Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Last Week in SigEp Patriot History, 25 MAR – 01 APR

25 MAR 1942
World War II Veteran and IL Alpha Brother Henry George Gansz was killed in action on this date. The SigEp Patriots Project (SPP) pledges that Brother Gransz and his service will be always be remembered.

30 MAR 1945
On this date, World War II Veteran and IL Alpha Brother First Lieutenant John Robinson Lang, U.S. Army Air Corps was reported missing in action over Luzon while serving with the 8th Fighter Squadron, 49th Fighter Group in the Philippines. John was a gunnery instructor in Texas before going overseas.

Brother Lang is remembered on the Tablets of the Missing at the Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines. You and your service will always be remembered by SPP, Brother.

01 APR 1952
For his actions on this date, Korean War Veteran and Ace, SigEp Citation Recipient and IN Alpha Brother Captain Iven Carl "Kinch" Kincheloe, Jr., U.S. Air Force was awarded the Silver Star for gallant action over Korea.

On 04 JUN 1952, Headquarters, Far East Asia Forces issued General Order Number 272:
“The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, 09 JUL 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Captain Iven C. Kincheloe, United States Air Force, for gallantry in action against an enemy of the United Nations as pilot, 25th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, 51st Fighter-Interceptor Group, FIFTH Air Force, on 01 APR 1952. While leading a flight of four F-86 type aircraft, Captain Kincheloe encountered sixteen enemy aircraft attempting to intercept friendly fighter-bombers, Captain Kincheloe quickly broke his flight into elements to engage the enemy, and boldly attacked although greatly outnumbered. He pressed attacks against two of the enemy, completely disregarding efforts of other aircraft to deter him. Displaying unusual aggressiveness, Captain Kincheloe severely damaged the aircraft of the enemy flight leader, forcing him to eject himself, and despite heavy damage to his own aircraft, attacked another and destroyed it completely. Captain Kincheloe's destruction of the two aircraft effectively broke up the enemy force and prevented their attack on the friendly fighter-bombers. Through his personal courage, outstanding airmanship, and devotion to duty, Captain Kincheloe reflected great credit upon himself, the Far East Air Forces, and the United States Air Force.”

28 MAR 1970
World War II Veteran, Governor (Montana), Montana State Supreme Court Justice and MT Alpha Brother Colonel John Woodrow Bonner, U.S. Army died on this date in Helena, Montana.

Brother Bonner, the thirteenth governor of Montana, was born in Butte, Montana on 16 JUL 1902. Bonner first entered politics as the secretary treasurer of the State Democratic Central Committee. He also was chairman of the Lewis and Clark County Democratic Central Committee, and served as attorney general of Montana from 1941 to 1942. His political career was temporarily interrupted with the outbreak of World War II. He served as a major in the U.S. Army, was promoted to the rank of colonel, and earned several medals for his courageous service including the Bronze Star and Croix de Guere. After his military duty, John secured the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, and was elected governor by a popular vote in NOV 1948. During his tenure, a state home for the senile aged was established; highway construction was advanced; the pioneer veterans memorial building was initiated; the department of labor, industry and agriculture was restructured; and a veterans' preference law was sanctioned. After running unsuccessfully for reelection, Bonner left office, and returned to his legal practice. From 1968 to 1970, he served as a justice on the Montana State Supreme Court.

Respect can be paid to Brother Bonner at Section 9, Site 6305, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

29 MAR 1973
This was a great day for the nation and the family and friends of Vietnam War Veteran and Prisoner of War, SigEp Citation Recipient and KS Beta Brother Brigadier General James Downs Latham, U.S. Air Force (Retired). On this date, Captain Latham was released from captivity in North Vietnam.

On 05 OCT 1972, Brother Latham was shot down while flying an F-4E Phantom II over North Vietnam was assigned to the 435th Tactical Fighter Squadron.

28 MAR 2005
U.S. Army Veteran and AL Beta Brother Edward H. Moseley died on this date.

31 MAR 2006
U.S. Army Veteran and IL Kappa Brother Richard Sean Clarke died on this date in Tampa, Florida. Born in Clearwater, Brother Clarke moved back to Tampa in 1996 from Chicago, IL. He was an information technology technician and an Army veteran paratrooper stationed in Germany.

28 MAR 2009
World War II and Korean War Veteran, KS Gamma Brother and Captain Dr. Lawrence Pierre Stream, U.S. Army died on this date. Born 13 MAR 1923 in Kansas City, Kansas, he was recruited by the legendary Phog Allen to play basketball at the University of Kansas. While he was a freshman, he became a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity however, his education was put on hold at the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor, and he joined the enlisted reserve corps and was called into service in March, 1943. After basic training he was selected for the Army Specialized Training Program and sent to Texas A&M. After 12 weeks he was given a medical aptitude test and was transferred to a 3-semester Baylor University pre-dental program. He then spent 6 months at the Borden General Hospital in Chickasha, OK, as an orderly and went to the University of Oklahoma Medical School in July, 1945, where he met his soon to be wife, Millicent Marrs, the daughter of an OU sociology professor. Dr. Stream spent the last 2 years of medical school at the University of Oklahoma Medical School. Brother Stream was then called back into active military service by the doctor's draft during the Korean War, during which he received the Bronze Star medal and attained the rank of Captain. From 1958 to 1988 he was in private practice.

On the same date, we lost U.S. Army World War II Veteran and OH Mu Brother Joseph E. “Joachim” Vouros of Youngstown, Ohio. He was a prominent attorney, community leader, and lifelong Youngstown area resident. Brother Vouros, or “Kimmey,” as his family and friends knew him was born 28 AUG 1922, and graduated from East High School in 1941 as the salutatorian of his class and a member of the National Honor Society.

While a student at Youngstown State University, Brother Vouros interrupted his college studies to enlist in the U.S. Army in 1941. After being discharged, he returned to Youngstown State, where he earned a bachelor of science in education degree, a bachelor of arts in business administration degree, and a juris doctorate degree.

Joseph will be remembered for his successful defense in representing the Youngstown Board of Education in the historic and landmark case of Alexander v. Youngstown Board of Education. He will also be remembered for the case of Fraternal Order of Police, Youngstown Lodge No. 28, et al. vs. Hunter, Mayor, et al. regarding the constitutional question as to whether a municipality can require its employees to be residents of said city, which case was first heard before the Mahoning County Common Pleas Court, 303 N.E.2d 103, then before the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Appellate Judicial District, 49 Ohio App.2d 185, before the Ohio Supreme Court, and finally, before the Supreme Court of the United States.

Brother Vouros was also an active participant in many organizations including the American Legion, Youngstown Post 15 and the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, Ohio Mu Chapter.

26 MAR 2010
U.S. Air Force Veteran TX Beta Brother Charles W. “Bill” Estes died on this date in Sherman, Texas after a brave two year battle with cancer. Bill was born on 03 JUL 1942 in Denton, TX, and went to North Texas University, lettering in college freshman basketball, and earning his BS and masters degrees from the university. He worked as a student fireman in Denton his sophomore through senior years at NTSU.

Brother Estes joined the Air Force in 1968 and went to pilot school at Enid Air Force Base. He was stationed in various bases in Florida, Virginia, and Oregon and finished his USAF career in Diyarbakir, Turkey.

Bill pursued a coaching and teaching career, and he moved his family to Sherman in 1976 for Bill to teach and coach. He was head basketball coach from 1979-1984, and his teams reached the playoffs twice. He retired from coaching to continue teaching science at the high school as head of the science department until his retirement in 1996. He and his wife Kay operated the Book Rack for 27 years until 2008.

Respect can be paid to Brother Estes at West Hill Cemetery, Sherman, TX.

On the same date, U.S. Army Air Corps World War II Veteran and NC Beta Brother Walter “Bud” Thomas Foreman, Jr. died in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Bud was born 29 JUN 1924 in Asheville, NC, and as a teenager he achieved Eagle Scout status. Part of our greatest generation, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force during WWII and flew over 30 missions as a bombardier. After the war, Bud received a mechanical engineering degree from NC State University.

29 MAR 2011
Just one year ago, U.S. Air Force Veteran and NE Beta Brother Kenneth D. Kremers died on this date in Omaha, Nebraska. Ken served in the USAF from 1953-1956, and retired from Qwest/US West after 35 years of services as a director of operator services.

It is with sadness and regret that we recognize the passing of the following SigEp Patriot and American hero:
* U.S. Veteran and NC Zeta Brother John Edward “Jack” Mueller passed away in Fayetteville, North Carolina. He was 85 years old. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Wake Forest University, Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 7227, Winston-Salem, NC 27109, 800-752-8568; or to East Carolina University, Alumni Association Scholarship Fund, 901 E. Fifth St., Greenville, NC 27858-4353.

25 MAR – ROTC Cadet and WI Zeta Brother Joel Meller.
28 MAR – DC Gamma Brother and U.S. Navy Surface Warfare Officer Hunter Sheetz.
28 MAR – NE Gamma Brother Captain Alex Straatmann, U.S. Army Reserve.
28 MAR 1931 – U.S. Army Veteran IA Beta Brother John Lambert Phillips was born on this date in Muscatine, Iowa.
30 MAR 1943 – Vietnam War Veteran and WA Beta Brother First Lieutenant Michael S. LaFromboise, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.
30 MAR 1956 – U.S. Air Force Veteran and SC Alpha Brother Joseph R. Turnage, Jr.
27 MAR 1978 – Operation IRAQI FREEDOM Veteran and MD Delta Brother Captain Rob Taber, U.S. Army.
29 MAR 1980 – OH Theta Brother Lieutenant Phillip Gagen, U.S. Navy.

Happy Birthday Brothers! Did we miss you? If so, it is because we don’t know your birthday. Send an email to sigepswhoserve@gmail.com if you wish to allow us the honor of celebrating your day.

* WELCOME HOME to two-time Operation IRAQI FREEDOM Veteran and KS Beta Brother Sergeant Jon Unruh, U.S. Army Reserve who arrived at Ft. Hood this past weekend! We join the chorus of people who welcome you home!
* The Air Force recognized the leadership, experience and accomplishments of Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM Veteran, TN Beta Brother Captain Aaron Karcher, U.S. Air Force, and notified him that he has been selected for promotion to Major.
* Love is in the air. U.S. Navy and LA Alpha Brother Luke Richmond is now engaged, and OH Pi Brother and U.S. Air Force IT Specialist Scott Klement posted on FB Thursday that he set the date for his wedding to his fiancée, Courtney.
* NY Rho Brother Private First Class Gabriel Vazquez, U.S. Marine Corps completed Marine Corps boot camp on Friday!
Thank you for allowing us to celebration your recent blessings and accomplishments, and SPP sends hearty congratulations your way!

Welcome to CA Mu Brother Marvin Samiano who has volunteered to serve as the HI Alpha POC. Brother Samiano lives in Honolulu and is the 25th chapter representative for SPP.
SPP looks forward to working with Marvin and any undergraduate or alumni brother that is interested in serving as a POC. Just write to sigepswhoserve@gmail.com.

* The SPP archives have grown to 1,728 since the last installment of “This Week”.
* Another good week for the SigEp Patriots Project official Facebook page – SigEps Who Serve (SWS) as we welcome ROTC Cadet and CA Eta Brother Andrew Yacovone, OH Pi Brother and U.S. Air Force IT Specialist Scott Klement, and Clarkson ROTC Cadet and member of the Vermont National Guard NY Chi Brother Matthew Brosseau.

To join SWS, go to http://www.facebook.com/groups/sigepswhoserve. Not on Facebook? Join the SPP listserve by sending an email to sigepswhoserve@gmail.com. For both, you will be asked to provide your military affiliation and home chapter.

Fraternally and Respectfully,

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