October 18, 1999
The Citadel honored one of its most accomplished alumni recently when Maj. Gen. John S. Grinalds presented Senator Fritz Hollings with the President's Leadership Award on October 16. The cadet saber is awarded to citizens who distinguish themselves in service to others.
Senator Hollings, a 1942 graduate of The Citadel, has spent his lifetime in public service, serving as governor of South Carolina from 1959-1963, and a member of the U.S. Senate since 1966.
Following graduation from The Citadel, Senator Hollings served as a U.S. Army officer during World War II and received the Bronze Medal and seven other campaign ribbons during his time on the European and North African fronts. He continued his education after the war, earning a law degree from the University of South Carolina. At age 26, he was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives, beginning his distinguished career in public service. Ten years later, he became the youngest man in this century to be elected governor of South Carolina.
Senator Hollings is the fifth most senior member of The Senate and the fourth most senior Democrat. He has been a long-standing advocate of fiscal responsibility in government and a staunch promoter of economic development in South Carolina.
During the presentation, Grinalds also gave the senator four yearbooks from his time at The Citadel to replace the ones he lost in a recent house fire. "We honor you for your selfless devotion to others, and we are grateful for what you have done for this state and this nation," Grinalds said. A plaque mounted underneath the saber cites Hollings as a patriot, statesman and servant to others.