Our Omega Mu veteran-brothers who served in the military are cherished and constant fraternal friends, and we would like to say thank you for the steadfast, purposeful commitment you made to our nation to defend those four freedoms we all believe in: “Freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.” For those brothers who were killed in defense of these freedoms, they will always occupy a consecrated place in our linked fraternal heart because they exemplify the idea of superlative commitment, strength, and fortitude for the good to the end itself. The greatness of their collective purpose and will, on our nation’s behalf, will never be forgotten. By their “clear-eyed faith and fearless heart,” these brothers have left us a fraternal legacy that echoes what we often say about Omega Mu Fijis: “Perseverance and determination are omnipotent.” Their code of integrity, courage, duty, responsibility, and self-sacrifice on behalf of our nation is a powerful legacy we can all be proud of as Omega Mu Fijis.
Whether it was at New Orleans, Red River, Fort Blakely, Marianna, San Juan Hill, Santiago de Cuba, Chateau-Thierry, Verdun, El Guettar, Elba, Monte Della Vedetta, the Battle of the Bulge, Rabaul, Inchon, Pusan, Chosin Reservoir, Pork Chop Hill, Hue, Easter Offensive, Phu Cat, The Iron Triangle, Hamburger Hill, la Drang Valley, Bien Hoa, Khe Sanh, Rumaila, Al-Batin, Medina Ridge, Kabul, Kandahar, our Omega Mu brothers have demonstrated devotion to duty in defense of freedom and liberty. They are the stability of our nation, and we, the Omega Mu brotherhood, revere, honor, and salute their persevering and determined spirit within our great nation and our historic brotherhood. We will always honor the heroism of all of our brothers who have served in the armed forces from the Civil War to the present. Thank you.
Omega Mu Veteran
Howard J. Stagg, III,
Omega Mu Years
"Phi Gamma Delta, with a most remarkably executed tableau of a set of three figures on a raised dais, was adjudged
as the winner."
"The artist responsible for this fine piece artistry were; Gordon Heath, James Dow, Robert Baker, and George Grange,
although the entire fraternity did its part."
Gordon Heath and James Dow
Phi Gamma Delta homecoming with Arthur Hauck, President of the University of Maine, is seated at the center table, second person in from the left. Phi Gamma Delta brothers in this photo are George Hamlin, 1873, seated on the right front, second one in; Theodore Curtis, 1923, seated on the right, seventh person down.
University of Maine Athlete
World War II
Howard Stagg served with the Fourth Armored Division during World War II, and he retired a lieutenant colonel.
"The 4th Armored Division was an armored division of the United States Army that earned the distinction while spearheading
General Patton's Third Army in the
European theater of World War II."
Fourth Armored in Coutances.
Fourth Armored Division approaching Bastogne.
Pacific theater of
World War II
At the conclusion of the European theater of operations, Howard Stagg was assigned to the staff of Admiral Nimitz to help plan the allied invasion of Japan.
“What if the space be long and wide,
That parts us from our brother’s side
A soul-joined chain unites our band,
And memory links us hand in hand.”
(Phi Gamma Delta fraternity song)
Chip Chapman, ’82