Commerce City, Colorado

Veterans 1960s

ACHS 1960
Danny Bruce Bax, Air Force:
He served from 1960 to 1964 as an Airman 1st Class in Texas, Missippippi, Greenland, Arizona, and Alaska. 3034d Bomb Wing (SAC). He recieved a President Unit Citation.
Timothy R. Russell, Marines: He served from 1960 to 1964 as a L-CPL with the 5th Marines. After completing boot camp at Camp Pendleton, San Diego, CA, he toured Japan, Okinawa, South Korea, Phillipines, Thailand, Cuba (Bay of Pigs), Panama Canal, & Jamaica. He was on the Los Angeles Police Department from 1970 to 2001.
Joseph Silva, Navy: 
Three days after graduating from Adams City High School he shipped out to San Diego with the US Navy. After tours on both the West and East Coast, trips to Scotland and Ireland, across the Equator and through the Panama Canal, he was honorably discharged at Treasure Island, CA. 
Ron Williams: 4 years military, US, Panama, Greenland

ACHS 1961

ACHS 1962

Robert Bailey, Air Force: Prior to 1972, he was in the Air Force for eight years and was stationed in Texas, New Jersey, Arizona, Mississippi, and Thailand.
Garry Benallo, Army Reserves: Prior to 1972, he served in the Army Reserves for seven years and was stationed at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal.
Frank Brito, Army: He joined the Army in April 1963.  After basic training and a short stay at Ft. Hood, Texas, he left for Germany for two years.  He was discharged in April of 1966.
Don Brodigan, Navy: 1966-1970. Prior to 1972, he served in the Navy and was assigned to the USS Sperry and the USS Bon Homme Richard as a radio controller.
Donald Burch, Navy: From 1967 to 1969 he was with the Navy C.B.s, Mobil Construction Battalion. He spent 17 months in Viet Nam.        
Glen Nugen Christie, Marines: Prior to 1972 he was stationed at Parris Island, South Carolina, Camp LaJuene, North Carolina, and San Diego, CA as a radio repairman.
Gary Fresch, Navy: In September 1963 he enlisted in the Navy. His first duty assignment was the destroyer USS Somers.  His second ship assignment was the seaplane tender USS Pine Island.  He were deployed to the western Pacific for nine months, mostly to Viet Nam. He was discharged in 1967.
James Garcia, Army: Prior to 1972, he served in the Army for two years and was stationed at Ft. Ord, California and Camp Hovey, Korea. He was an Assistant Drill Instructor. He received the Expert Infantryman's Badge (Highest noncombatant proficiency award).
Jack Gifford, Air Force: Prior to 1972, he was in the Air Force for four years and was stationed in Texas, New Mexico, Dominican Republic, and Greenland.
Jim Hanson, Air Force: Prior to 1972, he served in the Air Force for five years and was stationed at Lowry Air Force Base, Randolph AFB, Texas, and the Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO.
Bernard Hoffman, Jr., Army: Prior to 1972, he was in the Army for three years and was stationed in Germany.
LeeRoy Jorgensen, branch unknown:
Glenn Kaufman, Navy:
Prior to 1972, he served in the Navy for four years.
John Lagodny: He served in Viet Nam three times, he was in two helicopter accidents. He received three purple hearts, siver stars, and numerous ribbons and medals. 
Donald Lee Kelley, Air Force: He served twenty years in the Air Force.
Olin Lee, Coast Guard: He spent four years in the Coast Guard.  Sailed the west coast from Acapulco, Mexico north to Alaska, and San Francisco to Hawaii. His home port was Oakland, CA.  He was aboard the Cutter Dexter and Beairtaria.
Gary Miller, Army: Prior to 1972, He served in the Army for three years.
Gilbert Montoya, Coast Guard: He retired from the Coast Guard as a 05 Commander.
Fred O'Connor, Army: Enlisted 1967, Sgt-E5, Assignments : Basic at Fort Ord, CA, AIT...Ft Polk, LA, Viet Nam 1967/68, 25th Infantry Division 1/27th Wolfhounds CU Chi Viet Nam, Fort Hood. TX.  Honors; Bronze Star, Air Medal, Honorable discharge in 1970.  He attends the Viet Nam Veterans' Reunion every year.
Austin Patrick, Army Reserves: Prior to 1972, he served in the Army Reserves for six years.
Glenn Perkins, Navy: He served ten months in the Navy based at Treasure Island, CA.
Wayne Phares, Marines: He served four years in the Marines in San Diego, CA, Japan, Viet Nam, and Camp Pendleton, CA.
Clayton Phillips, Army: He served two years in the Army and was stationed at Ft. Myer in Arlington, VA in 1972.
Bob Powers, Air Force: He was a Captain in the Air Force for three years.  He was stationed in Florida and Southeast Asia. . In 1982 he was a Major in the Air Force Reserves.  He was the Liaison Officer Commander for Northern Colorado.
Gary Rice, Army: Prior to 1972, he served in the Army for four years.  He spent 13 months in Viet Nam and was also stationed at Ft. Leonardwood in MO.
John Richardson, Navy: He was in the Navy for nine years.
Daniel Ryan, Army: Prior to 1972, He served in the 101st Airborne Division of the Army for three years.  He was stationed at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky and in Asia.
Michael Singh, Navy: Prior to 1972, he spent seven years in the Navy. He was stationed at San Diego, CA, Bainbridge, MD, Saratoga, NY, Idaho Falls, ID, and also on the USS Long Beach and USS Enterprise.  In the Navy, he attended Electrician's Mate School and Nuclear Power School.
Steven Trujillo, Navy, Air Force, Marines: He served two years in the Navy, one hitch in the Air Force, and two hitches in the Marines.  He is a Viet Nam veteran. He was stationed on the USS Midway CUA-41 and at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, TX. In the Marine Corp. he was a rifle range coach (expert in pistol and rifle).  He participated in "Operation New Arrival and Baby Lift".  He left the military in 1977. He served a total of ten years, two months, and fifteen days.
Larry Umetani, Army: He was in the Army 1968-1971 and was stationed at Fitzsimons Hospital in Denver, CO and Ft. Richardson, Alaska.
Judith Vaughn Jetter, Air Force: Prior to 1972, she was in the Air Force for two years.  She was stationed at Lackland AFB, Texas and Hancock Field, Syracuse, NY. 
Ronald Bruce Vincent, Army: Prior to 1972, he served three years in the Army with duty in Viet Nam.
Carl Yanda, Navy: Prior to 1972, he served four years in the Navy based at Norfolk, VA and Charleston, SC.

ACHS 1963
Russell Kent Mc Keel, Air Force National Guard: He served from 1969 to 2005. He retired as a Lt. Col.  He flew the Hercules C-130 on fire-fighting missions. His assignments were Hurricane Hunters Puerto Rico, 153TAG Cheyenne, WY, and 302AW Colo Springs, CO.
Dr. Edward J. Robarge: Entered the military in 1970. Two years in Viet Nam. 25 years in and out of Latin America with various military and State Department assignments.

ACHS 1964
Ezekiel "Zeke" Andasola, Air Force:
Norman A. Barringer, Army:
Clifford R. Bergren, Navy;
Gerald F. Brown, Army:
John A. Brown, Army:
Daryle I. "Butch" Donaldson, Army:
Ronnie Lynn Dunn, Air Force:
Roger V. Ellis, Air Force:
Kenneth Fender, Navy:
Robert Fernandez, Army:
Joe R. Flores, Air Force:
Richard D. Francis, Army:
Douglas W. Furlong, Air Force:
John Lee Gamueda, Army:
Tom Garcia, Army:
Gerald Grandberg, Army:
Donald W. Harrell, Navy:
Robert Harris, Retired Army:
Larry D. Hartman, Navy:
Thomas E. Herman, Army:
James C. Hill, Navy:
Kenneth Kirkpatrick, Marines:
Larry Charles Kowalis, Army:
John L. Kreutzer, Navy:
He served from 1968 to 1993 as a CDR. He was assigned to NAS Agana, Guam, Danag, Vietnam, Buckley Air National Guard Base, and NORAD.  He received Air Medal, Unit Commendation.
Edward W. Lobb, Army:
Lewis H. McCoy, Army:
Bobby Glenn Mathews, Army:
Dennis A. Mercer, Air Force:
Stanley Gene Miller, Army: Fallen Hero
casualty of the Vietnam War, who began his tour in Viet Nam on December 18, 1966.  As a member of the Army Selective Service, PFC Miller served our country until February 28th, 1967 in Tay Ninh, South Viet Nam.  He was 20 years old, graduate of ACHS Class of 1964 and was married to his high school sweetheart, Mitzi Means (ACH64). and had an infant son, Stanley Jr.  Stanley died from multiple fragmentation wounds. Stanley was born on September 15th, 1946 in Commerce City, Colorado.  Stanley is buried in the cemetery at I-25 & 140th.  Stan’s name is located on Panel 15E, Line 120 of the Viet Nam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington D.C.
Larry L. Mitchell, Navy:
John w. Moore, Retired Navy:
Roger Nelson, Army:
Santos "Junior" Ortiz, Navy:
Dennis Glenn Patrick, Army:
Harold (Pete) Joseph Praznik, Army:
 1969-1994. LTC - Lieutenant Colonel Assignments: 1969-1970, Infantry Officer Basic Course (IOBC) Fort Benning - 1970-1971, JFK Special Warfare Center & School (USAJFKSWCS), 1970-1971, 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne)/2nd Battalion, 1st Special Warfare Training Group - 1972-1988, 18A, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne)/5th Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group - 1987-1988, Command and General Staff College (CGSC) - Fort Ord, Fort Benning, Ford Bragg, 5/19th Special Forces, Airborn. Honors : Special Force Tab, Master Parachutist Wings. Meritorious Service Medal - 1976 Meritorious Service Medal - 1989 Army Commendation Medal - 1978 Army Commendation Medal - 1980 Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal - 1984 Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal - 1988 Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal - 1992 National Defense Service Medal - 1971 National Defense Service Medal - 1990 Armed Forces Reserve Medal - 1990 Armed Forces Reserve Medal - 1990 Army Service Ribbon - 1979 Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon - 1976 Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon - 1984. He retired after 26 years. He still gives benefits briefing to the Soldier's and Airman of the Colorado and Wyoming National Guard.
Robert W. Russell, Air Force:
Richard Salazar, Army:
Alan J. Schlenz, Air Force:
Wesley Shimoda, Marines: Fallen Hero
Casualty of the Viet Nam War. As a member of the Marine Corps, PFC Shimoda served our country until November 15th, 1966 in Quang Nam, South Vietnam. He was 20 years old, a Class of 1964 graduate of ACHS and was single. Wesley died from an undetermined explosion. His body was recovered. Wesley was born on September 17th, 1946 in Commerce City, Colorado.  Wes' name is located on Panel 12E, Line 077 of the Viet Nam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. He served our country for less than a year. News release on 11/18/1966.  Serial #2217896.  http://tanaya.net/vmw/S/rec-47159.html
Rodney Toru Takeda, Army:
Joe Vasquez: Air Force:
He served from 1964 to 1968 as a Private First Class.
David R. Wallace, Navy:
Ronald L. Weaver, Army:
Kenneth H. Weikum, Navy:
Garry R. Wilson, Army:
Jerry Lee Wilson, Retired Army:
Richard M. Zetterman, Army
: E-5. He served from from 1969 to 1972 in Vietnam, Fort Meade, MD National Security Agency.  He received the Army Commendation Medal, Bronze Star, Vietnam Campaign and Service Medals.

ACHS 1965
Michael E. DeJiacomo, Navy:  1965-1987. E-6. He served in SanDeigo, Calif, Whidbey Island Washington, and Oceana Virginia. He was honored with the Naval Achiement Medal Viet Nam Air Defense. He served on six aircraft carriers beginning with the USS Hornet and ended with the USS America with various aircraft squadrons. He visited most countries on both the west and east coasts, England and Scotland. He Retired at Oceana Naval air station and still resides in Virginia.
Jim (James) Hampton, Navy: Enlisted in 1967
Walt Jeffers, Army: 1966-1970, E5, Germany and Viet Nam
Don Kreutzer, Army: He served as a Special 4th Class from 1968 to 1970. He was drafted and first day of Service was April 1(April fools day), 1968. He spent most of his time in Fort Gordon GA as personnel specialist. He said, "I guess taking typing in school works".
Gilbert McKay, 
Colorado Air National Guard:
John Precup, Air Force: J
oined the Air Force in 1967 for four years. He had pcs's in Panama and Michigan, temporary duty stations in Guam, Viet Nam, Spain, Bolivia, Columbia, and Peru.
Peter Schaffer, Navy: 
Retired from the Navy Submarine Forces in 1996 at NAS Fallon, NV.
Charles William Stansburge, Marines: He served from 1965 to 1969 as a Corporal in Viet Nam, Okinawa, Camp Pendleton, and Cuba.  He said "Thank you for remembering and honoring those who fought and died for our country to keep it free".

ACHS 1966
Paul Bungard, Air Force:  Enlisted
in June 1966. HE spent one year in training, and three years in England as Electronics Technician working on F4's. 
Stephen Farnsworth, Marines: 
USMC Reserve 1970-1976.
Jeffery Jones, Army:  He j
oined the Army in Oct 1966 and trained at Ft. Ord, Ca. He spent most of his tour outside of Neuremburg, Germany.
Danny Terrell, Navy: He served on the USS Sample from 1967 to 1969.
Terry Vaughn, Army:  1966-1969, E5.  He completed his basic training in El, Paso, TX.  He was assigned to AIT - Fort Rucker, AL, 25th Infantry Division South Viet Nam, Hunter Army Airfield- Savannah GA. 
Jimmy Weber, Army: South Viet Nam.

ACHS 1967
James Falk, Navy: Enlisted for four years.

John Fogg, Army: From March 1968 through March 1971 he served as a Helicopter Gun Ship Crew Chief in Viet Nam with the 101st Airborne. 
Ted Franklin, Air Force: 
Retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1996 after 24 years of service.
William Jump, Army: 
Retired as an Army Officer in 1998.
Robert Krause:  He
received a "Greetings from Uncle Sam" letter and was drafted. Served as a Combat Viet Nam Veteran with the 25th Infantry Division around Cu Chi. He was also involved in the Cambodian Incursion in May of 1970.
Dwight Saville, Navy:  He retired as a Naval Officer after 31 years. He was in Naval Aviation and made 11 cruises with 2 off them being 11 months or better. 
He works today for the Navy as a civilian and doing the aircraft support equipment logistic in the Northwest assisting with the 2 aircraft carriers assigned to the region and the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station.
Frank (Ray) Williamson, Air Force: He joined the US Air Force in August of 1969. Following training he was assigned to Hill Air Base, Ogden UT in the Munitions Test unit.... In June of 1972 he was assigned to Kunsan AB, Korea. A Highlight was flying an F4 Phantom jet. He was discharged in
August 1973 in Korea.

ACHS 1968
Peggy Ann Deverell, Navy
: She served from 1970 to 1973 as a Yoeman.  She was  assigned to a top secret building in Norfolk, VA.
Wayne Kirkbride, Army: He
retired from the Army in 1994 after serving as a special forces, airborne, ranger in Korea, Panama, Hawaii, and across the United States. 
Larry J. "Sonny" Price, Army: Fallen Hero He enlisted in 1970. He was a  Corporal (E-4), with assignments in Binh Long, South Vietnam,  He served with 1st Cavalry Divison, (AMBL). His friend, Gary Wollenzien, commented: "Larry J. "Sonny" Price started his tour of duty on August 25, 1970. He was killed in a non-hostile action, a ground casualty, listed as an other accident by the Department of Army. His name is listed on the Vietnam Memorial Wall (Panel O5 - Line 55). Larry was a quiet unassuming person who was drafted into the Army and died much too young."
Frank Roy Stacey, Air Force: 1971-1995, Master Sergeant, McChord AFB WA, Pease AFB NH, Offutt AFB NE, Seymour Johnson AFB NC, Scott AFB IL. Awarded Airforce: Good Conduct Medal awarded 7 times, Accomodation Medal awarded 3 times, Meritorious Service Medal awarded 3 Times, National Defense Medal. He retired from the Air Force after 24 years of Service.  He enjoyed serving and seeing the world.
Balquien (Fred) Valdez, Navy: 
The Draft was in place and he found himself at number 11 so he decided to join the Navy and see the world...ending up off the coast of Vietnam in 1972-1973. 
Gary Dennis Wollenzien, Army: 1972-1978. He was a Specialist 5 Cook. Basic Training Fort Ord, CA, Cook's School (94B20), Fort Ord, CA, 244th Combat Engineers, Boulder, CO, USAR! Ordinance Co., Hastings, NE, USAR, MP Co., Zanesville, OH, USAR, Signal Co., Cedar Rapids, IA, USNG.
Robert Wray, Army: He
joined the Army and completed helicopter flight training in 1970 as a Warrant Officer. He spent the next year flying combat assault as a Huey pilot with the 10th Calvary in Viet Nam. Next came a year in Germany flying for the 1st Infantry Division Commander. In 1972, he took an early-out and went back to college at Metro State in Denver and CU in Boulder. In 1976, he graduated and was commissioned a 2nd Lt. in the Air Force and flew the HH-53 helicopter with the Air Force Rescue and Recovery Service for the next 4 years, stationed in Japan and Sacramento, California. He transitioned to jets in 1981 and was assigned as a KC-135 Tanker pilot stationed in Sacramento again and then on to Kadena AB, Japan where he served as a Flight Commander and Wing Chief for Command Control. He returned to the States in 1990, assigned to the Strategic Air Command, Under Ground Command Center at Offutt AFB in Omaha Nebraska as the Commander’s Battle Staff Training Officer. In December 1993, he retired from the Air Force

ACHS 1969
Neal Langan, Air Force:
U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, NE
Mitchell (Mick) Lewis, Navy: He 
retired from the Navy in 1989.
Russell Sanchez, Air Force: He served from 1969 to 1973 as a Stgaff SGT in  Chanute Air Force Base III, Cam Rhan Bay, Viet Nam, Airforce Eastern Test Range in Cape Canaveral, FL
Bobby Leroy Terrell, Army: He served from 1970 to 1970 as an E-4 in Viet Nam.