“Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.”
~ President Harry S. Truman during a joint session of Congress on 16 April 1945
Greetings from the temporary SigEp Patriots Project (SPP) home office at Fort Bragg, NC. My apologies. The goal for 2014 was to write one edition of this work each week, however, the U.S. military had some plans for me that have been keeping me very busy.
This week, we remember and honor 12 brothers, including two who made the ultimate sacrifice, and one brother who was awarded the Army Distinguished Service Cross (DSC).
10 APR 1926
World War I Veteran and OH Gamma Brother Captain Robert L. Tavenner, U.S. Army died on this date in Columbus, Ohio while serving as an instructor in the Department of Military Science and Tactics at The Ohio State University (OSU). Brother Tavenner was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Ohio Army National Guard in 1917, and subsequently assigned to the 37th Division of the American Expeditionary Force.
Soon after arriving in the European Theater, he selflessly led his men while performing heroic acts for which he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) – the highest award presented by the U.S. Army second only to the Medal of Honor.
The SPP archives show that Brother Tavenner is one of five SigEp Patriots to be awarded one or more DSCs.
Robert attended the College of Arts at OSU where he was also in the Corps of Cadets. He graduated in 1908.
Respect can be paid to Brother Tavenner at Mound View Cemetery, Mount Vernon, Ohio.
13 APR 1945
On this date, during Operation VICTOR II, World War II Veteran and OK Alpha Brother First Lieutenant Frank M. Pinney, U. S. Army was serving with the 182nd Infantry Battalion of the Americal Division when he made the ultimate sacrifice near Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines.
In MAY 1941, Brother Pinney received a reserve commission in the U.S. Army upon his graduation with a degree in Aeronautics Administration, and was shipped overseas in SEP 1943. He was assigned to the 182nd as the Battalion Supply Officer.
|Brother Pinney's Purple Heart Certificate|
and a letter of condolence from President Truman
On 13 APR 1945, during a battle on Hill 260, First Lieutenant Pinney volunteered to lead a "carrying party" up Hill 260 in order to refit a rifle company engaged with the enemy and in desperate need of re-supply. While slugging his way up a trail, his party was ambushed and he was and killed instantly by a Japanese machine gun.
For his actions on this date he was posthumously awarded his second Bronze Star.
Frank became a SigEp during his three years at Oklahoma A & M (now Oklahoma State University), where he was also a member of the Pershing Rifles, Scabbard and Blade, and the Aggie Society.
Frank is memorialized alongside other patriotic citizens of Oklahoma on the website for The Oklahoma Veteran’s Memorial Gardens, Oklahoma’s War Dead, World War II Years 1941 to 1945.(http://www.oklahomaveteransmemorial.us/lost_war2.html)
Respect can be paid to Brother Pinney at Rose Hill Memorial Park, Tulsa, Oklahoma.