Sunday, December 11, 2011

This Week in SigEp Patriot History, 05 – 11 DEC

In this edition of “This Week:”
- More SigEp Rangers!
- SigEp Patriot Promoted
- Another Patriotic SigEp Joins the Ranks
- Update: SigEp Patriots Project

11 DEC 1887
On this date, U.S. Army World War I Veteran VA Epsilon Brother Charles Walter Mason was born in Stafford, Ohio.

11 DEC 1932
VT Alpha Brother Lieutenant Colonel William Thomas Collins, U.S. Army / Vermont Army National Guard (Retired) was born on this date in Burlington, VT.

08 DEC 1935
U.S. Army Veteran VT Alpha Brother Ferdinand “Ferd” Mario Anair Collins was born on this date in Waterbury, Vermont.

07 DEC 1967
On this date, the U.S. Senate confirmed the appointment of World War II Veteran and FL Alpha Brother Major Winston Eugene Arnow, U.S. Army JAG Corps to a seat on the U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida.

This Week Last Year
MI Alpha Brother Lieutenant Junior Grade John Dennis Bunbury, U.S. Navy died in Rockford, Michigan. John was born in South Bend, Indiana, and lived in Niles, Michigan until the nuns encouraged him to attend Loras Academy in Dubuque, Iowa. Brother Bunbury graduated from the University of Michigan, School of Business in 1951 and married his Tri Delta college sweetheart Barbara Krause in 1952.

Soon after graduation, John served on an amphibious flagship in the Navy as a Lieutenant J.G. He dedicated his entire professional career to Wolverine World Wide and retired from the company as President of the International Division. Brother Bunbury unselfishly volunteered his time as President of the Rockford School Board and as President of the Rockford Lions Club. He was also a member of the Rockford City Council, the Board of Aquinas College and the Board of the Independent Bank.

In his later years, he truly enjoyed his work as a member of the State Board of the Michigan Special Olympics. Brother Bunbury was a member of the Macatawa Bay Yacht Club and sailed in 18 Chicago-Mackinac races, and, along with a few of his Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity brothers, was a founding member of Cannonsburg Ski Area.

Wreaths Across America™ (WAA)
Yesterday, Wreaths Across America held more than 600 events all around the country. It was great to be part of one such event at Arlington National Cemetery other SigEps for the second year in a row, and to be able to place wreaths at the gravesite of several SigEp Patriots who gave so much so that we can enjoy our way of life.

Here you can see OK Alpha Brother Specialist Trey Lewis, U.S. Army National Guard laying a wreath at the grave of Korean War Veteran and TN Alpha Brother Sergeant First Class John Rambo, U.S. Army who was a POW for 19 months before returning home.

- Congratulations to Operation ENDURING FREEDOM (OEF) Veteran OH Kappa Brother Mike Woodall who was promoted to Sergeant of Marines on Tuesday.
- On Friday, NJ Alpha Brother Second Lieutenant Andrew Boyle, U.S. Army and OEF Veteran and FL Delta Brother Captain Nate Davis, U.S. Army graduated Ranger School at Fort Benning. Congratulations!
- Congratulations go out to TX Delta Brother Colby Farley who enlisted in the Army National Guard (Texas) this week. Thank you for stepping up to serve the country!

U.S. Army Veteran OH Theta Brother John Joseph Fesenmeier died 07 DEC at the age of 75 after a long and courageous struggle with a complicated, multisystem illness. Brother Fesenmeier earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. He then earned Masters and PhD. Degrees in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University. John served two years in the US Army in Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. He moved to Mobile in 1976, and was an active member of the Men of St. Joseph. Brother Fesenmeier volunteered at Providence Hospital and was a member of the Country Club of Mobile. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Ignatius Catholic Church at 10 A.M. tomorrow. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Robin Baggett Educational Fund at any Regions Bank location or McGill-Toolen Catholic High School. Entombment will be in the Mobile Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.

* MO Zeta Brother Sergeant James L. Maynard, U.S. Army passed away on 09 DEC at his home in St. Peters, Missouri surrounded by friends and family, following a battle with cancer. Brother Maynard was born May 26th, 1934 in Logan, West Virginia. Jim served his country as a sergeant in the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne during the 1950's after which he went to SEMO in Cape Giraurdeau, MO. He was a dedicated brother of Sigma Phi Epsilon. Services: The family is being served by The Baue Funeral Home, 3950 West Clay, St. Charles, MO. A private memorial will be held by the family. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the BJC Hospice, 8300 Eager Road, Suite 500A, St. Louis, MO 63144.

SigEps Who Serve – the official Facebook group of the SPP – would like to welcome SigEp Patriots Victor Morris and Colby Farley.

The passing of SigEp Patriots Fesenmeier and Maynard remind us that once they have died, we are unable to collect, honor and show respect to the patriotic accomplishments and sacrifices of such Brothers. This is one of several goals of the SigEp Patriots Project, and we continue to desire a mutually beneficial partnership with HQ in the achievement of this end. We hope you will reach out to Richmond to express your support for this effort, and will contact SPP with any information, comments, and /or recommendations (

Fraternally and Respectfully,

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