SigEp Military History


This Week in SigEp Patriot History
August 26, 2012


“A good plan, violently executed now, is better than a perfect plan next week.” --General George S. Patton, U.S. Army

Given the vast majority of this edition has to do with SigEp Patriots who are no longer with us, it further illustrates the need for a dynamic, comprehensive, and current database of brothers who have served. The establishment of such a database has been a goal of SPP since its inception more than 11 years ago. If you support this goal, we hope you will continue to help us locate such brothers.

August 20, 2007
- U.S. Navy veteran and FL Epsilon founding father Major Herbert Luther Marsh of the U.S. Air Force (retired) died on this date in Jacksonville, Florida, at the age of 80.
Born on July 1, 1927, in Jacksonville, Herbert joined the Navy following his graduation from high school. After completing his tour, he attended Florida State University, where he was a charter member of FL Epsilon.
He attended Georgetown University and later joined the Air Force, where he rose to the rank of major and retired with 20 years of service. Major Marsh returned to Jacksonville with his family, becoming the director of the NE FL chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and later the director of the NE FL chapter of the Leukemia Society. He devoted over 20 years to helping those stricken with these diseases. In his most recent years, he was the owner of Marsh Tax Services.
Respect can be paid to Brother Marsh at Greenlawn Cemetery in Jacksonville.

* U.S. Air Force Korean War veteran and MS Gamma renaissance brother Lieutenant Colonel Paul Francis Weisend of the U.S. Air Force Reserve (retired) passed away on July 27, 2012, in Glendora, California.
* U.S. Navy Korean War veteran and PA Delta brother Commander Robert Twigg Mullen of the U.S. Navy Reserve (retired) passed away on July 31, 2012, at the age of 83 in Melbourne, Florida.
* U.S. Army Korean War veteran AR Gamma brother James Roy Sulcer passed away August 5, 2012, in Hernando, Mississippi.
* U.S. Navy veteran and MI Alpha brother John Henry Jacobs of Atherton, California, passed away at his home on August 16, 2012, at the age of 84 after a short battle with leukemia.
* Korean War Veteran and OH Eta brother Commander Richard Hall “Dick” Allyn of the U.S. Navy (retired) passed away on August 19, 2012 in Albany, New York.
* U.S. Army World War II veteran and WI Alpha brother David Joseph Flanagan Jr. passed away on August 20, 2012, in New London, Wisconsin. While at Lawrence University (then College), Brother Flanagan was called in to the Army during WWII and served in France, Australia, Belgium, and Germany until being transferred to the Philippines.
* IN Beta brother Captain F. Robert Brueckmann of the U.S. Army (Medical Corps) passed away on August 20, 2012, after a long illness.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends, and chapter brothers of SigEp Patriots Weisend, Mullen, Sulcer, Jacobs, Allyn, Flanagan, and Brueckmann. They are gone, but will never be forgotten.

* Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom veteran and CA Omega brother Sergeant Mashruf Ahmed of the U.S. Army has been serving in Afghanistan as a civilian for quite a long time, and looks like he is finally headed home. Safe travels, brother!
* Congratulations to CA Theta brother James Riggins on his recent promotion to lance corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps!

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SPP is honored to welcome U.S. Army veteran and IA Eta brother Kyle Kouri, TN Kappa brother Private Andre Parsolo Rivers, U.S. Marine Corps veteran and TN Eta brother Major James Chase of the U.S. Army to SigEps Who Serve: The official Facebook group of the SigEp Patriots Project. Go to to join nearly 500 brothers-in-arms. All we ask for is your military affiliation and home chapter. Please help SPP find our fellow SigEp Patriots by sending them the link.

Fraternally and Very Respectfully,
Brother Ed Jones, NY Eta ’96
Chief Petty Officer, U.S. Navy Reserve
Founder, SigEp Patriots Project