Monday, November 14, 2011

Last Week in SigEp Patriot History, 07 – 13 NOV

In this edition of “This Week:”
- Happy Veterans Day!
- Happy 236th Birthday United States Marine Corps!
- CA Theta Brother awarded the Bronze Star Medal
- AR Alpha Brother reenlists in Baghdad
- SigEp Patriots Project Facebook page approaches 390 Brothers

Last week was quite a moving and meaningful week for the SigEp Patriots Project (SPP). In addition to the great news listed below, the official SPP Facebook group – SigEps Who Serve – gained nearly a dozen Brothers, several more Chapter Representatives / Points of Contact (POCs) were established, the Marine Corps had its 236th birthday, and Veterans Day was Friday. On Friday, I spent the morning at the Veterans Day National Observance at Arlington National Cemetery (ANC), and the afternoon was spent driving around ANC visiting the gravesites of all the SigEp Patriots that have been found to date. The day concluded with the honor of catching up with Operation ENDURING FREEDOM (OEF) Veteran and NY Eta Brother Lieutenant Colonel Bill Duggan, U.S. Army and meeting his family.

Thank you to all the SigEp Patriots, your family and friends who serve or have served in the U.S. military in defense of our country.

Fraternally and Respectfully,

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

09 NOV 1920World War II Veteran and OK Alpha Brother Staff Sergeant Robert Bernard Patterson, U.S. Army was born on this date.

12 NOV 1921
U.S. Navy Veteran and CO Beta Brother Jack Dempsey Paxton was born on this date.

07 NOV 1950
U.S. Army WWI Veteran, Member of the North Carolina State House of Representatives, U.S. Senator and NC Gamma Brother Willis Smith was elected to the United States Senate on this date to fill the vacancy caused by the death of J. Melville Broughton.

10 NOV 1970
U.S. Army WWI Veteran, Rhodes Scholar, North Carolina State Senator, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Wake Forest College and NC Zeta Renaissance Brother Robert Lee Humber died in Greenville, North Carolina on this date. Born in Greenville on 30 MAY 1898, Robert graduated from Wake Forest in 1918, studied at Harvard, Oxford, and the University of Paris, and went to become a well-known international lawyer and leader in political, religious, and intellectual circles in North Carolina. Respect can be paid to Brother Humber at Cherry Hill Cemetery, Greenville, NC.

13 NOV 2006
On this date, former Commandant of the United States Marine Corps, Persian Gulf War and Operation IRAQI FREEDOM (OIF) Veteran, SigEp Citation Recipient and MO Zeta President General James Terry Conway, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired) was promoted to General, and assumed command as the 34th Commandant of the Marine Corps.

10 NOV 2008
WWII U.S. Army Air Corps Veteran CO Delta Brother Evans “Ev” W. Ferris passed away on this date in Santa Barbara, California. Ev was born in Gem, Kansas in 1917 but grew up in Denver. At Mines, he was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and played basketball. During World War II, Brother Ferris flew C-87s on cargo duty between India and China, and after the war he worked as an airline pilot for Continental Airlines. He worked for Continental for 32 years until he retired with his wife to Santa Barbara. Ev loved golf, and played often at La Cumbre Country Club, where he served as president of the board of directors in 1981 and 1982.

11 NOV 2008
OR Beta Brother Lieutenant Colonel Dr. John “Mike” Talbot, U.S. Air Force died on this date. Mike was born 19 OCT 1937, in Portland. Oregon, and earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Oregon in 1958. He then attended the University of Oregon Medical School, graduating cum laude in 1962. After medical school, Dr. Talbot joined the Air Force and became board certified in otolaryngology, serving in Wiesbaden, Germany, and San Antonio, Texas. He attained the rank of lieutenant colonel. He resigned from the Air Force in 1974 to open a private practice in Midland, Michigan. After several years, served on the faculty of Oregon Health and Sciences University, and following a long and distinguished career, Dr. Talbot retired in 2000. On March 21, 2001, he was named professor emeritus of otolaryngology head and neck surgery and diagnostic radiology from OHSU. He received the Meritorious Achievement Award in May 2001.

07 NOV 2010
MA Delta Brother Commander F. Curtis Jones, U.S. Navy assumed the duties as the first Commanding Officer of the USS NEW YORK (LPD-21) on this date. The bow of NEW YORK includes steel from the World Trade Center.

12 NOV 2010
WWII Veteran and NY Gamma Brother First Lieutenant James W. Ellwanger, U.S. Army died on this date. Born in Dubuque, Iowa in 1921, he moved to New Jersey in 1932. He graduated from Millburn High School in 1938 and earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from New York University, where he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon.

Brother Ellwanger served during World War II as a second lieutenant in the 817th Military Police Company of the XIX Corps, landing on Omaha Beach on 13 JUN 1944, and participated in campaigns in Normandy, Northern France and Germany, during which he received a battlefield promotion to first lieutenant for bravery under fire. He was honorably discharged in 1945 and went to work for Price Waterhouse & Co. in New York City.

In 1960, Jim became controller of the company later known as Servomation. By 1968 he had become vice president-finance, secretary and treasurer. During his tenure, the sales of the company increased from $18 million to nearly $1 billion, and the company's stock was listed on the New York Stock Exchange. He retired from the company in 1985, and was a member of the Masons, the Shrine and the Scottish Rite.

On the same date, U.S. Army Korean War Veteran and AL Alpha Brother Robert W. “Bob” Payne also passed away. Bob was a graduate of Gadsden High School and a graduate of Auburn University, earning a CPA degree. He was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon, and the past owner of Kirkland & Company CPA's.

13 NOV 2010
U.S. Marine Corps Veteran and UT Alpha Brother Wayne Lee Roelof died on this date in Newark, Ohio. Wayne was born on 22 JUL 1929, and after graduating from Utah State University in 1951 he served in the U.S. Marine Corp until 1953. Starting in 1953, he worked for Lancaster Hardware, and then Main Hardware in Newark from 1955 to present as store owner and manager.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the friends, family and Brothers of the following patriotic SigEps:
* U.S. Navy Veteran and MA Gamma Brother Harold Ferdinand Anderson passed away 29 OCT 2011. The pride he had in being a SigEp Patriot was obvious with Sigma Phi Epsilon listed in the second line of his obituary, and his Navy service referenced in the third line. A celebration of Hal’s life will be held Saturday, 19 NOV 2011 between 2 and 5 pm at his home. Donations may be made to the Cameron Park Friends of the Library, 2500 Country Club Dr., Cameron Park, CA 95682.
* MS Alpha President Captain Milton Drummond Brown, U.S. Air Force passed away on 01 NOV after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
* U.S. Navy WWII Veteran and VA Zeta Brother Lawrence M. “Sweeney” Shiflett of Front Royal, Virginia passed away on 05 NOV. Following his naval service, Brother Shiflett joined the U.S. Air Force and retired after 28 years of service. Respect can be paid to him at Prospect Hill Cemetery.
* U.S. Army Veteran and TX Alpha Chapter President Mervin Bernard Cook died on 10 NOV. A member of the 1954 Sigma Phi Epsilon pledge class, Merv served in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1959. In 1959, Brother Cook returned to UT to get his B.A. in business and was elected President of TX Alpha.

Congratulations to OIF Veteran and CA Theta Brother First Lieutenant Adam Wilson, U.S. Army who was recently awarded the Bronze Star and promoted on Monday to his current rank! Based on the information held by the SPP, his was the 44th BSM presented to a SigEp Patriot.
* Early last week in Baghdad, OIF Veteran and AR Alpha Brother Specialist Jordan Walker, U.S. Army reenlisted for four more years of service. Please join the SPP in congratulating Brother Walker on his continued service to the Nation.
* For the second week in a row love is in the air. On Friday, OIF and OEF Veteran and CA Upsilon Brother Sergeant Adam Hicks, U.S. Army Reserve got married in Las Vegas. Congratulations to him and his wife Eva. Earlier last week, OIF Veteran and IN Alpha Brother 1LT Ryan McKenna, U.S. Army posted on Facebook that he is now engaged to Ms. Daisy Soriano. Congratulations Ryan!
* November is Diabetes Month! U.S. Marine Corps Veteran and CA Theta Brother Patrick Dunlap is Executive Director of the American Diabetes Association. Please go to to access a wealth of health information.
* Congratulations to KY Eta Brother Taylor Phillip Duncan who learned of his pending promotion to Petty Officer Second Class in the U.S. Navy Reserve. Well done, Brother!

* Since the last edition of “This Week,” SigEps Who Serve – the Project’s official Facebook group – has grown with the addition of 11 patriots, and we wish a sincere welcome to the following Brothers:
Ed Weigel (U.S Army Reserve), Dayton Palen, Kurt Higginbotham, Will Hill, Devan Van Arsdale, Mike Tomkiewicz, Max Schreiber, Robert Stegall, Anthony King, Andy Loeb, and Christopher Dimando.

* In the previous edition of this work, an error was made with the failure to recognize the commitment of U.S. Navy Veteran and IN Beta Brother Sean Benge as the first SPP point of contact. Sean is currently serving as the SPP POC at his home chapter. In addition to Sean and Seth, new points of contact include:

NY Alpha POC – NY Alpha Brother Jon Schlosser; graduate student and ROTC Cadet
NY Delta POC – NY Delta Brother Justin Zeth
IL Xi POC – OIF Veteran and NC Xi Brother Ed Weigel, U.S. Army Reserve
VA Epsilon POC – VA Epsilon Brother Anthony Ballor
NE Beta POC – NE Beta Brother Mikael Penaherrara

Chapter Reps / POCs can be undergraduate or alumni Brothers. Contact SPP at to establish a POC at your chapter.

The Project has a listserve that you can join by writing to the email address above, and if you are a SigEp Patriot and on Facebook, just click on the link to go to the SigEps Who Serve page All we need to know is your home chapter and military affiliation.
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