of Phi Delta Theta for November, 1942
Midway Island a year and a half. He
later worked as a physician in the Hawaiian Islands, where he was commissioned as a Captain in the Medical
Corps in March 1941 and was stationed
at Hickham Field.
Joe's brother. Jack Walther, a Phi
from the University of Arizona, is stationed in Honolulu, Waikiki Beach, with
the U. S. Engineers. Both Walthers are
a credit to their colleges and to A
Remember Smokey Joe; we haven't
heard the last from him in this war. It's
right up his alley. His father, also a doctor in Rushville, who died last August,
spent a few years in the Philippines. He
taught both boys to take care of themselves.
West Virginia Phi Awarded D.F.C,
NSIGN Harry B. Gibbs, West Virginia '41, was presented the Distinguished Flying Cross on September 18,
1942. This award was for his extraordinary heroism in the battle of Midway
Island. Captain J. D. Price, commandant of the Jacksonville Naval Air station, on behalf of the Commander in
Chief of the Pacific fleet and in the name
of the President of the United States,
made the award.
On June 4, 1942, during the Battle of
HARRY BONAPARTE GIBBS, West
West Virginia '44
Midway, Brother Gibbs, while flying
with his squadron, attacked a formation
of eighteen Japanese dive bombers. His
action in this battle was instrumental in
breaking up the formation and preventing it reaching its objective. Determined
and relentless in pursuit, he shot down
an enemy dive bomber, and shortly
afterwards, with only one of his guns
working, he shot down another.
Later the same day while attempting
to break up a torpedo attack. Brother
Gibbs's plane was crippled and he was
forced to land in the sea. He was left
floating on his rubber life raft for seventeen hours when, at dawn, he was picked
up by a passing United States destroyer.
It is interesting to note that Brother
Gibbs is a member of the squadron
which has the famous "Go Gettum"
McCuskey as squadron leader. At the
time of the battle, the squadron was stationed on the carrier Yorktown.
Brother Gibbs, while a student at West
Virginia University, was majoring in
chemical engineering and was also one
of the leading students in the C.P.T.
flying program. While in the chapter, he
was chorister, house manager, and social
It is with justifiable pride that West
Virginia Alpha extols the exploits of
Brother Gibbs, whose performance under
fire adds so much luster to the already
brilliant record of our Phi brothers.