The SCROLL of Phi Delta Theta for January,
fire. In spite of these two handicaps. Brother
Clark completed his flight to Bengasi, bombed
and sank a merchant ship, and winged his way
safely back to the Allied lines, then at El Alamein.
Lieutenant Clark is the son of Mr. and Mrs.
Thome Clark, of Lincolnton, N.C. He is the
namesake of his grandfather, Walter Clark, the
late illustrious Chief Justice of the North CaroUna Supreme Court. He came to the University
from Wyoming Military Academy.
At the University Brother Clark was voted the
handsomest man as well as the best intramural
athlete. He was president of his chapter in 1940.
His brother is David Clark, Washington and
CAPT. RAMSAY POTTS, JR., North Carolina '38,
U. S. Army Air Corps, recently made headlines
by his exploit in downing three Nazi planes and
crippling a fourth in an exciting fight over the
Bay of Biscay in his Liberator bomber. The
news story states that Brother Potts was making
a lazy reconnaissance flight when six Nazi planes
plummeted out of the blue intent on murder.
As a finale. Brother Potts piloted his plane back
to England with only a few souvenirs of his
Brother Potts entered North Carolina in the
fall of 1934 as a most coveted fraternity rushee.
Choosing 4>A9 he began a remarkable career.
He was class president, refused nomination for
presidency of the student body, but found time
to win the Southern Intercollegiate tennis title.
as well as a place on the All-Southern Conference basketball team. His scholastic average was
about ninety-five. He was president of the two
highest leadership orders. Golden Fleece and the
Grail, and he was president of A his senior
The letter printed, in part, below from Frank Wright, Florida '26, until recently
president of Epsilon Province, was received by Executive Secretary Paul C. Beam:
I am writing you as we fly somewhere in Africa. Since I last wrote you, I went
into Washington for transfer into the Air Corps and assignment on a special mission.
At breakfast this morning we checked our flights and we were then 8,400 miles from
Washington with another 5,000 to 6,000 to go. [/( has been learned that Brother Wright
is now in
It has been extremely interesting and fascinating, Paul, and I must tell you of a
marvelous experience. As we were alighting in Africa, putting first foot on African
soil, it was 3:45 A.M. and only a pale moon shining, but black as it was that
almost solid phalanx of ebony faces glittered in the foreground. I put my first foot
aground, was watching my step, when I heard this voice shriek out in good old
American English with that unmistakable Southern accent, "Brother Frankl" and lo
and behold if there wasn't a Brother Phi, Charles Henry, St. Augustine, Florida '38,
and one really swell Phi Delt.
Did we have a grand visit! When I recount this experience, Paul, I hasten to add,
lest some wise-cracker make a poignant observation, that while greeted by a Brother
Phi the moment I stepped on African soil, indeed he was not a native.
Paul, I've met so many college men in the short time I've been in the service, and
often I can get some reaction on the fraternity situation at their respective schools
before they know I am a Phi. Always they speak of the strong standing, and fine
reputation, the good house, the leadership-of A These continued confirmations of
what we have always known, of course, add more coals to the fires from which burn
in a great and grand glow our devotion to and love for our fraternity.
There is not much time for us who are in a new and, we hope, meaningful endeavor
in the war, to recall too much of our pleasant and lovely vocational and avocational
interests of civil life, but in such times as are afforded I often think of you and the
Fraternity, the great friendships made with undergraduate Phis in my visits to many
chapters, of the great line of Past Presidents of the G. of the present General
Council, and many others. Some day I hope to write them a few words. I want to
write also to my chapters in Epsilon Province. But we can't be too sure of time, so, Paul,
in your contacts, give them my very best greetings. I'll be grateful if you will.
Faithfully yours in the Bond,