The United States entered World War I on April 6, 1917. Within a month, SAE men were in training. Seven reserve officers of the 15th Company training in Fort Riley, Kansas, represented Illinois Beta, Missouri Beta, and Illinois Psi-Omega. Two saw the battlefields of France, while the others spent time in American and Canadian camps.
Kansas Alpha SAE Benjamin Fillmore enlisted in the British Army in 1915. Like many in service, Fillmore was able to visit locations he might never have had the opportunity to see. Here, he is pictured beside the Great Sphinx while in the Palestine-Egyptian campaign.
Capt. Herbert T. Barclay of Illinois Beta enlisted with the 110th Engineers, 35th Division, in June of 1917. He is pictured here smoking outside a dugout in St. Milne, France.
During World War I, SAEs held the first two initiations into an American college fraternity in Europe. The second initiation, of Lloyd Brown from the University of Wisconsin, was held in the ruins of a castle in the Electors at Andernach-on-the-Rhine.
During the war, members of the fraternity occasionally gathered for SAE events. Several SAE men stationed in Paris at the end of the war gathered for a Founders Day celebration.Levere & the YMCA →