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In honor of Armed Forces Day (May 21), we’d like to recognize our brothers who are currently serving or who have served in the past.

Please review the list below of our Beta Pi heroes and leave your comments in the box at the bottom. Help us tell the stories, tell us who we’re missing, and feel free to leave your notes of gratitude to these brothers willing to sacrifice for the protection of our freedoms. If you have a hero to add or have longer stories and photos to send, EMAIL US or SUBMIT AN UPDATE.

Nicholas "Nick" Miccarelli III ’05, Army National Guard

Staff Sergeant

United States Army (since 1999)

2009 Deployment to Iraq as member of 28th Combat Aviation Brigade (served with B Company 1-150th Assault Helicopter Battalion as a door gunner on a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter)

Awards/Medals: Combat Infantryman Badge, Army Achievement Medal, Army Commendation Medal

John D. Woodward, Jr. ’78, United States Army Reserve 

First Lieutenant

(Penn Army ROTC)

Michael C. Bobrick ’77, United States Navy

Facilities Engineering Command, Mid-Atlantic
Lt. Michael Bobrick is currently an Assistant Counsel for Environmental Compliance for the U.S. Navy. Prior, Bobrick was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant through Penn's Army ROTC program. He served 20 years as a Judge Advocate officer, retiring as a Major in November of 2003 following an assignment as the Chief of Environmental Law with the US Army Training & Doctrine Command, Ft. Monroe, VA.

Captain Frank Kenlon ’74,United States Navy Reserve (Retired)

February 1985 to March 2010

Kenlon was a Naval Intelligence Officer. He retired at the rank of Captain (O-6, the equivalent of a Colonel in Army, Marines, or Air Force).  

“I was mobilized for six months during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm and served at Indian Head, Maryland during the shooting war. I also deployed to Bahrain, Kuwait, and southern Iraq with Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) personnel for two months immediately after the war ended to collect Iraqi ordinance and ship it back to the U.S. for evaluation.  

The rest of my career in Navy Reserves was generally spent in Navy and DoD intelligence reserve units with an occasional overseas two week training assignment.”

Kenlon, Desert Storm

Kenlon, Navy Reserve

Bill Kenney ’69, United States Navy Reserves

David Sears ’66, United States Navy

Former Lieutenant (1969-1973)

Vietnam War veteran who served as in-country advisor

The late Eliot F. Tozer ’64, United States Navy

Lieutenant Commander Eliot Tozer played football at Penn and was in the Navy ROTC. Following graduation, he went on active duty as a Navy pilot during the Vietnam War. On August 28, 1980, during peacetime, the Navy plane he was piloting crashed off the coast of California. Tozer, age 35 at the time, died in the non-hostile accident. We are thankful for his service.

John Eldred ’63, United States Army

E5 acting platoon sergeant in the Berlin Brigade (Berlin, Germany), 1967-1969

Lt. Col. Russel W. Youngblood ’51, Branch?

Pete Franck ’49, United States Air Force

First Lieutenant, Interceptor Pilot (1951-1956) 

The late Lt. Kenneth A. White ’39, Branch?