About Military Sigs
Medal of Honor Recipient
Significant Sig Capt. Maurice L. Britt, ARKANSAS 1941
Since our Founders’ time, military leadership has been i intertwined in Sigma Chi history.
From the Civil War through today, many of our brothers have served in each branch of the military.
Through their profession, these men, past and present, have exemplified our Sigma Chi values and ideals of courage, wisdom, integrity, high ambition, self-control, courtesy and fidelity on a daily basis.
The numbers speak for themselves.
Including today’s very special guest, brother Ralph Puckett, six men have received our nation’s Congressional Medal of Honor for their exceptional valor while under fire from enemy forces.
Thirty-seven (37) brothers have received the Distinguished Service Cross, twenty-seven (27) brothers have received the Navy Cross, and countless others have received the Silver Star, the Purple Heart, the Legion of Honor, Distinguished Flying Cross and countless other honors.
And we forever honor and remember the 918 members who served and paid the ultimate sacrifice with their lives for the United States and Canada through many military conflicts.
In 2007, thanks to the generosity of 64th Grand Consul Keith Krach and his family, the Sigma Chi Foundation unveiled the Military Service Recognition Pin—a specially designed emblem to recognize our military brothers for the sacrifices they have made, and guarding the honor of our White Cross.
Furthermore, thanks to the generosity of current and past board members, the Sigma Chi Foundation has honored brothers in pursuit of an undergraduate or graduate education during or following military service in any branch of the United States or Canadian militaries with the Sigma Chi Military Service Scholarship.
Over the last decade, we have been proud to award 79 academic scholarship awards totaling $189,000 specifically to these young men.
And last Veterans Day, the Foundation was proud to announce that is joining Folds of Honor in establishing academic scholarships for the spouses and children of Sigma Chis who have fallen or been disabled while serving in the United States Armed Forces.
Military Service Recognition Pin
Since 2007, the Sigma Chi International Fraternity has recognized brothers who have served in the armed forces of the United States and Canada with the Sigma Chi Military Service Recognition Pin.
The idea of creating insignia to recognize military Sigs for their service was first discussed on June 28, 2003, at the 74th Grand Chapter in Orlando, Florida, and was brought forth by Anthony Dauer, SOUTH FLORIDA 1983, a veteran of the U.S. Navy. Dauer and Significant Sig and Order of Constantine Sig Glen Berree, FLORIDA SOUTHERN 1969, who also is a Navy veteran, discussed the concept and possible designs with other military Sigs following the event.
The agreed upon design, shown here, is a single sword thrust upward symbolizing brothers' individual efforts in the military. The hand shield symbolizes the bonds of brothers in arms. The sword also is meant to evoke the image of the military salute, which originated in the Middle Ages. The pin is intended to remind all Sigs that the White Cross they wear is an emblem of sacrifice, and that the courage displayed through one's service to their country brings honor to all members of the Fraternity. The official design was unveiled in 2007 at the 76th Grand Chapter in San Jose, California.
Any Sigma Chi member who has been honorably discharged from the armed forces or who is currently serving is eligible to receive it. Eligible members can request the Sigma Chi Military Service Recognition Pin by visiting sigmachi.org/pins.
The pin is endowed by 64th Grand Consul Keith Krach, PURDUE 1979, and the Krach Family Foundation through the Sigma Chi Foundation.
To date, more than 2,200 brothers have received a Sigma Chi Military Service Recognition Pin.