The Pioneer Express
Oak Ridge High School
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
ORHS Community Member,

As Americans, today we celebrate Veterans Day across the nation and also here at Oak Ridge High School. In this special Veterans Day edition of The Pioneer Express we have recognized those members of our staff that either served in the U.S. armed forces themselves or had members of their family that wore the uniform.

Kindly take a moment to look through their impressive stories and if you should have contact with any of these staff members this week, please thank them for their personal service or for a family member's service. We are fortunate to have people like this working at Oak Ridge not only as great educators or dedicated support staff, but as fine citizens that stepped forward to help protect the many wonderful blessings we enjoy in the United States.

Thank you very much and enjoy the rest of your week!

Ms. Bellinger
Oak Ridge High School
Dr. John Robert Mitchem
  • U.S. Army
  • Corporal in the Korean War
  • The Korean War was a war between North Korea and South Korea. The war began on 25 June 1950 when North Korea invaded South Korea following a series of clashes along the border. The United Nations, with the United States as the principal force, came to the aid of South Korea.
  • Served 4 years from 1950-1954
  • Father of Sherri Craig-Evans, Keyboard Instructor
Mark Nolan, ESE Support Facilitator
  • U.S. Army
  • 82nd Airborne Division, 307th Med Battalion
  • Enlisted
  • Served in the late 1970’s post-Vietnam
Richard Pedlow
  • Pennsylvania Militia during the Civil War
  • Great Great Great Grandfather of Mark Pedlow, Photography Instructor
Harry Joseph Pedlow I
  • U.S. Army WWII
  • European Theatre of Operations
  • The European Theater of Operations, United States Army (ETOUSA) was a United States Army formation which directed US Army operations in parts of Europe from 1942 to 1945.
  • Grandfather of Mark Pedlow, Photography Instructor
Harry Joseph Pedlow II
  • U.S. Navy - Lieutenant Commander
  • Korean War 1950-1954
  • Stationed in Morocco and was private physician to Prince Hassan II who later became King. His son is presently the current King.
  • Father of Mark Pedlow, Photography Instructor
George H. Householder
  • U.S. Navy
  • AK3 Aviation Supply Officer, E-4
  • Served 4 years from 1980-1984, Stationed on the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Iran Hostage Crisis in the Indian Ocean – 1980
  • The Evacuation of the US Embassy Staff from Beirut Lebanon in 1982
  • Husband of Laurene Householder, CRT
Frank Coniglio
  • U.S. Army
  • Technician Fifth Grade – Hq Services Co 330th Engineers
  • Served in WWII 1942-1945
  • Stationed in Burma India – China Burma India Theater
  • Father of Laurene Householder, CRT
Narine Whyte, Reading Coach
  • U.S. Army
  • Sergeant
  • Served 8 years from 1990-1998
  • Served in Operation Restore Hope in Somalia from 1992-1993
Chief Robert Nutting, Air Force JROTC Instructor
  • U.S. Air Force
  • Chief Master Sergeant, IG
  • Served 32+ years combination of active duty & reserve
  • Has been instructing JROTC for 7 years
  • Stationed in MA, TX, GA, CA, Kuwait, Germany, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar
  • Served in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, England, Guam, Panama, and El Salvador
  • Both of Chief Nutting’s parents served as seen in the photo below

Sarah E. Nutting, Mother
  • U.S. Army
  • Private First Class
  • Served 3 years
  • WWII

Robert E. Nutting, Father
  • U.S. Army
  • Master Sergeant, Armour
  • Served 24+ years
  • WWII and the Korean War
Carlos A. Cardona, Reading Instructor
  • U.S. Army Reserve
  • E-4
  • 82nd Airborne Division
  • Served 8 Years from 1991-1999

  • U.S. National Guard
  • E-4
  • 64 Specialist Motor Transport Operator
  • Served 8 years from 1999 to 2007

  • Husband of Katherine Montes, ESOL & Reading Instructor
Cruz M. Rivera
  • U.S. Army
  • E-7
  • Infantryman, Logistics, Unit Supply Specialist, Law & Order Operations, and Cargo Specialist
  • Stationed in Germany, Kuwait, Puerto Rico, Fort Campbell, Ft. Hood and Ft. Lee
  • Served in action in Operation Desert Storm-Kuwait
  • Uncle/Father of Katherine Montes, ESOL & Reading Instructor
Jamie Luis Colon Jr.
  • U.S. Navy
  • Petty Officer 1st Class
  • Served 20 years at present
  • Served in Operation Iraq Freedom
  • Brother of Camille Rosa, Intensive Reading/ESOL Instructor
Jessel Colon
  • U.S. Navy
  • Chief Petty Officer
  • Served 24 years at present
  • Sister-In-Law of Camille Rosa, Intensive Reading/ESOL Instructor
Emmett I. Johnson Sr.
  • U.S. Navy
  • Served for 20 years, retired as CS1
  • Served in combat of the coast of south Korea
  • Worked for the Department of Defense for 20 years from 1969-1989
  • Father of Laurinda Forsberg, Clerical Staff
James C. Forsberg
  • U.S. Army
  • E-4, Specialist 4th Class
  • Served 4 years
  • Served during the Vietnam era on the DMZ in South Korea
  • Husband of Laurinda Forsberg, Clerical Staff
William L. Tilton
  • U.S. Navy
  • E-5 Petty Officer 2nd Class
  • Served 5 years
  • Repaired external engine components of aircraft
  • Stationed at Oceana Naval Air Station, Virginia
Kathleen Johnson
  • U.S. Navy
  • E-4 Petty Officer 3rd Class – Aviation Machinist Mate
  • Currently serving for the past 4 years
  • Intends on making the Navy a career
  • Niece of Laurinda Forsberg, Clerical Staff
Evan Lewis
  • U.S. Army Reserve
  • Private First Class
  • 88M Motor Transport Operator
  • Served 5 years as of present
  • Graduate of The University of South Florida, Criminal Justice Major
  • Son of Daphne Lewis, English I Honors Instructor
Michael Bluey
  • U.S. Army Air Corps
  • Corporal
  • Served from 1943-1946
  • Stationed at Chatham Army Airfield in Savannah, GA.
  • Served stateside
  • Maternal Grandfather of Ian N. Garrett, ELA12 Instructor
David Wright Sr.
  • U.S. Army
  • Enlisted E-4
  • Served from 1951-1954
  • Driver for the Colonel
  • Stationed in Ft. Carson, Colorado
  • Father of Adreianell Wright, School Clerk-Receptionist
Aisha Osborne, Mathematics Instructor
  • U.S. Army
  • Sergeant
  • Served 10 years
  • Light Wheel Vehicle Mechanic
  • Disabled Veteran
Lieutenant Colonel Robert Sweeney, Air Force JROTC Instructor
  • 23 years U.S. Air Force
  • Pilot of C-130 Aircraft
  • Stationed in MS, TX, AR, Portugal, and IL
  • 7 Overseas deployments for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
  • Has been instructing JROTC for 3 years
Remembering Our Veterans
According to the latest figures from the Census Bureau, America has about 17.4 million military veterans (about 6.9% of the civilian population above 18 years of age). Those with us from World War II continually fall each year with their latest estimates at 380,327.
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