LambPaul Holscher, 1940-1945  "Dutch"
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age ~53
Rocky Mount, North Carolina

Long Time Scout Leader Receives Eagle Award

Paul Holscher received his Eagle Scout rank in approximately 1941 and had been active in Boy Scouting for approximately 20 years at that time.  During his service as an adult in the Scouting movement, Holscher served as Scoutmaster, Troop Committee member, and also as a District and Council official.  Holscher was also the recipient of the Silver Beaver Award and the Lutheran Lamb Award.

Holscher, a native of Bremen, Germany, came to the United States at the age of 24 and went into the lumber business.  In 1952 he retired from service with the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad after 44 years.  He moved to the Rocky Mount area in approximately 1910.

In reading Holscher's accomplishments during his Lamb Award ceremony (pictured to the left), the presenting Pastor declared, "So great has been the service rendered Scouting in Rocky Mount -- to all troops, all boys, and all Scoutmasters -- that Paul Horscher might well be regarded as an unofficial Scoutmaster for all of Rocky Mount.

July 18, 1960, Rocky Mount Evening Telegram (Rocky Mount, North Carolina), Page 7


William D. Hamilton, 1941
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 30+
Asst. Scoutmaster, Troop 16
Hutchinson, Kansas

William D. HamiltonScout Receives Eagle Scout Ten Years After Father

On a warm clear Tuesday night in July 1951, 13 year old Bob Hamilton received his Eagle Scout award from A. Lewis Oswald, Scoutmaster of Troop 16 in Hutchison, Kansas.  Mrs. Hamilton was on hand to receive the mother's pin.  It probably seemed like just another Eagle Scout award to some people but this award had something more to it...

Exactly 10 years before -- to the exact night, in fact -- William D. Hamilton, Bob's father and then Asst. Scoutmaster of Troop 16,  had been awarded his Eagle Scout rank from, you guessed it, A. Lewis Oswald.  The scene was freakishly similar for this small but close-knit family.  Mrs. Hamilton was on the stage that night to receive the mother's pin too but with her then 3-year old son "Bobby" in her arms.  It just seems like yesterday.  What a neat way to celebrate this incredible family achievement. 

July 12, 1951, Hutchison News Herald (Hutchison, Kansas), Page 31



Willie Dennis, 1942
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 18
Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 212
Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Negro Scout Leader Receives Eagle Badge

Willie Dennis, Assistant Scoutmaster and former Scout of Troop 212 in Tuscaloosa, received the first ever Eagle badge ever awarded to a Negro Scout in the Black Warrior Council in an impressive ceremony held July 12, at the First African Baptist Church, the sponsoring institution for Troop 212.

The badge was presented by Professor A. L. Jackson, principal of Stillman Institution and a member of the Black Warrior Council Executive Board.  Mr. Jackson has served as chairman of the council committee on negro scouting for the past 9 years, during which time negro troops have been organized in many communities of this area.  Thirty troops are now active.

As a Scout, Dennis was a charter member of Troop 212, which was organized on June 4, 1938.  Dennis turned 18 and became Assistant Scoutmaster in August 1941.

July 29, 1942, The Tuscaloosa News (Tuscaloosa, Alabama), Page 2


Need Samuel L. Baird here.


John W. Payne, 1943
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 44
District Chairman, Grant District, Salt Lake Council

Salt Lake Scouts Wait Fetes and Awards

Salt Lake Boy Scouts Saturday began their celebration marking the thirty-third Boy Scout Anniversary week and look forward to numerous courts of honor ...Eagle Scout awards will go to District Chairman J. W. Payne and District Commissioner Samuel Baird of Grant district Monday evening in Hillcrest LDS Ward Chapel.

John W. Payne and Samuel Baird were both school teachers at Granite High School in South Salt Lake City.  Both men were awarded their Eagle Scout rank in 1943 while serving as District Chair and District Commissioner respectively.  

February 7, 1943, Salt Lake Tribune (Salt Lake City, Utah)
January 5, 1943 Eagle Scout Certificate in my possession.  This certificate has since been returned to the Payne/Smith family.


John W. Payne had a long association with Boy Scouting and instilled these virtues in his sons who would both become Eagle Scouts.  At least three of his great-grandsons would also become Eagle Scouts.

January 29, 2013, Personal Correspondence with grandson Ralph W. Smith.

In approximately September of 2012, I found this certificate for sale on a Scout collectibles website and purchased it.  After a few months of searching and several false starts, I was able to locate a grandson of John W. Payne and deliver the lost Eagle Scout certificate back to the family personally in Redmond, WA.  I don't know how the certificate had become lost or came to be available but it doesn't matter any longer.  John Payne's certificate is now back with the Payne family where it belongs and in the care of other Eagle Scouts who know how much it represents to the man who earned it.




Allan Gay, 1943
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 23
Senior Scout, Troop 1, Four Lakes Council
Madison, Wisconsin

Allan GayNavy Medical Student Receives Eagle Scout Award

Allan Gay, a member of Senior Scout Troop 1, received his Eagle Scout award in 1943 at the age of 23. 

Gay first became a Scout in January 1933 and was a member of junior staff at Camp Tichora.  Now 23, he is an apprentice seaman in the U. S. Naval Reserve.  His current assignment is as a student where he is a senior in the University of Wisconsin medical school under the navy's V-12 program.

November 21, 1943, Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, Wisconsin), Page 11

Editors Note:  If you are thinking that you've seen this picture before, you are correct.  Seaman Gay received his Eagle Scout award at the same ceremony as another adult Eagle Scout recipient, Sam Anderson, and his son, Charles.



Corporal-Scoutmaster Robert Snedecor, 1945
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 30
Scoutmaster, Troop 34
Corona, California

Robert SnedecorCorporal-Scoutmaster Now Eagle Scout

In 1945, Cpl. Robert B. Snedecor, long-time Scoutmaster of Troop 34 in Corona, California received his Eagle Scout award in in the Lincoln School auditorium in front of a capacity crowd.

George E. Stanley, his sponsor, spoke very highly of Snedecor's accomplishments saying that as Scoutmaster he had helped hundreds of Scouts gain vital understanding and advancement.  Bob's life and character as both boy and man, Stanley explained, entitled him to this high award.  A few minutes later, the local Scout executive administered the Eagle Scout oath and Bob's mother, Mrs. Fred E. Snedecor, pinned the medal on her son as his father, wife, and two small children beamed their approval.

In 1957, some 12 years later, Bob Snedecor would again be standing on the stage in an Eagle Scout Ceremony.  This time, however, his young son, Bill, would be receiving his Eagle Scout award following in the large footsteps left by his father.

November 20, 1945, Corona Daily Independent (Corona, California), Page 1
June 26, 1957, Corona Daily Independent (Corona, California), Page 9

Editors Note:  Bob Snedecor appears to have been a monster of a Scouter.  During my multi-year search for adult Eagles, I often ran across his name involved in Boy Scout activities in the Corona/Riverside area of Southern California.  The California Inland Empire Council, Temescal District actually has a yearly fully paid Woodbadge scholarship for 2 Scouters named in his honor.  What a wonderful legacy.



Rev. A. T. Maberry, 1945
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 21+
Scoutmaster, Troop 45, Winnebago Council
Buffalo Center, Iowa

Reverend Maberry of Buffalo Center Earns Eagle Scout Award

Scoutmaster Rev. A. T. Maberry of Troop 45, Buffalo Center, received the rank of Eagle Scout at an impressive ceremony held in the Methodist Church in Buffalo Center.

Taking part in the Eagle ceremony were Eagle Scouts: Art White, David McPherson, Bob Ryan, and Wayne Campbell of Mason City and Mrs. Maberry.  The award was presented by Scout Executive James Norfolk.

September 26, 1945, Mason City Globe Gazette (Mason City, Iowa), Page 3
September 27, 1945, Buffalo Center Tribune (Buffalo Center, Iowa), Page 1



Howard Ricks, 1945
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 21
Asst. Scoutmaster, Troop 45
Salt Lake City, Utah

Howard Ricks

Salt Lake City Scout Troop Awards 18 Eagle Scouts

SALT LAKE CITY --  Ranking leaders of the boy scout movement from throughout Utah will gather in Edgehill Sunday at 7 p.m. when eighteen members of Troop 192 will receive Eagle Scout awards.  Joseph H. Grow, Sugarhouse district commissioner, said awarding of 18 eagle badges in one troop at one time is believed to be a national record.  The troop, of which Alma Janke is Scoutmaster, is the largest in Salt Lake City, having 73 members. 

Speakers at the December 2 Court of Honor are to be George Albert Smith, President of the LDS Church, holder of the Silver Buffalo award, and member of the national Boy Scout executive board; Oscar A. Kirkham, deputy regional Scout Executive; and George R. Hill, president, Salt Lake Council.

Recipients of the awards range from 13 years old having won their Eagles in the minimum of 18 months, to boys considerably older, including Assistant Scoutmaster Howard Ricks, 21.  Ricks can be seen on the far right side of the picture above. 

November 26, 1945, Salt Lake Tribune (Salt Lake City, Utah), Page 10
Social Security Death Index (Howard Ricks was born in 1924).

Editors Note:  Troop 192 produced multiple sets of these huge groups all earning and receiving their Eagle Scout awards at the same time.  The vast majority of these were youths but the occasional adult would also be included.  From the 2013 perspective, this practice seems suspicious -- how could so many boys have leadership opportunities at the same time and the chance to mature?  In 1945, however, the BSA program was quite different and the focus was more on earning the merit badges and preparing yourself for a potential career.  This probably is not nearly the potential problem it seems.



John L. Casey, 1945
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 33
Scoutmaster, Troop 10, Narragansett Council
Providence, Rhode Island

John L. CaseyJohn L. Casey, Scoutmaster of Troop 10 in Providence, Rhode Island earned his Eagle Scout in 1945 at the age of 33.  He was honored with 5 other Scouts at the Narragansett Council court of honor in January 1946.  This group of 6 Scouts was the largest at any one time from Newport County, Rhode Island.

Besides being Scoutmaster of Troop 10, Casey is a member of the Newport Court of Honor, camping committee, and an instructor at the local Scout institute.  Under his leadership, Troop 10 set a record in wastepaper collection during the salvage drive last year.

January 11, 1946, Newport Mercury and Weekly News (Newport, Rhode Island), Page 5

Editors Note:  Have you noticed how some of the people in this picture are leaning to the left?  I'm not sure what caused this -- perhaps the paper moved while it being microfilmed or the OCR scanner that processed the microfilm later warped a bit.



E. E. Collins, 1946
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 21+
Scoutmaster, Troop 285 and Troop 286, Circle 10 Council
Corsicana, Texas

E. E. CollinsScoutmaster of State Home Receives Eagle Scout

E. E. Collins, Scoutmaster of Troop 285 and Troop 286 of the Corsicana State Home for Orphans, earned his Eagle Scout rank in 1946. 

Collins, who was the Recreational Director at the home, had his hands full.  In 1946, the home was caring for more than 400 Texas youth and had it's own school district as well as a professional staff of administrators.  There were simply too many boys to manage in 1 Troop so Collins solved the problem by creating 2.  He was the Scoutmaster for both Troops.

October 21, 1946, Corsicana Daily Sun (Corsicana, Texas), Page 12
The Cedar Tree (1948-1949), Corsicana State Home Yearbook
Texas State Historical Archives
Mikanakawa Lodge 101 Vigil Honor Listings

e. e. collina  We don't know a lot about E. E. Collins except that he and his wife resided at the home and that his wife was the Dietician. 
We know Collins was the very first Vigil Honor in Mikanakawa Lodge 101 in December 1950.  His vigil honor name was, appropriately, "one who leads".

Corsicana State Home for Orphans

Corsicana State Home for Orphans

CORSICANA STATE HOME was established in 1887 to support, educate, and care for orphan or dependent children. In 1945 the facility housed 443 children. The home had about two dozen brick structures and a number of small frame cottages, barns, and outbuildings on 417 acres. In its early years the home operated its own independent school district with a grade school, junior high, and high school. In addition to academic subjects the school offered courses in various vocational fields, including cosmetology, mechanics, printing, agriculture, home economics, and business. The institution also operated its own farms, dairy, creamery, laundry, cannery, store, power plant, bakery, kitchen, and hospital. Older children worked part-time in these operations and thus received practical training.



Richard Orrock, 1946
Earned Eagle Scout at age 27
District Commissioner, Weber
Ogden, Utah
M. Browning, 1946
Earned Eagle Scout at age 20
Asst. Scoutmaster, Troop 22
Ogden, Utah
E. Browning, 1946
Earned Eagle Scout at age 22
Scoutmaster, Troop 22
Ogden, Utah

richard Orrock, Merlin Browning, Eugene BrowningScouts and Leaders Presented Highest Honors.

In a beautiful ceremony held at Ogden High School on December 13, 1946, 3 Scout leaders and an equal number of youth were presented with their Eagle Scout rank in an impressive ceremony.

Richard Orrock, 27, District Commissioner for Weber district was awarded his Eagle Scout rank.  Orrock was a Scout leader for a number of years and spend several years in the army.  He completed his work for Eagle rank following his discharge.  He is located in the rear right of the picture.  Merlin Browing, 22, Assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 22, served 3 years in the army part of it in the Burma theater.  Following his discharge he resumed his duties with his troop and completed his work to become an Eagle Scout.  He is located in the front row, second from the right.

Eugene Browning, 20, Assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 22 with his brother, served 2 1/2 years in the U.S. Navy.  Following his discharge he resumed his duties with his troop and completed his work to become an Eagle Scout.  He is located in the front row, far right.

December 8, 1946, Salt Lake Tribune (Salt Lake City, Utah), Page 13
December 11, 1946, Ogden Standard Examiner (Ogden, Utah), Page 18



Bill Ratcliffe, 1946
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 21+
Asst. Scoutmaster?
Orem, Utah

Smile, Watch The Eagle Scout!

Bill Ratcliffe, professional wildlife photographer was born in 1925 and became interesting in photograhy while he was employed by the Provo Flying Service.  He was also a Scout Leader in the Provo area and, as part of his Bird Study merit badge, he decided to write and produce his own 16mm film of birds and their habitat in the Provo area especially around Provo Lake.  He was awarded his Eagle Scout rank in approximately 1946 as an Assistant Scoutmaster.

As a professional photographer, Ratcliffe has had incredible success and has been published in many publications including: Ford Times, Friends, Ideals, Improvement Era, Relief Society Magazine, National Wildflife Magazine Utah Road Map, and Arizona Highways.  Ratcliffe has even been published in National Geographic.

December 10, 1963, Provo Daily Herald (Provo, Utah), Page 7



Harry E. Reinhart, 1947
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 49
Asst. Scoutmaster
Neosho, Missouri

Harry ReinhartGreat Job Scouts!

Harry E. Reinhart, Asst. Scoutmaster, of Neosho, Missouri, earned his Eagle Scout rank with 7 youths from his Troop.

March 1, 1947, Neosho Daily Democrat (Neosho, Missouri), Page 2
Social Security Death Index.  Born 1898, Died 1968



Comm. Eugene B. Fluckey, 1948
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 37
New London, Connecticut

Eugene B. FluckeyLucky Fluckey Becomes Eagle Scout at 37

NEW LONDON, Conn., February 10, 1948 -- Comm. Eugene B. Fluckey, USN, much decorated submarine hero of World War II, counted the Eagle Scout pin Tuesday among his other honors. 

Fluckey, whose exploits as a submarine skipper won him the congressional medal of honor and many other lesser decorations, has been a Scout since boyhood.  Now 37, he recently completed his merit badge requirements for Scoutdom's  highest honor, the Eagle Scout award.

The naval officer was given the pin Monday night at a dinner of the Pequot Boy Scout Council.  A message from Admiral Nimitz, read at the dinner, raised him as a man who "symbolizes to the highest degree the courage, unselfish devotion, and patriotism that is an integral part of every Boy Scout."

"Fluckey and the Boy Scouts of America have my complete trust and admiration," said Nimitz.  "With such men and such organizations, the future of America is assured."

Fluckey was Admiral Nimitz' personal aide from 1945 to 1947. 

February 10, 1948, Tucson Daily Citizen (Tucson, Arizona), Page 7
Wikipedia:  Eugene B. Fluckey

Editors Note:  Eugene B. Fluckey was a national hero after returning from World War II.  Everybody in America knew the exploits of "Lucky Fluckey".  He was awarded the Medal of Honor, four Navy Crosses, a Congressional Medal of Honor, and dozens of other awards.  He retired from the Navy in 1972 as a Rear Admiral.  Even in 2013, Fluckey is still the most highly decorated naval officer in history.

In the picture above, taken at approximately the time of his retirement, Fluckey can be seen wearing his collection of medals.  On his right breast is his Eagle Scout medal.  Interestingly, he is not wearing his Distinguished Eagle Scout medal around his neck.  I supposed that it is a bit tough to wear a Congressional Medal of Honor at the same time...



James Rankin, 1948
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 18+
Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 33
Piedmont, West Virginia


James Rankin, Assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 33, sponsored by Trinity Methodist Church of Piedmont, West Virginia, was awarded an Eagle Scout badge at the 14 year anniversary dinner for Troop 33.

April 8, 1948, Cumberland Evening Times, (Cumberland, West Virginia), Page 21




Kenneth Braybrook, 1948
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 21
Scoutmaster, Troop 91
Paw Paw, Michigan

Eagle Scoutmaster Earns All Merit Badges

Kenneth Braybrooks, Scoutmaster of Troop 91, South Haven, Michigan, was awarded his Eagle Scout badge in 1948 at the age of 21.  He was joined on stage by his proud mother and his pretty wife.

A former Boy Scout, Braybrooks went into service in World War II and served in the Army in the South Pacific.  Upon his return to civilian life, he rejoined Scouting as Scoutmaster of Troop 91.  He then continued his own achievements right along side his Scouts to received his Eagle Scout award on February 23, 1948.

Braybrook did not stop there.  By 1951, Braybrook, an insurance salesman and Scoutmaster of Paw Paw Troop 65, had earned all 111 merit badges at the age of 25 years.  Technically, he had earned 112 badges -- He had already earned Handicraft and the renaming of this badge to Home Repairs allowed him to earn it again in 1948.  He had earned so many merit badges that he had to wait for 6 years to earn all of the associated palms which must be awarded 6 months apart.

Braybrook is a winner of the William T. Hornaday Award and the Silver Beaver Award.

February 29, 1948, News Palladium (Benton Harbor, Michigan), Page 12
January 23, 1951, News-Palladium (Benton Harbor, Michigan), Page 16




Glen Astin, 1948
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 39
Troop Committee Member, Troop 192, Salt Lake Council
Salt Lake City, Utah

Five Eagle Scouts From Troop 192

The rank of Eagle Scout was bestowed on five more members of Troop 192, Salt Lake Council, Boy Scouts of America, on Sunday evening.  Receiving the award on Sunday evening were Glen Astin, Troop Committeeman (front, middle), John McMaster, Jim Christensen, Ray Showell, and Ray Trotter.

The frequency of Eagle Awards in Troop 192, said Scoutmaster Alma Janke, is due to the troop's constant constant focus on program.  "It is the troop's policy," Mr. Janke said, "to put the 'outing' in Scouting on a year-round basis."

For it's winter program, the troop has included plans for a swim meet at least one night each month, an overnight hike once a month, in addition to "subhikes" and other routine scouting activities.

October 25, 1948, Salt Lake Tribune (Salt Lake City, Utah), Page 16
Social Security Death Index, b. August 6, 1909 in Utah, d. 1981



Norman North, 1949
Earned Eagle Scout at age 18+
Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 63
Shokan, New York
Lester Davis, 1949
Earned Eagle Scout at age 18+
Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 63
Shokan, New York

Eagle Scout Awards Highlight Court of Honor

Norman North and Lester Davis, Assistant Scoutmasters of Troop 63, Shokan, received the Eagle Scout award, the highest award available to any Boy Scout during last week's western district liberty rally at the Odd Fellows Hall in Olive Bridge.

North and Davis received their awards from their mothers.  The Honorable Rev. Harvey T. Todd, District Commissioner, supervised the presentations.

February 15, 1949, Kinston Daily Freeman (Kingston, New York), Page 3



John Iverson, 1949
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 19
Wapsipinicon Area Council
Calmar, Iowa

Calmar Youth Named Eagle Scout

CALMAR -- John Iverson, 19-year-old son of Supt. and Mrs. J. C. Iverson, was advanced to the rank of Eagle Scout Monday evening at the Calmar high school auditorium.

During the ceremony he pinned a miniature Eagle Scout emblem on his mother as his father pinned the Eagle Scout medal on his uniform.  Theodore Smith of the Wapsipinicon Area Council had charge of the ceremonial.

John, who is a sophomore at Luther college in Decorah, has earned 21 merit badges during his seven years in Scouting.  He attended Boy's State when he was a junior in high school, was a member of the high school band, and took active part in all athletics.  He is now on the Luther football squad.  His father is Scoutmaster.  Assistant Scoutmaster is Roger Totten.

September 25, 1949, Cedar Rapids Gazette (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), Page 19

Editors Note:  Iverson may not have had an adult leadership position.  This was not a requirement in 1949.  He may have just been a senior Scout continuing to participate with his Scoutmaster father.



Lt. Thomas E. Weir USN, 1949
Earned Eagle Scout rank at age 22
Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 15
Newport, Rhode Island

Naval Officer Given Eagle Scout Award

Lieutenant (jg) Thomas E. Weir, USN, on duty aboard destroyer Kippler based here received an Eagle Scout award at a Boy Scout Court of Honor held Monday evening in Providence. 

As far as the local Boy Scout office knows, Lieutenant Weir is the first naval officer on active duty to be made an Eagle Scout, the highest rank in Boy Scouts.  Many officers have achieved similar ratings as youths before entering naval service, it was said.

Lieutenant Weir is Assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 15, First Presbyterian Church.  He had attained the Star rank in Roanoke, Va., before going into the navy.  His progress towards Eagle was re-established when he decided to progress with the boys of the troop.  This has been in progress since last February.

Lieutenant Weir addressed the court on what Scouting had meant to him, and what it will mean to boys as they start their life's work.  Lieutenant Robert R. Garrett is the Scoutmaster for Troop 15.

December 6, 1949, Newport Daily News (Newport, Rhode Island).
Social Security Death Index.  b. 1927, d. 2003 in Alexandria, Virginia.