ASU has a rich history of service to our country with over 7,500
living degreed alumni with a military affiliation.
Similarly the ASU Alumni Association also has over 1,300 non-
degree members with a military affiliation.
SUN DEVIL FOOTBALL MILITARY HISTORY
Arizona State’s proud history of military service by football players
dates back to the initial years of the program’s existence, starting
in 1898 with three players that were members of the 1st United
States Volunteer Cavalry in the Spanish-American War, otherwise
known as Theodore Roosevelt’s “Rough Riders”.
ASU has records of over 70 football alumni who have served their
country throughout history.
Approximately three dozen known Arizona State football players
fought in World War II including: Sidney Anderson, Ted Anderson, Bob
Baccus, Art Bunger, Bob Buntz, Dom Campolo, Francis Clevenger,
Anson Cooper, Claude Duvall, Joe Garcia, Harold Herty, Albert Huber,
William Hudgens, Glenn Johnson, Max Julian, Heber Kleinman,
Frank Komadina, Robert Lackey, Tom Lillico, J.B McDonald, Jim
Montgomery, Ira O’Neal, Wendell Patterson, Ralph Peckovich, Dom
“Rocky” Pellicino, Jr., Clayton Peterson, Rex Phelps, Noble Riggs,
Henry Rockwell, Barney Rouse, Bill Saunders, Czeslo Schmidt, Clyde
L. Smith, Williard Smith and Morrison Warren.
OTHER NOTABLE SUN DEVILS IN THE MILITARY
Initially drafted into the 1st Army Corps in 1942, Ira O’Neal served in
the 42nd Aviation Squadron as a first lieutenant and was a pioneering
member of the Tuskegee Airmen squadron, the first African-American
military aviators in the history of the United States Armed Forces.
Lieutenant General John F. Goodman was the Sun Devil›s starting
quarterback in 1965 and 1966, and earned his B.S. from ASU.
He was the Commanding General of the U.S. Marine Corps
Forces Pacific Fleet and is one of the most decorated military
commanders in U.S history.
Jake Sheffield, a defensive tackle on the 2012 team, spent
approximately 18 months serving two tours of duty in Iraq with the
United States Marine Corps.
Current Sun Devil defensive lineman Christian Hill served in the Air
Force out of high school where he spent three and a half years
with stops in the Middle East, Korea and Germany. He was based
oat McChord Air Force Base in Washington where he worked on
emergency equipment on aircraft.
AT A UNIVERSITY LEVEL
The Department of Military Science at Arizona State University was
founded in 1935 and is located on the Tempe campus. It includes
the Arizona State University Army Reserve Officer Training Corps
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