Sunday, September 18, 2011

This Week in SigEp Patriot History, 12 – 18 SEP

"We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit
violence on those who would do us harm." - George Orwell
12 SEP 1917On this date, World War II Veteran and OK Alpha Brother First Lieutenant Frank Marion Pinney, U. S. Army was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

12 SEP 1924
U.S. Navy World War II Veteran and CA Beta Brother David Raynes Billings was born on this date in Los Angeles, California.

16 SEP 1929
U.S. Navy Veteran IN Alpha Brother Rex A. Sebastian was born on this date.

15 SEP 1940In Roundup, Montana, U.S. Navy Vietnam War Veteran and MT Beta Brother Robert Allen Lundstrom was born on this date.

15 SEP 1973On this date, Operation IRAQI FREEDOM Veteran and AL Alpha Brother Colonel Wallace Jack Paschal, U.S. Air Force (previously U.S. Army) was promoted to the rank of Private on this date. A great career starts with one small step.

14 SEP 2010
U.S. Navy World War II Veteran and NC Epsilon Brother Samuel Adamson Burgess, Jr (Davidson College ’48) died on this date in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Born in Jacksonville, FL, Brother Burgess grew up there before enrolling at Davidson College. There he studied until old enough to volunteer for the United States Naval Medical Corps during World War II. Upon completing his military service at the Portsmouth Naval Hospital in Virginia, Sam returned to Davidson College and graduated in 1948.

While at Davidson, Sam was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. After attending the School of Business at Columbia University in New York City, he worked for a year in Harrisburg, PA before entering Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, VA to study for the Presbyterian ministry. Upon graduation in 1952, Brother Burgess was ordained in Sparta, NC by the Presbytery of Winston-Salem and called to the Elkin Presbyterian Church in Elkin, NC.

Upon returning home after completing additional studies in Scotland at the University of St. Andrews, Sam became the organizing pastor of a new Presbyterian church in Garner, NC in 1956. During his pastorate, he served as a Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in 1960, 1976, and 1984. Love of community and people led him to serve in various offices and organizations including Boards of Directors of the American Cancer Society and the Triangle Counseling Center, president of the local PTA, and Chaplain for many years at the Garner Civitan Club.

When he retired in 1990, Sam volunteered his time tutoring students in the field of reading at Vandora Springs Elementary School and providing support to patients as a volunteer at Rex Hospital.

Jim was laid to rest at Williamsburg Cemetery in Kingstree, SC.

18 SEP 2010
A year ago today, U.S. Army World War II Veteran and CA Beta Brother James H. Cox (University of Southern California ’47) died peacefully at the age of 90.

He grew up on the Ohio River in Toronto, Ohio in a family that shared a deep appreciation of music. He sang in glee clubs, school operettas and church choirs. Jim served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a Navigator-Bombardier in WWII.

Following the war, Brother Cox returned to USC to complete his studies. He then earned an MBA from Harvard in 1949, and had a 36 year career with Bullocks Department Stores as buyer, store manager and VP of Stores. Jim’s numerous civic involvements include 30 years perfect attendance in Rotary, and serving as President of the Harvard Club of Orange County. He also served on the Board of The Chamber Orchestra of the South Bay and the Norris Theater, and was editor of numerous bulletins and newsletters. After moving to Fearrington Village, NC, he and his wife Joan opened a fine gift, gourmet food and floral shop, Chapel Hill Florist LTD.

Brother Cox will be remembered as kind and generous, a gentleman and a scholar with delightful sense of humor and wit. In remembrance of our Brother, contributions may be made in his name to The Norris Theater Memorial Fund, 27570 Crossfield Road, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274.

*Last Wednesday, CA Theta Brother Cameron Jost, U.S. Army signed his Airborne and Ranger contracts!

*On Friday, OK Alpha Brother Second Lieutenant Grant Milbourn, U.S. Air Force learned he was awarded his first choice and will soon begin training to fly the E-3 Sentry (AWACS) aircraft.
Congratulations and best of luck to Brothers Cameron and Milbourn!

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THE GROWING RANKS!Thanks to word of mouth and the assistance of Brothers, the SigEp Patriots Project's official Facebook group – SigEps Who Serve – continues to grow! In the previous edition of this work we were remiss in welcoming IL Mu Brother Matthew Bruce, U.S. Army National Guard (Illinois), and thanks to MT Beta Brother Tony Cerise we are very excited to announce that MT Alpha Brother Randy Hiatt, U.S. Army National Guard (Montana) and MT Beta Brother Patrick Lodahl have also joined the group.

Join us by going to and request to join 330 fellow SigEp Patriots. All SigEps who serve/served are welcome!

Fraternally and Respectfully,

Brother Ed Jones, NY Eta ‘96
Chief Petty Officer, U.S. Navy Reserve
Founder, SigEp Patriots Project
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