Military Personnel to be Recognized in First Football Game
Clemson, SC--The Clemson – vs. Texas A&M football game on Saturday, September 3 has been
designated as Military Appreciation Day at Clemson Memorial Stadium. The Clemson Corps, the
Clemson University Army and Air Force ROTC Departments, along with local, state and national
merchandisers want to create a "Sea Of Orange" at the first game this year as we recognize our military
Clemson fans are encouraged to purchased the attached $11.95 t-shirt at officially licensed
stores who sell Clemson merchandise, on-line or via phone orders. A
portion of the proceeds from the sale of the shirts will go towards the Clemson University Air Force and
Army ROTC programs.
Local Clemson merchant John Earle of Tiger Town Graphics thought of the idea to help bring
more awareness to the men and women serving in our Armed Forces. "I talked to Dr. I.M. Ibrahim
(Tiger Sports Shop and The Athletic Department), David Spearman (Mr. Knickerbockers), Leonard
Keller (Judge Keller's) Tina Chalfant (University Bookstore), Rob Heller (Student Book Store) and Kathy
Sapp (clemsontigers.com) and we have all agreed to sell the shirt and donate a portion of the proceeds
to the two military departments on campus" said Mr. Earle.
Retired Colonel Danny Rhodes, Chairman of the Clemson Corps said, "It is great to see the
Clemson community come together and not only support our men and women oversees but to also help
raise money for those Clemson students in our Air Force and Army ROTC programs.”
Description of the t-shirt design -
•Tillman Hall is the first academic building on the Clemson University campus.
•The clock is set for 8:00 o'clock which is the unofficial kickoff time for the game.
•The 8 stars across the top represent those soldiers who attended Clemson University (3) and A&M University (5) who have made the ultimate sacrifice in Afghanistan or Iraq.
Clemson Graduates who have died - Afghanistan
Capt. Daniel G. McCollum Class of 1996 - 1/9/02 - Richland, SC (Marines)
Clemson Graduates who have died - Iraq
Capt. Mark N. Stubenhofer Class of 1996 - 12/7/04 - Springfield, VA(Army)
Lance Cpl. Andrew J. Zabierek Class of 2000 - 5/21/04 - Chelmsford, MA (Marines)
Texas A&M graduates who have died - Iraq
Capt. Ernesto M. Blanco Class of 1998 - 12/28/03 – Katy, TX (Army)
1st Lt. Doyle M.Hufstedler Class of 2001 - 3/31/04 - Abilene, TX (Army)
2nd Lt. Jonathan D. Rozier Class of 2001 - 7/19/03 - Katy, TX (Army)
Capt. Sean P. Sims - Class of 1994 - 11/13/04 - El Paso, TX (Army)
Capt. Lyle L. Gordon - Class of 1997 - 1/26/05 - Midlothian, TX (Marines)