CHARLESTON, S.C., Nov. 7.--Citadel English professor, Philip W. Leon, will receive the Legion of Merit award on November 10 in the Greater Issues Room of Mark Clark Hall. Leon will receive the award from the United States Army recognizing his exceptionally meritorious performance during his thirty years as a reserve officer. The Legion of Merit is one of the highest peacetime awards given to members of the military.
Leon, who has taught at The Citadel since 1975, was commissioned as a second lieutenant through the Reserve Officer Training Corps at Wake Forest University in 1966.
Early in his career he commanded companies on the Demilitarized Zone in South Korea at Fort Bragg.
At age thirty-six he completed both the airborne and air assault courses. In 1985 he was one of ten reservists nationwide selected to attend the resident Army War College.
A military intelligence officer, Leon's career highlights also include a special mission to major European cities in 1986 to investigate international terrorism and to recommend countermeasures.
On a long-term leave of absence from The Citadel from 1987 until 1990, he served as a senior advisor to the superintendent at West Point. In 1991 he assumed command of a military intelligence unit in Fort Bragg, where he was responsible for all military intelligence training among reserve components in the southeastern United States.
He holds a Ph.D. in English from Vanderbilt University, is the author of three books on literary subjects, and has published numerous articles in academic journals.