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.
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.
Clemson University’s Army and Air Force ROTC units will hold a joint ceremony to commission 26 second lieutenants at 2 p.m. on Wednesday in the Tillman Hall auditorium. Fifteen students will receive commissions into the U.S. Army and 11 students will receive commissions into the U.S. Air Force.
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.
Clemson University will pay tribute to service members, veterans and the Armed Forces when the Tiger men’s basketball team plays host to the Virginia Tech Hokies Sunday.
Clemson University’s Army and Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) units will hold a joint ceremony to commission 14 second lieutenants at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Tillman Hall auditorium.
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 will honor fallen soldiers at a Memorial Day service at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Scroll of Honor Memorial.
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
Clemson University celebrates its 22nd Military Appreciation Day Saturday in conjunction with the Wake Forest football game.
Clemson University has been named a 2016 Military Friendly School, a designation awarded to universities, community colleges and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace military students and dedicate resources to ensure their success both in the classroom and after graduation.
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.