Red Raiders Who Have Made the Ultimate Sacrifice

The annals of Barnstable High School Red Raider gridiron lore are replete with feats of glory and

personal and team accomplishment not often paralleled in Massachusetts high school football history,

but for a scant few Red Raider football alums there exists a breed set apart from the rest that cannot

be forgotten: those men who gave their lives while serving their country.

United States Navy

Kevin A. Houston, Captain

Navy Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer (SEAL)

Killed in Action, August 6, 2011 (Wardak Province, Afghanistan)

Operation Enduring Freedom

BHS Class of 1994

Varsity Football Captain - 1993

His decorations include two Bronze Stars with ‘V’ devices for valor; Purple Heart; Joint Service Commendation Medal with ‘V’ device for valor;

two Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medals; Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal; Combat Action Ribbon; Presidential Unit Citation; Battle ‘E’ Ribbon; Navy ‘E’ Ribbon; three Good Conduct Medals;

National Defense Service Medal; two Afghanistan Campaign Medals; Iraq Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal;

Sea Service Deployment Ribbon; Rifle Marksmanship Medal and Pistol Marksmanship Medal.

Richard C. "Dick" Archer, 1961 Red Raiders varsity, BHS Class of 1963

Machinist 2nd Class
USS Mansfield (DD-728)
United States Navy
27 August 1944 - 25 September 1967
Hyannis, MA

Killed in Action, Vietnam - 1967

Killed while serving aboard the U.S. Navy destroyer Mansfield

United States Army Air Corps

Chester "Chet" Coggeshall, Captain

Killed in Action - April 1945

Shot Down Over Germany

All-Cape, 1st Team, Quarterback, 1936

BHS Red Raiders - Cape Cod Champions, 1936

All-Cape, Honorable Mention, Quarterback, 1937

Varsity Quarterback, 1935

Two-Year Starter, Basketball

Four-year Starter, Baseball

One-Year, Varsity Track & Field

Inducted into the BHS Athletic Hall of Fame, Nov. 2010

United States Army

Otis R. Luomala, Private First Class

Killed in Action - France - April 4, 1945

Interred at Lorraine American Cemetery, Saint Avold, France - Plot F Row 18, Grave 21

Awarded the Purple Heart

253rd Infantry Regiment, 63rd Infantry Division

Enlisted in the US Army on March 30, 1944 at Fort Devens, MA

Four-Sport Varsity Letterman at BHS

Track & Field, Tennis, Baseball and Football

New Bedford Standard Times All-Cape & Islands, Football, 1934, Halfback


Inducted into the BHS Athletic Hall of Fame on Nov. 26, 2011

William "Bill" Tsiknas, Corporal

Killed in Action - France - 1942

First Hyannis resident killed in action in World War II

Varsity Tackle and End

Barnstable High School Red Raiders, 1935, 1936, 1937

Frederick N. Curtis
Specialist Four
United States Army
18 June 1948 - 28 May 1969
Osterville, Massachusetts
United States 15th Army Air Corps

James Stuart Mahoney, Flight Officer (W1-AAF)

Killed in Action - Italy - April 10, 1945

B24J A/C 42-51979 crashed San Giovanni Air Base
BHS Captain, 1942

All-Cape & Islands, honorable mention, 1941

Jean G. Hinkle Memorial Athletic Award, 1942

Do you know a former Red Raider who served and died for his country? Please help us honor their memory by letting us know by e-mailing us at historian@redraiderpride.com

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