Friday, May 20, 2011

This Week in the History of SigEp Patriots, 15-21 MAY

At least eight brothers are currently serving in harm’s way overseas and others continue to get the call. All of them need our diligent support. While some brothers are in sensitive locations, others can receive mail. If you are interested in contacting a deployed brother and providing support just give me a call.

With that, it is a great pleasure to welcome home recent returnees from the U.S. Central Command theater of operations Brother / Corporal Mike Woodall, U.S. Marine Corps (OH Kappa / Bowling Green State University) and Brother / Captain Adrian Montague, U.S. Army (TN Kappa / University of Tennessee at Martin ’04). Meanwhile, Brother Mike Tregle, U.S. Army (LA Gamma / Loyola University ’01) is nearly back in the States.

15 MAY 1918
On this day, the French government showed their appreciation and recognized the bravery of WWI Veteran / Brother / Major James Armand Meissner, U.S. Army Air Service (NY Beta / Cornell) when they awarded him the Croix de Guerre – their medal for bravery.

21 MAY 1926
WWII Veteran/Brother/Sergeant George Edward "Geo" Canney, U.S. Army (VT Alpha / Norwich University) was born on this day.

17 MAY 1929
Vietnam Veteran / Brother / Three-time Bronze Star Recipient / Lieutenant Colonel Richard E. Munsell, U.S. Army (Armor) and Vermont Army National Guard (retired) (VT Alpha / Norwich University ’54) was born in Cleveland, OH on this day.

16 MAY 1931
On this day, Brother Edgar Jackson “Jack” Venable, U.S. Army (NC Eta / High Point College ’53) was born.

15 MAY 1970
WWII Veteran / Vietnam Veteran / Renaissance Brother / Admiral Elmo Russell Zumwalt, Jr., U.S. Navy was relieved as Commander Naval Forces, Vietnam on this day in preparation of his assignment as Chief of Naval Operations.

20 MAY 2005
At the age of 82, WWII Veteran of D-Day and Omaha Beach / Bronze Star Recipient / Brother Robert L. Snowberger, U.S. Army (DE Alpha / University of Delaware) died at his home after a long illness.

19 MAY 2010
Two SigEp Patriot Brothers died on this day a year ago. WWII Veteran / Brother / 1Lt Douglas L. Pearce, U.S. Army Air Corps (CO Delta / Colorado School of Mines ’42, and Brother James R. Roth, U.S. Army Reserve (KS Epsilon / Emporia State University ’63).

20 MAY 2010
At the age of 90, WWII Veteran / Purple Heart Recipient / Brother John Howard Lawrence, U.S. Navy (VA Epsilon / Washington & Lee ’42), a veteran of the pacific campaigns at Tarawa, the Marshall Islands, Saipan, Tinian and Iwo Jima, died on this day.

The SigEp Patriots Project wants to send condolences to the families and friends of the five brother patriots who recently passed away:

21 APR 2011
WWII Veteran / Brother Charles Taylor Foley, U.S. Navy (NC Delta / University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill ’50)

24 APR 2011
Korean War Veteran / Brother / First Lieutenant Robert Kinsman Horne, U.S. Army (VT Alpha / Norwich University ’53)

26 APR 2011
WWII Veteran / Brother / Flight Surgeon Richard Elwood Nitschke, U.S. Army Air Corps (NC Gamma / Duke University) and Brother Thomas M. Hamilton, U.S. Air Force (IA Delta / Drake University).

10 MAY 2011
WWII Veteran / Korean War Veteran / Brother / Doctor John Russell Carney, U.S. Army (WWII) and Captain, U.S. Air Force (Korean War) (CO Gamma / Colorado State University).

To date, the SigEp Patriots Project has 235 pages of information about SigEps who serve/served our great nation. While no SigEp has been awarded the Medal of Honor, four Army Distinguished Service Crosses have been awarded to brothers, as well as one Navy Cross, six Silver Stars, 28 Bronze Stars (five for Valor) and 10 Purple Hearts. I am sure there is more out there, and I hope you will share a few things from your military service.

Today is a big day for several SigEp Patriots. Brother Ted Slusher, NC Mu / Elon University ’11 will be commissioned into the United States Air Force as a Second Lieutenant, and Brothers Nate Cross, NY Lambda / Canisius College ’11 and Maurice “Mo” Cooper, NY Lambda / Canisius College ’11 will be commissioned Second Lieutenants in the U.S. Army. Best of luck in your new careers!

Brother Mike Pullen, Va Pi / Christopher Newport University '07 reported on Facebook yesterday that he is now a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy! Mike has been very busy and multiple congrats are due to him since he got married 02 APR, he bought a new house, and he graduates from medical school tomorrow.

We can’t print the exact announcement from Facebook, but we are very please to pass to you here that Brother John Rushing, U.S. Army (NY Chi / Clarkson University) has survived the rigorous selection process and has been chosen for Special Forces / Green Beret training! Way to go, John!

Congratulations to Brother Brent Crosner, U.S. Army (WV Delta / Davis & Elkins College ’06) on his recent engagement to Erin Kittleberger.

Brother Kolby Bissell, U.S. Army (IL Eta / Southern Illinois University – Evansville ‘09) reports from the sandbox that he is now a First Lieutenant! Stay safe on deployment, LT and get back home!

Brother Sam Curtis, U.S. Army VA National Guard (VA Beta / Virginia Commonwealth University ’14) began his basic training with the National Guard on Monday, and directly after that he will be going to AIT for field artillery. He will be back on September 5th, and I am sure he would appreciate any support you send him.

Brother / Drill Sergeant Liam Engle (a proud fellow NY Eta brother from Buffalo State College) honorably separated from the active duty Army last Thursday. Thank you for your service, Liam.

Congrats to Brothers now Lieutenant Junior Grade Mario Bencivenga (CT Epsilon / Quinnipiac University ‘09) and Ensign Steven Whelpley, U.S. Navy (VA Pi / Christopher Newport University ‘07) on their graduation from Officer Development School.

Late congrats are going out to Brothers TJ Tebbe, U.S. Army IL National Guard (IL Nu / Eastern Illinois University ‘08) and Brian Bierwirth, U.S. Army (NY Chi / Clarkson University ‘10) on their completion of the U.S. Army Field Artillery Basic Officer Leaders Course. TJ headed back to Illinois, and Brian is been tapped for some additional work with the Army. Also, in late April, Brother Eric Mui, U.S. Marine Corps (NJ Alpha / Stevens Institute of Technology) learned he had been selected for promotion to Captain and will pin on his new rank in October.

Greetings from Washington, DC. It has been a while since a rendition of “This Week in the History of SigEp Patriots” has been posted on Quite a bit has been going on including a 35 day flu/bronchitis period, and while I promised I would always do my best by this project, sometimes something has to give. I appreciate your patience and keep sending those news items!

Fraternally and Respectfully,

Ed Jones
Chief, U.S. Navy
Founder, SigEp Patriots Project
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