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Alabaster, Michael1968USAF
Barefoot, Duncan M.1950USA1950-1954CaptChaplain
Bellamy, Hayward1943USA AC1943-1945CaptBorn September 25, 1924 graduated New Hanover High School 1943. Born September 25, 1924 graduated New Hanover High School 1943.

Bellamy was a member of the U.S. Army Air Corps, serving as a pilot and meteorologist. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill acquiring three degrees including a Doctorate. He was assistant principal at Chestnut Street School and became superintendent for the New Hanover County Schools. During his tenure he oversaw the desegregation of New Hanover public Schools.

Accolades: Superintendent of New Hanover County Schools
Boado, Edward1952USAF1960-1966MAJKIABorn March 16, 1934 graduated from New Hanover High School 1952. While attending East Carolina, he enrolled into the US Air Force ROTC. Serving in the U.S. Air Force he served with the 469th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 388 Tactical Fighter Wing, US AF4 Phanton jets to Korat, Thailand via Hawaii. His plane crashed at the Korat Air Base in Thailand.
Accolades: He was awarded the Purple Heart Medal, The Vietnam Service Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal and the Air Medal with Multiple Oak Leaf Clusters.
Brannon, Michael1991USA1991-96SGT
Brewer, Curtis1990USNR1990-2003ET1
Brinkley, David1938USA1940Born July 10, 1920 graduated New Hanover High School 1938

He Attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Emory University, and Vanderbilt University before entering the United States Army in 1940.

He was a television news anchor from 1943 – 1997

Brinkley co-anchored NBC’s top rated news program, The Huntley-Brinkley Report and NBC Nightly News. He hosted the popular Sunday This week with David Brinkley and a top commentator on election-night coverage for ABC News. Over the course of his career, Brinkley received ten Emmy Awards, three George Foster Peabody Awards and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Accolades: Ten Emmy Award for Broadcast Journalism, Three George Peabody Awards, 1992 Presidential Medal of Freedom
Brown, Ben1964Army1966-69SGT
Brown, Ron1954USAF1958-662LTKIAAfter graduating from New Hanover High School Brown entered UNC at Chapel Hill graduating 1958. He entered Air Force flight school and was commissioned a second lieutenant. He trained at the 331st Fighter Interceptor Squadron at Webb Air Force Base in Big Spring Texas. Brown reported for duty January 1966 at the Air Force 315th Air Commando Group at Da Nang Air Base South Vietnam. He had only been in Vietnam for seven days when on Feb 3 he received orders as lead pilot of a Fairchild Provider C-123 for an airlift supply mission from Da Nang to the beleaguered Khe Sanh Marine Base in Quang Tri Province. Having completed the mission the transport then flew southwest along the border of Laos. It was there radio contact was lost. Maj. Ronnie Brown was reported MIA on February 3, 1966. He remained in the status of MIA for eight years. It was not until May 30, 1974 that the Air Force changed Maj. Brown's status from Missing to Presumed Killed in Action but his remains were still not found or repatriated. The Brown family remained without closure for another 26 years until 2000 when joint U.S. and Vietnamese POW/MIA Accounting Command teams were finally able to investigate possible crash sites of U.S. aircraft in Vietnam Laos and Cambodia. Later the aircraft's tail number 55-4537 was recovered and established as Maj. Brown's plane. Consequently on May 19, 2003 the remains of the crew of Provider were recovered. On August 28, 2009 52 years after he disappeared his remains were released to his family ad interred with honors in Arlington National Cemetery along with his crew of Provider 55-4537. Accolades: Major U.S. Air Force
Broadfoot, William Jr.1935US Army Air Corp
1941-45MajorSilver Star,
DFC, Flying Tiger
Service: Army Air Corp
Notable: A P-38 Lightning Pilot & P-40 Warhawk Pilot with the 495th Fighter Squadron. Flew 125 missions in the China-Burma-India Theatre "Flying Tiger"
Awards: Air Medal, Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, British Distinguished Flying Cross See
Carter, Robert1965USAF, ANGE5/O1
Carter, Ed1988USAF1991-95SgtAFAM
Cook, James1959USAFBorn 1941 graduated New Hanover High School 1959. Cook graduated from Wilmington College and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He was trained as a flight control mechanic on the TM-76-A Missile system. After serving with Missile Maintenance and Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Squadrons, he was deployed to Southeast Asia. Returning to the U.S. he cross-trained as a B-52 Stratofortress gunner and served with the 51st Bomb Squadron before being assigned to Utapao Air Base, Thailand. After serving 180+ missions, Sgt Cook was flying as a last minute replacement gunner on a night mission. He was still in his stricken aircraft when it exploded over North Vietnam during Operation Linebacker II and was taken as a Prisoner of War. After spending 48 days in captivity, he was released due to his multiple life threatening injuries during Operation Homecoming. After 16 months recuperating with multiple bone injuries, and losing both legs below the knee he was medically retired. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor, 2 Purple Hearts, the Bronze Star with Valor Device, 9 Air Medals, and Prisoner of War Medal Cook entered University of North Carolina-Wilmington graduating with a BS in Chemistry.
Accolades: Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor, 2 Purple Hearts, Bronze Star with Valor device, 9 Air Medals, and the POW Medal
Corbett, William P.1950USA1954-74Graduated from Duke and became a Mining Engineer after military service. Graduation date from NHHS TBD.
Core, Daniel C.1948USN1948
Costello, Charlotte Johnson1976USAF1986-90E-4MUACold War Veteran, ICT Team of the Month and Quarter, Crew Chief of the Month, Distinguished Graduate NCO Prepretory Class (Top 1 per cent in the class), Good conduct medal, Meritorious Unit Award
Born and raised in Wilmington. I was a Varsity Cheerleader and graduated from Hanover in 1976. Graduated from Gardner-Webb University with a Masters Degree in Education. Following my time in the Military, I began teaching Elementary school in Wilmington and have been doing that for the past 33 years!
Craft, Mark1974NavyETC
Darren, James2001Army2003-PresentSGTBSM
Davis, James C. 1950
Dickey, Laura1986Coast GuardRDMLDSSMOIF
Drayer, Elena2000Army2006-161LTMSM
Durant, Charles 1977USNR1984-2008CAPTNComBorn in Wilmington, North Carolina, Captain Charles Durant earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University in 1982. He later earned a Masters of Arts in Business Administration and a Masters of Arts in Management from Webster University in 1986, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1991.

Upon graduation from North Carolina State in 1982, Charles Durant began his engineering career with the Bechtel Group in Gaithersburg, MD. In 1984, he accepted a direct commission as an Ensign in the Civil Engineer Corp. After completion of Officer Indoctrination School in Newport, Rhode Island, and training at the Civil Engineer Corps Officer School, Port Hueneme, California, he reported to his initial active duty assignment as Assistant Resident Officer In Charge of Construction, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina, where he administered numerous Navy and Marine Corp construction projects totaling over $5 Million. While at Parris Island, Charles earned two Masters Degrees. In October 1986, he reported to Naval Air Station, Dallas, Texas as Assistant Public Works Officer, where he ran the day to day operations of a 200 person public works department responsible for keeping the air operations facilities, runways, and all support facilities up and running.

Charles was released from active duty in July 1988 and began law school at the University of Virginia. In addition, he transferred into the Navy Reserve and began drilling with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 23 as an Assistant Detachment Officer in Charge located in Roanoke, Va. In September 1989, he reported to Reserve Division, Naval Facilities Command (RDNAVFAC) as Facilities Support Officer for Navy and Marine Corps Reserve Center, Richmond, Virginia, and Navy Reserve Center, Staunton, Virginia. In September 1991, after graduation from law school, he reported for duty with the NINTH Naval Construction Regiment, Dallas, Texas as Administrative Officer. In 1992, he returned to the east coast and reported for duty with NMCB 23. For the next five years while assigned to NMCB 23, Charles served as a Detachment Officer in Charge, then as Echo Company Commander and finally as Alfa Company Commander. In 1997 LCDR Durant reported for duty as Commanding Officer, Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit 202 headquartered in Groton, CT. In September 1999, he reported for duty on the National Staff of Naval Facilities Engineering Command’s Contingency Engineering Group where he first served as a staff officer in the Reserve Programs Training Group, and then as the Reserve Staff Officer to NAVFAC’s Strategic Sourcing Office, and as Executive Officer for the NAVFAC Reserve Unit. In September 2002, CDR Durant assumed command of NMCB 27, headquartered in Brunswick, ME. From September 2004-05, he served as the Joint Engineering Officer for NR COMUSKOREA DET 102. Finally, he served as NAVFAC Inspector General from September 2005 until August 2007. He retired at the rank of CAPTAIN in April 2008. He has been awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (with 3 gold stars); the Navy Achievement Medal, and he wore the National Defense Medal, the Battle “E” Ribbon (two), the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, and Expert Rifle and Expert Pistol Medals. He was also Seabee Combat Warfare Qualified.

In civilian life, Charles retired in 2020 as Vice-President and Assistant General Counsel for Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), located in SAIC’s Reston, Virginia headquarters, where for 20 years he provided legal support and coordinated the legal affairs to various SAIC Business Groups, performing a variety of commercial and government contracting activities. He joined SAIC in July 2002 as a Corporate Counsel. Prior to joining SAIC, he was an Assistant General Counsel with then Internet Service Provider, UUNET Technologies, Inc. located in Ashburn, Virginia. After law school, Charles performed a judicial clerkship with the late Honorable Jerry Buchmeyer, former Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas, TX. He began his legal career in McLean, Virginia in 1992 as an associate attorney with the law firm of Watt, Tieder, Hoffar and Fitzgerald practicing construction contract litigation and government contracts. He later worked as an Attorney Advisor in the Commercial Law Branch of the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Washington, D.C., doing government contracts, and then as an associate attorney at the Venable Law Firm in their Tyson’s Corner, Virginia and Washington, DC offices, practicing construction contract litigation and government contracts. He is admitted to the bars of Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Charles is currently retired and resides in Hopkins, SC, just outside of Columbia, SC, with his wife Lois. They have two adult children, Chelsea, a graduate of North Carolina State University, and Christopher, a graduate of the College of William and Mary.

Charles notes that his time at NHHS were some of the best years of his life. He made many friends, many of which he still keeps in touch with. His time on the football team introduced him to many great guys. Being on the team helped him learn teamwork, helped him learn discipline and what it takes to work hard for whatever you want to achieve. The teachers he had at NHHS were great and prepared him well for college. They helped him understand that he could achieve anything he wanted if he were willing to work hard and take some chances. He loved his years at NHHS and he's proud to be a Wildcat Alumnus.

English, Greg1964USA1967-69SP4Vietnam, Leadership
Farrow, Jimmy1950USA1954-56
Farmer, Mark1977USAF
1982-2006LT COLMSMMark Douglas Farmer was born on November 11, 1958 (same day as General George S. Patton), in Louisville, Kentucky, his father, Carl, was 23 and his mother, Anne, was 22. Mark is married to Michelle Johnston Milbourne. They have two sons by birth, Dustin and Gabe as well as two by Michelle’s previous marriage, Brandon and Devin Milbourne. Mark has one brother, Jeff Farmer, Major (Ret), USAR, and one sister, Beth Farmer Poplin. Mark graduated from Virginia Tech in 1982 where he received a scholarship in the USAF ROTC program and participated in the Virginia Tech (VT) Corp of Cadets. Upon graduating and being commissioned as a 2nd Lt in the USAF on 11 June 1982 Mark attended Undergraduate Navigator Training at Mather AFB CA, with a follow-on assignment of specialty training as an Electronic Warfare Officer (EWO). Mark’s first operational assignment was in the B-52H at Carswell AFB, TX from 1984 to 1986. While there he received a Masters of Science (MS) in Industrial Technology from Texas A&M and orders to attend Undergraduate Pilot Training at Reese AFB, TX. Upon graduation Mark flew C-141Bs at Charleston AFB, S.C. participating in numerous missions to include JUST CAUSE and DESERT STORM. Mark later received orders to fly Very Important Person (VIP) airlift or as the USAF referred to it “Special Airlift Missions (SAM)” for the 89th AW at Andrews AFB, MD. While at Andrews Mark flew everything but the B-747. Thereafter Mark went to Scott AFB, IL to work on the HQ AMC Safety Staff for General Ron Fogleman. With the post-Desert Storm Reduction in Force (RIF) where the USAF went from 1 Million airmen down to less then 300 thousand Mark was given a waiver to transfer to the USAF Reserves where he proudly served another 12 years as a mobile Command and Control (C2) Commander deploying for worldwide operations. While a Reservist Mark also worked full time at Shenandoah Springs (1995-2002) Madison VA and attended the law reader program under the apprentice of George Webb, Madison County Virginia Commonwealth Attorney (2000-2003) which lead to taking the Virginia Bar Exam. This program was established by George Wyeth when he taught his apprentices Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson in Williamsburg in 1766. Proceeding this Mark studied for his LLM (Law Masters) in Intellectual Property at George Mason Law School (now Antonin Scalia Law School). The Virginia Board of Bar Examiners under the Supreme Court of Virginia still maintains this program today. Mark also continued to serve as a USAF Reservist and retired as the Inspector General at the 459th ARW at Andrews AFB, MD in 2006. Upon retirement Mark received letters of appreciation from all 5 living U.S. Presidents whom he had worked for and or directly supported to include: James Earl “Jimmy” Carter, Gerald Rudolph Ford, George Herbert Walker Bush, William Jefferson Clinton and George Walker Bush. Mark’s Commander, General Stayce Harris (Lt Gen as of December 2016 and recently retired USAF Inspector General) also brought all the living Tuskegee Airmen to Mark’s retirement in July 2006. Mark continues to serve as a multi-agency contractor having worked for Lockheed Martin, Northrup Grumman and others at the Pentagon, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and currently the National Reconnaissance Organization (NRO). Like Coach Joe Miller used to drill us 5th Quarter drills during football practice; you have to dig deep sometimes, know your mission and be persistent. This was so true our Senior year when we played Hoggard who had beaten us 3 years in a row by one point from a field goal. We held them to "Minus - 10 yards" rushing and beat them when I snapped the ball to Tony Hardee who held and Bruce Shepperd kicked a 47 yard field goal to beat Hoggard 3-0. This applied so much to life in the military and elsewhere - you have to dig deep and be persistent; sometimes and it will pay off. Lt Col Farmer was also awarded the Trey Barrett Award as a Junior for Academic and Athletic Achievement. Trey was killed in a football game when someone in the stands blew a whistle; Trey thought the play was over and he was hit and broke his neck.
Accolades: Meritorious Service Medal (MSM)
Fergus, Jimmy1965USA/NG1965E6
Forrester, James1954NCNG1955-89BGenLOMServed 34 years in USANG based in Charlotte and did regular evacuation flights from conflict theatres. He was also a NC State Senator for 20 years and a small town physician. The book "For Such aTime as This" covers Jim's life.

Brigadier General (ret.) N.C. Air National Guard
Served as NC Assistant Adj. General for Air
Chief Flight Surgeon and State Air Surgeon
Past Commander of 145 TAC Clinic, NCANG Charlotte NC
Aerospace Medicine Primary Course
Rated as Flight Surgeon, Senior Flight Surgeon and Chief Flight Surgeon
Over 2400 flying hours
Flew Air Evacuation out of Vietnam and other foreign conflicts
Air War College
Past President Elect of Alliance of ANG Flight Surgeons
Major Command Flight Surgeon of the Year in USAF

Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Award
N.C. Distinguished Service Award
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
National Defense Service Award
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Vietnam Service Medal
Air Force Longevity Service Award
Armed Forces Reserve Award
North Carolina State Service Award
Charles Dick Medal of Merit (NGAUS)
Buried Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors(March 26, 2012)
Foy, Randolph Jr.1965USA1965-67
Flynn, Bernie1962USAF1967-71SGTBorn April 27, 1944 - Died June 22, 2021
Played basketball at New Hanover and was on the first team to win a championship
Obtained scholarship to Frederick College where he also played baskeball from Fall of 1962-1965
Retired from Guilford East as a Textile Chemist
Funderburk, Ray1938USMC1941-69LT COL
Halyburton, David 1941Navy1941-45PM2Medal of Honor, KIARank and organization: Pharmacist's Mate Second Class, U.S. Naval Reserve. Born: 2 August 1924, Canton, Haywood Co, North Carolina Died: 10 May 1945 Buried: National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Honolulu Co., Hawaii Accredited to: North Carolina. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with a Marine Rifle Company in the 2d Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa Shima in the Ryukyu Chain, 10 May 1945. Undaunted by the deadly accuracy of Japanese counter-fire as his unit pushed the attack through a strategically important draw, Halyburton unhesitatingly dashed across the draw and up the hill into an open fire-swept field where the company advance squad was suddenly pinned down under a terrific concentration of mortar, machine-gun and sniper fire with resultant severe casualties. Moving steadily forward despite the enemy's merciless barrage, he reached the wounded Marine who lay farthest away and was rendering first aid when his patient was struck for the second time by a Japanese bullet. Instantly placing himself in the direct line of fire, he shielded the fallen fighter with his own body and staunchly continued his ministrations although constantly menaced by the slashing fury of shrapnel and bullets falling on all sides. Alert, determined and completely unselfish in his concern for the helpless marine, he persevered in his efforts until he himself sustained mortal wounds and collapsed, heroically sacrificing himself that his comrade might live. By his outstanding valor and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of tremendous odds, Halyburton sustained and enhanced the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life in the service of his country.

Accolades: Medal of Honor, The Purple Heart Medal posthumously.
Hardwick, David1972USN1972-78E4My travels in the US Navy immediately followed graduation in 1972. My indoctrination at Raleigh, NC sent me next to Great Lakes, IL for boot camp & fleet training. After graduating 8 weeks later I was assigned to the USS El Paso, LKA 117 out of Norfolk, VA for my first duty station. While serving on the El Paso for almost 3 years I experienced three short Caribbean cruises, and a 9-month Atlantic cruise seeing places like France/Italy/Spain/Crete and then meeting my wife while in A school in Newport RI (we married a few months later) before reenlisting in Feb 1975. Three months later my wife & new baby departed for my next duty assignment at the Naval Communication Station, Harold E. Holt in Exmouth, Western Australia where I worked in base security for 2 years. Emu's, Kangaroo's, and extreme desert conditions also saw pristine ocean beaches in the Indian Ocean while serving there. After leaving Australia I received orders for a heavy cruiser the USS Chicago CG11 out of San Diego. After temporarily leaving my family in Ohio, the Chicago took me for a 1-year cruise in the Western Pacific (Hawaii, Hong Kong, Philippines, Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Taiwan, and other ports) before returning to San Diego. My enlistment finished stateside a few months later just before Christmas of 1978 when we left for Bible College in Portland OR to begin our next adventure. We have had many wonderful adventures in our life since our Navy Days.
But how did NHHS help me succeed in life? First of all, I was the oldest of five siblings and the only one that finished High School. I wasn't a great student, finishing somewhere around a C- grade average, but I finished. Finishing High School helped me learn the value of finishing. From there I went on to obtain many educational milestones, including two bachelor's degrees and other professional accomplishments.
Hardwick, Jesse Cannon Jr. 1951USA1951-1971SSGT
Hartzog, Bill1959USA1963-98GenDDSMWilliam White Hartzog (September 21, 1941 – October 15, 2020) was a United States Army general whose commands during his 35-year career include the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command, the 1st Infantry Division, and United States Army South. He was born in Wilmington, North Carolina.[1][2] After graduating from The Citadel in 1963, where he received a degree in English, Hartzog was commissioned in the Infantry. His first assignment after the Infantry Officer Basic Course was as Executive Officer of an Officer Candidate School company at Fort Benning, Georgia In 1965 he was assigned to Fort Kobbe, Panama. He deployed to South Vietnam in 1967, eventually commanding a company, and upon return to the United States he attended the Infantry Officer Advanced Course. After graduation, he was assigned as a tactics instructor at the United States Military Academy, then returned to Vietnam in 1972 as a Plans Officer for Military Assistance Command, Vietnam. Hartzog attended the United States Marine Corps Command and Staff College from 1973 to 1974, then proceeded to Fort Riley, Kansas where he served in various staff positions with the 1st Infantry Division. In April 1978, he was given command of the 3rd battalion, 5th Infantry, 193rd Infantry Brigade. Following his assignment in Panama, he attended the United States Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, and then served at the War Plans Division in Washington D.C., where he eventually became Chief. He was next assigned as Executive Officer at the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command, before taking command of another brigade, the 197th Infantry Brigade at Fort Benning. Following promotion to brigadier general, Hartzog served from 1987 to 1989 as the Assistant Commandant of the United States Army Infantry School, then returned to Panama for a third time as the J-3, United States Southern Command, a position he held during Operation Just Cause. He took command of United States Army South in 1990, and followed that command in 1991 with command of the 1st Infantry Division. He served as Deputy Commander in Chief/Chief of Staff, United States Atlantic Command from 1993 to 1994 before taking command of United States Army Training and Doctrine Command at Fort Monroe, Virginia from which he retired in 1998. The Citadel’s only graduate to attain the rank of four star general in the U.S. Army was the recipient of the 2013 Krause Center Award for Distinquished Service, Leadership and Ethics. His 35 year career included the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command, the lst Infantry Division and United States Army South. He was deployed to Vietnam twice with his last deploy as a Plans Officer for Military Assistance Command. Hartzog is a recipient of the Defense Distinquished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Army Distinquished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Legion of Merit with four oak leaf clusters, Soldier’s Medal and the Bronze Star Medal with V Device and Oak leaf cluster, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Air Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal and the Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters.
Hines, Randy1990ARNG
Hinnant, Patrick1983NavyITCSDMSM
Hinson, Samuel H. 1950USA
Hobbs, Roy1969ARNG
COLLOMPersian Gulf, Gulf War, Somalia
Horrell, Harvey H.1927Navy1941SFCKIA Pearl HarborHarvey Howard Horrell was born June 6, 1910, in Pender County, North Carolina, to Jasper Horrell, a laborer at odd jobs, and Margaret Horne Horrell, a homemaker. He enlisted in the Navy in 1928 and was a signalman first class on the U.S.S. Arizona when he was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941. An older brother, Lloyd, served in the Coast Guard during the war. A younger brother, Jack, served in the Army in WWII. MIA Status: Declared Dead while Missing Cause: Missing in action or lost at sea

Accolades: Recipient posthumously of the Purple Heart
Jedrey, Danielle2001USAFR2002-5SRA
Jones, Wilbur1951USNR1956-84CAPT US Navy Reserve
Johnson, Roger1965NCNGE5
King, Albert E.1950USAF1950-54
Lanier, Dayton1958USACWOSilver StarBorn May 2, 1940 graduated from New Hanover High School 1958. Lanier attended North Carolina State University where he studied civil engineering. He joined the Army’s 1st Cavalry Division (Airmoble) U.S. Army division deployed to Vietnam.  He became an officer and pilot. He flew daily missions with the 229th Assault Helicopter Command in the Bell UH-1 know as the “Huey”.  Chief Warrant Officer Lanier was awarded the Silver Star, the Bronze Star and the Air Medal with 23 Oak Leaf Clusters.  He is one of the 2,202 Vietnam helicopter pilots on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, DC. Read more about Dayton on Wrightsville Beach magazine.

Accolades: The Silver Star, the Bronze Star and the Air Medal with 23 Oak Leaf Clusters.
Leonard, Wayne1966Navy1966-72ET1GCMET1 Leonard 1966-72 Submariner
Lewis, Charles1966Navy
Marable, Walt JR1947USNR1946-72LT JGReturned to school after USN 1952, BSEE University of Maryland 1956, MSEE University of Southern California 1958. Was the first Korea area Vet to register in Maryland. Had to win a lot of battles for those that followed me. Elected to ETA KAPPA NU. While at Maryland had two baby daughters before graduation. Was one of the engineering team that built the World's First Mobile Digitial Automatic Computer at the National Bu Standards 1952-1954. Was aboard USS ENTERPRISE CVAN 65 First day at sea 1961 as Hughes Aircraft Co computer engineer. Now retired for the fourth time after my first retirement in 1992 .
Milligan, MIchael1967USA1968-75E5Three years JROTC. NHHS Band, ROTC Band, Hanover Singers. All helped me with the interpersonal relationships.
McCarley, Gene1953Army1953-1973MACV-SOG,
Silver Star
Born January 1, 1935 graduated from New Hanover High School 1953. Gene attend Wilmington College. He was a member of the U.S. Army Special Forces "Green Beret". After spending 31 months in Vietnam his second deployment, was assigned to MACV-SOG Military Assistance Command Vietnam - Studies and Observation Group. He was the ground commander for Operation Tailwind, the eight year "secret war" in Laos. His bravery earned him the Silver Star, Bronze Star with V Device (fourth oak leaf clusters), Purple Heart (2nd Oak Leaf Cluster), the Combat Infantryman Badge and was induction into the Infantry Hall of Fame. Order of the Purple Heart, Disabled American Veterans, Military Officers Association.
Accolades: Silver Star, Bronze Star with V Device (fourth oak leaf clusters), Purple Heart (2nd Oak Leaf Cluster), the Combat Infantryman Badge and was induction into the Infantry Hall of Fame
McClammy, Mitzi D.1970USACW2
Melton, Frank1935Navy1935-41CPOKIA Pearl HarborMelton, Petty Officer Second Class, Herbert Franklin
Service: U.S. Navy MOS: Boatswain's Mate Second Class
Born December 17, 1917 attended New Hanover High School. Melton served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Oklahoma in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is memorialized at USS Oklahoma Memorial, Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Hawaii. He received the Purple Heart Medal.
Accolades: The Purple Heart Medal posthumously.
Moore, Clyde1937Navy1937-41CPOKIA Pearl HarborBorn February 24, 1919 graduated New Hanover High School. Moore served in the U. S. Navy with the rank of Petty Officer Second Class. His specialty was as Radioman Second Class. He served on the USS Shaw at Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, Hawaii. Moore was recipient of the Purple Heart Posthumously.
Accolades: Awarded the Purple Heart Posthumously
Moore, Whit1964Navy1964-68CPOKIANavy Corpman who lost his life in combat Vietnam 1968.
Murray, Chuck1938Army1941-45COLMedal of HonorMurray attended University of North Carolina and was drafted into the U.S. Army after his third year. Serving as a replacement platoon leader to Company C of the 30th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division in Saint-Tropez, France and later in Germany where he became Company Commander.  He received the rank of Colonel with the 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment.  He served with the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard).  Murray returned to Wilmington after an injury only to return to Europe and served four years of occupation duty.  During this time, he was stationed in Salzburg and became the head U.S. Intelligence officer in that city. Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, Company C, 30th Infantry, 3d Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Kaysersberg, France, 16 December 1944. Entered service at: Wilmington, New Hanover Co, North Carolina Birth: 26 September 1921, Baltimore, Maryland Died: 15 August 2011 Buried: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA General Order No. 63, 1 August 1945. Citation: For commanding Company C, 30th Infantry, displaying supreme courage and heroic initiative near Kaysersberg, France, on 16 December 1944, while leading a reinforced platoon into enemy territory. Descending into a valley beneath hilltop positions held by our troops, he observed a force of 200 Germans pouring deadly mortar, bazooka, machine-gun, and small arms fire into an American battalion occupying the crest of the ridge. The enemy's position in a sunken road, though hidden from the ridge, was open to a flank attack by 1st Lt. Murray's patrol but he hesitated to commit so small a force to battle with the superior and strongly disposed enemy. Crawling out ahead of his troops to a vantage point, he called by radio for artillery fire. His shells bracketed the German force, but when he was about to correct the range his radio went dead. He returned to his patrol, secured grenades and a rifle to launch them and went back to his self-appointed outpost. His first shots disclosed his position; the enemy directed heavy fire against him as he methodically fired his missiles into the narrow defile. Again he returned to his patrol. With an automatic rifle and ammunition, he once more moved to his exposed position. Burst after burst he fired into the enemy, killing 20, wounding many others, and completely disorganizing its ranks, which began to withdraw. He prevented the removal of 3 German mortars by knocking out a truck. By that time a mortar had been brought to his support. 1st Lt. Murray directed fire of this weapon, causing further casualties and confusion in the German ranks. Calling on his patrol to follow, he then moved out toward his original objective, possession of a bridge and construction of a roadblock. He captured 10 Germans in foxholes. An eleventh, while pretending to surrender, threw a grenade which knocked him to the ground, inflicting 8 wounds. Though suffering and bleeding profusely, he refused to return to the rear until he had chosen the spot for the block and had seen his men correctly deployed. By his single-handed attack on an overwhelming force and by his intrepid and heroic fighting, 1st Lt. Murray stopped a counterattack, established an advance position against formidable odds, and provided an inspiring example for the men of his command. COL Murray served in World War II, Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Murray Middle School in Wilmington is named in his honor.

Accolades: Medal of Honor, Silver Star (3), Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with Valor devie (2) and the Purple Heart
Nester, Daryl1978Marines1979-82Darryl led an incredibly fulfilling career, serving his country with honor as a proud member of the US Marines. After his time in the military, he channeled his dedication to public service by joining the Wilmington Police Department, eventually retiring as a Sergeant in 2012. Not one to rest on his laurels, Darryl shared his knowledge and experience by teaching Basic Law Enforcement at Cape Fear Community College.
Prentice, Shennika1992USA1992-2016SFCMSMBorn Shennika Prentice, but known as Nikki. Mother of three adult children, grandmother of four. While attending NNHS was an intricate part of the JROTC Program. Was apart of the Softball, Basketball, Volleyball, and Track n Field Teams. After graduating, I joined the United States Army, where I did two tours to Iraq. Retired in 2016 at Fort Bragg, now I spend majority of my time as a volunteer coach at the local school in the area, as well as a mentor to young adults. What I learned while attending New Hanover was to have a have SMART GOALS, and to believe in myself.
Price, Robert1999Army1999-2014SSGT
Reed, Willie III1990ARNG, ArmySSGTMSM
Reynolds, Billy1974ArmySPC4
Ricks, Reggie1966USA1966E-5
Russo, Amy M.1989USAFMajorACC
Sanders, U.J. "Joe"2001Army2001-PresentSGTMSM
Sellers, Jonathan1996USAF/R1997-PresentCMSGTMSM
Simmons, Jerry1966Army
Underwood, Ed1959USAF1960-1980DFCx3Born 1941 graduated from New Hanover High School 1959. Underwood graduated from the Air Force Academy with a degree in Engineering Science.  He attended pilot training at Reese Air Force Base, and flew the F-4 Phantom.  He was awarded three Distinguished Flying Crosses for combat operations over Vietnam, and seventeen Air Medals.  Underwood served in Arizona, England, the Philippines, Thailand, South Carolina, Virginia, and Germany before being assigned to Holloman Air Force Base as an instructor pilot in the T-38.  Following his retirement, he worked as an engineer at White Sands Missile Range at the High Energy Laser Site Test Facility and the National Radar Cross Section Test Facility.  He earned a BS in Computer Science from Chapman College, a masters' degree in Systems Management for the University of Southern California and an MBA from Golden Gate University.
Accolades: Three Distinguished Flying Crosses and seventeen Air Medals
VanVliet, Jayson1989NavyHNMSM
Williams, Berry1961USA1966-69CAPTU. S. Army Commendation Medal, Pay attention to detail and look out for others.
That is how you survive military operations in Berlin and East Germany during the Cold War with the Soviet Union. It is how you conduct successful operations in response to the 1968 capture of the USS Pueblo and the Czechoslovakian invasion by the Warsaw Pack.
Expert Infantryman’s Badge
Williams, Jim1954Navy1955-90VADMDSM, LoM, MSMBorn October 23, 1935 graduated New Hanover High School 1954. Williams is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy. He was a Vice Admiral in the United States Navy. Williams is a former commander of the United States Sixth Fleet, Commander of NATO Recruiting Command, and Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Naval Warfare.
Accolades: Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (7), Meritorious Service medal.