Honor our Soldiers
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Our Soldiers on Active Duty

The City of Ripon would like to honor local residents serving in the military by posting the soldiers' pictures.


If you would like to submit a picture of your family member to this web site, send an email to , or mail the picture to:


Web Manager
City of Ripon
259 N. Wilma Avenue
Ripon, CA 95366

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Rich Bodenschatz

(posted 6/10)

Specialist Rich Bodenschatz
United States Army
Currently Serving in Iraq

(posted 1/10)

Staff Sergeant David Granillo
United States Army
Embedded Trainer with the Afghan National Army
Currently Serving in Afghanistan

Graduated Ripon High School 2002

Captain Steven Souza II
(posted 9/09)

Captain Steven K. Souza, II

Graduated West point Military Academy 2005
United States Army
101st Airborne Division
Blackhawk Pilot
Currently serving in Afghanistan

Jon Halla

(updated 7/10)

Sgt. Jon Halla  - 

March 2012 -- Serving in Afghanistan with the 2668th Transportation Company.

Past assignments:

10 months Iraq, Lead HET and navigation

1.5 years Boarder Mission

CA Army National Guard

Jon was born and raised in Manteca, CA and graduated from East Union High School in 2005. He is the son of David and Michelle Halla of Manteca, CA

Jason Hangaard

(posted 7/08)

Sgt. Jason Robert Hangaard

Hangaard is currently stationed at Bagram Airbase, Afghanistan, as a flight engineer with the Stockton National Guard

Airman Nathan Rogers

(posted 8/07)

Airman Nathan Rogers


Currently stationed at Cannon Air Force Base
Clovis, New Mexico


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Janelle Brandon

(posted 1/07)

Janelle Brandon

US Coast Guard

Currently stationed in Yorktown, Virginia for school


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Daniel J. Eggert

(posted 10/06)

CPL Daniel J. Eggert

Deployed September 5, 2006 to Northern Iraq
2nd LAR BN, Charlie Company
2nd Marine Division


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Adam Cash

(posted 9/06)

PFC Adam Christopher Cash




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James Barbour

(posted 3/06)

PFC James W. Barbour Jr.




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No Photo Available

Sgt. Miguel Perez

Age 22
Currently deployed with the 315th Engineer Company
Operation Enduring Freedom Mission Security Forces in
Kabul, Afghanistan Camp Eggers.
Proud to serve my country!!!

If anyone would like to keep in touch, E-mail me at

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Steve Loza


Sgt. Steve Loza

Army National Guard

Currently serving in Baghdad, Iraq.


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Harold J. Veronda, Jr.

(posted 9/1/05)

Sgt. Harold J. Veronda, Jr.

U.S. Marine Corps
Served with the 1st Force Reconnaissance
in the Gulf War
Marine Corp Reservist deployed to Iraq in August 2004
- Stationed in Husaybah
Currently: Deportation Officer of Immigration and Customs Enforcement with the Department of Homeland Security
Scheduled to deploy in January 2006
with the 1st Force Reconnaissance

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(posted 9/1/05)

Lance Corporal
Jeremiah Harry Marshall Surratt

U.S. Marine Corps
1st Marine Division CSSB 10
Served in Kuwait and Iraq

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(posted 9/1/05)

John Eric DeGroot





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(posted 9/1/05)

Shane D. Hollander

Leading Chief Petty Officer
Reactor Control Division
Sub Base Bangor,
Bremerton, WA


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(posted 8-10-05)

Corporal Daniel Bruce Fondse





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(posted 8-10-05)

Ishmael and Anika Joy

(posted 2/25/08)

Sgt. Matthew Ishmael

Update: Matthew Ishmael has been back since November of 2005. He served in Iraq under the 1st Infantry Division in Northern Iraq. He earned a Combat Actions Badge (CAB) and a "Big Red One" combat patch while serving in Iraq.

Since he has been back, he has completed a police academy and is currently a Police Officer for the City of San Bernardino(Southern California). Ishmael is now a Sergeant in the California Army National Guard. He is preparing to deploy again to Iraq in June 2008. He will be a part of the 1498th Transportation Company underneath the 4th Infantry Division. This we'll be both Ishmael's and his unit's second deployment to Iraq. Upon the completion of his next deployment, he plans to buy a house in the City of Ripon and work for a local police agency.

"And of course continue my service in the greatest Army in the world of the greatest Nation of the world. Hooah!"
You can contact Sgt. Ishmael at:

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(posted 8-3-05)

Gunnery Sergeant Wendell D. Keener, Jr.

Keener is presently serving in Iraq with the 3/25 Weapons Company.

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SrA April Brisky, USAF


SrA April Brisky


Langley AFB, VA
Senior Airmen April Brisky,
daughter of Ripon Police Officer Scott Lindsay and Cyndee Lindsay.

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No Photo Available

(updated 8/4/09)

Machinist Mate 2nd Class Stephen K. Ness

Ness is serving on the USS Enterprize out of Norfolk, VA.


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No Photo Available

(posted 7/6/05)

Army National Guard Private Neil A. Hoag

Hoag graduated from the Light-Wheeled Vehicle Mechanic Advanced Individual Training course at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Aberdeen Maryland.


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No Photo Available

(posted 8-4-09)

ET2 (SW) Steven J. Ettinger, Jr.

Ettinger is serving on the USS Harry S. Truman out of Norfolk, VA.


Ripon Veteran's Museum
and Memorial Wall


311 First Street

Veteran's Memorial Museum

The museum and park were built by volunteers with donations from the community, local businesses, and developers.

Ripon's Veterans' Wall
War Memorial Wall