Special to Gatorsports.com
The University Athletic Association will recognize twenty-seven members of our armed forces (Air Force, Army, Marines, Navy) on Saturday for Florida’s annual Saluting Those Who Serve game, presented by Wells Fargo, at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
Veterans that will be recognized span multiple generations, as there will be individuals who have served during World War II, Vietnam War, Korean War, the war in Afghanistan and the Iraq War, respectively.
In addition, nine current service members will be celebrated.
Each individual either attended the University of Florida or has a special tie to the Gators or the UF community.
W. G. “Bill” Ebersole, Army Air Corps. (1943-45) – World War II
Jacob L. Feaster, Jr, Army (1952-92) – Korea
Norm Tankersly, Army (1952-54) – Korea
Joe Mastro, Navy (1965-05) – Vietnam
Steve Dodd, Army (1968-70) – Vietnam
Keith Brandon, Army (Recently Retired) – Desert Storm
Edward Davis, Marine Corps (2010-15) – Africa
Devan Phillips, Air Force (2010-14) – Europe & Middle East
Jon-Michel Estes, Marine Corps (2009-13) – Afghanistan
Norman Ho, Air Force (2009-17) – Various Deployments
Brandon Meyer, Marine Corps (2005-10) – Iraq
Bristol Rigby, Navy (2011-14) – Pearl Harbor
Michael Ricks, Army (2012-16) – Various Deployments
Rick Hurtado, Marine Corps (2013-17) – Iraq
Jonathan Novak, Army (2010-14) – Africa
[David Leh, Navy (2008-16) – Various Deployments
Christopher Salinas, Coast Guard (2010-15) – Various Deployments
Dave Kratzer, Army (-2016) – Afghanistan
Andrew Holland, Air Force (Currently Serving) – Various Deployments
Blake Milner, Air Force (Currently Serving) – Various Deployments
[Jordan Routt, Air Force (Currently Serving) – Various Deployments
Salma Campos, Army (Currently Serving) – Various Deployments
Brandon Fung, Army (Currently Serving) – Various Deployments
Lance Talman, Army (Currently Serving) – Various Deployments
Thomas Shields, Navy (Currently Serving) – Various Deployments
[Jack Rasmussen, Navy (Currently Serving) – Various Deployments
Kathleen Fewell, Navy (Currently Serving) – Various Deployments
Tickets for Troops
Gator fans can sponsor military service men and women, veterans and their families by purchasing and donating tickets to a Gators Football game. To contribute to the Tickets for Troops program, please contact the Gator Ticket Office at (352) 375-4683.