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TNET: 100-year old Clemson legend to receive Congressional Gold Medal
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TNET: 100-year old Clemson legend to receive Congressional Gold Medal

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Mar 21, 2018, 10:40 AM

 
100-year old Clemson legend to receive Congressional Gold Medal

CLEMSON, South Carolina — Retired U.S. Army Col. Ben Skardon, a 100-year-old survivor of the Bataan Death March and revered alumnus and professor emeritus of Cl Read Update »


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Last of the 'greats'

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Mar 21, 2018, 10:50 AM

Well deserved.
Congrats Sir.

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Why do dogs always race to the door when the doorbell rings? It's almost never for them.


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Mar 21, 2018, 12:08 PM

One of the greats. An amazing gentleman. Congratulations to Ben Skardon on a well deserved honor !!!

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Are you guys friends from back in the day? *****

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Mar 21, 2018, 2:34 PM



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Mar 21, 2018, 12:56 PM

I miss my grandfather so..8th army air corpse..not many of these great american heros left..speak to them and listen to them every chance you get guys...God bless you sir..

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Mar 21, 2018, 12:56 PM

I miss my grandfather so..8th army air corpse..not many of these great american heros left..speak to them and listen to them every chance you get guys...God bless you sir..

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Incredible! What an honor. What a Tiger!***

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Mar 21, 2018, 10:59 AM



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well deserved!***

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Mar 21, 2018, 11:03 AM



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Mar 21, 2018, 11:15 AM

Hope he'll forgive me for being his worst English student .... ever.

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Mar 21, 2018, 11:28 AM

2nd worse, I had to be the worse....

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Mar 21, 2018, 11:32 AM

Had him in summer school for American Lit.

Came dressed in a tie(usually bow)and seersucker suit to class.

Great professor! Great American!!!!!!

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That's great news***

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Mar 21, 2018, 11:33 AM



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Mar 21, 2018, 12:03 PM

Amazing man and legendary Tiger. This honor is deserved.

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Mar 21, 2018, 1:14 PM

I had him for English as a freshman I think. I never knew till years later what he went through in WWII. A great American and Clemson hero

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Mar 21, 2018, 2:07 PM

He never mentioned anything of his military experiences when I had him. Still, I enjoyed his course...he even asked to keep one of my papers, which was fine by me!

It's only in the past several years I've learned of his true legacy. Simply incredible!

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Mar 21, 2018, 9:03 PM

It's rare to be around legends. Remember.

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In unrelated news: Texas A&M to award Jimbo Fisher undated


Mar 21, 2018, 1:21 PM

Congressional Gold Medal

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Col. Skardon is quite a remarkable individual who

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Mar 21, 2018, 1:27 PM

has led a remarkable life. Proud to have had the Colonel as an ambassador for Clemson.

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A Movie should be made about Col Skarden’s

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Mar 21, 2018, 2:12 PM

Life...

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Is there a book, or is anyone working on one, about

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Mar 21, 2018, 3:16 PM

Col Skardon and his experiences? I know there are several books about the Death March and POW camps, but I think it would be equally interesting to read/learn about his life back in the States and how he adapted, struggled, etc.

FYI, there is a book called "Some Survived: An Eyewitness Account of the Bataan Death March" that was written by another Clemson alum, Manny Lawton ('40). I have it - bought it at a local B&N and had no idea at the time it was by and about a Clemson grad. Excellent book about some incredibly strong and courageous men.

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Mar 21, 2018, 3:55 PM

Taught English Lit....incredible professor. One of the best I had at Clemson.

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Mar 21, 2018, 3:59 PM

Had the opportunity to hear him speak at my son’s ring ceremony in 2005 or so. He told the story of how his ring saved his life. Truly inspiring.

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Mar 21, 2018, 4:50 PM

Congrats to him! What an honor for him, and an honor for us in that he is an alumnus, and former faculty member. Jimmy Dyess, another Clemson alumnus earned the other 2 highest honors awarded as he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and he also was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. Very proud of our military heritage!

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Mar 21, 2018, 8:29 PM

Dugatiger mentioned the Congressional Medal of Honor (CMH), the highest medal awarded. Most, unfortunately, are awarded posthumously. When I was recalled to active duty during the Korean War, I was in Japan for a few days before going on to Korea. Several of us went down to the PX for a beer. I saw a Staff Sgt. wearing a CMH ribbon and saluted him. After we got to our table the guys asked me why I was saluting a Staff Sgt. I told them he was wearing a CMH ribbon. They didn't even know what the CMH was. Later on I went over to his table and asked if I could buy him a beer. He accepted my offer and we chatted for a while. He received his medal for action during WW2 but he did not want to talk about it. I knew of two guys who had received the CMH posthumously but this was the only living medal winner I have ever met. I felt like and knew I was in the presence of a true hero. That's the same feeling I get when I'm around Ben Skardon.

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Great Man

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Mar 21, 2018, 8:00 PM

great story

Thank you sir for fighting for freedom

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Ring video

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Mar 22, 2018, 12:23 AM

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=QGAV5vdRscY

Like several others on here I had Colonel Skardon as a professor at Clemson - in my case for Public Speaking and also for Technical Writing. While he had no PhD after his name, he was one of the best teachers I ever had.
I had no idea at the time about his service to our country. He is truly a great man and makes me so proud there are Tigers like him in the world. Certainly an inspiration to us all.

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Mar 22, 2018, 2:52 AM

Salute! Thank you Sir for your service and sacrifice for my freedom!

Also, thank you for being a humble teacher that so many of us learned so much from while you never mentioned the true superhero you where. I’m so grateful to have known you. Salute! ????????

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“The only disability is a bad Attitude” Dabo Swinney!!
Let’s Go Tigers!


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