The SCROLL of Phi Delta a for May, 1943
trapped in a cargo net as his ship listed perilously above him, floating undetected past a
Japanese war vessel, and eventually being hauled
to safety by other survivors on a life raft, are
just a few of the details of an experience which
Capt. FRED JAMES FRAZER, Ohio University '40,
LIEUT. THOMAS STEIN, Centre '42
Flying Fortress Pilot missing in action.
of the U. S. Marines, will not soon forget. Captain Frazer was blown from his battle station
atop the director when the first torpedo struck
his cruiser in the Solomons' fight in which three
U. S. cruisers were sunk. Falling, he landed on a
wounded Marine private who later described the
incident on a March of Time broadcast originating in San Diego. Brother Frazer and the ship's
dental officer attempted to give first aid to a
sailor whose leg had been shot off, biit all were
thrown overboard when the second torpedo
struck. glare of battle was so bright that
Frazer could easily read the title of a book
which he grasped as it floated past him while in
tenant Stein had told how friends of his were
shot down in enemy territory and later escaped
to England. It is their hope, and the hope of his
many friends and Fraternity brothers, that he
will do the same thing.
Brother Frazer commanded the gun crew
which is believed to have fired the first American
shot in the occupation of Guadalcanal Island,
covering the landing of ground forces on August
7, 1942. He is now in Dallas, Texas, with his bride
of a few months.
LIEUT. FRANK ALFRED ELAM, Nebraska
CoL. THOMAS EVERETT MAY, Oregon State '14,
home recently to press to his heart something is the commanding officer at Fort Meyer, Va.
even more precious than the Silver Star he received for gallantry in baby son,
born January while Brother Elam was off
fighting the Japs in the south Pacific.
Lieutenant Elam, who won his leave after
weeks of concentrated action as torpedo plane
pilot off the carrier Hornet and later off GuadalSQDN. LDR. MALCOLM MACLEOD, Dalhousie
canal, won his decoration for his courageous
'39, who was in command of the topaction in the face of heavy fire in attacking a
scoring fighter squadron in the R.A.F.,
Japanese heavy cruiser. He learned of his fatherhas been posted as missing in Mediterhood status in the Fiji Islands through a letter
ranean aerial operations. Brother Macfrom his wife.
Leod, a former Canadian Press writer, had
Brother Elam was reported missing for some
been assigned last February to the comweeks after the Hornet was sunk October a6.
mand of the crack R.A.F. unit of SpitThree Jap planes crash-dived into the Hornet in
fires based on the Island of Malta.
the action that sank her, one of them hitting
At that time the squadron was credited
Lieutenant Elam's quarters.
officially with destroying about 300
"I wasn't there," he said. "They told me about
planes, plus another 100 probables. More
than 180 of these had been shot down
Insects are an enemy as persistent as the Japs
over Malta. MacLeod, in letters to relain the tropics, according to the yonng flyer, and
tives, never revealed anything about his
mosquito nets at night are essential equipment.
personal score. He had been flying out
Brother Elam stated flatly, when questioned,
of Malta for only a few months before
that he prefers flying to ground fighting. "I'll
becoming the second Canadian member
stay upstairs," he said. "You don't see the
of the R.C.A.F. to command an R.A.F.
fighter squadron in this war.
His proud squadron at one time or
another had numbered scores of the
TOPPLED 31 feet from the "director" of the U.S.S.
R.A.F.'s top fighter celebrities in its ranks.
Quincy, severely burned on head and hands by
flames caused by bursting shells, pitched overboard by the shock of a torpedo explosion.
Malta Squadron Leader