Phi Tau Delta was a private boy's/men's fraternity that was established in Havelock, Nebraska by Ivan L. Armstrong in 1939. Armstrong described the fraternity as "an order of young American men regardless of race, creed, or color who are of good character and believe in the principles of true Americanism. Young men who will tolerate no subversive or fifth column idealogy, nor cater to any totalitarian form of government, but who adhere to and will give their lives if need be to defend the ideals and democratic principles of this good old republic, the United States of America. This is a patriotic, civic, and social order brought into being because of the crying need of an organization for ment that will bridge the chasm between high school and business or professional life, and dedicated to the purpose of creating in the young men of America the inherent desire to be of 'good report' and be leaders in their respective communities. Therefore, I dededicate this ritual, based on the ideals and principles of the great Greek leader, Demosthenes, to the young men of America who are not afraid to defend their county in any way against encroachment either spiritually, morally, or physically."