Sunday, December 04, 2011

This Week in SigEp Patriot History, 28 NOV – 04 DEC

In this edition of “This Week:”
- A Week with Two SigEp Patriots Killed in Action
- Former CNO was Born This Week
- Wreaths Across America at Arlington and more than 600 Locations
- Update: SigEp Patriots Project

29 NOV 1916
U.S. Navy World War II Veteran, Governor (Colorado) and CO Beta Brother John Arthur Love was born on this date in Gibson City, Illinois.

29 NOV 1920
Renaissance Brother and Former U.S. Navy Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Elmo Russell Zumwalt, Jr., U.S. Navy (Retired) was born on this date in San Francisco, California.

03 DEC 1944
On this date, World War II Veteran and OK Alpha Brother Staff Sergeant Robert Bernard Patterson, U.S. Army made the ultimate sacrifice when he was killed in action in Germany. Brother Patterson joined the ROTC program at Oklahoma A&M in October 1942, and enlisted in the Army in June 1943. His decorations include the Order of the Purple Heart, Bronze Star Medal and Presidential Citation.

Extensive research of national and U.S. cemeteries overseas, the location of Brother Patterson’s internment is unknown. I would appreciate it if you contact me if you have that or any other information regarding Brother Patterson.

30 NOV 1964
World War II Veteran and IN Alpha Brother Brigadier General M.C. Smith, U.S. Air Force retired on this date after 22 years of service to the Nation.

29 NOV 1967
On this date, World War II Veteran, U.S. District Court Chief Judge Northern District of Florida and FL Alpha Brother Major Winston Eugene Arnow, U.S. Army JAG Corps was nominated by President Lyndon B. Johnson to the bench of the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida.

03 DEC 2006
Operation IRAQI FREEDOM Veteran and TN Alpha Brother Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Trane McCloud, U.S. Marine Corps was killed in action on this date when the Sea Knight helicopter he was a passenger in crashed in to Lake Qadisiyah, Al Anbar Province, Iraq during an emergency landing.

Brother McCloud, 39, served almost 17 years with the Marines – including tours at The Pentagon, a fellowship on Capitol Hill and as an instructor at the Marine Corps Officer Candidate School in Quantico. He began his tour in Iraq in September 2006 assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force. Trane was was promoted posthumously to Lieutenant Colonel, and respect can be paid to Brother McCloud in Section 60 Site 8455 at Arlington National Cemetery.

TN Alpha Brother Wade Hutchens said a trust fund has been established for McCloud's widow and the couple's three young children. Donations should be sent to the McCloud Family Fund, c/o Barnes & Sherry Financial Management, 713 Main St., Port Jefferson, N.Y. 11777.

Wade said checks should be made payable to Margaret McCloud, his widow. Anyone wishing their contribution to be specifically for the children's education fund should make checks to College America, he added.

Wreaths Across America™ (WAA)
This coming Saturday, 10 DEC, the SigEp Patriots Project will be at Arlington National Cemetery for the second year in a row showing our respect and appreciation while participating in this great event that is also taking place in more than 600 locations in America.

Maps will be supplied showing the gravesite location of every SigEp Patriot that is known to be buried at Arlington. An event was created on Facebook – check it out at

The WWA story began 20 years ago when the Worcester Wreath Company from Harrington, Maine donated 5,000 wreaths to be placed on the headstones of our Nation's fallen heroes at Arlington National Cemetery.

Wherever you are located follow this link and then click on your state to find a WAA event near you.

* U.S. Army World War II Veteran and WI Alpha Brother Joseph Kortenhof died peacefully at home in St. Louis, Missouri of lung cancer on 29 NOV 2011. After serving in the Army Air Force, Brother Kortenhof earned degrees from Lawrence College and the University of Michigan Law School. Joseph was listed in “The Best Lawyers in America”, “Who’s Who in American Law” and “Who’s Who in America.” Our thoughts and prayers go out to Joseph’s wife, Althea, and the rest of his family.

SigEps Who Serve – the official Facebook group of the SPP – now numbers 415! We welcome SigEp Patriots Ben Garner, Steven Leemon, Chris Bush, Victor Morris and Grant Peters.

If you are a SigEp Patriot and on Facebook, just click on the link to go to the SigEps Who Serve page You will then be contacted to supply your home chapter and military affiliation. In addition to Facebook, SPP also has a listserve that you can join by writing to

* SPP Chapter Representatives / Points of Contact (POCs)
- ND Alpha President, Mark Becker is the 12th and newest SigEp Patriot Project POC, and we are lucky to have him with us.

- NE Beta Alumni Brother & AVC VP of Communication and Finance, Cory Butler is now the primary SPP POC for NE Beta. This week, Cory added another 50 names to the archives bringing the total of NE Beta Patriots who serve/served in the U.S. military to 90. Thanks Cory!

POCs can be undergraduate or alumni brothers. Contact SPP at to establish your POC.

Fraternally and Respectfully,

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