The SCROLL of Phi Delta a for January,
camp in Manila. He was serving as representative
in the Philippine Islands for the International
Harvester Company when war broke out. According to a recent letter from Brother Van
Sickle to the Ohio Gamma chapter, both he and
his wife are Well, and he is doing censorship
work oil letters leaving the camp.
CAPT. BRICE DISQUE, JR., Dartmouth
recently script editor of the NationarBroadcasting Company and formerly writer of the widely
work radio broadcasts based on world news. In
1938, he. became associated with Phillips H.
Lord, Inc., as executive editor where he was responsible for the broadcasts of Gang Busters
and other coast-to-coast programs. Recently,
Captain Disque joined the NBC where he re-,
mained until the Army Air Forces called him
into the nation's service. He left immediately
for six weeks of intensive training at the Officers' Training School, Miami Beach, Fla.
Now a staff officer, with the Fifty-second Troop
Carrier Wing, Captain Disque looks forward
to the day when his outfit will depart for action
against the enemy, because the Troop Carrier
Command is geared for fast action wherever it
may be found. Yes, this fast growing baby of
the Air Forces is rapidly becoming a giantcapable of carrying our "Air Commandos" to
battle in the four corners of the earth.
LIEUT, (j.g.) THEODORE RHODES, Washburn
has been reported "missing in action,'' in a letter to his parents from the Navy Department.
Enlisting in the Navy V-7 program in August,
1940, Ted won his ensign's commission in February, 1941, and was on active duty on a destroyer
from that time.. Last spring he was promoted to
lieutenant junior grade to become the fifth senior
officer on his ship. Lieutenant Rhodes's last
letter was received early in October, and in one
letter he said that his ship had once been at
sea for fifty days without coming in sight of
land. He had received no letters for ninety days,
although his parents had written regularly.
LIEUT. ALBERT HUNTER DUTTON, Oregon State
'42, was home on leave recently a,fter having been
in active air combat in the South Pacific for a
From "Gang to "Air Commandos."
year. [See SCROLL, September, 1942, p. 54-]
Brother Dutton wore on his blouse the service
heard Gang Busters and March of Time radio star, the purple heart, and the silver star. Reprograms, is now assigned to active duty as a luctantly explaining the decorations, Lieutensfnt
staff officer with the Fifty-second Troop Carrier Dutton stated in an interview that "the purple
heart, awarded men injured in unusual action,
Wing, Pope Field, Ft. Bragg, N.C.
came to him after his plane was shot down over
The Troop Carrier Command is that newest
branch of the Army Air Forces known as the a Jap-held island in the Solomons. plane
wrecked, he bailed out in a first
"Air Commandos." It is their duty to carry
parachutists and airborne troops into the field landed atop a tall palm tree. The
of actual battle by planes and gliders. These flier was unconscious when he landed and Was
suspended by the chute ropes for about two
"Air Commandos" also evacuate any seriously
hours. When he regained consciousness he found
wounded men to the rear hospital area, thus
saving valuable time and in many cases lives. swarms of red ants all over him. 'In my eyes,
ears and mouth,' he shuddered. He managed to
Captain Disque is the son of Brig. Gen. Brice
P. Disque, now assistant coordinator for hard free himself and start down the tree via vines.
The vines broke, Dutton slipped and wrenched
fuels with the Department of the Interior. After
his hip badly.
graduating from Dartmouth in 1925, Captain
Disque gained considerable news-gathering ex"However, he was able to make it to a swamp,
perience wit'n the New York Evening Post and
where he ducked in to rid himself of the ants. He
with Forbes Magazine, then spent several years had to be on constant lookout for lurking Japs:
in New York banking circles. Turning his efforts
'I was picked up by some marines,' he explained,
to radio broadcasting. Captain Disque worked
after spending two foodless days on the island atfor News Week magazine. Time, Inc., and King
tempting to get near the beach.
Features Syndicate, writing and producing net"The flier's hopes for rescue came near to beCAPT. BRICE DISQUE, JR.