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Citadel News Service

For Release
January 16, 2002

The Citadel to honor Cadet Medal of Valor recipients

The Citadel will honor three cadets for their courage and bravery during Friday's parade -- the first of the spring 2002 semester.

Jason C. Coad of Fort Wayne, Ind., Paul J. Swaim of Nicholasville, Ky., and David Walling of Ehrhardt, S.C., will each receive the Cadet Medal of Valor and will be recognized before the 1,900-member South Carolina Corps of Cadets, beginning at 3:45 p.m. Friday on Summerall Field.

Coad, a junior history major, distinguished himself by saving the life of a 3-year-old child. While on a boat trip in California, Coad saw the child jump from the moving vessel. When the child did not immediately surface, Coad dove in and pulled the child to safety and the waiting arms of his grandparents.

"The decisive, composed and courageous actions of Cadet Private Coad during this emergency reflect great credit upon himself, his family and the South Carolina Corps of Cadets," said Commandant of Cadets Brig. Gen. Emory Mace.

Swaim, who is a junior majoring in Spanish, distinguished himself by an act of heroism on Oct. 5, 2001. While enroute to a religious retreat, Swaim saw a group of people cornered by a striking rattlesnake. He had the driver of the car he was riding in stop, he grabbed some tools and approached the snake. After distracting the reptile, Swaim hit and killed the snake.

"The selfless actions of Cadet First Sergeant Swaim, at the risk of his own life, reflects great credit upon himself, The Citadel and the South Carolina Corps of Cadets," Mace said.

Walling, a cadet sergeant majoring in physical education, distinguished himself by saving the life of a fellow cadet on Oct. 30, 2001. Walling performed the Heimlich Maneuver on a fourth-class (freshman) cadet who was brought to his room by a classmate unable to help.

"The decisive and composed actions of Sergeant Walling during this emergency reflect great credit upon himself, The Citadel and the South Carolina Corps of Cadets," Mace said.

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