Darlington School: Darlington Community Veterans Highlights: Current and Former Teachers
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Darlington Community Veterans Highlights: Current and Former Teachers

Becca Wood | November 30, 2020 | 159 views

Al Shorey

Veterans Day was Nov. 11, 2020, and we are honored to recognize the veterans in our Darlington family. Throughout the month of November, we’re highlighting our veterans in several blogs and on social media. We hope that you follow along all month and help us honor all of our veterans.

Today’s blog features experiences from current and past teachers.

Al Shorey is chairman of Darlington's math department. He served as a Lieutenant Colonel from 1992-2013. Al shared his thoughts on serving in the military: “Any success that I had in the Army came as a result of the great soldiers that I served with. We also can't forget that serving in the military is a family affair. My wife and kids made countless sacrifices over the years with our many moves, the long hours and extended deployments. Behind every great soldier is a better family!” Al and his wife, Stephanie, are the parents of two Darlington alumni: Charlie (’16) and Alan (’18).

Mano Hernandez served in the United States Air Force (E-3) from 1992-1996. He worked in Darlington's I.T. Office from 2005-2016. Mano shared, “The biggest impact of my life was the time spent in the Air Force and the lifelong friends that I made. The USAF set me up for success and allowed me to see how wonderful the world can be outside of my home state of California.” 

 Herb Jones served in the United States Navy active for 22 years and the United States Army Reserve for five years.

  • ’57-’61: Submarine service, USS Halfbeak, 352, Polar Ice Cap Cruise

  • ’58: Contact with first Nuclear Submarine Nautilus, 571, after she went under ice at the North Pole . 

  • ’59: USS Barracuda, K-1, T-3, New Orleans, Marti-Graf,  Submerged in Mississippi River, went down backwards because of miscalculation of weight of sea water in ballast tanks, Return to Key West, Dry dock to repair damage.

  • ’91: On duty17days at the Marine Intelligence Center, Norfolk, Va, Desert Storm Operation,

  • ’97: Retired- Chief Intelligence Specialist,(SS) United States Navy

Herb worked at Darlington from 1968-1997, serving in many roles. His daughter, Katy, attended Darlington and his son, Chip (’88) graduated from Darlington. 

If you are a veteran and haven’t had the opportunity to share your story and pictures with us, please email alumni@darlingtonschool.org.