Fallen Citadel graduate honored in classroom dedication
CHARLESTON, S.C. – The legacy of U.S. Army Capt. Dan Eggers lives on at his alma mater after family, friends and alumni gathered to dedicate a classroom in his honor.
Eggers, a member of the Class of 1997, was killed in action in Afghanistan on May 29, 2004, when his vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device while returning to his Kabul base. He was a Green Beret detachment commander assigned to the 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Senior Army officials made sure that he would be remembered by naming the Kabul compound Camp Eggers in honor of his duty and sacrifice. Camp Eggers served as a pivotal base throughout its time in use from 2004-14 in the global war on terrorism and Operation Enduring Freedom with hundreds of Citadel graduates passing through the base.
“This is the tie between Camp Eggers and The Citadel. The plaque had to be brought home,” said Lt. Col. Rebecca Eggers, his widow.
Now that the compound has closed, the plaque commemorating Eggers has been given to The Citadel. The ceremony held on Sept. 5 unveiled a new plaque, presented to the Eggers family, dedicating the senior Army ROTC classroom in the name of Eggers’ sacrifices. All senior Army ROTC cadets will pass through this room before commissioning in the footsteps of the late Eggers.
Attending the ceremony were Citadel President Lt. Gen. John W. and Mrs. Rosa, Senior Military Science Professor Col. Mark D. Raschke, Lt. Col. Rebecca Eggers, as well as members of the Eggers family and the Class of 1997.
This article was written by Cadet Brianna Young, 2015-16 Regimental Public Affairs Officer.