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 that we will always be proud of as Omega Mu Fijis.
Whether it was at Red River, Marianna, San Juan Hill, Santiago de Cuba, Sulu Archipelago, Chateau-Thierry, Verdun, El Guettar, Elba, Monte Della Vedetta, Saarbrucken, 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, Beirut, Libya, 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 be grateful for the military service of every Omega Mu veteran from the Civil War to the present. We remember them and honor their sacrifices. Thank you.
Omega Mu Veteran
Arthur L. Teall,
Omega Mu Years
Lieutenant Arthur L. Teall was a pilot of a Dauntless dive bomber in the Pacific Theater of operations during World War II, and he was attached to the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Saratoga.
Pilots on the U.S.S. Saratoga
Dauntless flying over the U.S.S. Saratoga
On November 5th, 1943, Lieutenant Arthur L. Teal, despite encountering intense anti-aircraft fire, pressed home an attack on Japanese warships in Rabaul, New Britain, and he successfully hit a heavy cruiser.
Japanese warship trying to escape from the attack
On his next bombing mission, Lieutenant Arthur L. Teall was shot down and captured by the Japanese and taken to a prisoner of war camp, either in the Philippines or Japan, and he later died of malnutrition, or he was killed.
Lieutenant Arthur L. Teall is memorialized on one of the tablets in Manila American Cemetery
“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