The Gold Star Plaque
The chapter's Solarium has served as a sitting room, television area, foosball arena, and now pocket billiards parlor, but its significance relates to something far more serious, for on its north wall is the chapter's "Gold Star" plaque. This bronze honors our brothers who gave their lives in the service of the nation during World War II.
- Robert Edward Allen '39 - 2nd Lieutenant U.S. Air Force killed in Germany, March 24, 1945
- John Kenneth Austin '43 - The Omicron Arrow of May 1942 carried the following story:
"[The]Omicron's first casualty of World War II occurred on May 8 when a plane piloted by John Austin '43 crashed in mid-air at 5,000 feet over a residential section of Phoenix, Arizona. Austin was a student in the instruction school at Luke Field and was engaged in instrument flying. Another plane approached from beneath and was not observed by Austin until just before the collision. Members of the Omicron wore their badges in mourning and attended the funeral, held in Chicago."
- George Newton "Pete" Blackford '43 - Lieutenant, served as a "shavetail" in the Army Air Corps, flying B-17s, Brother Blackford was killed in Africa, July 16, 1943.
- Stafford William Drake '40 - Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, killed in the South Pacific, November 20, 1943.
- Edward Clarke Garvey '45 - Lieutenant, U.S. Army, killed in action over Vienna, February 7, 1945.
- James Knight Latham '43 - Marine captain, killed during the invasion of Okinawa, May 16, 1945.
- William Alexander Patrick Sullivan, Jr. '37 - Brother Sullivan was commander of a squadron of B-24s in the Army Air Corps according to Cam Brown in March '43. The documentary record does not indicate any further information.
Other brothers who fell while in the service of the nation
Lt. Kenneth F. Reimer was killed in action in Korea on June 11, 1953. Brother Reimer was a member of the Class of '52. In his memory, an award was established honoring the outstanding member of each pledge class. This Reimer award was given for several years in the 1950s, but was discontinued at some point between then and today. The record does not reflect why this happened.
- Charles Allen '52
- Robert E. Allen '37 - Served with the 12th Air Army in North Africa as of May 1943.
- Everett G. "Red" Andrews '43 - The Omicron Arrow featured Brother Andrews in its Summer 2007 issue as follows:
Q: Why did you originally join the fraternity?
A: In August 1939, I enrolled in the University and went to the employment office to see what they could do for me to help support my way through college. They sent me over to the Psi U house where I was interviewed by Hal Cunningham ‘41, a senior at that time, for a waiter position. While working at the house, I thought that they were such great guys who really enjoyed each other’s company, and I ended up pledging the second semester of my sophomore year.
Q: What was your nickname, and how did you get it?
A: “Red.” I had bright, red hair. I had the nickname before joining the house, and friends continue calling me Red today even though my hair is as grey as can be!
Q: What was your major in school?
A: I was in the College of Agriculture thinking that I would go on to work for International Harvester like my Dad. While in college, I enjoyed the ROTC, which was mandatory at that time, and went on to join the advanced ROTC along with Tom Cunningham ’43, both serving in the horse artillery.
Q: What do you do for a living?
A: I retired from the military in July 1963. After completing four years of college, in February 1943 I received officers’ training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and took specialized paratroop training at Fort Benning, George. Following D-Day, I was sent to England to help reinforce the 101st Airborne Division, which was cited for valor by General Eisenhower. I received the Purple Heart for wounds received in action at Bastonge (the Battle of the Bulge). Our division commander was General Maxwell D. Taylor, who later became Chief of Staff for the Army as well as Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs. In January 1946, I participated in the Victory Parade in New York City.
I was later assigned to Korea as a member of the Korean Military Advisory Group as an artillery advisor. While in Korea, I found myself behind enemy lines when the Chinese forces crossed the border. Fortunately for me, a kind Korean family hid me in the attic of their farmhouse for eleven days with Chinese army regulars living down below me before I was able to move out. In 1997, Margaret and I returned to Korea to participate in a ceremony awarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom to the survivors of that family. It was an experience I will never forget. While serving in Korea, I was awarded another Purple Heart and the Silver Star.
In April-May 1951 while recuperating at Percy Jones Army Hospital in Battle Creek, Michigan, I visited the Epsilon Nu chapter at Michigan State. They were competing in the annual Inter-Fraternity Sing competition. They had won each of the previous two years and did win the third time which gave them permanent possession of the trophy. We had a memorable celebration following the event. Later, I split time between Fort Bragg, North Carolina and overseas duty, eventually retiring and living near Fort Bragg.
Q: Tell us about your family. Have you married? Do you have children?
A: When I was stationed in England, I met a very beautiful girl in London named Margaret. We were married back home in Kankakee on her birthday the 1st of June in 1946. She had “Hollywood Beautiful” looks, as my family would say, and was chosen by our wedding photographer as his “Bride of the Year.” Margaret passed away January of 2000. We had three children: Suzanne, Everett II we call “Rett” and Stuart.
Q: What other activities or organizations were you involved with during your college days?
A: At school, I was on the track team for two years and ran the quarter mile. While in the Army, I also ran track and participated in the Military Olympics in Germany.
Q: Tell us about some of brothers from your time in the house.
A: Herschel G. “Bucky” Benson ’44 was a hockey player and played for the University’s team. Kelly Cox ’43, a pledge brother, was very muscular and played football. In the summer of 1941, Art Wood ’43 stayed with my family and me in Kankakee while we worked for Stone & Webster engineering firm that built The Elmwood Ordnance Plant for the Army. James Bryan ‘43, who also waited tables with me at the house, was a real brain enrolled at the electric engineering school. I recall that James had a hard time getting up in the morning. He liked to sleep in! Tom Cunningham ’43 was an excellent horseman and played with the polo team.
Q: What are some of your favorite memories from your fraternity days?
A: We did a considerable amount of singing when I was there. We would meet around the piano in the living room and Bob Lee ‘43, who was an accomplished pianist, would play for us. For our formal dances, Bob would always play the “Flight of the Bumble Bee.”
Q: Any other memories you’d like to share?
A: In 1958 my sister quite ill would need heart surgery. This required 25 pints of blood. I didn’t know how I was going to be able to get that amount. I met with James Cooke ‘43, and he was able to make some phone calls and round up 25 volunteers who showed up the next morning to donate blood. He had an amazing ability to do such things. I’ll never forget that and the kindness James showed to our family.
Q: What hobbies or activities do you enjoy?
A: I enjoy traveling. One of my favorite places to visit was New Zealand. I also enjoy the community and people around Fort Bragg, many of whom also served in the military. I read books on military history and am currently reading “The Wild Blue” about bomber pilots and features the politician/pilot George McGovern and his exploits in the war.
Q: With whom from the chapter do you stay in contact?
A: Not anyone for years, until recently Art Wood ’43 called me. We had quite a conversation talking about life in the house and the summer in spent with me working at the ordnance plant. Art gave me Bob Llewellyn’s (’44) number, and I called him to catch up. I greatly enjoyed reading Bob’s profile in the 2006 Arrow.
Q: What other organizations are you involved with?
A: Other than the Retired Officers Association, that’s about it. We have monthly meetings and many activities that I participate in.
Q: What advice would you give to an undergraduate member?
A: Study! Concentrate on your books and make sure you get the most out of your studies that you can. I am afraid in my day, the War took front seat and we slacked off on our grades and got into the military atmosphere too much.
Q: What influence has your undergraduate fraternity experience had you since graduating?
A: Being able to get along with people. I don’t recall any enmity or arguments during my time at the house. We really enjoyed each other’s company, and it was a lesson that I will never forget and tried to apply in my years since college.
I keep the tape of Psi U songs made by the Lambda Sigma chapter at Pepperdine in my car so that I can have an off-key sing fest while driving. I keep my owl in a hallowed spot on the fireplace hearth.
Q: What do you think of the changes with the Alumni Association?
A: I enjoy reading The Arrow. It brings back a lot of memories. It’s a great feeling to be associated back with the house and members. I’d like to see the house full since that’s the only way we can keep going. (Editor’s Note: Amen!)
The Omicron Arrow of May 1945 reported the following:
"Lt. E. Gerald "Red" Andrews, son of Mrs. E. N. Andrews, recently received the Purple Heart for wounds received in action at Bastonge, Jan. 3, according to latest word received by his mother.
'After spending two months in hospitals in France and England, Lt. Andrews is back with his outfit, the 101st Airborne division, which was cited tor valor recently by Gen. Eisenhower.
'Red received officers' training at Fort Sill, Okla. He took specialized parataroop training at Fort McCall, N. C., and Fort Benning, Ga.
'He entered service in June, 1943 went overseas in July, 1944.
In addition to the above information, Mrs. Andrews, his mother, writes:
'Right now 'Red' is in Germany. I've enjoyed reading The Omicron Arrow, which I am sending on to him, seeing some of the news of the boys I have met at the house in Champaign and I know the boys just 'scrape the bottom' looking for news from home and school.' Red's home address is 609 North Dearborn, Kankakee, 111., and is with Hq. Btry of a Proht-F.A. Bn., A.P.O. 472. Care Postmaster, New York, N. Y."
- Rob Barnes ’00 – Currently stationed in Iraq
- Greg Barr '86 - Brother Jim Yale '86 wrote the following in the Spring of 2007: For the record, Bill [Major William B. (Bill) Kelly, '85], Greg Barr '86, and myself all served in the US Army Reserve in the same unit at one time or another:the 12th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in Arlington Heights, Illinois. As a result of our actions, Arlington Heights was never successfully invaded by foreign or hostile domestic forces.
- Herschel G. “Bucky” Benson ‘44
- Linell Bock '46
- Doug Britton ’98 - Sergeant, 10th Special Forces Group - Airborne
- G. Cameron Brown '37 - In the Summer 2005 Omicron Arrow, Brother Brown reported, "In World War II, I served in the Army as a Lt. Col. General Staff Corps and received a Bronze Star medal with oak leaf cluster."
- Park L. Brown '41 - The Omicron Arrow of late 1945 reported the following:
"This letter from Capt. Park L. Brown '41, written Aug. 27, arrived just too late to be included in our September Arrow:
'I just received the July edition of The Arrow—still a mighty potent piece ... It certainly bridges the gap of those that helped in V-E and those that brought in V-J. Soon will be trickling home, and in my case, it will be a mighty slow trickle. Many of us here in the ETO are settling down to a long winter's nap—hoping THAT boat will be along soon.
'My brother, Cam, managed to flag an early ride home and soon should be carrying his army career around on a lapel button.
'Thanks to the few places that the air corps forgot to bomb, we here are trying to enjoy ourselves by splashing around in swimming pools, or taking up baseball, basketball, track, football, and what have you. Under the last item I might include the education program that I am associated with here. The combination of school work and athletics isn't such a far cry from those school days we all enjoyed around or about 313 Armory."
- Douglas G. Brown '55
- Harry A. Chetham '32 - The Omicron Arrow of May 1945 reported the following:
"Capt. Harry A. Chetham '32, 0-464863, with a Heavy Bomb group, A.P.O. 264, San Fransico, Calif., writes this note as of April 10:
'Hello, gang! I've been away from the States for so long I've lost contact with all the old gang. I've been based all over the Pacific and am now operating from the Palau Islands. I am an intelligence officer for the bomb group and as such I get in my share of flying and mission time.
'! spent some time in the Philippines on the ground, but plenty of time over the Islands. All I'm concerned about right now is getting back home to a darling wife to whom I have been married for 10 perfect years. She is at present living in Rockford, 111.
'My sincere regards to you all and I would certainly enjoy letters from and of the class of '30, '31, and good old '32.
'The Omicron Arrow is a great little paper and to a fellow who has lost contact for so long, it is great to read about all the gang!"
- Peter Collyer '40 - Army Air Corps
- Aubrey O. Cookman ‘35 - Army Air Corps, eventually earning the rank of colonel in the reserves.
- Kelly Cox '43 - Enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1943, Brother Cox served in Okinawa in World War II.
- Charles D. “Tony” Cram ‘45 - Army Air Corps
- Roger Creaden '57
- Jim Cummins '40
- Hal Cunningham '41 - Served as a captain as of May 1943, and by November 1945 the Omicron Arrow reported Brother Cunningham was a major who spent 26 months overseas in Italy.
- Ken Derby '57
- F. Jack Draper '51
- Robert J. Durin '37 - Lieutenant at Fort Sheridan as of May 1942, and by February 1946 a lieutenant colonel at the 8th Army HQ.
- Joseph L. Ecoppi '55 - Brigadier General
- Richmond D. Fitzgerald '41
- Cassius Paul Fletcher '14 - Brother Fletcher attended the United States Military Academy at West Point from 1911-12 before earning his degree at Champaign. He served as a captain in the Army from 1917-1919. Brother Fletcher's career in the foreign service during WWII took him truly around the globe, being posted to Alexandria, Egypt, Basra, Iraq, and Gibralter before landing in Casablanca after the end of hostilities. When in Morocco, his home was the villa where Winston Churchill stayed during the North African Conference of 1943. In the October 1955 Omicron Arrow, Brother Fletcher reported a very interesting tale:
Since my retirement in 1950 from the American Foreign Service, Mrs. Fletcher and I have been leading a simple and pleaseful life in sunny Southern California. On a motor trip to Washington D.C. last fall to visit a daughter, the wife of a navy officer, I had the opportunity to make a brief but interesting visit to the chapter house. Mrs. Fletcher and I flew TWA to Paris in December to spend Christmas with our daughter, her husband, and her son. Last week (early June) I flew to West Point, NY to attend the 40th reunion of my USMA class of 1915. At the end of the three-day affair the President [Eisenhower] very kindly invited me to accompany him from West Point to Washington on the COLUMBINE (Ike was USMA-1915). It was a unique experience and I am now thoroughly sold on Constellations as a means of transportation.
- Bro. Friend '45 - The Omicron Arrow of May 1945 reported:
"Lt. Bro. Friend '45 is with an armored F. A. Bn., A. P. 0. 251, Care Postmaster, New York, N. Y., as an artillery liaison pilot in Italy with the First Armored Division (Major Gen. Vernon E. Pritchard, Commanding) flying Piper Cubs. He had 60 missions to his credit when he wrote to us on March 16th."
- Bill Gossett '45
- Jesse L. Gary Jr. '46 - Served as a second lieutenant
- John Gill '59
- John C. Grable '39
- Robert M. Gray '42
- Christian Gross '17 - Brother Gross served in the United States Army from 1917-1920, earning the rank of lieutenant. The record also suggests he worked in the American Field Service in France during WWI, possibly as an ambulance driver attached to the French Army; only one source makes note of this work.
- Jesse Hammer '43
- J. Tobias "Toby" Harryman '93.5
- George Hebson '44
- John C. Hester '54
- Art Holstein '33 - The Omicron Arrow of late 1945 reported the following:
"Capt. Art Holstein '33, commanding officer of the Ohio River Ordnance works, Henderson, Ky., writes:
'Many months have passed since I last dropped a note to the Arrow, although I still find myself at the same location. Good friends came my way in the way of promotion to commanding officer of the Ohio River Ordnance works, one of the ammonia plants in the ammunition division of the ordnance department.
'Although the work is not nearly as romantic as that of the other brothers who have done such an excellent job in all theaters of war, I've found my work most interesting and valuable experience.
'Although my twin brother John, who is also captain in the ordnance department and who has been in ordnance development for some time, has not advised me of his recent citation, I was advised and received a copy from other channels that he was cited for his administrative and engineering services as chief of all anti-aircraft development design, the product of which is the new famous Sky-Sweeper, the gun which is claimed will revolutionize all anti-aircraft design.
'Unfortunately I cannot give you certain operating facts that make the gun almost human.
'I am hoping to get to Champaign for a football game this fall. Enjoy each new issue of The Arrow better than the last."
In May 1945, Brother Holstein wrote:
"Just this morning I received the February issue of The Omicron Arrow and enjoyed it so much that I am taking this means of assuring myself against loss of future issues. This was the first issue I had received in months and after three years in the service, it was grand to hear from 30 many at one time by means of The Arrow.
"As my brother John told you in the February issue, I am now an administrative officer at the Ohio Rive Ordnance works, Henderson, Ky., and although I am not as prolific as he has been, I do boast two sons, A. G. Ill, five and a halt; and Edward, a year and a half. I have been most fortunate in being able to have my wife Harriett and my sons with me a fair share of the time dur.ing my travels from one Ordnance works to another.
"I too, have been fortunate in that during my stretch thus far in the army I have been able to continue use of my chemical industrial experience in the manufacturing of explosives.
"Unfortunately during my wanderings I have not run across any of the brothers to write about, but this is quite understandable after reading in the Arrow that so many of them are overseas. Has anyone any news on Mark Swanson, Jerry Owings, Jimmy Hodge?"
- John Holstein '33
- John M. Holzer '40 - The Omicron Arrow of late 1945 reported the following:
"Major John M. Holzer '40, 55 Bn., A.P.O. 318, Care Postmaster, Frisco, wrote Oct. 29:
'My Theta wife (Helen Henry *40) and son, John M. Jr., age Wt, are living in Bloomington, 111., and have been there since I started overseas last April.
'Have met only two Psi Us since coming over. We are set up here on Leyte to ship the men home. Hope to be there myself next summer. Glad to get The Arrow and learn of what everyone is doing. See you all at Homecoming, 1946!" Thanks for the Pesos, John! In a prior Arrow, Brother Holzer was described as a military instructor at the U of I with offices in the Armory as of October 1941
- Charles Wayne Hotze '41 - Served as a lieutenant during World War II
- Herbert Jackson '43 - Army Air Corps
- Don Johnson '45 - The May 1945 Omicron Arrow reported:
"Have arrived back in the good old U. S. A. after spending a year in Calcutta, India. Contracted malaria while on a trip to Burma last November, and have been hospitalized ever since. Am feeling swell now, and hope to be in Evanston on furlough shortly. Hope to see some of the brothers then."
- Morgan Jones '57
- Kirk Kandle '51
- Frank F. Kelley Jr. '39 - Lieutenant in the Army Air Corps, serving as the first pilot on a B-17. The Omicron Arrow in late 1945 reported the following:
Frank Kelley '39 Back Held Prisoner 21 Months
Our efforts to get news of Frank Kelley '39, 1444 Jarvis avenue, Chicago, 111., as evidenced in the September issue of The Arrow were fruitful, as we have this letter from Frank, himself and in person, written Oct. 11:
"The first Omicron Arrow I've seen in over three years caught up with me here in San Antonio the other day and I got more enjoyment out of getting the news on all the boys than any other publication ever gave me.
"To summarize a bit: I was flying a B-17 on a raid to Kassel, Germany, July 30, 1943, when I was shot down about 15 miles from our target. Fortunately all my crew, members are alive although some were wounded, but I got off very lucky with only breaking the bone in one of my fingers. That happened when my 'chute dropped me in some trees. I was captured immediately but was fortunate enough to break out of solitary confinement that night. However, my good fortune did not last long as I was recaptured soon and spent 21 months as a POW.
"Our camp was liberated by Patton's 3rd army April 29 of this year; we landed in the states on June 3 and have since enjoyed one of those unheard of pleasures: a 90-day leave."
- William B. "Bill" Kelly '86 - Brother Jim Yale '86 wrote the following in the Spring of 2007: We should extend birthday wishes to Major William B. (Bill) Kelly, '85, who is currently serving at FOB Loyalty in Iraq. Bill's birthday is May 30th (I believe), and he is on his second tour in Iraq. For the record, Bill, Greg Barr '86, and myself all served in the US Army Reserve in the same unit at one time or another:the 12th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in Arlington Heights, Illinois. As a result of our actions, Arlington Heights was never successfully invaded by foreign or hostile domestic forces.
- Joseph C. Kentson '54
- Mike Klesowitch '96 - He writes of his service,
"My name is SSG Mike Klesowitch Omicron 96. I just saw the Armed Forces Section of the website and noticed my information was incomplete. I am currently in the Army stationed at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. I just celebrated my 9 year anniversary. I am currently an instructor at the Defense Intelligence Agency's Defense Strategic Debriefers Course.
"I have been stationed in Iraq twice: OIF I, I was with The Joint Special Operations Task Force North (JSOTF-N) and in OIF II, I was assigned to the Joint Interrogation and Debriefing Center. Previously I served in Kosovo and was deployed jointly with the United States Navy in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
"I hope this can update your records. Thank you very much for acknowledging the Psi U brothers that serve/served."
- Harry Latimer '44 - The May 1945 Omicron Arrow reported:
"Our good friend Lt. Harry Latimer can get mail in care of Hospital Plant 4128, A. P. 0. 298. Care Postmaster, New York, N. Y. He writes: 'This writing finds me in a hospital in England after a tour of scenic and beautiful Belgium. I was with the 75th Division of the First Army.' Harry would like to hear from Jack Gulp, J. R. Pierce, Jess Hammer, Larry Fisher and Al Kirk.
'This night nurse,' Harry says, 'is raising hell about lights being on so late, so will have to wind up. Here's to the day when Psi U can again grace the Illini campus.'"
- Richard Lance '54 - From an email correspondence from September 2007, Brother Lance recounts the following: "Drafted into the US Army in November '54 during the final weeks of the Korean War. Given basic training at Camp (now Fort) Chaffee, Arkansas and transfered to Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland for reassignment as - possibly - engineer. Indeed, I did join an engineering unit, the 19th Engineering Battalion (Combat - Army) at Fort Meade, Maryland, just a stone's throw from Aberdeen. There I was trained to type and was assigned as Officers' Clerk in Battalion Headquarters, until I learned of new regulations that permitted engineering degree holders (I was BSME from Illinois in January '54) to request reassignment to positions where their training might be made use of. Transferred to Fort Knox, KY, Tank Development Unit and was discharged as a Spec 2 (Specialist Second Class) in September '56 before doing anything really useful. Total time in service: 21 months, out of an original commitment of 24 months. Greatest benefit: Korean GI Bill, which helped me to complete a PhD at Brown University in '62, in engineering mechanics."
- Jim Lee '52
- Robert H. Lee '43
- John B. Lord '39
- Joseph A. Miller '57 - Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army, January 1952 to January 1954
- Joseph Miller Jr. '59
- Don Millett '39 - Army captain who served during WWII, was stationed in New Zeland as of December 1946.
- John C. "Jack" Millett '41 - The Omicron Arrow of May 1945 reported he was "wounded while on reconnaissance. A mortar shell landed right behind him."
- Chuck Morrill '41 - Major in the Army Air Corps
- Alfred H. Morton '18 - World War I veteran
- Will Murrell ’02
- Donald K. Nelson '51 - Sgt. from 1952-54
- Marvin Pearce - The Omicron Arrow of May 1945 reported:
"Cpl. Marvin J. Pearce '44, 160-61257, is with a Bomb Group, A.P.O. 237, care Postmaster, San Francisco, Calif., and is an armorer for B-29s headed for Tokyo. He writes as of March 21:
'Just received the Arrow this evening and was quite interested in Jack Stout's letter printed therein. I got busy and found that Bud is on rest leave, but is located here on the same Island with me in the Marianas and has been my next door neighbor for quite some time without my knowing it. He's supposed to be back the end of this week and I'm looking forward to a big reunion. He's the first Psi U I've been able to contact since I left school.
'Was glad to hear about Burt Caruthers marriage and wish him all the happiness in the world.
'You've all been reading about what's been going on out this way so there's no need to tell you they're keeping us mighty busy. Hope it will all be over soon as we can all get back and have our big reunion which we all write so much about.
'I would be glad to hear from any of the brothers and if there are any out this way I'd like them to drop in.'"
- Theodore A. Pearse '39
- V.T. "Red" Penn '32
- Robert Pfeiffer '61 - Served for two years with the rank of lieutenant
- Art Pratt '44
- Edward C. Pritchard '45 - The Omicron Arrow of late 1945 reported:
"Pvt. Edward C. Pritchard '45, Co. C, 803rd Repl. Bn., Camp Shel-by. Miss., writes: 'Nothing much doing down here where I am except that it is still hot as h~. I saw Brother Don Joh-son up in Evanston last June. He has received his discharge from the army after a long time overseas. According to the information that I could get from him, he was going to start at Northwestern this fall.
'As for my personal life, I have broken my engagement after two years of being strictly true and now I am playing the field and enjoying myself very much.
'Has anybody heard about LI Bock, Dan Dieffenbacher, or Al Mueller? I haven't seen or heard anything about these brothers since before I left to go into the service.
'Let's all start planning for that big reunion of the Brothers in the fall of '46.'"
- Barney C. Quandt '56
- Frank Ragler '02 - Brother Ragler writes in November 2007: "Came across the listing for Psi Upsilon brothers with military service and thought I'd give me some updates on me, Frank Ragler, pledge class '02. I'm currently in the army serving at Landstuhl Regional Medical center in Landstuhl, Germany. I just graduated from the nuring program for the military and working as an Army Nurse. Before that I was sationed in Fort Irwin, CA for about three years and after that I was at Fort Sam Houston, TX for a year. Thanks for keep the website going. YITB, Frank"
- Jack Roberts '37 - Army Air Corps, served in India as of March '43
- John P. "Jack" Rooney '53 - Brother Rooney writes about his time in the Army:
"I was on active duty with the Army Security Agency from 9-11-1953 to June 10, 1955. The Korean GI Bill helped me pay for law school. My status as a veteran enabled me to buy a house for nothing down. I was in the last line of defense at Arlington Hall Station. The ASA was only to be found at Illinois, MIT, and Texas A & M. Because of ROTC I was a lieutenant."
- Edward C. Roozen '39 - Lieutenant in the Army Air Corps
- Joseph Schaefer '37
- Russ Scheibel '51
- Burt Schwind '35 - Army Air Corps
- George P. Seneff '38 - United States Military Academy at West Point, Company K, Brother Seneff achieved the rank of major by February 1941. He became a National Guard instructor and was formerly connected with Princeton University. By November 1949 he was a lieutenant colonel at the Armored School, Ft. Knox, Kentucky.
- Maurice J. Shroyer '36 - Major with the 44th Infantry Division
- Thomas E. Smith '49
- Jim Snider '40
- Neil Sorensen '55
- Edmond K. Thompson '40
- Selilm Tideman '37 - Served in the office of Division Engineer, Pacific Division as of May 1943. The Omicron Arrow in 1946 had the following entry:
Major S. N. Tideman Jr. '37, 1025 Linden avenue, Wilmette, 111., wrote August 9 from the Philippines: "I'm sitting here on one of these nice tropical islands that I used to see in the movies. It's raining harder than h—1 and the mosquitoes are over in the corner deciding which one will try and carry me home first. Several weeks ago I bumped into Grable Weber (Major) on an air strip here. I think I was the only guy getting off and he was the only guy getting on. I learned that Bob Durin (Lt. Col. now) was nearby at 8th Army Hq. and subsequently I have seen him several times. I understand some of the guys like Cam Brown have already got back from the ETO. Well, we all like it over here so much that we wouldn't leave before 10 minutes from now unless they wanted us to hurry. I hope we all get home soon and I can wear a white shirt again. After almost 5 years in the army, it gets a little boring. I sure would like to see my wife and 2 children, Carol, 31/2, and Gail, 2 years, again soon. We shall all see each other at Homecoming some day!"
- Leo Varty '32 - Served as a captain in the Army Corps of Engineers as of May 1943
- Grable Weber '36
- James Forrest Yale '86 - Brother Jim Yale '86 wrote the following in the Spring of 2007: For the record, Bill [Major William B. (Bill) Kelly, '85], Greg Barr '86, and myself all served in the US Army Reserve in the same unit at one time or another:the 12th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in Arlington Heights, Illinois. As a result of our actions, Arlington Heights was never successfully invaded by foreign or hostile domestic forces.
- Oscar R. (Bob) Zipf '16 - The Omicron Arrow of May 1945 reported the following:
"We were pleased to get the following letter from Charles B. Zipf, 608 State Bank building, Freeport, 111., brother of Lt. Col. Oscar R. (Bob) Zipf '16, with the Fourteenth Air Force, A. P. 0. 627, Care Postmaster, New York, N. Y.:
'The Arrow is dutifully mailed to my brother. Although his vintage is too ancient to recognize the majority of the names, some are even 'familiar to me who spent many a happy day at 410 E. Green.
'At the moment Bob is in China. His letters occasionally make some crack about a 'party that the Psi U's In their palmiest day would have been glad to have thrown.' He has some combat experience and was in the Salween River campaign last spring. He was cited by the CBI 'Round-Up' for his ability to keep up despite his age—51 years. At the moment his only claim to fame is that he is the only constipated soldier in China.'"
- John Acton ’01.5
- Warren Alcock class? - Navy Air Corps
- Stephen H. Ambrose '28 - The Omicron Arrow of late 1945 reported the following:
"Lt. Comdr. Stephen H. Ambrose '28, NAAS, Sautley, Field, Dispensary, Pensacola, Fla., writes: 'Returned to the states Sept. 1, 1945. Moved the family and dog to Pensacola two days before points were lowered for medical officers, hence will be here until next June 1, or have asked to be, rather.'"
- Art Andrew '55 - Lieutenant(UDT). Brother Roe Mallstrom '51 writes, "UDT stands for Underwater Demolition Team otherwise known as Navy Frogmen. Art was in training at Little Creek, VA when we both were living in bachelor pads on Virginia Beach. At the time I was on the Staff, Commander Battleship-Cruiser Force Atlantic Fleet."
- Dr. Richard D. Calhoun '33
- Jim Cooke '43 - The Omicron Arrow of 1943 reported:
"Thanks to Jim Cooke '43, former chapter rushing chairman, for sending us excellent news about himself and his work in the Naval Air Corps. Jim is in Class 2A-43C (c), U.S.N.A.S., Corpus Christi, Texas. He writes:
'I'm in instruments and with luck will leave soon for my advanced squadron ...
'There are a lot of Psi U men down here from almost every chapter and they're all d—n good men . . . keep the old Omicron blazing with spirit, 'cause I'll sure as h—1 make that my first stop when this scrap's over.'"
- John Culp '79 - According to Brother Pat Gilmore '69, Brother John Culp '79 flew F-4s in the USN. "I met him for the first and only time at the 1989 Omicron Homecoming party," said Brother Gilmore. "He is currently a captain with Delta Airlines in Atlanta, GA."
- Tom Cunningham '43
- Andrew Dahlberg Jr. '34 - Lieutenant on the USS Fulton as of October 1941
- C. Lyman Emrich '32 - When World War II broke out, Mr. Emrich received a commission in the U.S. Navy Reserves. He was assigned as a lieutenant junior grade to work in the Department of Naval Intelligence in Washington, D.C. In 1945, then-Lt. Cmdr. Emrich was on the Pacific Ocean en route to Japan when the war ended.
- Richmond D. Fitzgerald '41 - naval aviator (?)
- Wallace C. Gruenberg '58
- Sheldon Hauck '58
- Stephen C. Hogan '37 - on an aircraft carrier as of March 1942, Navy Cross at Guadalcanal, reported March 1943. In the May 1943 Arrow, the following article appeared:
Lt. Steve Hogan On First Leave From Battle Zone
"Lt. Stephen Hogan '37," says a newspaper story sent to the chapter recently, "27 years old, 7303 Luella ave., came home last week from the Pacific war area and saw his blond, blue-eyed four-months-old son, Stephen III, for the first time. He brought the baby a rattle made from a piece of a wrecked Jap Zero plane, and for young Stephen's mother, the lieutenant's bride of two years ago, he brought rattan purses and other souvenirs of the South Sea islands.
Home on 30-Day Leave
“Lieutenant Hogan, son of Dr. and Mrs. Stephen Hogan Sr., 6746 Cregier ave., is home on a 30-day leave which will end March 1. It's his first leave in 13 months.
“He has been in the navy three years. Since his graduation in 1941 from the Pensacola naval training station, he has been based on a carrier as a dive bomber pilot. He saw action on the Wasp, which was sunk, on the Enterprise, participated in the Gilbert and Marshall Island battles, the Coral Sea battle and the battles of Midway Island and Guadalcanal. He has two Jap planes to his credit and was awarded the navy cross for bravery and extraordinary heroism above the call of duty.
“He was never wounded in any of the battles but his radiomen were not so fortunate. The Jap planes got two of them. One of his narrowest escapes from death occurred when there wasn't even a battle in progress. Flying above Pearl Harbor, his plane collided in mid-air with another and he was forced to parachute to safety. He landed in the ocean and was picked up by a destroyer.”
- Bill Hutchings '49
- Alfred C. Johnson '52 - As of May 1955 he was with the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean Sea, flying off the USS Coral Sea. Brother Roe Mallstrom reports that Brother Johnson eventually earned the rank of captain.
- Frank Kegley ’08 - The Omicron Arrow of November 1945 reported the following:
The November 1945 Omicron Arrow reported the following about Brother Kegley:
“The Navy Department has appointed Frank Kegley ’08 as Supervisor of Shipbuilding in the Chicago area. Commander Kegley, on September 10th was placed at the head of this important naval activity which, since early 1942, has directed the construction of 600 million dollars worth of ships in thirteen yards located from Kalamazoo to Kansas City and from Milwaukee to St. Louis.
With the defeat of Japan shipbuilding at many yards was halted and the interest of the Supervisor's office has turned to Contract Termination and Settlement, and the Disposition of Materials. Shipbuilding will continue until December; it is expected that contract termination can be completed early in 1946.
Commander Kegley began his war service in March, 1942, as Special Assistant to the Supervisor of Shipbuilding, directing the design and construction of the Chicago Bridge and Iron Co. shipyard at Calumet Harbor, on Chicago's South Side. In August, 1942, he was commissioned in the Naval Reserve and assigned to the same office as Officer in Charge of Technical and Construction matters in the Shipbuilding program. In 1944 he was advanced to the rank of Commander and to the position of Executive Officer in the office which he now heads. He is a partner in the firm of Walton and Kegley, Architects, and resides in Evanston.”
- Robert D. Llewellyn '44 - In the Summer 2006 Omicron Arrow, Brother Llewellyn reported: "I vividly remember when I heard about Pearl Harbor during my sophomore year. I was at the Kappa Kappa Gamma house when we heard the broadcast on the radio. Next day, the President of the University spoke to the students at Huff Gym and urged us to stay in school and study hard so that when we were called up, we could serve our country better. Most ignored the advice and immediately enlisted. I later signed up with the Navy and trained to be a fighter pilot, and later as a torpedo bomber. Afterwards, I joined the active reserve and stayed in 13 more years flying jets and antsubmarine planes.
Like other fraternities on campus, we had a number of brothers who unfortunately did not make it back from the War, including Jim Latham ’44 from Alton, IL – a marine captain, a real hero; Pete Blackford ’43 from Oak Park, IL; and Johnny Austin ’43 also from Oak Park.
Due to the war, the house lost membership and was rented out as a women’s boarding house from June 43 thru January 1946. Only with the help of our outstanding alumni were we able to organize to get our house back and reestablish Psi U on campus. Thanks to the GI bill, we had plenty of men on campus from which to recruit. But many of these men were veterans and were unwilling to go through the type of pledgeship we had previously gone through. One day, we almost had a mutiny with the new pledges. We all had a meeting and agreed to modify the rules for the pledges.
We had two other fraternities living with us as the time, Deke’s & Xi Phi’s, who did not have their houses back as early as we did. The Dekes told their motley crew of undisciplined pledges that they had better shape up or they would be treated like the Psi U pledges! In all seriousness, I am happy that the house has become more serious getting high GPA’s and more conscientious about charity work."
The Omicron Arrow of late 1945 reported the following from Brother Llewellyn:
"I just finished operation training in torpedo bombers at Fort Lauderdale (pronounced Liquor-dale). After my carrier checkout in the Atlantic I was granted a 37-day leave before reporting to NAS, Grosse Isle, which is only 14 miles outside of Detroit. No discharge is in the offing, but Detroit is good duty, so I won't mind. Don Johnson '45 is attending Wisconsin now. The Psi U house is going strong there.
"Heinie Diettrich '44 is doing part-time chief cook and bottle washer duties at a Chicago hotel while he attends dental school. He graduates in June and all the brothers are invited to bring in their aching jaws."
- William E. McCoy '39 - Lieutenant in the Navy
- J.J. McHugh Jr. '39 - Served as an ensign on the USS Palomas as of May 1943.
- Charles McNair '39
- Roe Mallstrom '51 - The Omicron Arrow of Summer 2007 reported:
"The Korean conflict was still in progress when I graduated. Brother Ken Reimer ’51 LT U.S. Army was killed there. I remember the chapter gathering in the living room to hear General MacArthur’s address to Congress on the radio. After graduation I enlisted in the Navy and after boot camp at Great Lakes I was sent to OCS in Newport, RI. After receiving my commission I was assigned to the Cruiser USS Des Moines as Radio Officer. One of our assignments was as Flagship for Commander Sixth Fleet. Our homeport for that assignment was Villefranche sur Mer, a suburb of Nice. That assignment took me back and forth from Gibraltar to Beirut. My next assignment was as Radio Officer on the Staff of Commander Battleship Cruiser Force Atlantic Fleet onboard the Battleship USS Iowa."
- Thomas N. Martin '42 - The Omicron Arrow of May 1945 reported:
"Lt. (Jg) Thomas N. Martin '42, is boat officer aboard a destroyer transport, Fleet Post Office, San Francisco, Calif., and writes:
'Still sailing the same ocean on the same ship as I have been for the last two years. I was lucky enough to get home a few days last tall, and really enjoyed those few days. As yet I haven't seen any of the brothers out here, but thanks to The Arrow, I can keep up with many of them. Very happy to see that Jimmy Reed was home for a well-deserved rest.
'I' understand that Jim Latham, Jack Scott and Tommy Cunning-ham are around some place out here—I'll be checking the Officers Clubs from here to Tokyo.'"
- Don Murphy '52
- John Culver Nichols '32 - Lieutenant stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in late 1937, later posted to the submarine base at New London, Connecticut. By 1941 he was on the US Sub S-29 out of Key West, Florida and in the early 50s he was a commander at the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Washington DC. In the mid 1950s it was Captain Nichols and he was part of the staff at CincPacFlt.
- Richard E. Otis '33 - Lieutenant Commander, Brother Otis served on the USS Siboney as of October 1946.
- Gilman Paynter M.D. '40 - Lieutenant as of May 1943 and the May 1945 Omicron Arrow reported:
"Lt. (jg) Gilman C. Paynter '40, MC, USN, is with an Escort Division, Care Fleet Post Office, San Francisco, Calif., fills out his News Blank thusly:
'There IS an addition to the family. When last seen it resembled a bawling brisket of beef but recent photos indicate that it is a baby. I am also married.
'Occupation as noted. Officially it's medical officer to a bunch oL. destroyer escorts. This is a fascinating job—oh! yes, fascinating! We treat jungle rot, a rare tropical disease like lackaliquor. Treatment is painting with mesthiolate. Treatment of sore throats is also painting with mesthiolate. Athlete's foot?—paint it with merthiolate. Redundant prepuce?—paint it with —pops!
'Haven't seen the bent elbow of one Psi U since I've been out here. Whereinell is everybody?
'Anyway, the Arrow is still blooming and it's a pleasure to receive it. Any news of Corky Steward '41, Jim Reed '40, or Jim Snider '40 would be, I think, a feather in your cap, but if you have their addresses, I’d like to write them.'"
- Myric Rogers '57
- Charles Schroeder '42 - Served as an lieutenant, instructing at U.S. Naval base in Pensacola, Florida, and as of May 1943 he reported, (insert clip). By November 1952, the Arrow reported Brother Schroeder was officer in charge of the night fighter unit on the carrier "Bon Homme Richard" while that ship was operating in Korea. In that same time period, he was again Officer in Charge of a carrier based outfit and was flying the all-weather jet known as the "Banshee". Add in October 1955 Arrow item.
- John V. Scott '40 - Chief petty officer later promoted to lieutenant, stationed at the Glenview Naval Air Base as of March 1942. The Omicron Arrow of late 1945 reported the following:
"Lt. (jg) J. V. (Scottie) Scott '40 made good use of the reverse side of his subscription blank to send us this news:
'Am still out here in the Philippines, but expect discharge on points within a few weeks as my orders and relief have already been requested by my commanding officer. While I had quite a lengthy tour of duty in the States, it will be great getting back again—especially now that I'll soon be a civilian again. Enjoyed the last issue of The Arrow as much as any others I've received these past four years. The Class of '40 was well represented in the news.'"
In May 1945, Brother Scott wrote to the Omicron Arrow:
"At present I am stationed at SCTC Terminal Island, San Pedro, Calif., going to school and taking care of last minute details before putting a refrigerator ship into commission. As executive officer aboard I find plenty to do and have little spare time on my hands. My wife, Marianne (Illinois '42) is here with me and will remain until I leave the states.
"Haven't seen any of the brothers except Malerich '38, who is out here on a PCE, for some time but probably will run into some drinking beer on some island out in the Pacific.
"Keep the Omicron going while I'm away so we can have a good blow-out when this mess is over."
- Roy J. Solfisburg Jr. ’38 - Served four years during WWII, three years of which were overseas.
- Steve Speltz '55 - Navy
- Clark Steward '41 - Naval Air Corps, Illini Squadron as of October 1941
- Damon P. Tunnicliff '43 - The May 1945 Arrow reported the following:
"Lt. (jg) Damon Tunnicliff '43 Everglades BOQ 704, Miami, Fla., writes:
'Received the December issue of The Arrow today (Apr. 13) after it had traveled across the Pacific twice and around the States a few times. So decided it is time to give you my latest address and a contribution for this 4.0 publication.
'! got back last January after roaming around the Pacific for 14 months on a PT boat. Was a boat skipper and had considerable 'fun' playing tag with the Japs . . . also trying to find Bro. Tom Martin's APO.
'At present I am going again to school at N.T.C., Miami. This time to learn what makes the bigger ships run. Hope to be assigned to a destroyer after the nine-weeks course at Miami. Would like to hear from any of the ‘0’ Brothers in this area. Should be some as Florida appears to be 98 per cent military activities. Keep up the good work on the Arrow. It is our only contact with the old gang from '313.'"
- George Warfel '42
- James R. Wiggins '44 - U.S. Naval Academy as of March 1942
- A. Richard Williams '36 - Served on the USS Y.M.S. 336 as of May 1943
- Robert I. Zearing '33 - Served as a lieutenant in a gunnery unit as of May 1943
- Robert D. Bohnsack '93 - chaplain in the United States Air Force Reserve
- Thomas R. Butler '70 - According to Pat Gilmore '69, "Brother Tom Butler '70 flew F-4 fighter aircraft with the USAF, was with the California Air Guard at March AFB, CA, and retired from the Air Guard as a Lieutenant Colonel. He is also a captain for America West Airlines out of Phoenix, AZ, which just recently merged with US Air."
- John M. Carmen '70 - Captain, USAF
- Robert Cornell '52 - Air Force
- Charles P. “Pat” Gilmore '69 - In the Summer 2006 Omicron Arrow, Brother Gilmore writes, "After a 35 year career of flying intercontinental jet transports for the USAF and large passenger jets for the airlines, a career which took me to all fifty states and to six of the world’s seven continents, I decided to take early retirement from Delta Airlines in the Spring of 2005." Brother Gilmore continued in an email of 2006, "To clear up a few muddy areas, I served active duty in the USAF from 1970-1977 and in the USAF Reserve from 1977-1990, flew C-141 jet transports the entire time for the Military Airlift Command out of Norton AFB, CA, served in Vietnam, Israel, the Gulf War (and everything in between), and retired as a Major in the USAF Reserve in December 1990. Between 1977 and 2005 I also flew for Western Airlines, Jet America Airlines, and Delta Airlines, retiring as a B-767 captain in May 2005."
- Pat M. Godfrey '96 -Major. See Brother Godfrey's profile in the Summer 2007 edition of the Arrow
- Eugene S. Kwas '46 - Brother Kwas (a.k.a. Kwasniewski) served in the US Air Force during the years 1943-45. He writes, "I completed my training while in Big Spring, Texas and received my commission as a Bombardier in 1944. I was assigned to the European Theater of operation and stationed in Foggia, Italy. I was assigned to a B-17 Bombing Group and completed 25 bombing missions. I was awarded an Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters."
- John B. Moelmann '63 - Colonel (ret.)
- Robert C. Newth '56
- Jack Culp Jr. '44 - The Omicron Arrow of late 1945 reports the following:
"Lt. Jack Culp Jr. '44, USMCR, Co. B., 1st Bn., 22nd Marines, 6th Marine Division, F.M.F., Care Fleet Post Office, Frisco, wrote Oct. 18:
'Arrived in Tsingtoo (Chingtoo) China the first of this month and though it's quite decent, I've had my fill and am ready for home, never to rove again! A great per cent of this city is of German and Russian population, and as such, most of the construction has a European influence. It seems awful strange to look out over a scene that could be found in any of our suburban areas and yet realize that I'm on the other side of the world. Expect to be in the States by spring and wish speedy returns to all brothers for a happy reunion in the fall of '46—best of luck to one and all.'"
The Omicron Arrow of May 1945 wrote:
"Jack Culp Jr. '44, Pfc, with Co. G, 58th O.C.S., M.B., Quantico, Va., writes:
'Haven't seen a good liberty pass nor a brother for months . . . both are necessary essentials to that overworked term—morale! I am, however, much better off than many of the Psi U men that are mentioned in the Arrow—in fact, I'm not bad off at all.
'Left V-12 and Purdue July 1 and since then have been through Parris Island, South Carolina and Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, New River, and am now here at Quantico in the first stages of Officer Candidate School. Will be here about 17 more weeks, getting my commission in seven weeks and then getting 10 weeks of further training.
'Would appreciate it very much it you would get me in touch with Harry Latimer and Larry Fischer, both Omicron '44. Lost contact with them when I left V-12.
'Would also appreciate it very much if you would again allow me to be a regular Omicron Arrow reader. Dad sent me the last one, and it's the best mail I've received yet."
- Jack Draper '51 - Lieutenant
- Ron Gruenberg '60
- Steve Kammerer '82.5 - Larry I. Perlin '82 writes, "[Brother Kammerer] was enlisted in the Marines for a while after graduating. He became a pilot and flew the large helicopters with the dual rotors, but never saw active combat duty. He was stationed at Camp Pendleton in SoCal at one point back in the '80's and occasionally flew up to the SF Bay Area near where I live. He's since discharged from the Corps and is now a pilot for Max Factor or Revlon or one of those other cosmetics companies in Chicago for which he flies corporate execs to Europe and back. I last saw him and his wife at the Chicago convention two years ago."
- Art Koester '55
- James Reed '40 - Lieutenant serving in the Pacific islands as of May 1943
- Jack Stout '43 - Captain in the Marine Air Corps, served at Saipan, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa, earning five battle stars and the Distinguished Flying Cross.
- Pledges in WWII who had to leave the chapter as of March 1943 - Steve Boettcher, Bill Galt, Slick Hackman
- James F. Donahue Jr. '38
- David McLean Morgan '59
Brothers who served, but the documents on hand don't indicated the particular branch or show their pledge class year
- Burt Caruthers class?
- Chuck Cockrell '32 - branch?
- Robert R. Compton '76 - branch?
- Arthur P. Davenport class? and branch?
- Thomas Davis class? - Army
- Dan Dieffenbacher class?
- Jon Drew ’01 – Tom Fox '00 writes, "I believe his was in the Navy."
- Robert Eirich class? - Navy
- John Feagan class?
- Ted Garvey class? - Army Air Corps
- Wallace Hanlon class? - Army
- Wells Hugo-Smith '41 - branch?
- John Laird class? - Army ski patrol
- J.J. McHugh class?mille
- Lawrence Olds class? - Army Air Corps
- Tom Perry class? - Army
- Pete Peterson class? - Army
- Frank Ragler ‘02 - branch?
- Don Swett class? - Navy Air Corps
- Pledges in WWII who had to leave the chapter for the Army as of March 1943 - Edward Pritchard and Arthur Webber. The record does not indicate their class nor if they ever intiated.