of Phi Delta Theta for March, 1943
THE FOLLOWING LETTER to Executive Secretary
Beam was written by Ensign William Mollet
Harting, Washington (St. Louis), from his base
somewhere in the North Pacific. It reflects graphically, we believe, the intense interest in the
Fraternity held by our brothers in the services
especially those on far flung fronts.
Dear Brother Beam:
I imagine that you are receiving many reports
from Phis in the service. We Phi Delts are meeting on battle fronts all over the world, and it
is a real pleasure to meet a man who is a
Brother in the Bond in these far away places.
These men have something in common, the
ideals of 4> A 9, and many close friendships are
made between Phis who meet in training camps,
at advance bases, or in the front line trenches.
I am now with the U. S. Naval Construction
Battalion somewhere in the North Pacific.
Brother Frederick M. Thomson, Lt., CEC, USNR,
North Dakota '23, is in command of our Battalion. I thought that this would be interesting
news for SCROLL. There are only 25
officers in our Battalion and it is a coincidence
that two of them are Phi Delts. I am a member
of Missouri Gamma, class of 1942.
Lieutenant Thomson and I are serving with
the SeaBees, abbreviated name for the United
States Naval Construction Battalions. The word
"SeaBees" was taken from the first letters of
Construction name indicates that the SeaBees are connected with the
Navy and also denotes the reputation for industrious endeavor that the SeaBees have gained
for themselves. work of the SeaBees consists mainly of building advance bases of operation for the Navy fighting forces. The SeaBees
are trained to defend these bases should the
occasion arise. They are fighting men as well
I reported for duty with the SeaBees about
two months after graduating from Washington
University. One of my classmates. Brother Russell
H. Matson, Ens., CEC, USNR, Washington (St.
Louis) '42, is now serving with the U. S. Naval
Construction Battalion. Matson was house manager at Missouri Gamma.
I have not received a SCROLL in a long time.
Please send THE SCROLL to Lieutenant Thomson
at the above address, and he and I will be able
to keep up with the activities of A am very
interested in the Fraternity and cannot keep up
with the activities of even my own chapter this
far away from the States. If there is a charge
for SCROLL, I will be glad to forward you
the money. All the Phis in the service are anxious
to keep abreast with the activities of their Fraternity. I assure you that the copy sent here
will be put to many hours of concentrated use.
Best of luck to General Headquarters in the
administration of the business of Phi Delta
Theta in these troubled times. I know that the
fraternity will emerge from this crisis as a
stronger and more closely knit organization
than it was before the war began.
Yours in the Bond,
W. M. HARTING
Ens., CEC-V(S), USNR
LT. ROBERT SHAW,. Whitman
'40, was cited re-
cently for exceptional action during a bombing
raid over Germany. For gallantry and service,
and action beyond the call of duty. Brother Shaw
now wears the Purple Heart and the Distinguished Flying Cross. Recent news of other
Whitman Phis in service finds LT. ROBERT TURNER, '41, the recipient of an award for exceptional
flying under adverse conditions while on maneuvers in Mississippi. BRUCE SHAFFER, '41, formerly
Petty Officer, second class, in the Navy Reserve,
was recently commissioned an ensign in the
Supply Corps of the Navy. Fighting with the
Marine Corps in the Solomon Islands are LT.
EVENDON, '42, and SCT. GEORGE HERSHMAN,
'43. SCT. PHILLIP GRAUE, '41, is stationed in the
THOMAS HOWARD LEWIS, Union '26, has been pro-
moted to the rank of lieutenant colonel in the
Army. Brother Lewis is married to Loretta
Young, glamourous movie star.
STIRLING PRICE GILBERT, JR., Georgia Institute of
Technology '21, is a lieutenant commander,
U.S.N.R., and is stationed at Norfolk, Va. Son
of a longtime stalwart Phi, Stirling Price Gilbert,
Sr., Vanderbilt, '83, Brother Gilbert is on leave
of absence from the Coca-Cola Company which
he serves as a vice president in charge of advertising.
MORGAN Cox, Southern Methodist '39, was
decorated recently for outstanding performance
on the North African front. He received the Air
Medal. Lieutenant Cox took paratroop training
in Georgia after going through Hermet and Moffett Fields, Calif.. Luke Field, Ariz., and serving
for a while as a transport pilot.
IN a recent letter Mr. and Mrs. E. O. Schaub,
Olney, 111., announce with pride that all three
of their Phi Delt sons are in the armed forces,
each representing a different branch of the
services. They are CAPT. WARD SCHAUB, '39,
U. S. Marines; Ph. M. 3/c ROBERT SCHAUB,
'42, U. S. Navy; and PVT. JACK SCHAUB, '45,
U. S. Army, all of the Wabash chapter.
LAUREN (LADDIE) GALE, Oregon '39, has left
his job as freshman basketball coach at the University of Oregon to join the Army Air Corps.
Gale won all American honors when he performed with the great Webfoot five of 1939.