2009 Inductees


  • Bahill, Larry

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    Born in Washington, Pennsylvania, in 1943.  Active duty in the US Navy as a Cryptologic Technician during the Vietnam era.  Retired as Commander with 35 years service.  Substitute teacher, Tucson U

  • Fenstermacher, Gene

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    Born in Spring Valley, Minnesota in 1930. Enlisted USAF 1948, OCS 1957, BSEE degree 1968, National War College 1978, retired Colonel USAF in 1987. As a member of City of Sierra Vista Environmental Aff

  • Hess, William (Bill)

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    Born in Newburgh, NY, in 1938. Enlisted in the USAF, 1957; retired in 1981 as a Master Sergeant. Currently serving as the Senior Reporter, Sierra Vista Herald newspaper, reporting on activities of sol

  • Houston, Jerry

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    (1936-2011) Born in Leavenworth, Kansas in 1936, and grew up in Colorado and California. Graduate, North American School of Conservation, Newport Beach, California. Enlisted in the US Army Infantry in

  • Hutson, John "Hut"

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    Born in Denton, Texas in 1939. Enlisted in U.S. Air Force in 1959. Honorably discharged, 1963, Airman First Class. Investor and Venture Manager; Warden, AZ Dept of Corrections, Retired; former Preside

  • Jenkins, William

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    (1929-2008) Born in Kansas City, Kansas in 1929. Served in the US Navy, 1953-1956, as Naval Intelligence Officer. Served as Commanding Officer, Naval Reserve Intelligence Center, Phoenix, retired as C

  • Lucier, David (Dave)

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    Born in Tallahassee, Florida in 1948. US Army 5th Special Forces Group veteran with service in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia (1967-1969). Civilian background – Finance, Banking, Real Estate, and Securi

  • Martinez, Peter

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    (1932-2015) Born in El Paso, Texas, in 1932.  Enlisted, USAF, in 1951, Korea/Vietnam veteran.  Master Sergeant, Retired, 1976.  Graduate, Florida State University.  Sales, industrial relations, an

  • McDowell, Joseph

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    (1934-2006) Born in Syracuse, NY in 1934. Served 23 years in the USMC, including four combat tours in Korea and three combat tours in Vietnam. Master Gunnery Sergeant, Retired. To help fellow veterans

  • Sams, Jon

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    Born in Denver, Colorado in 1959.  Enlisted in the US Air Force in 1983, retired in 2003 as a Senior Master Sergeant.  Served on the White House staff and several key Headquarters USAF and Departmen

  • Santillan, Alfonso Jr.

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    Born in Los Angeles, California, in 1947. Marine Corps Sgt, recipient of two Purple Heart awards, retired in 1969 due to combat wounds. Civilian background – real estate, and proprietor of Del Sol

  • Schneider, Carl (Duke)

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    Born in Ralls, Texas in 1928. Enlisted in the Army Air Force. Completed Air Force Aviation Cadet Pilot training, Fighter pilot. Served in Germany, Okinawa, Japan, Korea (100 combat missions), DFC and

  • Schneider, Joseph (Joe)

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    Born in Los Angeles, California in 1931. Enlisted in the US Navy in 1950, serving 4 years with two tours of duty in the North Korea combat zone. Certified Public Accountant, Financial Officer, and Exe

  • Schoggen, Joe

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    (1922-2017) Born in Norman, Oklahoma in 1922.  Served in the U.S. Navy in WWII  as Supply Officer, USS Menifee (APA 202).  From  a  University of Kansas faculty position, was recalled to active d

  • Sentz, John Jr.

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    Born in Fort Morgan, Colorado in 1944. Enlisted in the Navy Reserve in 1962 and achieved Petty Officer Third Class. Commissioned Ensign in 1966. Served in the Mekong Delta; released from active duty i

  • Sisco, Joan

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    Born in Lake, Michigan in 1954.  Enlisted  in the USMC in 1974; honorably discharged as Sergeant in 1977.  Realtor, and Founder/CEO, Veterans First, Ltd., Phoenix, enhancing the lives of veterans,

  • Suhler, Simon

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    Born in Bavaria, Germany in 1844 and enlisted in the 32nd Indiana Regiment (known unofficially as the First Indiana German Regiment) at the outset of the Civil War. The 32nd spoke German and were head

  • Symmes, Kenneth (Ken)

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    Born in Lowell, Massachusetts in 1928. Enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1946. Commissioned Second Lieutenant in 1947. Honorably discharged in 1979, Brigadier General, US Army, Retired. Former owner/operat