The SCROLL of Phi Delta a for March, 1943
Lt. Colonel J. H. Michaelis, Parachute Infantry,
and Virginia, whose husband. Major W.
Wingo, U. S. Marines, died in the Naval Hospital at Mare Island in December, after being
flown there from the South Pacific.
KENNETH BOYD TANNER, JR., Texas '39, a sergeant
in the Royal Canadian Air Force, lost his life
September 16 while flying a Wellington bomber
in a raid over Germany. Brother Tanner joined
the R.C.A.F. in May, 1941, and after receiving
his wings, returned home on furlough in March,
1942, then went directly to Newfoundland for
duty overseas. He completed training at Pershore,
On September 13 he made his first flight to
bomb Bremen, returning the following morning
after a successful raid. Three days later he was
a part of the gigantic 800-1,000 plane attack on
the industrial centers of the Ruhr Valley. His
plane was one of the 39 lost in the mass raid.
Brother Tanner is survived by his mother and
a Phi father and brother, Kenneth Boyd Tanner,
Sr., Wisconsin '04, Eastland, Tex., and Sgt. Karl
Tanner, Texas '32, who served with the Marines
PHILO NELSON FRENCH, III
Louisiana State '41
CAPT. SIDNEY GESNER BEMIS, Washington, '39, a
Marine Corps flier, was killed in a plane crash
"overseas," according to notification received by
his father, F. G. Bemis, Seattle, from the Navy
Department. The Navy did not disclose the scene
of the fatal crash nor the time it occurred.
Brother Bemis won his wings at Pensacola,
Fla., in 1939, and later served as an instructor at
the same school.
RICHARD GALE TRYON, Maryland
'44, died of
pneumonia on January 12 at the Marine Training Base, New River, N.C. He had enlisted in the
Marines in October, and had just finished his
six weeks' boot training at Parris Island.
ENSIGN HARRY ALBERT SPARKS, Westminster
was killed November 20 when liis airplane
crashed about three miles north of the naval
air station at Miami, Fla. He was fiying alone in
a routine training ship. Brother Sparks, a native
of Hannibal, Mo., had won his commission only
two weeks previously at the naval air training
center at Corpus Christi, Tex.
PHILO NELSON FRENCH, III, Louisiana State '41,
was killed January 25 while in glider-pilot training at Dalhart, Tex., when the transport glider
which he was flying collided with a windmill.
Initiated into A in 1940, Brother French left
college a yfar later to enter the Army Air Corps
at which time he was assigned to serve as a
LIEUT. WILLIAM HUGH SWISHER, Illinis
killed in action at Guadalcanal, according to
word received by his wife, Eleanor Russell
Swisher, a senior at the University of Illinois.
The telegram did not give the date of Brother
Swisher's death, but an unofficial report received
later stated that he had been wounded in action
and died later.
As an undergraduate Brother Swisher was active in the Illinois Eta chapter and on the campus, serving as track manager for two years. He
was in the Marine Corps and received his first
lieutenancy last fall when he was sent out of
the United States.
HORACE THESTON FREEMAN, JR., Georgia '40, U. S.
Army Air Corps, lost his life in a bomber crash
at sea in the Alaskan area in September. According to word received by his father, the Rev. H.
Freeman, Brunswick, Ga., Brother Freeman was
returning from a successful flight against the
Japanese forces on -Kiska when the bomber was
forced down. He and another member of the
crew were evidently stunned by the force of the
impact and were unable to get clear of the
wreckage and into the life rafts. airplane
sank in about five minutes.
Franklin '40, military intelligence officer in the
Army Air Corps, was one of fourteen victims in
an air crash of two bombers over a North African
airfield on January 14, according word received from the War Department by relatives on
Inducted into the Army in July, 1941, Brother
DeHaven received his basic training at Luke
Field, Phoenix, Ariz. He was selected for officer
training in the Air Corps Military Intelligence
Division and commissioned a second lieutenant