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

Please review the list below of our Phi Phi 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, EMAIL US or SUBMIT AN UPDATE.

Lt. Alex Kalish ’11, United States Army

“I was a surface warfare officer as a lieutenant. I served on, was the first qualified SWO, and the first ceremonial officer of the deck upon commissioning the USS Arlington (LPD 24). I graduated in 2011 from the college with a degree in physics, four years on the varsity swim team, and the NROTC scholarship, serving 4 years until May 2015.”

Christopher Humphreys ’94, United States Army

“I was active duty U.S. Army 1998 to 2009 and was a major in the Medical Corps when I resigned my commission. I was assigned to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C., Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX, and deployed to Iraq with the 228th Combat Support Hospital in 2005.”

Neil Szanyi ’91, United States Navy        

Cpt. Michael Von Grey ’83, United States Army

1983 to 1987

Richard Brletich ’80, United States Army

Lt. David C. Mudge ’73, United States Navy

"I served aboard USS Saratoga, now being scrapped, and USA Jonas Ingram, used as a missle target. I was the first Surface Warfare Officer to qualify on Saratoga, made four cruises, and made it to five continents (missed Australia and Antarctica)!"

Steven Endres ’71, United States Navy

U.S. Navy Region Europe               

G. Donald Allen ’70, United States Army

October 1970 to May 1972, American Embassy, Vientiane, Laos, Southeast Asia

Thomas A. Morris ’70, United States Navy

“I continue to serve as a Commander Medical Corps United States Navy as a Reserve Officer. I was commissioned at age 55 and was deployed to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany from June through December 2010. Personal awards include the Army Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, 3 awards, and Military Outstanding Community Volunteer Award.”

Lt. Col. Thomas Saxen ’74, United States Army

“After graduation, I served in the U.S. Army for 28 years, much of that time overseas, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Medical Service Corps. I held a variety of positions including Chief, Logistics at U.S. Army Hospitals in the U.S. and in Germany and at a U.S. Army tropical medicine research laboratory in Bangkok, Thailand. I also served as the Director of Logistics at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C. and finally served as the Deputy Commander for Administration at the U.S. Army Medical Department Activity, Heidelberg, Germany as my final assignment before I retired in 2002. I also deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina as the senior logistics officer for the 30th Medical Brigade in 1996 in the initial stages of the U.S. peacekeeping mission there as part of Task Force Eagle, and in 1993, led a humanitarian mission donating over $14 million in medical equipment and supplies to the Republic of Kyrgyzstan under the auspices of Operation Provide Hope II.”

Brent Grishkin ’69, United States Army

According to John W. Baxter, Brent served honorably as a surgeon in the Army.  

“As an ROTC Ranger, he was always a ‘cutup’ around the Chapter house,” he said.

Robert W. Gaiser ’68, United States Army Security Agency

1968 to 1970, Okinawa

Brian Heisler ’65, United States Army

1968 to 1970

Vietnam Veteran

Sidney Ranck Jr., MD ’64, United States Navy (Retired)


Lt. Kenneth Rothermel ’59, United States Navy

1959 to 1969

Thomas Williams Jr. ’50, United States Army (Retired)