After a year of study in Germany I purchased a VW Beetle and did the “drive through as many countries in Europe as possible” trip. Several of the countries I visited were still under communism. My encounter with the Grenzpolizei at the Berlin Wall–Checkpoint Charlie, to be precise–was more dangerous than I realized as I reflect on the experience. I also spent time at the abandoned Nazi Dachau Concentration Camp.
Those experiences made me realize more fully the freedom I experience every day in America. In addition to political freedom we teach our CHA students the freedom they have in Christ; see John 8:32. Jesus said, If you keep obeying my teachings . . . you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.
We are grateful for those who defend our freedom by serving in our military. Below is a list of CHA students’ and staff relatives who have served or are serving in the military. I would like to build this list so please email me your additions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|CHA Family||Relationship||Name||Military Branch||Notes|
|Arnold||Grandfather||Thomas Szymanski||Army||Korean War, 10 years.|
|Arnold||Grandmother||Mary Lou Campbell||Army||Korean War, 2 years.|
|Arnold||Grandfather||Richard Arnold||Korean War, 2 years.|
|Arnold||Great Uncle||Stanley Szymanski||Army||WWII, 4 years.
Killed at Battle of
|Arnold||Nephew||Adam Betz||Navy||Medic, 3 years,
2nd Iraq War
|Arnold||Cousin||Kendall Knafl||Navy||2 years|
|Burg||Father||John Burg||Army Aircorp|
|Burg||Grandfather||Matthew Gross||Army||Ret. Colonel|
|Burg||Grandfather||John Burg||Army (?)||WWII Staff Sergeant|
|Collins||Grandfather||Harold Humphries||Army||Served in WWII as a pilot.
Is now 102 years old.
|Collins||Grandfather||Trent Humphries||Navy||Served in Vietnam.|
|Copetas||Grandfather||John Copetas||Air Force||Korean War|
|Copetas||Uncle||Panos Papelekas||Air Force||Vietnam|
|Davis||Grandfather||Dick Renfro||Navy||Served on USS Shangri-La, a “pocket” carrier 1950-1954. Served during Cuban Missile Crisis.|
|Decker||Alumnae||Elizabeth Decker||Navy||Lieutenant JG|
|Dinkelman||Grandfather||Richard Zimmerman||Navy||Multiple tours in Vietnam.|
just after WWII (served about 5 years)
|Frahler||Great Uncle||James Murray Jennings||Army||Battle of the Bulge|
|Frahler||Grandfather||Andrew Frahler||Navy||WWII, Korea, Vietnam
20 years’ service
|Frahler||Uncle||Don Frahler||Navy||Vietnam (officer)
25 years’ service
|Frahler||Father||Ron Frahler||Navy||3 years active duty|
|Kahren||Uncle||Paul Jacoby||Army||WWII Europe
|Kaneshiro||Father-in-Law||Charles Kaneshiro||Army||Korean War|
|Kaneshiro||Father-in-law||Charles Kaneshiro||Army||Korean War|
|Lauby||Great Grandfather||________ Lauby||Army||Chaplain|
|Lauby||Brother||Nathanael Lauby||Army||Specialist, MP (current)|
|Lin||Son||Moses Lin||Marines||Corporal, June 2011-Sept, 2014.|
|Magrum||Brother in Law||Bruce Kern||Marines||Staff Sergeant|
|Magrum||Father in Law||Paul Bradford||Air Force|
|Stewart||Father||Matthew Stewart||Army||Medevac Blackhawk Pilot
2 tours in Afghanistan
With 101st Airborne.
|Swanson, E.||Father||Roy Chandler||Army Air Force||WWII, Nose Gunner
B-24 Liberator bomber over Europe
|Swanson, E.||Nephew||Jake Call||Army||3 tours of duty
Afghanistan & Iraq
|Van Tuinen||Grandfather||Art Van Tuinen||Navy|
|Van Tuinen||Grandfather||Russell Volkema||Navy|
|Wunderlich||Great, Great, Great, Great, Grandfather||Frederich Miller||Army||Civil War (north)
|Wunderlich||Grandfather||Raymond C. Wunderlich, Sr.||Air Force||WWII pilot|
|Wunderlich||Grandfather||James J. Kaney||Army||Korean
|Wunderlich||2nd Cousin||Freddie Beckman||Vietnam|
|Butz||Daughter||Lisa Butz||Army Reserves|
|Butz||Brother||Richard Testa||Navy||Viet Nam War|
|Swanson, Kathryn||Maternal Grandfather||Robert Nickel||Navy||Lieutenant Commander
|Swanson, Kathryn||Father in Law||Kenneth Swanson II||Air Force||Viet Nam War|
|Lauby||Great Grandfather||Glen Lauby||Chaplain, Korean War|
|Lauby||Great Grandfather||Bob Scheitlin||Army||Sergeant, WWII|