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.”
Clemson University is celebrating its annual Military Appreciation Week culminating with multiple events Saturday as the Clemson Tigers host the Syracuse Orange in Memorial Stadium. Among the observances will be the awarding of Purple Hearts to two Upstate veterans before the game.
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 […]
Clemson University student Julie Klein of Potomac, Maryland, a U.S. Army Reserve Officer Training Corps cadet, attended a three-week culture, understanding and language proficiency course with Djiboutian Army cadets in Djibouti, Africa, from July 16 to Aug. 6.
Clemson University’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps will celebrate the ROTC’s 100th anniversary Thursday on Bowman Field.
The Clemson University Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) will conduct a Leadership Field Exercise with ROTC units from Furman University Friday-Sunday at Fant’s Grove training area in the Clemson Experimental Forest.
U.S. Army Reserve Officer’s Training Corps cadets were tested on their stamina and personal courage with the Combat Water Survival Test in the Fike Recreation Center pool Thursday
Young cadets in Clemson University’s Army Reserve Officer Training Corps — the “Fightin’ Tiger Battalion” — will learn how to operate in darkness and hostile territory during a leadership development exercise this weekend at Clemson’s Fants Grove training area in Pendleton.
Clemson University’s Army and Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps units will hold a joint ceremony to commission 36 officers at 1 p.m. May 7 in Tillman Hall auditorium. Nineteen students will receive commissions into the U.S. Army, and 17 students will receive commissions into the U.S. Air Force.