In a week that saw the anniversary of the establishment of the Department of Defense and U.S. Air Force, 9/11 and the 34th observance of National POW/MIA Recognition Day, the following words remain true and a concern of the SigEp Patriots Project (SPP) serving to motivate and inspire us every day.
~ Brother Pedro Campa, Illinois; from the Sigma Phi Epsilon Journal, Volume 67, Number 4, published May 1970
|NH Alpha Brother|
James Vincent Forrestal
22 SEP 1995
On this date, AZ Beta Brother (then) Captain Alan Mark “Vodka” Gemmill, U.S. Navy completed his tour as Commanding Officer of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) after serving since 20 MAR 1993.
20 SEP 2008
Operation DESERT STORM Veteran MO Lambda Brother Jay Scott Danner, U.S. Air National Guard (Missouri) died on this date at St. Francis Hospital, Tulsa, Oklahoma at the age of 43.
Scott was born 25 OCT 1964 in Maryville, Missouri, and was a 1984 graduate of Maryville High School. He graduated from Northwest Missouri State University in 1988 with a BS degree in Business Administration. Brother Danner served in the Missouri Air National Guard and was a veteran of Desert Storm. He worked for Philip Morris USA for 19 years and his final job was as a Unit Manager.
Respect can be paid to Brother Danner at Prairie Home Cemetery, Graham, MO. While gone, SPP pledges that Scott and his patriotic service will always be remembered.
19 SEP 2009
U.S. Navy World War II Veteran and CO Delta Brother Theodore “Ted” Louis Goudvis died on this date in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Born in 1918, Ted grew up near New York City. He graduated from Colorado School of Mines with a professional degree in mining engineering.
During World War II Ted was a Navy “Seabee” (Construction Battalion) and served in France and the Philippines. After the war, he and a college friend started a small business in northern Ohio manufacturing concrete products. He visited and fell in love with Aspen, Colo., in the 1960s, and built a house there when he retired in 1980. Ted was an avid hiker, skier and nature lover.
At this time, SPP does not know Ted’s final resting place, but we hope you will write if you have that information. In the meantime, SPP will keep looking, and pledges that Ted and his military service are always remembered.
18 SEP 2010
On this date, U.S. Army Air Corps World War II Veteran CA Beta Brother James Harding Cox James died at the age of 90. He grew up on the Ohio River in Toronto, Ohio in a family that shared a deep appreciation of music. He sang in glee clubs, school operettas and church choirs. Jim served in the US Army Air Corps as a Navigator Bombardier in WWII. He earned a degree in Mathematics and English at USC in 1947, and two years later an MBA from Harvard. He had a 36 year career with Bullocks Dept Stores as buyer, store manager and VP of Stores. Jim always had numerous civic involvements and had 30 years perfect attendance in Rotary. He was past President of the Harvard Club of Orange County. For many happy years he lived in Palos Verdes Estates. He served on the Board of The Chamber Orchestra of the South Bay and the Norris Theater and was editor of numerous bulletins and newsletters.
At this time, SPP is unable to determine where Brother Cox was laid to rest, and if you know we hope you will contact us. Jim is gone, but SPP pledges that his life and patriotic service will always be remembered.
22 SEP 2011
|CA Gamma Brother|
Kenneth Newton Linder, Sr
22 SEP 2011
On the same date, U.S. Army World War II Veteran, Army Infantry Officer Candidate Hall of Fame Member, Kansas State Senator and KS Beta Brother Merrill H. Werts, 88, died in Junction City, Kansas.