Profiles/Pictures of Masonic Home EX-Students who are veterans of, or currently serving in, the military forces of the United States.
Woody was born April 19, 1917, in Bosque County. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1940 to 1946.
He was employed as chief clerk at the North Main Plant by Texas Electric Service Co. from 1955 until his retirement in 1983. He passed away April 4, 2007 at the age of 89.
In October 1942 World War II was going strong, and I was trying to decide which branch of the armed forces I would enter. I was somewhat pushed to make a decision because the draft board had just sent me a letter advising me that I was to come in and undergo a physical exam within the next five days.
I was living in Forth Worth, and the same day
that I received the letter from the draft board, there was an article in the newspaper. It stated that the U.S. Air force was conducting a special recruitment program in the Fort Worth-Dallas area to permit young men between 18 and 30 years of age to be stationed at Carswell Air Force Base in Fort Worth.
What a great and unbelievable opportunity this was for me! I went to the recruiting office to visit with the recruiter. They had me fill out an application, interviewed me, and gave me a written exam. After I completed the exam, I was selected to be assigned to the Air Force and would be stationed at Carswell.
The recruiter then asked me when I could enter service. I told them I would enter immediately. I left Fort Worth the next day to spend two days at the Army headquarters in Dallas, since the Air Force was part of the Army at that time. There, I took physical exams, underwent written exams, was sworn into service, etc. I was then taken to Fort Wolters at Mineral Wells for two days, where I received all my military clothing and equipment, plus a little basic training.
At the end of the fourth day, I was an Air Force enlisted man, and was stationed finally at Carswell Air Force Base in Fort Worth. I was there for two years, where I served as a Corporal/Clerk-Typist and also as a Sergeant/Clerk-Typist. I then went overseas to France and spent another year serving as a Sergeant/Clerk-Typist for the Air Force.
The war ended in 1945, and after I was sent back to the U.S. and received my Honorable Discharge, I enrolled in college at the University of North Texas in Denton and earned my degree. After graduating, I went to work for the U.S. Postal Service and worked for the Fort Worth main post office until I retired in 1985.
The number of years since I retired: 21 years, 9 months. The number of years my wife Roberta and I have been married: 56 years, 10 months. The number of years since I was recruited: 64 years, 4 months. Thanks a million U.S. Air Force!! I will always be indebted to you!
Clyde joined the Marine Corps in 1942. He saw combat in World War II, the Korean War, and Vietnam. He reached the rank of Lieutenant Colonel after having started as a Private. He completed his college while serving in the military, graduating from San Diego State University.
During his military career Clyde was awarded the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, the National Defense Service Medal with One Star, the United Nation Service Medal, the U.S. Army Distinguished Unit Citation, the World War II Victory Medal, the Korean Service Medal with Two Stars, the Vietnam Service Medal with One Star, the Vietnam Campaign Medal with 60 Device, the Bronze Star with Combat “V,” The Joint Service Commendation Medal, and the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm. Clyde served his country with distinction.
Two of the highlights of Clyde’s Marine Corps career were his tour of duty as the Assistant Attache for the Marine Corps in Tehran, Iran during the reign of the Shah and his representation of the United States as the Senior Delegate and Chairman of a SEATO Conference made up of 70 dele- gates from the six member nations. In 1972, after retiring from the Marines, Clyde and his wife, Trina, moved to Lockhart. He was a Lockhart resident from that year until his death on April 22, 2007 at the VA Hospital in Waco.
Louis was a Navy Fighter Pilot during WWII. After WWII, while stationed in Florida, he was flying to an air station so that the plane could be put on a carrier. The plane had engine trouble and he had to ditch it. Louis assisted the other two out of the plane, and they survived. By the time he was able to leave the plane, the altitude was too low for his parachute to open, and he did not survive.
Joined the US Navy in 1945 and had submarine training. After submarine duty, he served on a Navy tanker. He (over the years) served in the China Sea, Arabia, and Germany among others. In 1950, Doug joined the US Air Force and went to OCS and then flight School. He the joined the Air Guard with his commission as a Communications Officer. He had nine years active duty, and was in the Air Force Reserve for many years. He made Full Colonel and was promoted to Brigadier General in the
Congressional Record. During the Viet Nam War, Doug was called to active duty and volunteered to go to Viet Nam but was ordered to Germany. On September 11, 2001, he was called back on active duty with the Air National Guard, and he assisted with the feeding of the troops.
Jimmy joined the US Navy in 1945 and served with the See- Bees during WWII and served as a fighter pilot during the Korean War and the Viet Nam War, flying over 100 mis- sions. When with the Air National Guard, Jimmy had a flame out near San Antonio. His parachute opened but caught on fire. He was burned badly and broke his back.
James served his country in the military service from 1953-1957. He was a first Lieutenant over an ordinance company in Korea from 1954-1955.
In 1956, while stationed in Fort Hood, Texas, he met and married his wife Mary Kathleen Turner. He worked for Litton Industries for 30 years, as a metrology engineer. After retirement, he moved to San Diego to be near his children and grandchildren. James passed away on February 26th, 2007.
Bud was a US Navy Submariner from March of 1966 to May of 1992. He served on 1 conventional submarine and four Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarines. During that time, he had over twenty years of sea duty with 25 deterrent mis- sile patrols in the Mediterranean, Atlantic, and Pacific. His primary work was with underwater launched ordnance (torpedoes and ballistic missiles).
Bud retired in 1992 as a Master Chief (E9) Fire Control Technician (ss). He says his service was fully validated when he watched the Berlin Wall fall. Bud also stated, “We all are so lucky to live in the greatest country in the world and have the freedoms that we have. All of this was paid for in blood by our men and women serving in the Military. I won’t debate the right or wrong of Iraq, but I was re- minded how lucky we are to be able to have a say in our government without the fear of bodily harm and how badly others in the world look upon this freedom when I watched the elections in Iraq.”
He is currently a Technology Teacher at Garrett Academy of Technology in Charleston SC and has been working in this capacity since 1994.
John was a Masonic Home student from 1981 to his graduation in 1986. He served in the United States Navy 1987-1997 (SeaBees Combat Engineers). His rank at discharge: CM1 (Construction Mechanic First Class)
Stephen was in the country of Qatar at an Air Force base working security during the war with Afghanistan from June of 2003 though September of 2003. He worked there as a part of a police unit. Airmen 1st class Stephen G. Hall.
Jesse Gilbert (1997)
Captain Jesse Gilbert is the Cyber Operations Officer, 419th Force Support Squadron, Hill Air Force Base, Utah. He serves as the Flight Commander and is responsible for the communication operations of the 419th Fighter Wing.
As a military reservist, Captain Gilbert brings more than 16 years of experience to the United States Air Force which encompasses active and reserve tenure. He has served in various roles as an enlisted and officer airman. He is experienced in an array of military AFSC functions to include administration, personnel, logistics, and security. He has deployed to Ramstein Air Force Base, Germany in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Joint Guardian; Sato Cano Air Base, Honduras in support of a humanitarian joint operation with the U.S. Army and Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations, Dover Air Force Base, Delaware in support of Operation Freedom Sentinel. Prior to his current position, Capt Gilbert was the Force Support Operations Officer, 419th Force Support Squadron, Hill Air Force Base, Utah.
2001 Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Management, Texas Wesleyan University, Fort Worth, Texas
2003 Master of Business Administration in Management Information Systems, Texas Wesleyan University, Fort Worth, Texas
2005 Associates Degree in Human Resources Management, Community College of the Air Force
2006 Airman Leadership School, Hanscom AFB, Mass.
2008 Air Force Smart Operations for 21st Century (AFS021) Course, Luke AFB, Ariz.
2009 Reserve Commissioning Officer Training, Maxwell AFB, Ala. 2009 Health Services Administrator Course, Sheppard AFB, Texas 2012 Security Forces Officer Course, Camp BuIIis, Texas
2014 Advance Officer Course, Lackland AFB, Texas
2015 Personnel Officer Course, Keesler AFB, Miss. 2016 Mortuary Officer Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala. 2016 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
1. January 2002 - April 2005, Personnel Technician, 301st Mission Support Squadron, Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base, Texas
2. April 2005 - April 2006, Chief, Customer Service, 439th Mission Support Squadron, Westover Air Reserve Base, Mass.
3. April 2006 - October 2009, Senior Officer Management Technician, Headquarters Air Reserve Personnel Center, Colo.
4. October 2009 - September 2011, Medical Logistics Officer, 34th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, Peterson AFB, Colo.
5. September 2011 - July 2014, IMA to the Operations Officer, I0th Security Forces Squadron, United States Air Force Academy, Colo.
6. July 2014 - October 2015, Executive Officer, 310th Mission Support Group, Buckley AFB, Colo.
7. November 2015 - January 2017, Operations Officer, 419th Force Support Squadron, Hill AFB, Utah
8. January 2017 - Present, Flight Commander, Cyber Operations, 419th Force Support Squadron, Hill AFB, Utah
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Air Force Commendation Medal with first oak leaf cluster
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal with first oak leaf cluster
Air Force Good Conduct Medal
Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Air and Space Campaign Medal
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with one oak leaf cluster bronze hourglass 'M' Device
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Airman First Class Jan. 25, 2002
Senior Airman Aug. 21, 2002
Staff Sergeant May 1, 2006
First Lieutenant Oct. 1, 2009
Captain Oct. 17, 2014
(Current as of March 2018)
Michelle served in the Navy from 2002-2005.
Manny Estrada and Michelle were married January 11, 2003.
Manny joined the Navy November 14, 2001 and just reenlisted until 2009. He assisted in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and is currently posted in Rota, Spain (as of December 2006).
Manny and Michelle Hamilton were married January 11, 2003.