Sunday, January 01, 2012

This Week in SigEp Patriot History, 26 DEC – 01 JAN

31 DEC 1917
World War II – Battle of Midway – Veteran and IL Alpha Brother Ensign Joseph Metcalf Hissem, U.S. Navy Reserve was born on this date in Mount Carroll, Illinois.

01 JAN 1920
On this date, World War I Veteran and OH Gamma Brother Captain Robert Lester Tavenner, U.S. Army was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for extraordinary heroism in action near Cierges, France on 29 SEP 1918.

27 DEC 1934
Vietnam War Veteran and OR Alpha Brother Major George “Vern” Ellison, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired) was born this date in Eugene, Oregon.

30 DEC 1944
For his actions at Bastogne, France while serving as the acting commander of the 101st Airborne Division, World War II and Korean War Veteran, SigEp Citation Recipient and WV Beta Brother General Anthony Clement McAuliffe, U.S. Army (Retired) was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross by General George S. Patton.

26 DEC 1947
On this date, Former Commandant of the United States Marine Corps, Persian Gulf War and Operation IRAQI FREEDOM Veteran, SigEp Citation Recipient and MO Zeta President General James Terry Conway, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired) was in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas.

26 DEC 1953
World War I Veteran, U.S. Ambassador and KS Alpha Brother First Lieutenant Monnett Bain Davis, U.S. Army died on this date in Ramat Gan, Israel while serving as U.S. Ambassador to Israel.

Respect can be paid to Brother Davis at Arlington National Cemetery.

26 DEC 1997
Korean War Veteran and Prisoner of War, TN Alpha Brother Sergeant First Class John William “Bill” Rambo, U.S. Army / Tennessee National Guard passed away on this date in Fairfax Station, Virginia after a lengthy illness. A native of Knoxville, he grew up in the Fountain City area and was a graduate of Central High School. He was a member of the Tennessee National Guard and was among the first to serve in Korea. He was a Prisoner of War for 19 months, and was given a heroes welcome by his hometown upon his return in 1953. He was awarded the Bronze Star, Silver Star and the Korean Gold Medal of Honor for his military service. He graduated in 1958 from the University of Tennessee, and was active in student affairs and Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. Bill was with Kay's Jewelers for over 30 years, serving in many cities prior to his retirement in 1990 as senior vice president and general manager.

Bill was buried with military honors in Section 70, Site 1706 in Arlington National Cemetery.

U.S. Marine Corps World War II Veteran NE Alpha Brother Jay Franklin Hoffman died 27 NOV in Carlsbad, California. After graduating in 1943, Brother Hoffman enlisted in the Marine Corps and was called to active duty in May, proudly serving in the Second Marine Division in the South Pacific.
* U.S. Navy World War II Veteran TN Beta Founding Father and Treasurer Herbert Leon Tate, Jr. passed away 24 DEC in Memphis, Tennessee. Enlisting in the Navy after graduating from high school, Herb served primarily in the Pacific theater during WWII, and enrolled at (then) Memphis State University after his time in service.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of these Brothers, and the SigEp Patriots Project promises that their service to the Nation will never be forgotten.

It has been quite a month for CA Theta Brother Specialist Frank Beardsley, Army National Guard (California) who received orders in early December for his promotion to Sergeant (he will be pinned in January), graduated from California State University - Sacramento later in the month, and got engaged to Miss Allysa Blixen! Congratulations to Frank and Allysa!

* MO Kappa Brother Corporal Teddy Johnson, U.S. Marine Corps was selected as NCO of the Year for his company at MCAS Iwakuni, Japan. Congratulations to Teddy on the recognition of his hard work and commitment!

* CT Alpha Brother and U.S. Marine Corps Veteran Chris Albert got married on 31 DEC 2011. Congratulations to Chris and his wife, Cortney!

* Best of luck to NY Rho Brother Gabriel Vazquez who departs for Marine Corps basic training at Parris Island on 03 JAN!

During the past week, the following SigEp Patriots have joined the SigEps Who Serve Facbeook group – the official SPP Facebook group: NY Rho Brother Gabriel Vazquez and MO Kappa Brother Corporal Teddy Johnson, U.S. Marine Corps. Welcome Brothers!

* This week, another chapter has recognized the significance of the efforts of the SigEp Patriots Project. OH Rho Vice President of Communications Jim Holder stepped forward to serve as the 14th chapter point of contact, and we look forward to working with him.

If you are a SigEp Patriot or know of one, drop an email to and look for us on Facebook.

Fraternally and Respectfully,

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