Prestigious Palmetto Medal Award earned by Col. Myron Harrington, Jr.
CHARLESTON, S.C., Oct. 25, 2013 − After a distinguished 30-year military career and decades of service to veterans, disabled children, and his alma mater, Colonel Myron Charles Harrington, Jr., USMC (Retired), Board of Visitors, The Citadel, was today awarded with one of the college’s highest honors. The Palmetto Medal Award was given to Harrington on Summerall Field, accompanied by applause from his colleagues, Citadel staff and cadets during the school’s Friday Corps of Cadets’ parade.
The official award citation, signed by Lieutenant General W. Michael Steele, USA (Retired) and chair of The Citadel Board of Visitors (BOV), and submitted by Douglas Snyder, BOV member and former chair, exalts Harrington’s military and career accomplishments, as well as his extensive volunteer service on behalf of other veterans, children, his church and The Citadel.
A portion of the citation reads, “Harrington received the most notable awards and decorations in 1968 when he was a young captain serving in Vietnam. He led a courageous assault against a heavily fortified enemy stronghold in the Hue City Citadel during the infamous Tet Offensive. In the face of extreme personal danger, he led his Marines in overrunning the entrenched North Vietnamese. For that action, Colonel Harrington received the Navy Cross, the nation’s second highest military award for valor in combat.” During his military career, Harrington also served in Australia, England, Japan and Lebanon. He concluded his military career where it started – at The Citadel where he was professor of naval science and commander of the Naval ROTC program.
The document also praises Harrington’s work as the headmaster of Trident Academy in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. where he became a champion of students with learning disabilities. He received the South Carolina Independent Schools Associations highest award for educational leadership in 2002. Some of his work on behalf of other veterans included helping erect a monument in Mt. Pleasant dedicated veterans who died in combat, as well as statue of Revolutionary War hero Major General William Moultrie in White Point Gardens. He also chaired the committee that brought the Medal of Honor Convention to Charleston in 2010.
Harrington received a B.A. in history from The Citadel in 1960. He earned an M.S. in public administration from Shippensburg State College in 1980, and is a graduate of The Army War College. Harrington has served as secretary on the Citadel’s Board of Visitors since July 1, 2006.
The Palmetto Medal Award was created by the college's Board of Visitors to recognize cadets, faculty, staff or alumni for exceptional performance that reflects great credit on the college or the state of South Carolina. The Palmetto Medal is the second highest honor bestowed by the college. The first is an honorary degree. Earlier this year, Cadets Thomas Myers Jordan Jr. and Julia Mary-Louise McCullohs and faculty member Colonel Isaac Spigner "Spike" Metts, Jr. were honored by being given the 2013 Palmetto Award Medal for distinguished leadership and service.