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Citadel News Service

For Release
May 7, 2003

Graduate killed in Iraq to be remembered at parade

          Classmates along with the parents of Marine Capt. Benjamin Sammis, who was killed in action in Iraq, will pay tribute to the 1996 Citadel graduate on Thursday, May 8, 2003.

          Steve and Beth Sammis will present the "Captain Benjamin W. Sammis Class of '96 Semper Fidelis Sword" to Cadet Robert C. Fiorille during parade, which begins at 3:45 p.m. on Summerall Field. Parade is free and open to the public.

          Cadet Fiorille, a senior, is a Marine option midshipman who will be commissioned as a second lieutenant on Friday, May 9, 2003. He is being honored for academic achievement, selfless dedication to the campus Naval ROTC unit and for his leadership as Marine Raider Platoon commander and as Tango Company commander. Fiorille's accomplishments during his four years at The Citadel are a testament to the high standards Sammis maintained while a Citadel student and as a Marine.

          Members of Kilo Company classes of 1995 and 1996 sponsored the sword.

          Sammis was a member of Kilo Company. He is a 1996 graduate of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets with a degree in civil engineering. A Cobra helicopter pilot assigned to the HMLA-267 Unit in Camp Pendleton, Calif., Sammis died April 5 in the war in Iraq. He is the second Citadel graduate killed in action.

          Marine Lt. Therrel Shane Childers, who graduated in 2001 from the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program (MECEP) with a French degree, died March 21. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, at Camp Pendleton, Calif.

          Memorial funds have been established in both men's names. To date, $5,231 has been given for the Childers' fund and $5,446 has been donated to the Sammis fund.

          Gifts can be made to either the Sammis Memorial Fund or the Childers Memorial Fund online at or mailed to The Citadel Foundation, 171 Moultrie Street, Charleston, SC 29409. For more information, call 843-953-5297.




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