Marine 1st Lt. Dan Thomas Malcom
of Brinson, Ga., was buried with full military honors in Arlington on Nov.
23. The 25-year-old
member of the Class of 2001 was the eighth Citadel alumnus to become a casualty
of the war on terror. Lt. Malcom was killed on Nov.
10 in the battle for Fallujah.
Thomas Malcom in his senior photo in the 2001 edition of The Sphinx.
He was assigned
to 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary
Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
a member of Lima Company, was a business administration major, a dean's list
student and served as Lima Company's executive officer.
|Report on the BBC
to a report on the BBC, Lt. Malcom was going to rescue some fellow Marines
who were trapped on a rooftop. Embedded reporter Paul Wood wrote, "Lt.
Malcom's squad went up on to the highest roof top they could find -- but
not higher than the two minarets on either side with snipers.
was a wall about 40cm tall for cover. Everyone tried to get close to it
while bullets skipped across the paving stones.
he heard his men were in trouble -- the men he'd been giving chess tips
just the day before -- Lt. Malcom came to get them."
sniper bullet hit his helmet. He was killed by a second bullet that struck
him in the back.
'Satan' in Falluja hell" by Paul Wood, BBC NEWS
Kevin Bates, an '01 classmate,
said Malcom threw himself into his military duties while at The Citadel.
than that, he was focused mainly on his studies and friends. He was always the
calm-headed one of us," Bates said. "He kinda pulled everyone together.
He was always true to his beliefs and he appreciated the little things in life
more than most of us do."
Robert Dillon '04 knew Malcom
as his cadre squad sergent and found it remarkable that a senior would volunteer
for a difficult job normally done by a 2nd classman. "The reason is he
cared, not only about his classmates, but also about everyone under him. He
led from the front, spirit runs, academics, daily life, and even in the Corps,"
"He was the epitome
of military discipline, courtesy, and respect. He was a fine man by any measure,
and deserving of our greatest love and appreciation."
Lt. Malcom is survived by
his mother and a sister. A separate funeral was held in Colquitt, Ga. prior
to the Arlington service.
Those wishing to send expressions
of sympathy to the family may write to his sister,
Mrs. Dana Kllebrew, 5517 Williams Dr., Donalsonville, Ga 39845.