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Citadel News Service
16 Mar 2012

Palmetto Medals awarded to three for service to S.C., The Citadel

A renowned English professor, a selfless battalion commander and a beloved mentor to generations of cadets are this year’s recipients of The Citadel Palmetto Medal for 2012.

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Havey Dick

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. 

This year’s recipients are the late Col. Harvey Dick, English professor Jim Rembert and Cadet Lt. Col. Andrew Rowell. They will be recognized during the Corps Day Weekend military dress parade at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 17. The South Carolina Corps of Cadets is celebrating its 169th birthday this year.

Dick is believed to be the first person to receive a Palmetto Medal posthumously. A longtime fixture in The Citadel community, Dick was a former assistant commandant of cadets in charge of discipline and a long-time member of The Citadel Board of Visitors before he died in February at the age of 84 after a battle with cancer.

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James Rembert

A 1953 Citadel graduate, Dick served in World War II and did two tours in Germany and Vietnam. After his retirement from the Army, he was appointed the assistant commandant of cadets. Responsible for operations and discipline, he took a genuine interest in the lives and leadership development of cadets for 16 years. Following his retirement from The Citadel, Dick was elected to the college’s Board of Visitors as an alumni representative. He served a pair of six-year terms, from 1993-1999 and from 2001 to 2007. 

For nearly 40 years, Rembert has shown exceptional devotion and service to the college as a professor of English. A 1961 Citadel graduate, Rembert served on active duty in the Army as both an Airborne and Ranger Qualified Infantry Officer from 1963 to 1965. For 37 years, beginning in 1968, Rembert taught in the English Department. He retired from The Citadel but returned in 2011 to teach a course on Literature of War. 

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Andrew Rowell

Rembert has worked tirelessly to ensure that the work of our military service men and women is not forgotten. He served as a consultant during the construction of The Medal of Honor Museum aboard the USS Yorktown in Charleston Harbor. As a consultant for the American Battle Monuments Commission, he was instrumental in planning a $20 million interpretive center at the Normandy American Cemetery in France. Since 2001, he has been the associate and chief military affairs editor of The Charleston Mercury newspaper. There he reports on the combat experiences of local veterans. 

For Cadet Lt. Col Andrew Rowell of Simpsonville, S.C., the needs of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets have always preceded his own.

Rowell began his Citadel career with Alpha Company, where he rose to the position of regimental operations NCO. However, when situations arose that left Delta Company with little to no NCOs, Rowell voluntarily transferred to help develop the leadership that it needed. Once there, he worked relentlessly in the absence of personal notoriety to build confidence and skill through mentoring and leading by example.

Rowell’s efforts did not go unnoticed throughout the Corps. In his senior year, he was the unanimous choice for 1st Battalion Commander. Since, he has been instrumental in improving the battalion’s academic and physical standings. Central to this progress has been Rowell’s emphasis on personal accountability as well as moral and ethical behavior.

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