The SCROLL of Phi Delta Theta for May, 1943
RICHARD PENDLETON VARIEL, U.C.L.A,
General Kenny Is Proud ...
LIEUT. BRUCE ALEXANDER GIBSON, JR., Ala-
bama Poly '40, was recently decorated with
the order of the Silver Star for "his
courageous, fearless service" in action in
the south Pacific theater of war. Lieutenant Gibson is a flyer in the Army Air
Corps, and following the action in which
he distinguished himself, his wife, Mrs.
Mary Evelyn Gibson of Tampa, Fla., received the splendid letter which follows
from Lt. Gen. George C. Kenny:
Dear Mrs. Gibson:
Recently at an operational base of the
United States Army Air Forces in Australia, I decorated your husband with the
This award was made in recognition of
his courageous, fearless service to his combat organization, his fellow American airmen, his country, his home and to you.
Your husband was decorated for gallantry in action for his part in bombing
Japanese shipping off New Guinea.
Because of poor visibility, the convoy,
which included three cruisers and two
gunboats, had to be attacked from 2,000
feet. The bombs in his plane failed to release during the run with the formation
but your husband continued to complete
his mission. Despite the fact that concentrated shrapnel from the ships had torn
a large hole in the wing of his aircraft he
proceeded to make thirteen runs over the
convoy until the last bomb was released.
One near miss severely damaged a large
Almost every hour of every day your
husband, and the husbands of other
American women, are doing just such
things as that here in the Pacific.
Theirs is a very real and very tangible
contribution to victory and to peace.
I would like to tell you how genuinely
proud I am to have men such as your
husband in my command, and how gratified I am to know that young Americans
with such courage and resourcefulness are
fighting our country's battle against the
You, Mrs. Gibson, have every reason to
share that pride and gratification.
Lieutenant Gibson is the son of Bruce
Alexander Gibson, Penn State '12.
commissioned a second lieutenant in the Marine
Corps in Febrijary, upon completion of his basic
training as an officer candidate.
CAPT. RICHARD EDWARD Iowa
stationed in La JoUa, Calif., has been promoted
from first lieutenant.
LT. COL. GEORGE TURNBULL, Northwestern
of the Army Medical Corps, is serving at Station
Hospital, Fort Bliss, Tex. Colonel Turnbull was
a practicing physician and surgeon in Evanston,
111., before his enlistment.
COL. REED RUSSELL BRUNNER, Purdue
Army Air Corps pilot, has been announced as
missing in action in the European theater of war
by the War Department.
ROGER HARVEY THIELE, Dartmouth
"41, is serving
in the U. S. Coast Guard Reserve on Atlantic
Offshore Patrol as Chief Boatswain Mate.
ROBERT COBBUM NELSON, Wisconsin '41, who is
serving with the Army Air Forces overseas, has
been promoted from second lieutenant to first
lieutenant, according to word received by his
wife and parents in Indianapolis, Ind. Brother
Nelson attended the universities of Notre Dame
and Wisconsin before enlisting in the Air Forces.
He has been serving overseas since September,
1942CAPT. EDWARD PEEBLES PEACOCK, JR., Mississippi
'33, graduated recently from the Command and
General Staff School at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.,
and is now stationed at Camp Shelby, Miss.
Brother Peacock is the son of E. P. Peacock, Mississi-ppi '91.
LIEUT. BENJAMIN JAMES EWERS, Lawrence '43, has
been awarded the air medal by Lieut. Gen. George
Kenny, air commander of the Southwest Pacific
zone. Ewers participated in more than 25 operational flights in that theater of the war, and was
cited for his meritorious achievements as a fighter
pilot on these missions. Brother Ewers' wife, who
lives in Appleton, Wis., has also received a congratulatory letter from General Kenny [see column
1] telling her of her husband's decoration, and
of his courageous service as a member of his
combat organization. The portion of General
Kenny's letter which describes Brother Ewers'
exploits reads as follows:
". He participated in more than 25 operational flight missions during which hostile contact was probable and expected. These flights included interception missions against enemy fighters and bombing planes and aided considerably
in the recent successes in this theater. ."
COL. THOMAS EVERETT MAY, Oregon State '14,
Infantry, is stationed at Fort Myer, Va. Colonel
May's army service extends back to World War I
in which he received the Purple Heart.