An honor guard of three Clemson University Reserve Officers Training Corps cadets observes a moment of prayer during a Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony in Clemson’s Memorial Park, which sits across the street from the 80,000-seat Memorial Stadium, May 24, 2015. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Ken Scar)

Three Clemson University ROTC cadets observe a moment of prayer during an earlier Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony in Memorial Park.
Image Credit: Ken Scar / Clemson University

CLEMSON — Two names will be added to Clemson University’s Scroll of Honor — the monument that recognizes Clemson alumni who died on active military service — in a Memorial Day ceremony at 4 p.m. Sunday.

Charles Carroll Biggerstaff, class of 1920, and Theodore Williams Gaines, class of 1909, were identified as qualifying for the Scroll of Honor through research by U.S. Air Force Maj. Brock Lusk of Clemson’s aerospace studies departemnt.

Biggerstaff, of Rowesville, South Carolina, left Clemson College in January 1918 and joined the Army’s Aviation Corps. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in November of that year and was discharged from the service in 1919.  He enlisted with the air service in December 1920.  In July 1921, while stationed at Langley Field, Virginia, he was killed when he was struck by a moving aircraft propeller.

Gaines, of Greenwood, was drafted into the South Carolina National Guard as a first lieutenant in August 1917.  He served at Camp Eustis, Virginia, and Fort Moultrie, South Carolina, before shipping to France. He was promoted to captain in October 1918 while serving as a member of the American Expeditionary Forces. He was killed by an accidental pistol discharge in December 1918.

American flags ring the Scroll of Honor, a barrow lined with stones that are etched with the names of all 489 Clemson University alumni who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

American flags ring the Scroll of Honor, a barrow lined with stones that are etched with the names of all 491 Clemson University alumni who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
Image Credit: Ken Scar / Clemson University

Biggerstaff and Gaines were approved for inclusion on the Scroll of Honor after a thorough vetting process conducted by members of the Clemson Corps, a constituent group of the Clemson Alumni Association that maintains the memorial.

With these latest additions, the Scroll of Honor now lists 491 Clemson alumni killed while serving in the United States military.

The ceremony also will feature the placing of a wreath, the playing of Taps, a tribute to South Carolina Gold Star families and recognition of the 100th anniversary of Clemson’s class of 1917, all of whom volunteered to serve in World War I.

For more information on Clemson University’s Scroll of Honor visit: https://cualumni.clemson.edu/scrollofhonor.

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