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It is estimated that more than 1,100 members of Phi Delta Theta have lost their lives during wartime in service of their country. It is a tragic statistic believed to exceed that of any other fraternity. Whenever possible, details of the Phi's death or decorations is included. All the best effort has been made to compile a list of all Gold Star Phis. However this list is essentially incomplete.

The majority of the Phis listed here were killed in action, while others died of disease, training accidents or natural causes which occured in service during a time of war.

The Tradition of the Gold Star

Gold Stars were introduced during World War I. Families of those service members in harms way displayed service flags. A blue star on the flag would represent a family member in active duty. A gold star on the flag would indicate that the family member died in service. Though it is a distinctly American tradtion, Phi Delta Theta used the term "Gold Star Phis" in remembrance of those who died during World War I regardless of each individual Phi's country. In keeping with tradition, the term "Gold Star Phi" is used here.

The American Civil War (1861-1865)

Name Chapter Grad. Year Service Date of Death Cause of Death Place of Death Additional Info
Squier, Platt Indianapolis 1861 Union Army April 1862 Killed in Action Battle of Shiloh First Phi killed in action in the history of the fraternity
Hibben, Samuel Miami (OH) 1853 Union Army June 10, 1862 Chaplain, 4th Illinois Cavalry
Smith, Robert Kennedy Indiana 1860 Union Army October 8, 1862 Killed in Action Chaplin Hills, Kentucky 22nd Indiana Infantry
Atkinson, Joseph Barrett Indiana 1858 Union Army November 17, 1862 Died of wounds Unknown Died of wounds received at Hatchie River, MS Oct 5, 1862
Tuttle, Joel Miami (OH) 1857 Union Army May 13, 1862 Non-combat St. Louis, MO Wounded at the Battle of Shiloh. Died of Typhoid
Allen, William Anderson Austin 1856 Confederate Army June 28, 1862 Killed in Action Gaines' Mills, Virginia 1st Texas Infantry
Edington, John Harvey Ohio Wesleyan 1863 Union Army March 30, 1863 Non-combat Eldora, Iowa Captured at the Battle of Shiloh. Released and died of disease contracted from prison. 12th Iowa Infantry
McFarlane, Andrew John Wisconsin 1860 Union Army July 4, 1863 Died of wounds Portage, Wisconsin Died of wounds sustained at the Battle of Vicksburg. 23rd Wisconsin Infantry
Bullitt, James Bell Centre 1860 Confederate Army July 4, 1863 Killed in Action Lebanon, KY Killed while bearing a flag of truce
Blinn, John James Wabash 1863 Union Army July 16, 1863 Died of Wounds Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 14th Indiana Infantry
Pratt, James Pepper Wabash 1862 Union Army May 29, 1864 Killed in Action Hanover, Virginia 11th Indiana Infantry
Paine, Nathan Lawrence 1860 Union Army July 28, 1864 Killed in Action Campbelltown, Georgia 1st Wisconsin Cavalry
Kingsbury, Edward Beecher Wabash 1862 Union Army August 18, 1864 Died of wounds Marietta, Georgia 125th Illinois Infantry
Hall, Junius Leroy Centre 1858 Confederate Army July 24, 1864 Killed in Action Atlanta 9th Tennessee Infantry
McGuire, James Edwin Centre 1861 Confederate Army 1864 Non-combat Morgantown, North Carolina 1st Arkansas Mounted Rifles. Died of "consumption"
Miller, Martin J. Wabash 1864 Union Army April 2, 1865 Killed in Action Selma, Alabama 18th Battery, Indiana Light Artillery
Read, Theodore Indiana 1854 Union Army April 6, 1865 Killed in Action Farmville, VA Last Phi and highest ranking Phi killed in action in the Civil War.

The Spanish-American War (1898)

Name Chapter Grad. Year Service Date of Death Cause of Death Place of Death Additional Info
Wikoff, Charles Augustus Lafayette 1855 U.S. Army Killed in Action Battle of San Juan Hill, Cuba Highest ranking officer killed in Spanish-American War

World War I (1914-1918

Name Chapter Grad. Year Service Date of Death Cause of Death Place of Death Additional Info
Bartlett, Lowell Illinois 1917 US Army Air Corps February 1, 1919 Non-combat Florida Killed in an airplane crash near Carlstrom Field
Fisk, Clinton E. Columbia 1902 U.S. Army October 18, 1918 Killed in Action Arbre Guemon-Le Cateau Road, France 1st Battalion, 107th Infantry
Pope, William C.
Spence Jr., Thomas L.
Young, Homer S. Utah 1917 U.S. Army

World War II (1939-45)

Total number Phis Died in Service: 800 (Estimated)

Killed in Action:

Non Combat Deaths:

Missing in Action:

Unknown:
Name Chapter Grad. Year Service Date of Death Cause of Death Place of Death Additional Info
Yelland, Horace George Manitoba 1936 Royal Air Force. England December 1, 1939 Non-combat Scotland Airplane crash. First Phi killed in WWII. 141 Squadron
Mays, Wesley Long Nebraska 1931 U.S. Navy July 28, 1940 Non-combat Honolulu, Hawaii Flight Surgeon on USS Yorktown. Died due to injuries sustained in accident. First American Phi to die in service in WWII
Stewart, Donald Eglington British Columbia 1940 Royal Canadian Air Service September 11, 1940 Killed in Action Unknown
Butcher, John Goodwin Manitoba 1937 February 25, 1941 Unknown
Alsop, Walter James Kentucky 1937 U.S. Army Air Force March 4, 1941 Non-combat Bakersfield, CA Killed in an airplane accident at Bakersfield, CA
Smith, Bernard Powell Franklin 1937 U.S. Army Air Force March 6, 1941 Non-combat Langley Field, Virginia Killed in an airplane accident
Holsteen, Theodore Frederick Iowa 1936 U.S. Army Air Force Jun 8, 1941 Non-combat Lyman, Wyoming Killed in an airplane accident
Van Zant, Claude Lewis Purdue 1940 U.S. Army Air Force June 19, 1941 Non-combat Oscado, Michigan Killed in an airplane accident near Camp Skeel
Brown, William Cable Idaho 1925 U.S. Army Air Force July 29, 1941 Non-combat San Antonio, Texas Killed in an airplane crash
Murphy, Bernard Vincent Iowa 1937 U.S. Navy August 22, 1941 Non-combat Corpus Christ, Texas Killed in airplane crash
Valorz, Edward Henry Chicago 1939 U.S. Army Air Force September 9, 1941 Non-combat Stateside, Washington State Air plane crashed on summit of Mt Constance in the Olympic Mountains
O'Malley, Daniel Himrod Iowa 1939 September 14, 1941 Unknown
Bennett, Edwin Stratford Auburn 1921 October 6, 1941 Unknown
Palethorpe, Donald Moir British Columbia 1941 Royal Canadian Air Force November 23, 1941 Unknown
Mather, Robert Addison British Columbia 1935 November 30, 1941 Royal Canadian Air Force Unknown
Thomas, Edward Albert California 1938 U.S. Navy December 5, 1941 Lost on patrol Unknown USS Wasp. Patrol Squadron 71. Lost at Sea
Kirkpatrick, Thomas Leroy Westminster 1911 U.S. Navy December 7, 1941 Killed in Action Pearl Harbor Chaplain. USS Arizona. First US Navy chaplain killed in WII
Thompson, William Manley North Carolina 1941 U.S. Navy December 7, 1941 Killed in Action Pearl Harbor Killed aboard USS Oklahoma
Miller, Marsh Weston Colgate 1937 U.S. Navy December 7, 1941 Killed in Action Jolo, Sulu, Philippines Patrol Squadron 101
Root, Richard Laird Washington-St. Louis 1941 U.S. Army Air Force December 10, 1941 Killed in Action Bataan, Philippines 3d Pursuit Squadron
Whitney, Chauncey Benedict Utah 1919 U.S. Army December 21, 1941 Killed in Action Philippines Killed at Del Monte Airfield
Cory, Howard David Washington-St. Louis 1941 U.S. Army Air Force December 22, 1941 Non-combat Near Lambert-St. Louis Airfield, Missouri Killed in an airplane crash while ferrying a pursuit ship
MacDougall, Donald Clark Manitoba 1936 December 22, 1941 Unknown
Bruun, Winston Utah 1939 U.S. Army Air Force December 27, 1941 Non-combat Unknown
Critchley, John Weldon Dalhousie 1938 Royal Canadian Air Force December 27, 1941 Killed in Action Libya Part of the Royal Scots Guards Regiment that saw service in France
Harner, Robert Waldo Michigan State 1939 January 5, 1942 Non-combat Unknown
Kelley, Henry Joseph McGill 1941 January 19, 1942 Unknown
McLure, William Roger Westminster 1938 January 23, 1942 Killed in Action Unknown
Hart, John Paul Nebraska 1938 U.S. Navy January 29, 1942 Non-combat Somewhere in the Pacific Ocean Killed in an airplane crash
Flotz, Val Pittsburgh 1941 February 8, 1942 MIA Unknown Presumed killed. Remains never recovered
Hanisch, Charles Fuller Brown 1943 Royal Canadian Air Force February 20, 1942 Non-combat Trenton, Ontario, Canada Killed in an airplane crash
Austin, Donald Ellsworth Dickinson 1938 U.S. Navy March 14, 1942 POW. Presumed dead Bataan, Philippines Assigned to USS Pope DD-225
Robertson, John Mott Purdue 1936 U.S. Navy March 14, 1942 MIA presumed KIA Makassar Strait Distinguished Flying Cross Recipient
Jay, Clyde Homer Colorado College 1940 Royal Canadian Air Force March 23, 1942 Unknown
Mudd Jr., William Swearingen Alabama 1941 April 10, 1942 Unknown
Lamb, John Jacob Dartmouth 1949 U.S. Army Air Force March 28, 1942 Non-combat San Antonio, Texas Killed in airplane accident near San Antonio TX
Flannery, Henry Beebe Dartmouth 1939 April 14, 1942 Unknown
Cartin, Henry James Penn State 1941 U.S. Navy May 19, 1942 Non-combat Jacksonville, Florida Killed in airplane accident at Jacksonville, FL
Marclay, Burton Swarthmore 1941 U.S. Army Air Force May 28, 1942 Non-combat Gunter Field, Alabama Killed in airplane accident at Gunter Field, AL
Coultas, Samuel John Westminster, 1933 1940 Unknown June 3, 1942 Killed in Action Dutch Harbor, Aleutian Islands
Everett, Robert Kendall Lawrence 1940 U.S. Navy June 4, 1942 Non-combat Stateside
Gray, John Porter Westminster 1937 U.S. Navy June 4, 1942 Killed in Action Battle of Midway Navy Cross Recipient
Larkin, Jasper Kennedy Florida 1943 U.S. Army June 8, 1942 Non-combat Columbus, Mississippi Killed in airplane accident at Kaye Field
Held, Edwin Charles Arizona 1939 U.S. Navy June 13, 1942 Non-combat Jacksonville, Florida Killed in airplane accident at Ocean Pond Lake, FL
Goux, Charles Wilber Denison 1941 U.S. Coast Guard June 22, 1942 Non-combat Stateside Died of meningitis at New London, CT during training
Welker Jr., Howard Chester Hanover 1937 U.S. Army Air Force July 6, 1942 Killed in Action Australia
Adler, Richard L. Colorado 1943 U.S. Navy July 18, 1942 Non-combat San Angelo, Texas Killed in airplane accident near Goodwin Airfield
Busik, John David Missouri 1936 U.S. Army Air Force August 12, 1942 Non-combat Stateside Killed in midair collision at Luke Field near Phoenix, AZ
Turk, Wayne Edward Utah 1932 U.S. Army September 8, 1942 Non-combat Australia Killed in an accidental explosion
Murphy, Thomas George DePauw 1943 U.S. Army Air Force September 20, 1942 Non-combat Greencastle, Indiana Killed in airplane accident
Jones, John William West Virginia 1941 U.S. Army Air Force June 19, 1942 Non-combat Stateside Killed in airplane accident at Fort Hood, TX
Prinz Jr., John William Maryland 1942 U.S. Army Air Force May 9, 1942 Non-combat Hahira, Georgia Killed in midair collision at Hahira, GA
Berger., Howard C. Cincinatti 1942 U.S. Army Air Force April 17, 1942 Non-combat Bemis, Georgia Killed in airplaine accident at Benis, GA
Mitchell, Albert Edward Washington 1936 U.S. Army Air Force April 17, 1942 Killed in Action Alaska Killed by Japanese Zero airplanes at Dutch Harbor, Alaska
Huntley, Eugene Verne Washington 1942 U.S. Army Air Force November 15, 1942 Non-combat South Carolina Killed when airplane bomber exploded in the air
Duncan, Asa North Auburn 1913 U.S. Army November 17, 1942 Killed in Action Unknown Airplane forced down from England to North Africa. 1 of 2 Phi Generals KIA during WWII.
Wilde, Robert Michael Virginia 1940 U.S. Army Air Force May 12, 1942 Killed in Action Unknown Distinguished Service Cross Recipient
Hootman, Harold M. DePauw 1923 Unknown January 4, 1943 Killed in Action New Guinea
Santee, Paul Britton Union 1942 U.S. Army Air Force January 10, 1943 Non-combat Mariana Field, Florida Killed in a plane crash
DeHaven, Frank C. Franklin 1940 U.S. Army Air Force January 14, 1943 Non-combat North Africa Killed in an airplane accident
Marsh, Alfred James Manitoba 1935 Royal Canadian Air Force August 16, 1943 Non-combat England
Freeman, Horace T. Georgia 1940 U.S. Army Air Force September 1943 Killed in Action Alaska Plane crashed after bombing run
Tanner, Kenneth Boyd Texas 1939 Royal Canadian Air Force September 16, 1943 Killed in Action Germany Joined Canadian Forces
Bemis, Sidney Gesner Washington 1939 U.S. Marine Corps 1943 Non-combat Hawaiian Islands Killed in an airplane crash
Sparks, Harry Albert Westminster 1943 U.S. Navy 1943 Non-combat Miami, Florida Killed in an airplane crash
Russell, John Burgess Iowa Wesleyan 1941 U.S. Army 1943 Non-combat Wyoming Died of scarlet fever at Fort Francis E. Warren
Howard, Walter Robert North Carolina 1941 U.S. Army Air Force 1943 Non-combat Panama Killed in an airplane crash
Tanner, Karl U.S. Marine Corps March 9, 1945 Killed in Action Iwo Jima Navy Cross Recipient
Littlehales, James Hill Virginia 1942 Unknown Unknown Non-combat East Coast of Florida Killed in an airplane accident

The Korean War (1950-53)

Total number Phis Died in Service: 11 (Estimated)

Killed in Action/Missing in Action: 11

Non Combat Deaths: 0

Name Chapter Grad. Year Service Date of Death Cause of Death Place of Death Additional Info
Ravenel III, Edward R. Emory 1947 U.S. Army September 5, 1950 Killed in Action Hill 303, South Korea First Phi killed in Korean War
Roberts, Edmund Condon Knox 1931 U.S. Army January 3, 1941 Killed in Action Unknown 17th Infantry. 7th Division
Nolan, Marlin T. Richmond 1942 U.S. Air Force October 20, 1950 Missing in action. Presumed KIA Unknown Died while missing in action
Gano, Jay Miles Idaho 1945 U.S. Army October 10, 1951 Killed in Action Heartbreak Ridge
Coleman, Robert B. Dickinson 1946 U.S. Army March 4, 1941 Killed in Action Unknown
Taylor, David Scott Washington State 1945 U.S. Marine Corps August 17, 1950 Killed in Action Unknown Silver Star Recipient. 1st Battalion/5th Marines
Tohill, Lawrence Springer Utah 1944 U.S. Army May 9, 1952 Killed in Action Unknown
Manier, Robert Vanderbilt 1950 U.S. Army July 5, 1950 Killed in Action Unknown Prisoner of War. Presumed dead
Bristow, John Barry Iowa 1950 U.S. Army May 3, 1952 Killed in Action Unknown
Copple, Robert T. Hanover 1953 U.S. Army April 23, 1951 Killed in Action Unknown Distinguished Service Cross Recipient
Potter, Thomas Lee USC 1952 U.S. Air Force July 13, 1953 Killed in Action Unknown

The Vietnam War (1965-75)

Total number Phis Died in Service: 28 (Estimated)

Killed in Action/Missing in Action: 26

Non Combat Deaths: 2

Name Chapter Grad. Year Service Date of Death Cause of Death Place of Death Additional Info
Thomas, Dale Daniel Bowling Green 1954 U.S. Army July 30, 1964 Killed in Action Unknown First Phi killed in Vietnam. Silver Star Recipient. U.S. Army Ranger
Hap, Edward F. Florida 1961 U.S. Marine Corps July 20, 1966 Killed in Action Quang Tri Province 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines
Meehan, Richard Lafayette 1964 U.S. Army August 8, 1966 Killed in Action Unknown Bronze Star Recipient
Mansir, Paul Texas Christian 1965 U.S. Marine Corps September 11, 1965 Killed in Action Unknown Killed in a mine explosion
Kane, Charles F. Univ. of Penn 1959 U.S. Army October 12, 1965 Killed in Action An Khe Killed in a medevac mission
Henry, David Alan Stanford 1963 U.S. Navy September 19, 1966 Non-combat Gulf of Tonkin Killed in a launching accident at the Gulf of Tonkin
Victoria, Frederick P. Lafayette 1964 U.S. Marine Corps November 18, 1966 Killed in Action Unknown Recon Platoon Leader. 1st Battalion 18th Infantry (Vanguards), 2nd Brigade, First Infantry Division.
Barden, Howard Leroy Akron 1957 U.S. Air Force January 31, 1967 Killed in Action Ho Chi Minh Trail Killed while spraying chemicals over Ho Chi Minh Trail
Nichols, Douglas E. UCLA 1964 U.S. Marine Corps February 27, 1967 Killed in Action Unknown
Davis, Harry L. Colorado State 1965 U.S. Army April 4, 1967 Killed in Action Unknown
Craig, Philip C. Michigan 1963 U.S. Navy July 4, 1967 Missing in Action/Presumed dead Unknown Presumptively declared killed in action in 1978
Jones, George E. Miami 1964 U.S. Air Force July 7, 1967 Non-combat South China Sea Killed during collision of two B-52 bombers over South China Sea
Porea, Robert G. Cornell 1967 U.S. Army October 6, 1967 Killed in Action Binh Duong Province Bronze Star Recipient
Naylor, Edward Colorado 1964 U. S. Army November 28, 1967 Killed in Action Dinh Tuong Province
Hausrath Jr., Donald A Arizona 1967 U.S. Marine Corps February 1968 Killed in Action Unknown Silver Star Recipient. 2nd Battalion. 5th Marines
Ammon, William R. Ohio Wesleyan 1965 U.S. Marine Corps February 16, 1968 Killed in Action Quang Tri Province Bronze Star Recipient. 3rd Battalion, 26th Marines
Stull, Jay Washington & Lee 1960 U.S. Marine Corps February 28, 1968 Killed in Action Khe Sanh
Kimmel, Robert C. Washington & Jefferson 1967 U.S. Marine Corps April 25, 1968 Killed in Action Quang Tri Province
Richards, Lon D. Missouri 1961 U.S. Air Force August 23, 1968 Killed in Action Quang Tri Province
Riggs, Steven J. Colgate 1965 U.S. Army September 3, 1968 Killed in Action Quang Tri Province
Masterson, Michael J. Washington State 1959 U.S. Air Force October 13, 1968 Missing in Action/Presumed dead Ban Ban Laos, Declared dead on November 20, 1978.
Webber, Brian Lee New Mexico 1966 U.S. Marine Corps December 8, 1968 Killed in Action Operation Meade River Silver Star Recipient
Rosato, Joseph F. Miami (OH) 1969 Air Force June 2, 1969 Killed in Action Kontum Province Missing in Action. Presumed dead.
Lovsnes, Neal W. Dickinson 1960 U.S. Army April 15, 1969 Killed in Action Thua Tien Province
Howard, James G. Undetermined 1968 U.S. Army June 1, 1968 Killed in Action Quang Tri Province
Ross, Harvey T. Mississippi 1968 U.S. Army June 11, 1970 Killed in Action Unknown
Glenn, William Stuart Akron 1972 U.S. Army March 22, 1971 Killed in Action Khe Sanh Killed leading a convoy
Lindland, Donald F. Oregon 1958 U.S. Navy September 6, 1972 Missing in Action/Presumed dead Haiphong, North Vietnam Shot down over North Vietnam. Declared dead August 2, 1978. Last known Phi killed in Vietnam War. Distinguished Flying Cross Recipient

The Iraq War (2003-2010)

Name Chapter Grad. Year Service Date of Death Cause of Death Place of Death Additional Info
Medders, Michael Bowling Green 2005 U.S. Army September 24, 2008 Killed in Action near Baghdad 2nd Squadron. 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment. Only known Phi killed in the Iraq War.

The Afghanistan War (2001-Present)

Name Chapter Grad. Year Service Date of Death Cause of Death Place of Death Additional Info
Anderson, Marc Case Western 1995 U.S. Army March 4, 2001 Killed in Action Shahi Kot Valley 1st Ranger Battalion. 7th Ranger Regt. KIA Operation Anaconda
Gentz, Joel Purdue 2007 U.S. Air Force June 9, 2010 Killed in Action Sangin District Pararescue Jumper. Combat Rescue Officer. 58th Rescue Squadron
Schmidt, Benjamin Texas Christian 2010 U.S. Marine Corps October 6, 2011 Killed in Action Helmand Province Scout Sniper. 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment.
Rozanski, Nick Ohio State 1998 National Guard April 4, 2012 Killed in Action Maymaneh, Faryab Province 1st Battalion, 148th Infantry Rgt, 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team

Peace Time

The following are those Phis killed while on active duty during a time of peace.
Name Chapter Grad. Year Service Date of Death Cause of Death Place of Death Additional Info
Whitcomb, Clark M. Montana 1926 U.S. Army Air Corps September 25, 1929 Accidental Stateside Killed in airplane crash, Kelly Field San Antonio
McMullen, Ralph W. Michigan 1904 U.S. Navy April 1930 Accidental Panama Killed in airplane crash 200 miles off the coast of Panama
Wilkins, Ludo G. Columbia 1924 U.S. Army Air Corps January 1929 Accidental Stateside Killed in airplane crash near San Antonio, TX
Speck, Roy H. Illinois 1914 U.S. Army January 1929 Accidental Stateside Killed by accidental discharge of fire arm
Bryant, Thomas A. Lehigh 1913 U.S. Army May 30, 1927 Accidental Stateside Killed during Memorial day games when his horse fell crushing him
Hall, Robert James Miami 1941 U.S. Army December 17, 1947, 1927 Accidental Stateside ATC transport plane crash at Goose Bay, Labrador