Friday, May 11, 2012

This Week in SigEp Patriot History, 07 – 13 MAY

Please check the “Recent Loss To The Roll” section for some timely information.

07 MAY 2010
U.S. Army Korean War Veteran and KS Gamma Brother Boyd Lee Burns died on this date in Chanute, Kansas. Boyd was born at the Johnson Hospital in Chanute on 04 JUL 1927. He graduated from Chanute High School in 1945 and the University of Kansas in 1950. He studied piano from the age of 5 through college and was an accomplished pianist. Brother Burns was drafted into the Army shortly after college and served during the Korean War with General Eisenhower's NATO forces in Germany. In 1953, he began his business career in Chanute.

Respect can be paid to Brother Burns at Memorial Park Cemetery, East 14th Street, Chanute, Kansas.

08 MAY 2010
On this date, Vietnam War Veteran and TN Alpha Brother Major Selman “Sam” Lea Bass, U.S. Army (Retired) died in Clarksville, Tennessee with his family by his side.

Sam was born 12 OCT 1942 in Madison College, Tennessee. He received a BS in Personnel Management and was a Distinguished Military Graduate of the Army ROTC program from The University of Tennessee in 1969. His Army service included Infantry, Military Police and Russian Foreign Area Specialist, serving in the United States, Vietnam, and Germany (during the Cold War). He was also Commander of the Check Point Alpha, Berlin Brigade, U.S. Army.
His awards include Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, Army of Occupation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, RVN Gallantry Cross with Palm, and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. He was a member of Military Order of Tennessee Rangers, Western Kentucky-Tennessee Chapter of the 101st Airborne Division Association, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion and Sunrise Rotary Club, where he was a Paul Harris Fellow.

Brother Bass retired from the military in 1986 and enjoyed a variety of positions in Highlands, NC, Gaithersburg, MD and Clarksville, TN. In Clarksville he was Executive Secretary and Treasurer of the 101st Airborne Division Association, veterans organization of current and former Screaming Eagles of the 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, until his retirement in 2009.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in his name to the Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center or the Screaming Eagle Support Fund c/o The 101st Airborne Division Assoc., P.O. Box 929, Fort Campbell, KY, 42223.

Brother Bass was laid to rest with full military honors, and respect can be paid to him at Section 6, Site 0404, Kentucky Veterans Cemetery – West, Hopkinsville, KY.

On the same date, OK Alpha Brother Grant Milbourn graduated and began his patriotic service in the U.S. Air Force when he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant.

10 MAY 2011
U.S. Army World War II Veteran, Korean War Veteran and CO Gamma Brother Captain/Dr. John Russell Carney, U.S. Air Force died on this date in Scottsdale, Arizona.

John was born on 24 AUG 1924 in Greeley, Colorado and graduated from Colorado State University with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. There he was active in team roping and bull riding in the College Rodeo winning the buckle for College All-Around Cowboy. Having relocated to Arizona where he practiced veterinary medicine in Chandler and Mesa, John was active in political and community organizations and served on several boards and commissions. He was a 60 year member of the Masonic Lodge and Order of the Eastern Star in Chandler and Sr. Life Member of the Rotary club. Governor Raul Castro appointed him in 1975 to be the Arizona State Bicentennial Chairman.

He participated throughout the state in Bicentennial celebrations and in 1976, was invited to the White House. Governor Bruce Babbitt appointed him to the Merit System Counsel of the Department of Public Safety which he served on for 10 yrs. He was given the honor of the Life Member of the AZ Highway Patrol Association in 1987. Starting his political involvement, John became Vice Mayor of Chandler at the age of 26. He was appointed Chairman of the Maricopa County Democratic Party in 1966 leading the delegation to the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago. Later, John was appointed by Governor Rose Mofford to the Commission of Trial Court Appointments. John and his wife traveled extensively all over the world which qualified them to be members of The International Circumnavigator Club, an organization comprised of people who have traveled around the world in one trip.

Respect can be paid to Brother Carney at Green Acres Cemetery, Scottsdale, AZ.

09 MAY – U.S. Army Korean War Veteran NC Beta Brother Charles Helms passed away in Conway, South Carolina. A memorial service will be held 12:30 PM Saturday at Goldfinch Funeral Home, Conway Chapel. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service at the funeral home.

Fraternally and Respectfully,

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