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Citadel News Service

For Release
March 5, 2002

The Citadel to honor World War II veterans

The Citadel will honor veterans of World War II during parade Friday, March 8, 2002.

Special seating will be designated for WWII veterans who want to attend the parade. Scheduled to review the Corps of Cadets this week is retired Vice Admiral Dave Emerson. Parade begins at 3:45 p.m. on Summerall Field.

Another WWII veteran and member of the original Dolittle Rangers, retired Air Force Lt. Col. Horace E. Crouch, was also scheduled to review parade but will be unable to do so.

VAdm Emerson enlisted in the Navy at the age of 17 in September, 1944. After going through basic training, he was deployed as a 3rd class petty officer on the USS LST 658 in the Western Pacific. His ship was responsible for carrying Japanese prisoners back to Japan following the war. The ship also helped the Chinese fight communism.

Emerson was discharged in July of 1946 and, three weeks later, entered the U.S. Naval Academy where he graduated in 1950.

Citadel parades are free and open to the public. Seating and parking is limited. Spectators are encouraged to arrive early.

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