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Citadel News Service

For Release
April 8, 2005

In memory of Dan Malcom, '01 

           On Thursday, April 7, 2005, family and friends gathered in Jenkins Hall Auditorium to remember Marine 1st Lt. Dan Malcom, Citadel Class of 2001. Malcom was killed in November 2004 while serving in Iraq.          

Dana Killibrew, right, presents Cadet 1st Lt. James Covey Jr. with a Marine Officer's Mameluck Sword in honor of her brother 1st Lt. Dan Malcom, who was killed in Iraq in November 2004.

           Dana Killebrew, Malcom's sister, presented Cadet 1st Lt. James Covey Jr. with a Marine Officer's Mameluck Sword in honor of her brother. Efforts are under way to endow a scholarship in Malcolm's memory.

           Author and 1967 graduate Pat Conroy has agreed to fund the cost of the sword which will be presented annually to a graduating senior cadet who will be commissioned in the U.S. Marine Corps. This year's recipient, Covey is scheduled to graduate in May with a degree business administration (accounting). A resident of Salem, N.J., Covey is a member of Tango
Company and the son of Mrs. Thalia Covey.

           Conroy agreed to sponsor the sword because of his family's Marine Corps roots, he told guests and cadets on Thursday. His father, was the basis of the fictional Marine pilot in Conroy's book The Great Santini and Conroy once aspired to be a Marine fighter pilot.

           Malcom's dream was to "be a Marine like his dad," said John Zwemer, his fifth-grade teacher who attended the presentation ceremony along with Malcom's family and friends.