Sunday, October 23, 2011

This Week in SigEp Patriot History, 17 – 23 OCT

Greetings from the (mobile) home office of the SigEp Patriots Project (SPP) in Knoxville, Tennessee – home of TN Alpha!

It has been quite a few days, and if not for the generosity of Brothers, I would be much worse for wear. Thanks to the Brothers of TN Eta for extending such Brotherly Love during a time of incredible sorrow while dealing with the passing of chapter brother Joshua S. Lawrence, Captain, U.S. Army. While the circumstance of our meeting was difficult, I was incredibly inspired by the men I met of TN Eta. They have reminded me of the impact on our lives that we can have on each other, and I am a better person for making their acquaintance. A special shout out to DD for his Red Door and for being part of the car repair crew.

At the West Point graduation in May, Admiral Mike Mullen, then Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the nation’s highest-ranking military officer urged West Point cadets to share their sacrifices, hardships and traditions so that civilian Americans can better appreciate their soldiers. “I fear they do not know us, said Mullen. “I fear they do not comprehend the full weight of the burden we carry.”

It is because of Brothers like Josh Lawrence, Burl Rainwater and many, many others who serve/served our great nation that the SPP was formed – to honor and recognize the accomplishments and sacrifices of Brothers who serve/served selflessly in the U.S. military, and to insure they are always remembered. SPP welcomes partnerships in this effort with HQ as well as representatives from individual chapters.

Fraternally and Respectfully,

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

22 OCT 1889
U.S. Army World War I Veteran and Brother of Sigma Phi Epsilon Frank Rumer Jeffrey was born on this date in Seattle Washington.

23 OCT 1921
On this date, U.S. Army World War II Veteran OR Beta Brother Vernon “Vern” Sprague White was born Salem, Oregon.

19 OCT 1937
OR Beta Brother Lieutenant Colonel Dr. John M. Talbot, U.S. Air Force was born in Portland, Oregon on this date.

19 OCT 2003
On this date, World War II Veteran DE Alpha Colonel Guy L. Wharton, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired) died at his home in Delaware. Guy was born in Ocean View, attended school in Lewes, and was a graduate of the University of Delaware and the United States Marine Corps Officers Candidate School, Quantico, VA. While attending college he was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. Upon graduating from college, he entered the USMC in 1941. He was sent overseas in JAN 1942 and served in the Pacific area the entire war having participated in acquiring several of the now famous islands. During more than 24 years of service in the Marine Corps he also had duty in TX, CA, NC, VA and PA. Respect can be paid to Brother Wharton at Lower Brandywine Cemetery.

17 OCT 2005
Vietnam War Veteran VT Alpha Brother Major Paul William Tourigny, U.S. Army (Retired) died in Sutherland, Virginia on this date following a long battle with cancer. Formerly of Lewiston, Maine, he was a ROTC graduate of Norwich University in Northfield, VT receiving a commission in the U.S. Army Signal Corps. Paul served in the U. S. Army in various military capacities including 12 years in overseas duty and service in Vietnam for which he was awarded the Bronze Star. He was a world traveler and adventurer who enjoyed long-distance backpacking and hiking, and belonged to numerous hiking organizations. In addition, he was a life member of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, life member of Military Officers Association of America, and a member of American Legion Post 22 of Lewiston, Maine. Brother Tourigny was laid to rest with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.

23 OCT 2007
U.S. Veteran NY Beta Brother Arthur F. Rice died on this date in Exeter, New Hampshire. Brother Rice was president of Plywood Technology, and the former VP at Shepard & Morse Lumber Co.

17 OCT 2010
Order of the Golden Heart Recipient TN Alpha Brother Lieutenant Junior Grade George Burl Rainwater, U.S. Navy died on this date in Knoxville, Tennessee. Born on 05 SEP 1936, after Brother Rainwater graduated from the University of Tennessee he served in the U.S. Navy as a supply officer, achieving the rank of Lieutenant Junior Grade. In addition to his incredible volunteer work with the Fraternity, he was also active with the North Knoxville Optimists and served as Past District President of UMC Youth. He retired from AT&T/South Central Bell. According to his obituary, his greatest honor was being a Brother of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity at UT and receiving the Order of the Golden Heart for volunteer service from the National Fraternity.

22 OCT 2010
On this date nearly a year ago, Persian Gulf War and Operation IRAQI FREEDOM Veteran, SigEp Citation Recipient and MO Zeta Brother General James Terry Conway, U.S. Marine Corps (now Retired) transferred command to the new Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Jim Amos. Brother Conway served as the 34th Commandant.

On the same day, U.S. Army Veteran VA Alpha Brother Thomas Wade Adams died following a long and courageous struggle against prostate cancer. Brother Wade was born on 12 APR 1937, attended Thomas Jefferson High School in Richmond and graduated from the University of Virginia in 1959. After attending law school at the University of Richmond, he served in the Army with the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, NC. His 37 years of government service included the Department of Labor, The Aeronautical and Space Administration, and the Department of Defense. Respect can be paid to Thomas at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Richmond, VA.

* Congratulations to NC Mu Brother Ensign Dave Depman, U.S. Navy who can now officially fly F-18s!
* CA Beta Beta Brother 2LT Christopher Helali, U.S. Army is running the Marine Corps Marathon as part of the Human Rights Campaign team. You can support him by going to
* The ranks of the SPP and our Official Facebook Group – SigEps Who Serve – continues to grow! Thanks to those Brothers all over the country who continue to pass word about this group. We now numbers 361 and want to extend a sincere welcome to the following Brothers:
William Tudor, U.S. Army
Justin Clark, U.S. Army National Guard (Tennessee)
Cole Price, U.S. Army
Chad Underwood, U.S. Navy / Navy Reserve
Eric Mouillexxeaux, U.S. Navy
Michael Macrito, U.S. Navy
Bryce Booth, U.S. Navy
Andrew Nelden, U.S. Army
Kenyatta Smith, U.S. Army
Scott Huller, U.S. Army
Tanner Jones, U.S. Army (ROTC Cadet)
Chris “Otter” Bowlds, U.S. Air Force
Mike Callas, U.S. Army
Mike Mccune, U.S. Army
Jared Liebl, U.S. Army

Are you a Brother who serves/served in the U.S. military? If so, we are looking for you!

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