Phi Kappa Psi wants to feature our members who have or are actively serving our country by featuring members in each issue of The Shield. We highly encourage all members to submit their military service to us so we can honor your unyielding courage to our country. Photos to go along with your submission is greatly appreciated, but not required.

Below is a list of recent submissions of brothers in the military. This list contains deaths reported between 12/15/22 and 7/31/23 and coincides with the list in the Spring/Summer 2023 issue of The Shield. 


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Arizona Alpha – Arizona

Dr. Corey Magyar (Carlson) ‘00 served for 20 years in the U.S. Army, Air Force. During that time, he was deployed overseas and achieved the rank of lieutenant colonel.

Illinois Eta – SIUE


David Pritchard ‘14 served in the U.S. Army from 2008-2013, achieving the rank of sergeant. He was deployed to Afghanistan and received the following commendations: Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (5), NATO Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (2), Combat Infantryman Badge and Parachutist Badge.

Illinois Theta – UIC

Joseph Davey ‘08 has served since 2013 as an armor officer in the U.S. Army. He was deployed to Ukraine, Korea and Europe and served as a paratrooper in the 173rd Airborne as a lieutenant. Brother Davey also served as a troop commander in the 1st Armored Division and is currently an Observer Coach/Trainer at the National Training Center in Fort Irwin, California.

Indiana Beta – Indiana

David Gard ‘87 served in the U.S. Navy from 1990-94, earning the rank of lieutenant. He was deployed to the Western Pacific, Indian Ocean, and Persian Gulf. Brother Gard served as Navy Supply Corps officer aboard USS Long Beach (CGN-9) with a homeport of Naval Base San Diego. He earned the Navy Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award and the Southwest Asia Service Medal.

Indiana Iota – Ball State

Aiden J. Medellin ‘18 is currently serving in the U.S. Army as a first lieutenant with plans to continue until 2034. He has been deployed to Iraq and has received the following commendations: Indiana Emergency Service Ribbon (2), Indiana National Guard Overseas Service Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Army Ribbon (with Mobilization device), Armed Forces Service Medal, Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (with one bronze leaf oak cluster), National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal (with Bronze star device), Army Commendation Medal.

Indiana Eta – Indiana State

Jacoby R. Raugh ‘17 is a petty officer second class with the U.S. Navy. He has been serving since 2020. Brother Raugh is certified as a search and rescue swimmer.

Kansas Alpha – Kansas

Dr. Thomas S. Helling ‘66 served in the Army Medical Corps from 1991- 2000, receiving an honorable discharge at the rank of lieutenant colonel. He completed various Army schools, including the Combat Casualty Care Course, Advanced Officer School, plus Command and General Staff College.

Minnesota Beta – Minnesota

Dana J. Iffert ‘89 served in the U.S. Army from 1986-92, achieving the rank of specialist. During his tour of duty, he earned the Army Achievement Medal, National Guard Achievement Medal and Recruiting Medal.

Maxwell R. Nelson ‘19 served in the Navy ROTC at Minnesota and was commissioned May 21, 2023, as an ensign and student naval aviator. Brother Nelson was accepted for a master’s program at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. Upon completion, he will head to Florida for flight training. Garret B. Hintze ‘21 also was commissioned May 21, 2023, as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Mississippi Alpha – Ole Miss

Kyle Serrett ‘16 is currently serving in the U.S. Navy, has been deployed to the South China Sea and has achieved the rank of lieutenant, junior grade. Brother Serrett plans to serve until 2026.

Nebraska Beta – Creighton

Dr. Paul Schleier ‘74 served in the U.S. Navy, Air Force from 1988-2016, achieving the rank of lieutenant colonel. He was deployed to the First Gulf War, War on Iraq and to Guantanamo Bay. Brother Schleier was recognized with multiple medals and commendations, including: Meritorious Service Medal-3, Air Force Commendation Medal-3, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal-2, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Battle V for Valor under Combat or Direct Combat Support, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia).

Ohio Zeta – Bowling Green

Barry M. Pleska ’70 served in the U.S. Army from 1972-74. Brother Pleska enlisted in the delayed entry program, where his assignment was to the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps as an S-1/Personnel Services staff member of Headquarters, 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He achieved the rank of Army specialist 4 and served as an acting sergeant. During the final seven years of his professional career, Brother Pleska served the United States military as his organization’s quality engineering liaison to: The U.S. Department of Defense/Defense Contract Management Agency; Lockheed-Martin Corporation; Sikorsky Aircraft; and The Boeing Company, supporting a variety of aircraft.

Haldon C. Dick ‘55 served in the U.S. Army National Guard from 1959-65 and achieved the rank of an E-5 sergeant. He was not called up during his enlistment but spent three years in an infantry unit, Fremont Company B, where he served as a company clerk.

Pennsylvania Beta – Allegheny

Ethan Junkin ‘21 is a cadet with the ROTC with plans to serve until 2030. He was recognized at PennWest Edinboro as an Army ROTC Corps Commander.

Tennessee Epsilon – Tennessee

William J. Dowling ‘15 has served in the U.S. Marine Corps since 2017, during which he was deployed to Djibouti, Africa. He worked as a weapons and tactics instructor as well as a Collateral Duty Quality Assurance Representative. Sgt. Dowling received the following: Good Conduct Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Sea Service Deployment Medal, Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Air Medal and Air Crew Combat Wings.

Texas Zeta – Houston Christian

Daniel F. Cerda ‘09 has been serving in the U.S. Army since 2011. Currently a warrant officer (WO1), Brother Cerda has been deployed to Iraq three times and Afghanistan twice. He has earned three Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbons and received multiple Army Accommodation, Achievement and Good Conduct Medals as well as the National Defense, Afghanistan Campaign, Inherent Resolve Campaign, and Global War on Terrorism Medals. He has also received and Army Service Ribbon and Basic Aviation, Air Assault and Master Parachutist Badges. Cerda plans to serve until 2032.

Virginia Alpha – W & L

Stafford E. Thornton ‘53 served in the U.S. Army from 1956-58 and was deployed to the Pacific and achieved the rank of corporal (E-4). Brother Thornton president emeritus of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and has served in several capacities at West Virginia University Institute of Technology (including an Honorary Doctor of Science degree), West Virginia University and the University of Virginia.

Texas Eta – Texas A&M

Christian Gordoa ‘22 served in the U.S. Navy from 2015-21. During his service, he was deployed overseas and achieved the rank of petty officer second class (E-5).