The SCROLL of Phi'Delta Theta for March, 1943
That Faint Ray of Hope
DWIGHT MORGAN HOLMES, Lawrence '40, listed on the rolls of "Our Honored Dead"
in the January SCROLL, will hereafter be classified among those who are "missing" until
definite and final word is received. The faint ray of hope that' still exists for Brother
Morgan is described in the very splendid letter from his brother, William Ronne Holmes,
Lawrence, '39, which follows:
My brother joined the Army Air Corps
as a cadet in February, 1941, and completed
his basic and primary training at Cal-Aero
Training Center, Ontario, Calif. He com. pleted his advance training at Stockton, Calif.,
in September When he received his commission as second lieutenant. The latter part of
September he and his fellow officers embarked
for the Philippines.
"He was stationed at Fort Stotensburg,
Pampanga, Philippine Islands, where he was
assigned to the 30th Bombardment
a group made up of Flying Fortresses. He was
a co-pilot at gradually worked in as
"We received a letter from him December 8,
written a week before, which told of preparations for the events that came. Evidently
his command was aware of their precarious
position as they expected to move to the
south, and nearer the equator, on some small
island. We know he moved as we heard from
him frequently until the last of April, 1942.
From that time we have had no word.
"He was. on Cebu Island for a while as
DWIGHT MORGAN HOLMES, Lawrence '40
my mother has heard from one of his buddies
This picture of Brother Holmes was taken
who stated that Morgan was left behind to
by Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek's perhelp in getting some other officers off the
sorriewhere in the
islands. All the men that left Cebu had to
islands or in China where he had flown
be that meant only a few many times.
were to leave. As you know, these islands are
inhabited by the Moros (formerly head hunters) and they are very friendly to the Americans, and have a hatred for the Morgan may be some place in the jungles living with these people, and if such is the case, we feel, as do many of his former associates
who were fortunate in that they were flown off the islands, that he has an excellent chance.
"The Government informed my mother that Morgan was missing in action on August
20, 1942. We -have scanned all lists of prisoners but have found nothing regarding him.
Of course. We are still clinging to the faint ray of hope that still exists, but it is
"It is a great loss to us, the family, but we know that his fellow Brothers with whom
he lived and attended classes will remejnber his humor and interest in the Fraternity,
college, and sports.
"After this terrible war is over I would like to dedicate a plaque for those from
Wisconsin Beta who give their lives for the cause. To date I believe we have lost
one man, and Morgan is missing, so if I am permitted this I will have it done when
the list is complete. God grant that we lose no list is already too large. ."
the mission fortifications. Thus, although we
could see only the shells falling nearest to us,
I knew how we wanted our whole curtain of
fire to swing in an arc from the beach and get
the Japs' heads down or inside the pillboxes
through the whole big grove."