Medal of Honor recipients to visit campus this week
Several of the nation’s Medal of Honor recipients will be on campus this week. Cadets, faculty and staff are welcome to attend.
Hosted by the South Carolina State Guard Foundation and The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, the 2010 Medal of Honor Society Convention will take place Sept. 28 through Oct. 3 in and around Charleston. The annual convention is a time to honor the Medal of Honor recipients as well as all servicemen and servicewomen who protect our freedoms every single day.
The Medal of Honor – known unofficially as the Congressional Medal of Honor – is the highest award for valor in action against an enemy force which can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the Armed Services of the United States. The award is generally presented to its recipient by the President of the United States of America in the name of Congress.
This year’s convention will be attended by 55 of the 87 living recipients, whose average age is 78. Scheduled events include a welcoming motorcade parade along the Battery, autograph session aboard the USS Yorktown and visits to Charleston County School District schools. A detailed schedule of convention events is online at www.medalofhonorconvention.com.
Citadel events are as follows:
Tuesday, 28 September
Daniel Library Friends Book and Lecture Series
Retired Marine Maj. Gen. James E. Livingston and author Colin D. Heaton will discuss Livingston’s new memoir entitled “Noble Warrior.” Livingston received the Medal of Honor for his role at Dai Do, Vietnam, where his 800 Marines victoriously fought back 10,000 North Vietnamese Army regulars. He was presented with the Medal of Honor in 1970.
Heaton served in the U.S. Army and later in the Marine Corps under Livingston's command as a scout sniper. He taught history and military history at American Military University. Both men live in Mount Pleasant.
The lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. in Bond Hall Room 165 on The Citadel campus and will be followed by a book signing. Free and open to the public.
Wednesday, 29 September through Wednesday, 8 December
Visions of Valor exhibit
As part the Medal of Honor Convention festivities being held in Charleston this week, portraits of 62 Medal of Honor recipients will be exhibited at The Citadel from Sept. 29 through Dec. 8.
The Visions of Valor exhibit is the first and largest exhibit of its kind in American history to honor the commitment and character of recipients of the Medal of Honor, our nation's highest military award for valor under fire. This museum-quality exhibit of black-and-white photographs from famed portrait photographer Nick Del Calzo is intended to educate the public about the Medal of Honor and to perpetuate the patriotism, courage and honor of its recipients. TriWest Healthcare Alliance has acquired two Visions of Valor collections—each containing 140 portraits depicting America's Medal of Honor recipients. Of the two collections, one is being permanently displayed at the Pentagon. The second is a traveling exhibit which is being displayed at military and public venues across the nation.
The Visions of Valor traveling collection will be located primarily in the Mark Clark Hall Reception Room. Several exhibits also will be housed in the lobby of Jenkins Hall. The exhibits are open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. No admission fee however, public visitation will be curtailed on Friday, Oct. 1 between 3 and 4 p.m.
This event is in conjunction with the Medal of Honor Society Convention.
Thursday, 30 September
Sophomore Seminar Address
Retired Army Col. Jack H. Jacobs will speak to the sophomore class at 11 a.m. in McAlister Field House. Jacobs was an adviser to a Vietnamese infantry battalion when it came under a devastating fire that disabled the commander. Although bleeding from severe head wounds, then-1st Lt. Jacobs took command, withdrew the unit to safety, and returned again and again under intense fire to rescue the wounded and perform life-saving first aid. He saved the lives of a U.S. adviser and 13 allied soldiers. He was presented with the Medal of Honor in 1969.
Jacobs was a founder and Chief Operating Officer of AutoFinance Group Inc, one of the firms to pioneer the securitization of debt instruments and is a principal of The Fitzroy Group, a firm that specializes in the development of residential real estate in London and invests both for its own account and in joint ventures with other institutions. Free and open to the public.
Friday 1 October
Medal of Honor Symposium with cadets
Military Dress Parade
Several Medal of Honor recipients will take part in small panel discussions with Citadel cadets on Friday afternoon in Buyer, Grimsley, Jenkins and Duckett hall auditoriums and Bond Hall Romm 165, then attend the 3:45 p.m. military dress parade.
The panel discussions are not open to the public. The military dress parade is free and open to the public.
These events are in conjunction with the Medal of Honor Society Convention.