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Citadel News Service
2 Oct 2009

Citadel co-sponsors Medal of Honor Society National Convention

Citadel President Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa, local and state dignitaries and three recipients of the Medal of Honor gathered at Johnson Hagood Stadium today to celebrate the news that the Medal of Honor Society National Convention is coming to Charleston in 2010.

The convention, which will be held Sept. 29 through Oct. 3, 2010, at sites throughout the Lowcountry, is co-sponsored by The Citadel and the South Carolina State Guard.  Among those at the kickoff were Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer and Maj. Gen. Stanhope Spears, adjutant general. 

“We are honored to co-sponsor the national convention for those whose valor in battle earned them our nation’s highest award,” said Rosa.

Charleston is a natural fit for the Congressional Medal of Honor Society Convention, said retired Marine Corps Col. Myron Harrington, a member of the executive committee planning the convention.

 “The Citadel has prepared some of our nation’s finest officers, and the Congressional Medal of Honor Museum is housed at Patriot’s Point on the U.S.S. Yorktown,” Harrington said. “We hope everyone in the Lowcountry gets behind this event. We cannot do enough for these distinguished veterans.”

Three Medal of Honor recipients from South Carolina—retired Marine Corps Maj. Gen. James E. Livingston of Mount Pleasant, retired Army Master Sgt. John F. Baker Jr. of Columbia, and retired Army Col. Charles P. Murray Jr. of Columbia—expressed their excitement that the convention is coming to the city.

The Congressional Medal of Honor is the nation's highest military award. It is presented for valor in combat to a member of the armed services who distinguishes himself/herself by gallantry above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against the enemy. More than 3,400 Medals of Honor have been awarded, with approximately 60 percent having been awarded posthumously.

The “Beyond Valor” committee is seeking sponsors for its events in the fall of 2010. A call for volunteers will be issued in the near future.

For more information please visit www.medalofhonorconvention.com.

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