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Thanking Our Armed Forces Members

In honor of Armed Forces Day (May 21), we’d like to recognize our brothers who are currently serving our country or who have served in the past.

Please review the list below of our Beta Rho heroes and leave your comments in the box at the bottom. Help us tell the stories, tell us who we’re missing, and feel free to leave your notes of gratitude to these brothers willing to sacrifice for the protection of our freedoms. If you have a hero to add or have longer stories and photos to send, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or SUBMIT AN UPDATE.

Jake Walker ’11, United States Navy
Naval Flight Officer, rank LTJG

Deployment to the Arabian Gulf (Summer 2015, just prior to a mission)

Capt. III Leo P. Spaeder ’06, United State Marine Corps

Lt. Kevin Kraeger ’04, United States Navy
2004 – 2009

Lt. Col. Ryan Nielsen ’97, United States Army Reserve
“I am currently serving as a battalion commander at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and will transition to a position on the Department of the Army Staff in the Pentagon later this month. Additionally, I am a student at the US Army War College. This month marks nineteen years of service on both active and reserve status, including two tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom.”

Col. Parker L. Frawley ’93, United States Army
Special Assistant to the Commander, USEUCOM and SACEUR

“I start my 23rd year this summer. I am an active duty Army colonel. We are stationed in Belgium where I work at the Supreme Headquarters, Allied Powers, Europe, as Special Assistant to the Commander, United States European Command and the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe. 

Parker Frawley with his family when Gen Breedlove promoted him to Colonel

Lt. Trevor Young ’92, United States Navy
1992 – 2001

Served as Navigator and Tactical Coordinator on P-3s, and deployed to Iceland and the Caribbean. Also did data collection and served as a navigator at Naval Weapons Test Squadron.  

Lt. John Barker ’91,United States Navy
Served in the Persian Gulf in 1992

Capt. Ithan Zimmer ’86, United States Navy
Capt. Ithan Zimmer is currently serving and will retire with 30 years on June 1, 2016. He graduated from Penn in May of 1986 and received a commission as Ensign through the NROTC scholarship program. Following, he served aboard USS RICHMOND K. TURNER (CG-20), deployed to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Earnest Will.

In 1995, Capt. Zimmer affiliated with the Navy Reserve with a Naval Control and Protection of Shipping Unit. Since, he served in a number of positions and was deployed for Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) in Afghanistan. 

He has received a number of personal decorations and various unit and campaign awards. Read his full bio HERE.

Spike Curtis ’82, United States Air Force
A-10 pilot, 1983 – 1993

John Bottimore ’81, United States Navy
Nuclear submarine officer, junior officer tour; resigned commission as a Lieutenant.

Dr. Gary Anderson ’75, United States Navy

Sgt. Stephen D. Chopnick ’71,United States Air Force Reserve

Jet Aircraft Maintenance Specialist

Capt. Bob Anthony ’70, United States Army Reserve
Air Defense Artillery branch

Commander William E. Johnson '70, United States Navy (Retired)

Supply Corps

Active Duty January 1971 to August 1994

Two Ship Tours:

USS HANCOCK  CVA 19 - ADP Officer, Food Service Officer, Asst. Aviation Supply Officer, Ship’s Stores Officer, Asst. Disbursing Officer; USS MISSISSIPPI  CGN 40 - Department Head, Supply Department

Shore Tours:

Navy Exchange Officer, So. Weymouth NAS; Graduate Student, Naval Postgraduate School; Asst. Navy Exchange and Navy Commissary Officer, United Kingdom; Inventory Control Officer, Naval Publications and Forms Center; Comptroller, Naval International Logistics Program; Officer in Charge, Navy Clothing and Textile Research Facility; Commanding Officer, Navy Exchanges New England 

Donald H. Evans ’69, United States Army Reserve
1970 to 1975

Medical Corpsman, Rank Specialist E-5

MAJ Tom Annos MD ’68, United States Air Force

Jim Carpenter ’67, United States Army
Vietnam veteran, 511th combat engineers, Company Commander

Medals: two bronze stars, one army commendation medal, + standard VN service medals.

Capt. Peter Gaskin ’66, United States Navy (Retired)
1966 – 1999

“I was in the service for 33 years. I was a Navy Captain and Commanding Officer of two ships: the Frigate MEYERKORD [FF – 1058] and the Guided Missile Cruiser ENGLAND [CG – 22].”

Capt. Gaskin served in Vietnam in 1969 – 1970 in a Destroyer and 1971 in country as an Advisor to a Vietnamese River Patrol Division [RPD – 62]. He also served in Operation Desert Storm from January to March of 1991 as an Operations Officer of the aircraft carrier AMERICA Battle Group in the Red Sea and Persian Gulf.

Richard Sica ’66, United States Air Force
Served on active duty from 1967 to 1968.

Completed reserve service with the PA Air National Guard. Discharged in 1972 with the rank of Staff Sergeant.

Peter Burgum ’65, United States Army
Served in the Army as a Second and First Lieutenant, Vietnam War (1967 – 1969)

Stationed in Thailand for one year (Port Operations Officer)

Sam Heffner ’65, United States Military Intelligence
Special Agent, 1965 – 1968

Vietnam, Bronze Star

1LT Tyler X. Mahy ’63, United States Army Chemical Corps
Two years active duty (1966 – 1968) and four years in Army Reserve

Anthony Adams ’62, United States Army
Spec 4, Army Engineer Batallion (1963-1969)

Capt. Conrad Foa ’62, United States Army
1964 -1966

Airborne and Ranger Trained. Protected Brooklyn, NY and Southeast Asia

Arthur W. Ricker ’60, United States Army
Commissioned 2nd Lt. thru Penn’s Army ROTC program in 1960. 

Served two years as Transportation Corps Officer, Germany.  Assigned to a post near the East – West Border at time of the Berlin Wall.

Lt. (J.G.) Hartwell Davis, Jr. ’59, United States Navy

Lt. Col. Peter L. Pointer ’56, United States Air Force (Retired)
1956 – 1976

Assigned to the Strategic Air Command for ten years, serving as a B-52 crew member and a missile officer. His last seven years was spent with the AF Systems Command as an operations officer and systems procurement officer.

Robert S. Hardy ’54, United States Army
Special Agent, Counter Intelligence Corps. May 1956 – May 1959

Lt. Col. William A. Weinbender ’54, United States Army Corps (Retired)