Memorial Day is day meant to remember those selfless American patriots that have made the ultimate sacrifice while defending the freedoms that we all enjoy. Around the world today the U.S. flag was raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where it remained only until noon. It was then raised to full-staff for the remainder of the day. The half-staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country. At noon their memory was raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue the fight for liberty and justice for all.
We apologize, but the following list of brothers killed in action is incomplete. One of the goals of the SigEp Patriots Project (SPP) is to be able to show respect to all of our brothers who have given their life to protect us and our way of life. While 25 SPP chapter points of contact and others work diligently to collect this information, and we welcome your assistance in insuring all our brothers are recognized.
On this Memorial Day we remember:
World War I
Griffin, Henry Q; Lieutenant, US Army; KIA 17 JUL 1918, France (NY Alpha)
World War II
Bowen, David C; Private First Class, US Army; KIA 08 JAN 1945 (AL Beta)
Gansz, Henry G; KIA 25 MAR 1942 (IL Alpha)
Hissem, Joseph M; Ensign, US Navy Reserve; KIA / Lost at Sea, Battle of Midway 04 JUN 1942 (IL Alpha)
Hook, Robert D; First Lieutenant, US Army Air Corps; KIA 20 FEB 1943 (IL Alpha)
Lang, John R; First Lieutenant, US Army Air Corps; KIA 30 MAR 1945 (IL Alpha)
Patterson, Robert B; Staff Sergeant, US Army; KIA 03 DEC 1944, Germany (OK Alpha)
Pinney, Frank M; First Lieutenant, US Army; KIA 13 APR 1945,
Cebu City, (OK Alpha) Cebu, Philippines
Rambeck, Oscar; Second Lieutenant, US Army Air Corps; KIA 07 OCT 1944 (DC Alpha)
Roudebush, Clarence C; Second Lieutenant, US Army; KIA 05 NOV 1944,
Salyers, John D; KIA 07 JAN 1945 (IL Alpha)
Stoddard, Robert E; Second Lieutenant, US Marine Corps; KIA 04 MAR 1945, Battle of Iwo Jima (KS Gamma)
Thornbrough, George W; Captain, US Army Air Corps; KIA 04 JUN 1942 (KS Beta)
Atchison, James M; Captain, US Army; KIA 12 APR 1970, Tay Ninh, South Vietnam (WV Beta)
Hansen, Robert; KIA 01 AUG 1970, Thua Thien, South Vietnam (NE Beta)
Krommenhoek, Jeffrey M; Lieutenant Commander, US Navy; KIA /MIA 25 OCT 1967 over North Vietnam (IA Beta)
LaFromboise, Michael S; First Lieutenant, US Marine Corps Reserve; KIA 06 JUN 1969, Quang Tri, South Vietnam (WA Beta)
McMullen, Gene; Second Lieutenant, US Marine Corps; KIA 16 JUL 1966, Quang Tri, South Vietnam (PA Eta)
Myers, David G; First Lieutenant, US Marine Corps; KIA 08 JUN 1967, Quang Tri, South Vietnam (PA Eta)
Schultz, Charles J; Second Lieutenant, US Marine Corps; KIA 03 JUN 1967, Que Son Valley, Vinh Huy Village, South Vietnam (PA Iota)
Keroher, Gayland E; First Lieutenant, US Army Reserve; KIA 07 FEB 1969, Dinh Tuong, South Vietnam (KS Gamma)
Operation IRAQI FREEDOM
Arms, Bradley T; Corporal, US Marine Corps Reserve; KIA 19 NOV 2004, Anbar Province, Iraq (GA Delta)
Ballard, Kenneth M; First Lieutenant, US Army; KIA 30 MAY 2004, Najaf, Iraq (TN Theta)
Barnes, Matthew R; Lance Corporal, US Marine Corps; KIA 14 FEB 2006, Qa’im, Iraq (LA Delta)
Dozier, Jonathan K; Staff Sergeant, US Army; KIA 09 JAN 2008, Sinsil, Iraq (TN Theta)
Harris, Noah; First Lieutenant, US Army; KIA 18 JUN 2005, Baqubah, Iraq (GA Delta)
McCloud, Joseph T; Lieutenant Colonel, US Marine Corps; KIA 04 DEC 2006, Al Anbar Province, Iraq (TN Alpha)
O’Bryan, Israel P; Sergeant, US Army; KIA 11 JUN 2010, Jalula, Iraq (TN Kappa)
Orlando, Kim S; Lieutenant Colonel, US Army; KIA 16 OCT 2003, Karbala, Iraq (TX Rho)
Pfister, Jacob M; Corporal, US Army; KIA 19 APR 2005, Baghdad, Iraq (NY Eta)
Wood, William W; Colonel, US Army; KIA 27 OCT 2005, Baghdad, Iraq (FL Epsilon)
Operation ENDURING FREEDOM
Lawrence, Joshua S; Captain, US Army; KIA 08 OCT 2011, Kandahar City, Afghanistan (TN Eta)
Gone but never forgotten. Rest in peace, brothers.
Fraternally and Very Respectfully,
Brother Ed Jones, NY Eta ‘96
Chief Petty Officer, U.S. Navy Reserve
Founder, SigEp Patriots Project
Chief Petty Officer, U.S. Navy Reserve
Founder, SigEp Patriots Project
This Week in SigEp Patriot History, 21 – 27 MAY
22 MAY 1949
On this date, World War I Veteran, Secretary of the Navy, first Secretary of Defense and NH Alpha Brother Lieutenant James Vincent Forrestal, U.S. Navy Reserve died in Bethesda, Maryland.
James was born 15 February 1892 in Matteawan (now Beacon), New York. After graduating from high school, he worked for three years on local newspapers in New York State and then entered Dartmouth College as a freshman in 1911. The following year he transferred to Princeton University. After the U.S. entered World War I he enlisted in the United States Navy as a seaman second class 02 JUN 1917.
After flight training, Brother Forrestal was commissioned as an ensign, Naval Reserve Flying Corps (NRFC) at Boston, Massachusetts, on 17 NOV of that year, and he gained his wings of gold before the year was out. He served until late 1919 when he was discharged with the rank of Lieutenant.
During World War II, Brother Forrestal held several government jobs, and was appointed Secretary of the Navy on 19 MAY 1944. He participated prominently in the development of the National Security Act of 1947, and went on to become the first Secretary of Defense upon the creation of that position.
Honorary pallbearers at his funeral included Herbert Hoover, former President of the United States; Fred M. Vinson, Chief Justice of the United States; General of the Army George C. Marshall, former Secretary of State and former Chief of Staff, U.S. Army, and General of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower.
James Forrestal is the second SigEp to have a U.S. Navy ship named after him, and I proudly served on that ship. The aircraft carrier USS Forrestal CV-59, the first U.S. super-carrier, was affectionately referred to as the “FID,” recognizing the ships motto “First in Defense.”
President Truman and 2,500 guests attended the ceremony where Brother Forrestal was laid to rest with full military honors. Respect can be paid to Brother Forrestal in Section 30, Site 674 SH at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.
22 MAY 1970
AR Beta Brothers Gregory Felling and Jack Elwin Helms were commissioned as Second Lieutenants in the U.S. Army at their graduation on this date.
25 MAY 2007
Korean War Veteran, three-time Representative in the West Virginia House of Delegates and WV Beta Brother Major David Lee Solomon, U.S. Army Reserve died on this date in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
David was born 23 AUG 1929 in Shinnston, West Virginia. After graduating from Washington Irving High School, Brother Solomon earned his undergraduate degree from West Virginia University in 1951. As a veteran of the Korean War, David served as a Second Lieutenant in the Signal Corps, and later in the Judge Advocate General's Reserves, rising to the rank of Major. After his military service, David graduated from the WVU School of Law in 1956 and began his celebrated career in law. He was admitted to law practice in the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, the Northern and Southern Federal District Courts & the U.S. Supreme Court. He was a member of the West Virginia State Bar Association and the West Virginia Trial Lawyers Association. He was the founder of Solomon & Solomon where he practiced law for over 50 years with his sons, Michael and Alex. David held membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars, West Virginia Moose Association and the Elks Lodge.
Respect can be paid to Brother Solomon at St. Mary's Peace Garden in Star City, West Virginia.