One of our legends, the great Ben Skardon, passed away peacefully yesterday. He went into hospice care Saturday and was surrounded by his family. We use the word "hero" too much and it loses its meaning... But he was a bona-fide hero in every sense of the word. A giant.
He will be sorely missed, but what a life that man had!
Just surviving the Bataan Death March, or making it to 100
Nov 16, 2021, 8:59 AM
years old would be an accomplishment. The SAME man doing both tells you all you needed to know about the toughness of Colonel (Now Honorary Brigadier General) Beverly (Ben) Skardon.
I am sure Joe21 was there to greet him at the Pearly Gates, and there will be some great stories swapped from now to eternity.
I would encourage anyone, Clemson fan or not, to read Colonel Skardon's "The Clemson Ring" story. It is both a great testament to the horrors of war, and the friendships that get forged in iron as a result.
"When I was young, I was sure of many things; now there are only two things of which I am sure: one is, that I am a miserable sinner; and the other, that Christ is an all-sufficient Saviour. He is well-taught who learns these two lessons." -John Newton
I took a "Clemson" history class with Dr. Jerry Reel. A portion of that class focused on the Clemson ring. It was during that class that I first met and learned about Ben Skardon.
The actual ring ceremony was re-introduced sometime around 2000 which was long after I graduated, but I had the pleasure of sitting through it twice when both of my daughters received their Clemson class rings.
I always though it was very fitting that a portion of the ring ceremony included Colonel Skardon and his incredible story.
Was he actually at the game on Saturday? They showed him on the video board while they announced his promotion, one of the best moments on a great military appreciation day, but I couldn’t find him on the field. My dad, who is a vet, likes to look for the heroes out on the field while they are being honored; but we couldn’t see him.