November 10, 2022
The Bangor High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC), together with Robert
F. Kennedy Human Rights and the TramutoPorter Foundation, are proud to announce the
establishment of a Bangor High School Distinguished Veterans Honor Roll at Bangor High
School. The induction of the inaugural Class of 2022, was celebrated during an assembly
with the full student body in attendance on Thursday November 10, 2022 in Peakes Auditorium.
The Distinguished Veterans Honor Roll creates a permanent remembrance of the efforts and
sacrifices that Bangor High School graduates and educators made in service to the values and
principles of our Nation, and for the advancement of all human rights that are so deserved by all
peoples around the world.
The Ceremony was attended by Bangor High School Students and honored guests from the
community. Bangor High School Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Haily Comstock was the Master of
Ceremonies. She oversaw the recognition of the five honorees. The keynote speaker was 1948 BHS Graduate, Lieutenant General Walter Ulmer (US Army retired).
The Bangor JROTC conducted the ceremony which included the presentation of the colors,
unveiling of the plaque with the names of the five inductees, and a reading of a brief
biography of each inductee. The Bangor High School band, under the direction of Matthew
Tipton also participated in the ceremony.
To be recognized as a Bangor High School Distinguished Veteran, a person has to be a veteran
of the United States Armed Forces, or a former member of the civilian leadership at the
Department of Defense. He or she must have been either born in Bangor or have been a
student at Bangor High School. Veterans who were educators in the Bangor School Department are also eligible for recognition.
There are three main goals for creating the Distinguished Veterans Honor Roll at Bangor High
1. To honor veterans who were once Bangor students or educators and to demonstrate to
our current students how to honor these men and women and the values that they
defended in their careers in military service.
2. To promote the expression of dignity and respect for all of our people, including all ages,
races, genders, ethnicities, as well as honoring the contributions that these individuals
have made to society.
3. To recognize that the values of human rights that were fought for on the battlefield have
to be defended through education and by building positive personal connections
between the generations of our citizens.
The inaugural class of the Distinguished Veteran Honor Roll at Bangor High School includes
three current or former Bangor High School staff members and two former graduates:
Lieutenant General Walter Ulmer (BHS Class of 1948, USMA Class of 1952)
Lieutenant General Donald Norton Yates (BHS Class of 1927, USMA Class of 1931, CalTech
Class of 1939) (https://www.af.mil/About-Us/Biographies/Display/Article/105163/lieutenant-general-donald-norton-yates/)
Lieutenant Colonel Jack Kurtzman (Former Bangor HS JROTC Instructor)
Master Sergeant Bernie Dill (Former Bangor HS JROTC Instructor)
Petty Officer First Class John DeRoche, (Current Bangor HS Custodian)