Saturday, November 17 • 1:00pmGator Football vs. Jacksonville State
As a part of Saluting Those Who Serve, throughout the game various military members, veterans and local first responders will be recognized for their service to our community and country. Learn more about many of them on this page.
Current military members, veterans and their families can purchase group tickets for only $35 with a military I.D. Call the Gator Ticket Office's Groups Sales Team at 352-375-4683 x. 6834 or e-mail.
Other Saluting Those Who Serve events to be announced.
Corporal Duane Dewey
United States Marine Corps
Born: November 16, 1931
Medal of Honor Recipient, Korean War
April 16, 1952, near Panmunjom, Korea
When an enemy grenade landed close to Corporal Dewey’s position while he and his assistant gunner were receiving medical attention for their wounds during a fierce night attack, Cpl. Dewey, although suffering intense pain, immediately pulled the corpsman to the ground and, shouting a warning to the other marines around him bravely smothered the deadly grenade with his body, personally absorbing the full force of the explosion to save his comrades from possible injury or death.
On November 12, 1953, Corporal Dewey received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his heroics. His Commemorative Medal of Honor coin will be used for the Florida vs. Jacksonville State coin toss.
World War II Veterans
Bob Gasche enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1943. His service as a rifleman at Iwo Jima ended when he was wounded by enemy shrapnel in March of 1945, but not before seeing the flag raised atop Mount Suribachi. He was awarded the Purple Heart and other medals of accommodation for his service during World War II. Six years later he fought as a member of the First Marine Division in Korea. Bob Gasche is currently involved in numerous veteran organizations, supports the Milton Lewis Young Marines, leads a group of Iwo Jima survivors, the Iwo Trio, and collects faded, torn American Flags for proper disposal.
During World War II, Don Rothwell was in both the 8th and 9th Air Force and served with the 382nd Air Service Squadron as an airplane and engine electrician working on P-47 Fighter Bomber aircrafts. After landing on St. Pierre-du-Mont, Normandy, his unit placed into operation the first temporary aircraft strip in Normandy. He is a current member of the D-Day Normandy Veterans of North Central Florida.
Private Tom Santarsiero entered into World War II as an Army infantry wireman in November 1943. After basic training, he joined the Company A. 110th Infantry, 28th Division in Bath, England. Tom landed on Omaha Beach about three weeks after D-Day and initially fought in St.-Lo, France. The 110th Regiment continued through France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany. On November 9, 1944, Tom suffered severe trench foot near Schmidt, Germany. After leaving combat and entering into months of rehabilitation, he entered into civilian life. He received Bronze Star and American Campaign medals, among others.
First Responders Alachua County Fire Rescue
Lieutenant Steve Swan
After serving in the Navy from 1990-1993, Steve Swan started a career in the fire service in 1993, serving with Newberry Fire Rescue. Since 1995, Lieutenant Swan has served with Alachua County Fire Rescue.
James V Elmore
James “Van” Elmore started in the fire serve at 14 years old as a “fire explorer.” He went to EMT school in 1989, and then started with Alachua County Fire Rescue in March 1990. He went to Paramedic School in the same year at Santa Fe Community College. Van was promoted to EMS Lieutenant in 1993 and in 2003 was named the department Chaplain.
First Responders Alachua County Sheriff’s Office
Sergeant Denise Scott
Denise Scott served in the United States Army from 1989-1992; she then moved on to the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office in 1994. From 1999-2004, she worked with the Juvenile Relations Bureau before moving to Criminal Investigations from 2004-2011. In 2011 Denise Scott was promoted to Sergeant.
Sergeant Michael Brett Rowlands
Michael Rowlands served in the United States Marine Corps from 1986-1990, and then began working for the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office in March of 2003. He was promoted to Sergeant in March of 2009. He has served on the Immediate Response Rifle Team, Honor Guard, and Bomb Disposal during his time with the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office. He is a two-time Medal of Valor recipient. Sergeant Michael Brett Rowlands was honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps.
First Responders Florida Highway Patrol
Gainesville native Anthony Dobosiewicz began his law enforcement career in August 2001 with the City of Alachua Police Department, and in 2004 was recognized as the Office of the Year. In June of 2005, he began the Florida Highway Patrol training and was assigned to Marion County, where he is still assigned. In 2009, he was appointed to the Northern Region Honor Guard. He is a troop Defensive Tactics, Firearm and CPR Instructor.
First Responders Gainesville Police Department
Officer Daniel Beans
(Lance Corporal Daniel Beans E-4, United States Marine Corps)
Officer Daniel Beans has been with GPD since February 2009. He has also been on the GPD SWAT team since March 2011. Sergeant Daniel Beans has served in the Marine Corps since 2005. As an infantry Marine, he traveled to Israel to train with the Israeli Defense Force and has completed two combat deployments: one to Iraq, the other to Afghanistan. Sgt Beans received the Navy Achievement Medal for his dedication for his service as a Machine Gunner with Task Force MP during his Iraq deployment in 2007. Sgt Daniel Beans received many Decorations, Medals, Badges, Citations and Campaign Ribbons during his service.
Officer Jeremiah Kelly
(Sergeant First Class Jeremiah Kelly, United States Army)
Sergeant First Class Jeremiah Kelly served as part of the United States Army in Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2009 through 2010. He successfully completed over 50 combat missions and several combined patrols in conjunction with the Iraqi police throughout the New Baghdad area. SFC Kelly received many decorations, medals, badges, citations and campaign ribbons while serving in the United States Army.
First Responders Gainesville Fire Rescue
Driver/Operator/Engineer Ernie Benjamin
Ernie Benjamin is a married father of 2 girls and a boy. He served four years active duty in the US Army and is now in his 12th year with Gainesville Fire Rescue. Ernie holds the rank of Driver/Operator/Engineer. He is a training specialist for Gainesville Fire Rescue’s Honor Guard, which he has been a member of for the past 10 years.
EMT/Firefighter Caleb Polhill
Caleb Polhill is originally from Okeechobee, Florida, where he lived until he went to college at Valdosta State. He played on the Valdosta State Football team as a defensive end. Caleb then moved to Gainesville, where he met his wife, Laura. They now have two children. Caleb has been with Gainesville Fire Rescue for approximately four years, and he is an EMT/Firefighter.
First Responders UF Police Department
Officer John Savona
Officer John Savona entered the U.S. Army in September 1989. In 1990, he was assigned to the 570th Military Police Company in Mannheim, Germany. While in Germany providing in-transit security during the Gulf War, he completed college courses through St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, New York. Upon completion of his tour of duty in Germany, John was assigned to the U.S. Military Academy Military Police Company at West Point, New York. In June 1994 he married Rebeca Savona, and then in August of the same year he departed the U.S. Army and accepted a job as a Police Serve Technician at the University of Florida Police Department. He worked for the department as a communications operator before attending Santa Fe Community College Police Academy and becoming a Police Officer in May of 1998. Since then, Officer Savona has been assigned to the Patrol Division and Community Services, and is currently assigned to the Police Mountain Bicycle Police Traffic Unit. John and Rebeca’s son, Brandon, was born in 2000. He is also a member of the University Police Department’s Honor Guard. He has been employed with UPD for 16 years.
U.S Air Force Pilots
The U.S. Air Force will conduct a flyover following the National Anthem performed by the Gator Band during pregame. The pilots are from the 23rd Fighter Group out of Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta, Georgia and will be flying A-10s.
Pilots and Crew
- Major Andrew "Lobo" Quinn
- Major Matt "Meatus" Paetzhold
- Captain Patrick "TISL" Parrish
- Captain CJ "Snuff" Anthony
- Major Dylan “Habu” Thorpe
- Lieutenant Holly “Pothole” Thompson
- Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Crocco
Jonathan Anderson served in the United States Army for two years after being drafted in November of 1966 and spending 1968 in Vietnam. He is 90% disabled as a result of his military service, 70% of which is combat related. He is currently a junior in the Family, Youth and Community Science major where he carries a 4.0 GPA.
Paul Deis served in the United States Marine Corps from 1994 until 2005. He has received a Joint Service Achievement Medal and has been deployed twice, once to Afghanistan and once to the Horn of Africa. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Political Science.
Brinton Woodfiled served 6 years as a Specialist in the United States Army from 2003-2009. He was also deployed to Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2007-2008.
Jose Arzuaga served in the United States Navy from 2000 to 2007, and was a Petty Officer Third Class. He served aboard the USS Constellation, USS John F. Kennedy, and Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, FL. He is currently working on his Master’s Degree in Building Construction.
Sarah Cox enlisted in the Florida Army National Guard in 2007 as a finance specialist. She spent two years in Italy and Germany on duty training missions. She has recently come back home from Afghanistan and is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Forensic Science.
Thomas Fitzgerald served in the United States Air Force for just over three years. While in the Air Force he gained the rank of Senior Airman as a tactical aircraft maintainer and crew chief. He was deployed to Southeast Asia in the spring of 2012. He is currently pursuing a degree in Applied Kinesiology and Exercise Physiology and plans to pursue a career as a pilot for the United States Air Force after college.
Dallas Brown served in the United States Air Force as an X-Ray Tech from 2000 to 2004. She gained the rank of Senior Airman and was station at Ramstein Air Base in Germany. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Sport Management. Dallas is currently working in facilities operations in the UF Department of Recreational Sports.
Corporal William J. Carrow served in the United States Marine Corps from 2007 until 2011. He was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2008-2009 and Operation Enduring Freedom from 2009-2010.
Bryan Erb enlisted in the United States Navy and was a 2nd Class Petty Officer. He served as an Information Systems Technician in Hawaii and was deployed as an Embedded Training Team member to Afghanistan from 2006-2007. He is currently a senior biology student with intentions of becoming a medical doctor and rejoining the military to take care of fellow service members.
Lieutenant Caleb McDow served nine years of active duty in the United States Navy as a F-18 Super Hornet aviator. He continues to serve in the Navy Reserve at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, FL. He has been awarded several decorations for his service. He is currently pursuing a Master’s of Science Degree in Real Estate.
Second Class Petty Officer Jared Miller served 5 years from 2000-2005 as an Information Systems Technician in the US Navy. He completed two deployments onboard the USS Shrike (MHC-62) and transferred to Naval Beach Group One before leaving to pursue a Bachelor's degree. He received several awards recognizing his service including a Navy Achievement Medal and was an Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist. He is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Information Systems at the University of Florida.
Staff Sergeant Bryan Muhlbach has served nine and a half years with the Florida National Guard. He has completed tours to Afghanistan and Iraq, and is still enlisted as a squad leader. He is pursuing his Master’s Degree in the ProTeach program with aspirations to teach Social Studies.
Second Lieutenant Matthew Lake serves with the United States Marine Corps Reserve. Come 2013, he will be stationed in Virginia with plans to become a scout sniper platoon leader. He is currently pursuing his Master's of Science in Leadership Development.
Sergeant Matthew Davis served four years in the United States Army. He completed one 12-month tour in southern Iraq. He is currently Vice-President of the Collegiate Veterans Society and studying Finance.
Sergeant Michael Filipelli served with the United States Marine Corps from 2003 to 2007. He completed a tour in Iraq as a Motor Transport Operator. He is currently the President of the Collegiate Veterans Society and studying Electrical Engineering.
Clayton Robinson served 7 years as a Fleet Marine Force Corpsman with the U.S. Marines and Navy Divers. He has been deployed to Iraq and countries throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Southwest Asia. He is currently pursuing a Linguistics Degree while studying Arabic and Chinese.
Sergeant Kyle Morrison served with the United States Marine Corps from 2004 to 2008. His deployments include Cuba, Bahrain, Beirut, and Iraq. He is currently studying Family, Youth, and Community Sciences.
Zach Coughlin served 5 years with the United States Army. He had two deployments to the Pacific region, working as the Non-Commissioned Officer in-charge of a Military Information Support Team. He is currently pursuing a degree in Political Science with a minor in History.
Stephen Carlisle served four years with the United States Marine Corps. He was deployed to Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. He is member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity and studying Finance.
Staff Sergeant Steven Reilly currently serves in the United States Air Force. His over five years of service has allowed him to travel all over the United States and to Thailand. He is currently pursuing a degree in Aerospace Engineering.
Gator Student-Athletes Military and First Responder Ties
|Brown, Jeremy||Football||Terrell (father), Jimmy (grandfather)||Terrell - Navy; Jimmy - Army during Vietnam War|
|Easley, Dominique||Football||David (brother), Davis (father)||David (b) - Army; David (f) - Army|
|Elam, Matt||Football||Donald (father)||Served in Vietnam|
|Gorman, Jabari||Football||David (grandfather), David (brother)||David (g) - Air Force; David (b) - Navy (based in TX)|
|McCray, Lerentee||Football||Tracy Glover (uncle), Precious Cannon (sister)||Tracy - Army (based in TX); Precious - Army (based in VA)|
|Mobley, A.J.||Football||Himself||Served 4 yrs in U.S. Marine Corp (Iraq, Afghanistan); joined team in 2012|
|Morrison, Antonio||Football||11 relatives: g-grandfather, grandfathers, uncles, aunt, cousins||WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Derest Storm, Afganistan|
|Nixon, Xavier||Football||Fotini (mother), Kenneth (father)||Fotini - served in Iraq (now based in LA); Kenneth - served in Kuwait & Afghanistan|
|Purifoy, Loucheiz||Football||Kamisha Shannon (sister), Terrell Shannon (brother-in-law)||Kamisha - served in Army; Terrell - active in Army|
|Reichardt, John||Football||Himself||Served 7 yrs in Army (Iraq, Afghanistan); joined team in 2012|
|Schmitt, Jesse||Football||Bruce (father), both grandfathers, himself||Bruce - Marines; grandfathers - Military; Jesse - second lieutenant in Marines upon graduation|
|Silberman, Ian||Football||Stephanie (mother), Warren (father)||Both served in Navy|
|Velez, Frankie||Football||Dr. Jose (father)||Army Doctor (stationed in GA)|
|Caquatto, Bridgette & Mackenzie||Gymnastics||Donald Johnston (grandfather); Joseph Caquatto (grandfather)||Donald - fought in Korea War; Joseph - fought in WWII|
|Dickerson, Ashaneé||Gymnastics||Walter Daise, Leroy Daise, Vernon Daise (uncles)||All served in Army|
|Hunter, Kytra||Gymnastics||De-Forrest Hunter (father)||Served in Army for 26 years|
|Rose, Lauren||Gymnastics||John Suhar (grandfather)||Served in the Army during World War II|
|Shisler, Jamie||Gymnastics||Daniel Wells (grandfather)||Served in Army|
|Sloan, Bridget||Gymnastics||Grover Sloan (grandfather); Jack Cosgrave (grandfather)||Both served in Army|
|Spicer, Rachel||Gymnastics||Dale Spicer (grandfather)||Served in the Korean War|
|Wang, Kiersten||Gymnastics||Todd Wang (father)||Served in the Army|
|Darcangelo, Sam||Lacrosse||Jaret (brother)||In second year at US Naval Academy|
|Hart, Kelsey||Lacrosse||Michael (father), Michael (uncle)||Both NYC firefighters|
|Rupp, Jackie||Lacrosse||Robert (father), Sarah Beth (sister)||Robert - Captain in Navy; Sara Beth - last year at US Naval Academy|
|Stolins, Kayla||Lacrosse||Greg (father)||Firefighter|
|Frazier, Michael II||Men's Basketball||Michael (father)||Combined 13 years (Army during Persian Gulf War, First Lieutenant in Medical Service Corps)|
|Kurtz, Jacob||Men's Basketball||Henry Cuzydlo (grandfather)||Marine in Korean War|
|Prather, Casey||Men's Basketball||Brittany (sister)||National Guard|
|Bobbitt, Annie||Soccer||Lewis Bobbit (father)||Served in the Air Force|
|Burke, Taylor||Soccer||Arther Carey Sams (grandfather); James Francis Burke (grandfather)||Arther - served in Korean War; James - served in World War II|
|Burleigh, Becky (Head Coach)||Soccer||Ron Burleigh (father); Robbie (brother)||Ron - served in the Army; Robbie - served in the Navy|
|Falknor, Claire||Soccer||Jim Falkner (grandfather)||Served in the Korean War|
|Gutsche, Karina||Soccer||John Berrios (grandfather); Sharon Thompson (grandmother)||John - served in the Marines; Sharon - served in the Navy|
|Larrick, Jennifer||Soccer||Henry Remppel (grandfather); Ben Larrick (grandfather)||Henry - served in the Marines & Army; Ben - served in Air Force & Navy|
|Reeb, Haley||Soccer||John Burton and Robert Jay Reeb (grandfathers)||Both served in the Army|
|Reed, Brittney||Soccer||Brandon (brother)||Lance Corporal in Marines|
|Reed, Brittney||Soccer||Brandon (brother); Charles Reed (grandfather); Charles Reed Jr. & Ronald Reed (uncles); Ronald Hinzman (cousin)||Brandon - Corporal in U.S. Marine Corps; Charles - Navy & Army - Charles Jr., Ronald R & Ronald H - Army|
|Rodgers, Maggie||Soccer||Casey Rodgers (mother); Bob Rodgers (grandfather)||Casey - Army; Bob - served in World War II (survived Pearl Harbor)|
|Silver, Lauren||Soccer||Gary Silver (father)||Served in the Air Force|
|Smith, Brooke & Lauren||Soccer||Al Smith & William Hardaway Jr. (grandfathers); William Hardaway III (cousin)||Al - Navy Pilot; William - Army; William III - Marines|
|Speese, Annie||Soccer||Philip Payne III & Richard Blizzard & Richard Blizzard (uncles); Ann Payne (grandmother)||Philip - Navy; Richard B 1 - Navy; Richard B 2 - Police Officer in Baltimore and Ft. Myers; Ann - Navy|
|Tymrak, Erika||Soccer||Stanley Tymrak (grandfather)||Served in the Army|
|Tysinger, Valerie||Soccer||Russell Tysinger (father); Patrick Tysinger (brother); Rip Armstrong (grandfather), Jeff Tysinger (uncle)||Russell - Marines; Patrick - currently in the Navy; Rip - Air Force; Jeff - Army|
|Backlund, Dana||Volleyball||Erik (brother), Al Gunnel (g-grandfather), Ingabritt (sister)|
|Mallette, Gabby||Volleyball||Bri Spann (sister), Eldon Shellito (grandfather)|
|Smith, Betsy||Volleyball||Don Bruce (grandfather)|
|Swalchick, Jackie||Volleyball||Jeff (father)|
|Whaley, Berkley||Volleyball||Johnson, Rand (grandfather)|