Wednesday, February 08, 2012

This Week in SigEp Patriot History, 06 – 12 FEB

“A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right.”
~ Thomas Paine (Englisth born American writer and political pamphleteer, 1737-1809)

09 FEB 2007
Five years ago today, we lost Vietnam War Veteran and TN Gamma Brother Captain Bruce Edward Crowe, U.S. Marine Corps when he passed away at his West Knoxville after a courageous battle with cancer. Bruce attended East Tennessee State University, graduated from The University of Tennessee and later earned a master’s degree from Tennessee Tech University. Brother Crowe received two Purple Hearts during his service in the Marine Corps, and later became a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Masons.

Memorials may be made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 736 N. 4th Ave, Knoxville, TN 37917 and/or the American Cancer Society, 871 Weisgarber Road, Knoxville, TN 37909.

Brother Crowe was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors. In 2011, the SigEp Patriots Project paid respect to Bruce on Founders and Veteran’s Day and you can too at Section 66, Site 7578.

08 FEB 2011
U.S. Army World War II Veteran OH Kappa Brother James Owen Simpson died on this date in Moultrie, Georgia. His obituary listed him as a “Lieutenant” but it is unknown whether he earned the rank of First or Second Lieutenant.Brother Simpson was born 06 JUN 1926, in Akron, Ohio, and he served in the Army prior to attending college. Employed by Equifax after college, Jim and his wife lived in Minnesota, Atlanta, Columbia, SC, and, finally, Columbus, OH, where he was executive sales manager until his retirement in 1992. After his retirement, he was able to achieve his life-long goal of traveling the world.

Respect can be paid to Brother Simpson at Chestnut Hill Cemetery in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

09 FEB 2011
U.S. Army Air Corps World War II Veteran KS Gamma Brother Robert Rousseau Ambrose died on this date in Overland Park, Kansas. Bob was born in Topeka, Kansas, 10 JAN 1917, lived most of his life in the Kansas City area, and attended the University of Kansas.

Brother Ambrose served as a flight engineer aboard B-24s during WWII, and flew on 50 bombing missions over Africa, Italy and the European Theatre. He was awarded four Air Medals during his service.

Bob owned and operated Ambrose Weinand Company for many years before he retired. He was a member of St. Ann's Catholic Church and the Serra Club of Kansas City, Kansas. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Serra Club of Kansas City, Kansas or Hospice Care of the Midwest.

Respect can be paid to Brother Ambrose at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, Kansas City, MO.

* U.S. Marine Corps Veteran FL Delta Brother Robert “Hoppy” Attree Hopkins died peacefully on 03 FEB at his home in Reston, Virginia. Hoppy attended Florida Southern College, graduating with a BS degree in Business, and after college he served in the Marine Corps as an officer stationed at Quantico, Virginia from 1961-1964. The visitation and celebration of Brother Hopkins’ life will be held at Adams-Green Funeral Home, 721 Elden Street, Herndon, Virginia on Saturday, 11 FEB 2012 from 1 to 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, in memory of Robert A. Hopkins, 3800 Fettler Park Drive Suite 104, Dumfries, VA 22025.
* U.S. Army Reserve Veteran NC Beta Brother Charles A. “Yogi” Denson, Jr., 71, of Mooresville, North Carolina passed away on Tuesday, 07 FEB 2012 at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM tomorrow (09 FEB) at Central United Methodist Church. The body will lie in state beginning at 10:00 AM at the church. The family will receive friends at a reception in the fellowship hall immediately following the service. Burial will take place at 4:00 PM at Glenwood Memorial Park in Mooresville.
* In addition, tomorrow (09 FEB) there were will be a memorial for an amazing SigEp Patriot that passed away 22 SEP 2011. World War II Veteran and CA Gamma Brother Captain Kenneth “Lindy” Newton Linder, Sr., U.S. Marine Corps served as a Corsair pilot with VMF-214 the “Black Sheep Squadron”, and as First Lieutenant Linder was given half credit for shooting down the Japanese bomber that struck the USS Benjamin Franklin (CV-13) on 19 March 1944. The bombing and ensuing fires resulted in the death of 772 aboard the Franklin including 32 Black Sheep members. For more details regarding the memorial being held in Santa Barbara, California please contact Brother Scott Carr, CA Gamma AVC President.

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

* SPP now has data on nearly 1,045 SigEp Patriots who serve/served in the U.S. military.
* We are happy to announce that the following SigEp Patriot has joined more than 425 such Brothers in the SigEps Who Serve Facebook group – the official group of SPP:
Two-time Operation IRAQI FREEDOM Veteran and KY Beta Brother Lieutenant Colonel Ed Nickerson, U.S. Army.
*SPP has added a 16th chapter point of contact. CA Gamma AVC President Scott Carr has stepped up to offer his energy and assistance with our efforts. Welcome aboard, Scott!

Brothers who serve/served in the U.S. military are welcome to join brothers-in-arms by sending an email to, as well as join our Facebook group at

Fraternally and Respectfully,

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