Three remarkable men, representing three hellish wars that have become cornerstones of American history, shared a stage at Clemson University Thursday, Oct. 4. It was the first, and likely will be the only time living prisoners of war from WWII, Korea and Vietnam appeared together at the university that was founded in 1889 as an all-male military college and, according to current president Jim Clements, still prides the military leaders forged in its Reserve Officers’ Training Corps programs and their extraordinary deeds in service to the nation above all else that it does.
For what is believed to be the first time, and very likely will be the last time, three living veterans who survived years of captivity in three of the modern world’s defining wars – World War II, Korea, and Vietnam – will share a stage and microphone in Clemson University’s Tillman Hall auditorium from 3:30 – 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4.
The College of Business is welcoming 23 new faculty members for the 2018-19 academic year with research and teaching backgrounds highly-qualified to enrich the minds of tomorrow’s business leaders. “The start of a new academic year brings with it the excitement of new relationships and many new faces with a thirst for learning how to […]
U.S. Air Force Capt. William R. Austin II and his aircraft commander had out-maneuvered certain death hundreds of times before they got hit. A fighter pilot with the storied “Triple Nickel” 555th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Austin had flown 80 combat missions over North Vietnam in the powerful F-4 Phantom II despite the enemy’s attempts to […]
A Tiger is about to become a Ninja, and you can watch it happen at 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, on NBC as Clemson University graduate and Army veteran Verdale Benson, 38, competes to be the next American Ninja Warrior.
CLEMSON – Five students from the College of Science took a U.S. Military Oath of Office followed by the Silver Dollar Salute during Clemson University’s Joint Commissioning Ceremony at Tillman Hall on Wednesday (May 9). Forty students in Clemson University’s Army and Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) were honored at the Joint Ceremony, […]
A brotherhood like no other was on display Saturday as veterans who now are students at Clemson University visited their brothers- and sisters-in-arms at the Richard M. Campbell Veterans Nursing Home in Anderson to deliver 220 hand-made care packages and, more importantly, share some time with those who fought before them.
Clemson University was a natural next step in Col. Keith Balts’ military career. The new senior ranking U.S. Air Force officer on campus, Balts had been very familiar with Clemson’s strong military heritage, which weighed heavily in him applying for and being selected as the Commander of Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps for Detachment […]
When a four-star general serves up career advice, students listen. The eyes and ears of eight College of Business Student Advisory Board members were tuned in to what U.S. Air Force Gen. John “Jay” Raymond had to say during his recent visit to Clemson University to serve as grand marshal for the First Friday Parade. […]
What do you give a living legend for his 100th birthday? In the case of retired U.S. Army Col. Ben Skardon, a survivor of the Bataan Death March and beloved alumnus and professor emeritus of Clemson University: The party of the century, of course, along with awards and accolades presented by fellow service members and dignitaries.
Clemson University will celebrate the 100th birthday of alumnus and professor emeritus Col. Ben Skardon Friday, Aug. 11. Skardon reached one century of life July 14.
For the ninth time in school history, Clemson University’s Company C-4 of the Pershing Rifles has claimed the national championship in drill competition. The 30-member unit, comprised of Air Force and Army ROTC students, and civilians, brought the top prize back to the Upstate in competition last month in Jacksonville, Fla., against 14 other teams. […]
The 75th anniversary of WWII's infamous Bataan Death March was commemorated by 7,200 participants who gathered in the wee morning hours for the 28th Bataan Memorial Death March, Sunday, March 19. Once again, retired Clemson University alumnus and professor emeritus Ben Skardon, 99 years young, was the oldest participant and the only survivor of the real Bataan Death March who walked in the event.
U.S. Army 1st Lt. William Funchess watched from the other bank as Chinese soldiers approached the river, undressed, and swam across naked, holding weapons and clothes over their heads. Once they hit his side of the river, they shook the freezing water off their skin, dressed, and ran into the forest – one after the other after the other. Thousands of them. It was November 4, 1950. When Funchess radioed the brass back at headquarters to tell them what he had seen, they told him he was mistaken. There were no Chinese soldiers in North Korea. “The final instructions from battalion headquarters was - if Chinese soldiers are in Korea, they’re protecting hydroelectric plants. Under no conditions will you fire on a Chinese national,” said Funchess. “Before the day ended, I had been struck by machine gun fire, and I was a POW of the Chinese army.”
A stint in the Army, including nine months as an infantryman in Afghanistan, has taught Dillon Sizemore some valuable life lessons that he says are benefiting him today, and will last long into the future. “I developed a new-found respect for education after serving. The discipline and time management the Army demands paid off when […]