When frat bros defended the flag – at Guadalcanal

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The Pacific, 1942: They were young men, a year removed from their stateside fraternity houses and university lecture halls. 

Charles “Red” Kendrick spent his 16th birthday in the shadow of Stanford’s Hoover Tower, a child prodigy fluent in seven languages. Before he moved on to Harvard, he pledged Sigma Nu. 

Delta Tau at Miami University counted lean-faced Yale Kaufman among its brothers. Yale also played football and track at the school. 

John L. Smith, left, Richard Mangrum, center, and Marion Carl, seen at NAS Anacostia on Nov. 10, 1942, before a Life magazine photographer captured Smith’s ruggedness while in the cockpit of an F4F Wildcat. That photo made the cover of Life and forever enshrined the Oklahoma native as one

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