of Phi Delta Theta for May, 1943
Island are a lot better. I still think the
world of the Marines, and the nation will never
know what they went through, or how couFirst Among 3,000!
rageous the Navy is under Admiral Halsey.
You can never realize the hatred we Marines
EDWARD OWEN PERRY, JR., North Carolina
have for those underhanded sneaking rats called
'40, graduated with first honors on March
from the Army Air Corps Officers' CanJaps. I would certainly like to be there to see
didate School, Miami Beach, Fla., in a class
the finish of the most honorable Jap nation.
of more than three thousand
"This place, except for an occasional night
Brother Perry, number one among the
bombing, is now fast becoming a fine place for
eleven honor graduates, received the acapicnics. We now live on top of the ground and
demic award from Major General Walter
have screened tents and, so help me, my tent has
R. Weaver at class commencement exera real wooden floor. food is now so good
cises. This feat carries on the outstanding
that we really look forward to our meals.
record set by Perry as an undergraduate
Though we only eat twice a day, we get plenty
at the Universities of North Carolina and
of good, wholesome food."
Georgia where he was consistently on the
An interesting sidelight is in this paragraph:
Honor Roll, and an Honor Graduate of
I am keeping busy doing a survey of over
the latter institution.
1,000 cases of malaria that I have treated since
He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward
my stay here. The data and observations are
O. Perry, Atlanta, whose pride in his splengoing to be quite interesting, and hope benedid accomplishment is shared by his brothficial to the medical profession. The Chief Pharers in A the country over.
macist and I have kept an accurate history of
every case and have some interesting material on
treatment and value of prophylaxis of this disease. Navy malaria control board has
to his wife, Josephine Mears McVay of Seattle,
helped us survey our whole unit, and we are
working together to see if we can cut down on
"The war in the Solomons was very terrible. the incidence of this tropical blight."
[The letter was written from New Zealand while
Jack is now in New Zealand getting in on some
he was recovering from his attack of dysentery
rest. Knowing McVay, as we do, it won't be
and malaria. This was after he had been on
letting any cat out of the bag when we can truthGuadalcanal for about two months.] I had a
fully say he is probably enjoying it more than
hospital and took care of the casualties from
anyone else there. He happens to be that kind
the field. We .were bombed daily and shelled of a MORT FRAYN, Washington '27.
from the sea nightly. I had my hands full with
the poor boys. Our diet was rice twice a day
with a niaggot or two thrown in. I at least found
CLINT CASTLEBERRY, Georgia Tech '46, who made
out I could take it. However, it doesn't take
the Phi Delt All-American football team in his
much to have nerve, because you have work
freshman year as the most sensational back in
to do and you just do it, but was scared, all
the south during the past season, has received
an appointment to the United States Naval
Jack entered service in March, 1941. A memAcademy at Annapolis.
ber of the Naval Reserve at that time, he was
given a month's indoctrination at the Bremerton
Naval Base and ordered to report to Honolulu.
December 7, 1941, will always mean something
THE FIRST Captain of the United "States Corps
more to him than just the date that the Japs
of Cadets at the United States Military Academy
pulled their treacherous attack on the Islands.
at West Point is BERNARD WILLIAM ROGERS,
He was there. With this background and bap- Kansas State '43.
tism. Jack undoubtedly looked forward to his
being attached to a Marine Unit as medical
LIEUT. THOMAS WARREN STEIN, Centre '42, was
officer, and it was as such that he landed at
reported in March to be missing in action folGuadalcanal.
lowing one of the many raids in which he parThose first two months on the island can
ticipated over Europe. Pilot of a Flying Fortress,
properly be called "their Gethsemane." A couple
Brother Stein has been on combat duty since
more excerpts from Jack's letters written after
October, 1942. He was graduated from a civilian
his return from New Zealand on November 15
pilot training course at Centre College in 1941,
show, by comparison, the relative peaceful
and later enlisted in the Air Forces. He was
change on the island. Also a pertinent item as to commissioned a second lieutenant at Sacramento,
the mental attitude of the men toward their
Calif., in February, 1942, and went to England
"I am now feeling fine, and things on this
In one of his last letters to his parents. Lieu-