The SCROLL of Phi Delta Theta for January,
LIEUT. A. WAHL, Wabash '39
Winner of the Purple Heart and Silver
Star for exploits in skies over Southern
LIEUT. EUGENE ADOLPH WAHL, Wabash
'39, visited his home in Indianapolis
recently, on furlough, after eleven
months of tangling with hundreds of
Japanese Zeros and bombers in dog
fights in skies over the islands of the
Pacific. For his exploits, which
resulted in the destruction of six Zeros
and two bombers, the Army'Air Force
Phi was awarded the Order of the
Purple Heart and the Silver Star.
He received the Purple Heart for
riding his bullet-ridden plane into the
ground in the jungles of New Guinea
rather than bailing out and letting it crack
He was injured about the head and ears, but
managed to make his way back to his base with
the aid of natives. Silver Star was presented
to Brother Wahl as well as to three other
American pursuit pilots when they succeeded in
downing four Jap planes and scaring off twelve
more which were attempting to attack several
troop-laden American transports of the New
Lieutenant Wahl, a football and tennis star
at Wabash, will put his fighting experience to
work in the training of pilots at Fort Worth,
MAJOR BRIAN "BUCKY" O'NEILL, Lafayette
former star Lafayette baseball player, who used
to harass his old coach with flips and loops over
Fisher stadium, is worrying Japs now from his
base in New Guinea. Major O'Neill, known as
"Shanty" to the boys flying under him, is making a great name for himself in this down-under
area of fighting, and Dean Schedler, Wide World
writer, has this to say about him in a recent
"A group of hard fighting United States .airmen who have proved themselves a major headache to the Japanese have hacked the comforts
of home out of the wild bush country.
"Taking time out between raids on Buna,
Gona, Rabaul, these pilots have used American
ingenuity to the utmost advantage in fixing
up their living quarters to something approximating those back home.
"I spent two days with these men watching
theto at work and at play. They play hard but
they fight harder.
"Maj. Brian O'Neill, of New
to the the group of veterans of 12
raids over enemy positions. Riding as co-pilot
with O'Neill is Capt. Melville Offers, of Woonsocket, R.I., and a crew which has been to-
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gether since their flying days back home.
'These boys have been over targets a dozen
times. I'm proud of all of them. When I look
over t,he wings, I always get a thumbs or
a big grin as we head-in to unload bombs, strafe,
or whatever our mission is,' O'Neill said."
Pat Robinson, International News writer, has
this to say about "Bucky" or "Shanty."
"A truck at a New Guinea air field pulls up
alongside one of the world's fastest bombers,
under which sits its crew ready to go on a
mission when the bomb squad loads up.
"Beside the plane stands Maj. Brian 'Shanty'
O'Neill, of New York.
"Shanty's veteran crew are known as the 'Flying Shamrocks.'
"O'Neill who is minus a middle finger on his
right hand has been on numberless missions and
had scores of dogfights with Zeros. He has
knocked down many of the enemy planes and
has had his own plane shot up but he always returns himself and his crew unhurt.
"The plane is finally bombed up, the crew
climbs in and curly-haired Shanty waves adios
from the cockpit as he starts the ship off to give
the Japs some more hell."
RUSSELL CURTIS BARNES, Michigan '20, crack De-
troit News writer and WWJ commentator on
foreign affairs, is now head field representative
of the Outpost Bureau, Office of War Information. He awaits early assignment for overseas
duty. Brother Barnes's last column for the duration appeared in the News Sunday, November 1,
and his last broadcast was heard the Friday night
before. According to a recent dispatch, "Detroit
News readers and WWJ listeners have lost what
the nation has dispassionate but potent
force for realistic thinking in an uneasy time."
C. EARLE VAN SICKLE, Ohio University '22, is in
the hands of the Japanesee at the Santo Tomas