Inouye Hall to be dedicated
The Citadel dedicated the Inouye Hall today in honor the man who helped make the building possible.
As Sen. Daniel K. Inouye of Hawaii, the third most senior member of the U.S. Senate, looked on the plaque bearing his name was unveiled at the entrance of the The Citadel/South Carolina Army National Guard Marksmanship Center building. It was the friendship between Inouye and former South Carolina Senator Fritz Hollings’, Citadel Class of ’42, and a common interest in government and military service that paved the way for federal appropriations of $3 million for it.
Inouye said he was honored. He said he was proud to be back on campus and to be a part of the campus from now on.
“I shall never forget this moment,” Inouye said. “I am a Citadel man now and I am proud to be a Citadel man. I will do my very best to conduct myself as a Citadel man.”
Inouye first visited The Citadel in 1961 at the invitation of Gen. Mark Clark, then president of the college. Clark and Inouye served in World War II. Clark was commanding general of the Fifth Army in Italy. Inouye served with the U.S. Army's 442nd Regimental Combat Team. Inoyue on Friday visited Clark's grave, which is on campus between Summerall Chapel and Mark Clark Hall.
The marksmanship center, which is home to a state-of-the-art rifle range, opened in 2006. The rifle range will be dedicated at a later date.
The new one-story marksmanship center is on the Ashley River side of campus and features 16 firing positions for marksmanship training, weapons qualifications and competitions. The 12,000-square-foot center allows the college to host regional tournaments. The Inouye Hall Marksmanship Center is used for practice and training by the South Carolina National Guard, ROTC cadets and The Citadel’s rifle and pistol teams.