eventually, I was stationed aboard U.S.S. Truxtun (DLGN-35), Long Beach
, CA. Duties included Electronics Tech for Nav. Radar & peripheral gear, c.c.-radio Mgr, duty-section Petty Officer of the Watch at port-of-calls. Two tours of Viet Nam (Gulf of Tonkin), 1972-1973. Mission: Recon downed pilots, dir. B-52’s into Hanoi, and Naval Gun Support. Several awards given to ship and to me: Viet Nam Service (w/2nd service star*), Viet Nam Campaign (w/service star*), Navy Unit Citation, Overseas Service, Nat’l Defense & Good Conduct medals. I engaged in the "crossing the line" ceremonies in 1973 to become a Shellback. (Shellback is a member of the Naval Services that has crossed the equator.) At end of my 2nd tour, the ship returned to Long Beach, CA (briefly), then went to Bremerton, WA Naval Shipyard (dry-dock) for overhaul/conversion (to CGN-35), 1974-75. In addition, I attended Loran- “C” Navy Eqpt ‘C’ School, Norfolk, VA. The Truxtun was re-home-ported to Naval Station San Diego in 1975 and I was discharged. Honorable Discharge, Dec. 14, 1975.
Several years later, I joined the Navy Reserve. I qualified as Reserve Firefighter. Eventually, I worked with the Seabees. (I qualified as “Marksman” 1st time out on M-16 rifle!) I received 2 “Outstanding Fitness” Awards for my age category. Our Unit was awarded the Operation Desert Shield Campaign (1st Gulf War) ribbon. I got three honorable discharges from the Reserves, at 2 years a piece. Final discharge was in 1992. (*to be verified w/mil. rec)
“It’s more than a job, it’s an adventure….”    
Jan the man

 

 

 

 

Mike England  - Joined the USNR on April 1, 1969, 14 months on active reserves (weekend drills once a month), then went on active duty in June of 1970Mike served 1 year active duty as his ship was decommissioned and he received an early discharge. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sheldon McCormick See Larry White's comments below.

 

Mitch Myers - US Navy 1968 - 1972 Corpus Cristy Texas (two years), West PAC on the USS Ticonderoga Carrier deployed HS-8 Air Squadron out of Imperial Beach, California

 

 

 

Lynn Toschi -

Joined the USNR on April 1, 1969, 14 months on active reserves (weekend drills once a month), then went on active duty in June of 1970served 21 months of active duty, then received a 3 month early discharge to return to school.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Larry White 

Larry joined the Navy along with Sheldon McCormack in October of 1968 and went to "A" School in Lakehurst, NJ. Then spent 1969 in Alameda Air Station and commuted home. Then 1970-71 was a year in Cubi Point Air Station, Philippines in a Crash and rescue team. Then my last year in the Navy was a tour on an Aircraft Carrier, Saratoga CVA 60 and we went to Viet Nam. Honorable discharge in 1972.
I mostly fought fires rather than people. Aircraft crash and rescue and worked on the flight deck as a blue shirt - ran the deck-edge elevators and assisted in Flight Deck Control
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Tom Hutchens

 

 

 


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The Nurse's Memorial at Arlington Cemetery

This memorial represents the nurses that served from all branches of the armed forces.

 

 

The Vietnam Veteran's Memorial, 

The Wall-USA

 

  The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall USA website is dedicated to honoring those who died in the Vietnam War. Since it first went on line in 1996 it has evolved into something more. It is now also a place of healing for those affected by one of the most divisive wars in our nation's history.

 

 

 

   "If you are able, save for them a place inside of you and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go.

Be not ashamed to say you loved them, though you may or may not have always. Take what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own.

   And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind.

Major Michael Davis O'Donnell
1 January 1970
Dak To, Vietnam
Listed as KIA February 7, 1978

 

Image and quote used with the permission of the Library of Congress  

http://thewall-usa.com/  

 

 

Remembering,  Tribute to Veterans

 

Please take a few moments from your busy day to pause, reflect, and thank those who have served and are serving our country. Although this page is dedicated to veterans of our Armed Services, almost every American family, many without donning a uniform, has contributed to the preservation of the ideals of the United States of America. "Rosie the Riveter" serves as a symbol of all those who stayed behind during World War II. Mom may have helped at the Red Cross or USO, and rolled bandages at home. School girls and boys knit scarves, socks, and mittens for the men on the front, and collected milkweed pods for life jacket fill. From the American Revolution to today's War on Terrorism, many are the untold stories and many are the unsung heroes.

 

Today we ask that you remember all those currently in the service of the United States and all her allies. While military conflicts are never easy to accept, neither are the denial of basic human rights. Whatever your opinions or beliefs, RESPECT and HONOR those who are answering the call to serve their country.

Included with the kind permission of the authors of Cape Cod Mouse web site:  http://www.capecodmouse.com/

  

Santa Clara Veterans Memorial 

 santaclaraveteransmemorial.org

 

It was suggested by Joe Johnson that classmates from other grades be included on this page.  We would be honored to include those fellow Sunnyvale High School students on this page.  We have all attended the same school and become friends spanning all grades, we felt we should honor them on this site as well.  Should any of you wish to include a fellow Sunnyvale High School veteran please notify me and I will be happy to include them here. 

 

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