A number of alumni were decorated for valor and fragmental
reports drifted back to the campus. Typical was Lt. Robert H. Butler,
a student in 1939-40, who was cited for valor five times in air
missions over New Guinea in the South Pacific. He was awarded the
Air Medal for sinking a Japanese cruiser on October 15, 1942; the
Purple Heart for wounds suffered over Rabaul Harbor October 25,
1942; the Silver Star for gallantry in a mission over Rabaul De-
cember 4, 1942; and two Oak Leaf Clusters for attacks on Rabaul in
Other news dispatches reaching the campus were far more grim,
and from time to time during the war the student body gathered in
memorial services for alumni reported either dead or missing in
action. The known dead, around seventy in number,
Richard T. Akers, last enrolled at Wake Forest in 1937, from
Stuart, Virginia, missing at sea, later reported dead;
Zalph H. Andrews, '42, Hillsborough, killed on New Guinea July
5, 1944;
Edward T. Arendt, '44, New York City, killed at Aachen,
Germany, October 6,1944;
Thaddeus M. Banks, '41, a Marine fighter pilot killed in the South
Pacific February 20,1944;
William M. Beddow, '42, Birmingham, Alabama, killed October
13, 1943;
Hugh Thomas Blalock, '41, East Spencer, missing at sea in 1943,
later confirmed dead;
Harry Miller Bowers, '43, Littleton, killed in naval action in the
Pacific in the spring of 1945;
Neill L. Britt, '39, McDonalds, missing in action after an air raid
over Europe;
Albert T. Brooks, '32, of Fuquay Springs and Greensboro, killed
in an aircraft accident in England April 22, 1944;
William Cobb Bullock, Jr., '40, a B-17 bomber pilot killed in ac-
tion over Czechoslovakia August 29, 1944;
William H. Butler, 43 Windsor, killed in action;
William R. Butler, Jr., '40, Tabor City, killed August 22,1943;
Edward Lee Cheek, '43, Graham, an aviation cadet killed in a
plane crash at Greenwood, Mississippi, January 28, 1944;
Marshall Reid Cheek, '42, Chapel Hill, killed in the South Pacific
August 22, 1943;
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