2013 Summerall Guards debut before Corps Day crowd
As part of the 169th Corps Day celebration, The Citadel introduced the 2013 Summerall Guards on Saturday, March 17, 2012.
Sixty-one rising seniors, who have gone through a rigorous physical training and initiation process, comprise the silent precision drill platoon. Members are chosen for their physical stamina and drill proficiency.
The platoon was created in 1932 and named for Gen. Charles P. Summerall, former chief of staff of the U.S. Army and president of The Citadel from 1931 until 1953. Its purpose is to exemplify the exactness and thoroughness with which The Citadel cadets are trained. Members come from nearly every company in the Corps. The drill, which has never been written down, is a unique series of movements based on the old German close order drill and performed to a silent count. Each year's Guards take responsibility for teaching the next year's unit the precise drill.
Following the exchange of rifles between the 2012 and 2013 Summerall Guards, the platoon presented its annual Clubb Award to Papa Company Commander Cadet Capt. Richard K. Owen of Kirtland, Ohio. Owen served as the Guard’s first sergeant. The award is presented to the member of the Summerall Guards voted by his peers as its most outstanding member. The award is named for Harold K. Clubb, Class of ’68, who died in a plane crash in 1971.
Also presented was the Anthony Griffin Sword, which is passed down from the current Summerall Guards commander to the new commander each year. Cadet Staff Sgt. Caleb T. Black of Greenville, S.C., received the sword during the rifle exchange.
Here are the members of the 2013 Summerall Guards:
1st Battalion Staff
Patrick Nugent, Rocky River, Ohio
Caleb Alsup, York, S.C.
Cody Chick, Onancock, Va.
William Salley, Orangeburg, S.C.
Matthew Norfleet, Texarkana, Texas
Carter Elms, Manning, S.C.
Clinten Wilbur, Mechanicsville, Md. (Front Guide)
Matthew Garnier, Raleigh, N.C.
Richard Lee, Rock Hill, S.C.
Joseph McNeely, Easley, S.C.
Michael Sparks, Mason, Ohio
2nd Battalion Staff
Michael Hagan, Okems, Mich.
Esau Brown, Beaufort, S.C.
Samuel Oliver, Alloway, N.J.
Guy Perez, Branchville, N.J. (First Sergeant)
Gerald Kelliher, Aiken, S.C.
David Kim, Johns Creek, Ga.
Andrew Metz, Burke, Va.
John Shoemaker, Fairfax, Va.
Matthew DeRose, Garden City, N.Y.
Mark Briden, Batavia, Ill.
Sean Morrissey, Lynnfield, Mass.
John Oldengarm, Chino, Calif.
Patrick Kolb, Summerville, S.C.
Jack Washington, Beaufort, S.C.
Michael Shore, Westover, Ala.
3rd Battalion Staff
Chad Johnson, Charlotte, N.C.
David Baxter, Macon, Ga.
Elliot Dodds, Belton, S.C.
Cameron McCarley, Anderson, S.C. (Supply Sergeant)
Harrison Goluses, Pittsford, N.Y.
Enio Aguero, Annandale, Va. (Rear Guide)
Wesley Ballinger, Warrenton, N.C.
John Ditto, Lexington, Ky.
George Holstead, Irmo, S.C.
Robert Mundy, Clermont, Fla.
James Rhodes, Roswell, Ga.
Don Simmons, Easley, S.C.
4th Battalion Staff
Casey Stabile, Newton, N.J.
Michael Singer, Goose Creek, S.C.
Corey Hall, Columbia, S.C.
Damon Gialenios, Charlotte, N.C.
John Psomas, Greenwood, S.C.
Scott Graves, Lexington, S.C.
Tobias Hyman, Charleston, S.C.
Ryan Ayer, Middlesex, Vt.
William Bruce, Columbia, S.C.
Caleb Black, Greenville, S.C. (Commander)
Trent Purcell, Newberry, S.C.
Nicholas Hasty, Spartanburg, S.C.
John Neblett, Jackson, Tenn.
Albert Hemphill, Greenwood, S.C.
Troy Adamek, West Chester, Pa.
Yban Nieto, Wadesboro, N.C.
Donavan Bennet, Roswell, Ga.
Rob McRae, Hixson, Tenn.
Justin Tretera, Goose Creek, S.C.
Chris Aultman, Smyrna, Tenn.
Michael Nicholas, Fort Meade, Md.
Jason Mag, Duluth, Ga.
Benjamin Canipe, Hickory, N.C.