November 2005

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Meet the Corps leadership
POW Ceremony brings back memories
General's Journal
Citadel Points of Pride
Community service project for flood relief
Athletic Hall of Fame to get
five new members

POW Ceremony brings back memories

The Citadel honored all prisoners of war and those missing in action by raising a POW/MIA flag on September 16, POW/MIA Recognition day. The flag now flies on the northwest end of Summerall Field to remind everyone of the sacrifice that prisoners of war and those missing in action have endured while fighting for our country.

There are 10 known living alumni who were prisoners of war during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. The six who were able to come to campus were special guests for the day. Their stories are lessons in courage and valor. They shared their experiences with cadets during a panel discussion and later with alumni at a larger gathering.

Col. Quincy Collins, USAF (Ret.), '53, who spent more than seven years in captivity during the Vietnam War, gave the keynote address during the evening program. He spoke of the principles of teamwork, commitment and loyalty that kept him and others going during those years of imprisonment and isolation.

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He closed with his recitation of "I Am Old Glory" (video to right) a piece that reflects the inspiration he gains from the American flag, one of the most significant symbols for him during those years in captivity. (Click here for the words to this recitation.)

The Citadel Chorale closed the program with a performance of The POW Hymn (audio below) that Collins composed while in prison.

The Citadel Class of 1964 sponsored the event. Former Air Force pilot Ted Curtis, '64, helped spearhead the project out of a wish to remind the Corps of Cadets of their heritage.

"Those alumni who were prisoners of war are shining examples of the leadership and sacrifices that duty may require," Curtis said. "Bringing these former POWs to campus gives cadets a powerful connection to their heritage and to the traditions that have made The Citadel great."

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The black POW/MIA flag was developed by the National League of POW/MIA Families. It serves as a reminder of those who were held in enemy captivity as well as the more than 1800 Americans who are still unaccounted for.

The Class of 1964 has funded the flagpole and plaque bearing the inscription:
    This flag flies every day and night
    as a tribute to those great Americans
    who are Prisoners of War or Missing in Action
    and to remind each member of the
    South Carolina Corps Of Cadets
    of the sacrifices made by Citadel alumni
    as well as all American servicemen and women
    in the cause of freedom.

Known living Citadel alumni who were prisoners of war include:

World War II
    James Jackson Monoghan '43
    Richard H. Kellahan '44
    William D. Warthen '44

Korean War
     Floyd B. O'Neil '48

Vietnam War
    Cdr. Alfred Agnew, USN (Ret.) '62
    Col. Quincy Collins, USAF (Ret.) '53
    Lt. Col. William J. Elander, USAF (Ret.) '57
    Capt. Alan J. Kroboth, USMC (Ret.) '69
    Capt. Henry E. Lesesne, USN (Ret.) '58
    Lt. Col. Glen Myers, USAF (Ret.) '64

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