2018 McKeesport Hall of Fame Honorees

The McKeesport High School Alumni & Friends Association is proud to announce that five distinguished alumni and a group of 23 Vietnam Veterans who attended McKeesport High School, known officially as “The McKeesport 23”, have been selected for induction into the 2018 Hall of Fame.

The 2018 honorees are:

  • Daniel F. Marusa, Class of 1969 (Naval Commander, Executive Officer of the Naval Air Technical Training Center)
  • Barbara Bechtol Cross, Class of 1971 (Retired Lieutenant Colonel, United States Marine Corps)
  • David J. Thompson, Class of 1978 (Detective, Bureau Commander, Malibu Lost Hills Station)
  • David Spurgeon, Class of 1989 (Judge, Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas) 
  • Lauren Apter Bairnsfather, Class of 1992 (Executive Director, Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh) 
  • Swin Cash-Canal, Class of 1998 (Director of Franchise Development, New York Liberty, Sports Analyst, Retired WNBA Champion, Olympic Gold Medalist, Philanthropist) 
  • “The McKeesport 23”: PFC Norman Wallace “Boots” Johnson; PFC Michael JosephNemchick; PFC Michael DennisPliska; PFC James Francis Brooks Jr.; SSGT Thomas John Winklevoss; PFC Tyrone Gregory Burse; PFC James Edward West; SSGT David Lloyd George Moser; LCPL Gregory Francis Popowitz; SP4 Curtis Taylor Gay; LCPL Thomas James “Jitters” Sweeney; PFC Louis Howard Huff II; MAJ Jack Claire Plumb; SP4 John Alan Germek Jr.; SP4 James Robert Long; PFC Tibor Sotak; PO2 Patrick Robert McNelis; GYST Raymond Gibel; 1LT Richard Michael Arnovitz; PFC Kenneth Gordon Kline; 1SGT Donald Robert Donaldson; CPT Terry Jack Martell; and  SP4 Vincent Edward Galka.

 With the 2018 Class, membership in the Hall of Fame will stand at 211.

 Formal induction will take place at the 31st annual Hall of Fame Recognition Dinner on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at Stratigos Banquet Centre. If you are interested in attending, please contact Vicki Corwin at vcorwin@tcfpe.org for more details.