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Dad’s Clemson Foot Locker

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Aug 14, 2022, 8:22 PM
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My Dad grew up during the depression and World War II as the fourth son of a poor farming family in rural South Carolina. Life on the farm was tough and physically demanding. Later on in high school, as a 6’ 3” 195 pound bone crushing lineman, he was fortunate enough to win a football scholarship from Frank Howard after he witnessed Dad crush several North Carolina lineman in the 1949 Shrine Bowl.

Getting a chance to go to college was a big deal. It had rarely been done by many at the time and certainly never in our family. Dad was the first.

Clemson A&M College was all military at the time. One requirement was that you were to bring one certain size black footlocker. Everything you brought with you had to fit in that locker. That was the easy part for Dad. He had very little to put in that locker. In fact he didn’t have the money to buy said locker. Luckily his aunt did and she bought him this footlocker for graduation. Dad dutifully kept this footlocker during his entire four years at Clemson. It was there in the morning at Reveille and also there at night after a long day of football practice and study hall. It followed him during his time as a US Army officer and everywhere else after that.

Dad passed away in 2019. However his footlocker has continued to keep sentry in our attic patiently awaiting it’s next travel orders.

Well, the black footlocker’s new travel orders have arrived. This coming week, 73 years to the date of its first arrival at Clemson A&M College, black footlocker will be reporting for duty once again. This time to Clemson University with my daughter, another aspiring student athlete.

Go Tigers !

Grandad would be thrilled !

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Aug 14, 2022, 8:29 PM
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Very, very, very cool!!!! Family, tradition, history. Good luck to your daughter.

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It is really good story

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Aug 14, 2022, 8:48 PM
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Thank you for sharing.

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Aug 14, 2022, 8:50 PM
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Thanks for posting!

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Aug 14, 2022, 9:00 PM
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What a wonderful story. I Wish the best for her both in sports and academics.I lived this story too.

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Aug 14, 2022, 9:05 PM
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Thank you for sharing this story.

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Aug 14, 2022, 9:06 PM
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That was a great read. Congratulations to you for your daughter. Anyway, that is crazy that that locker is making it all the way back. It almost sound like it is alive.

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Aug 14, 2022, 9:21 PM
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Congratulations! Good story but even more important is the fact your daughter is on the way to Clemson for a great education. Go tigers

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Aug 14, 2022, 10:17 PM
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Now that is what I call a great family tradition.
Good luck to your daughter

Go Tigers!

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Aug 14, 2022, 10:32 PM
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Hoping your daughter makes the same impact on Clemson and the school on her that your Dad experienced. There must be lots of stories corralled in the lining of that chest and surely there will be more. Wishing your daughter every success in her Clemson career and beyond.

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Aug 14, 2022, 10:46 PM
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Thanks for sharing such a awesome story!

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Great story! Thx for sharing.***

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Aug 15, 2022, 5:29 AM
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Aug 15, 2022, 6:09 AM
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Great read. It felt like I was in the locker with each move.

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Need to see the foot locker!

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Aug 15, 2022, 6:30 AM
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:)

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Black Footlocker reporting for duty, Sir !!

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Aug 15, 2022, 7:12 AM
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Excellent!

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Aug 15, 2022, 7:18 AM
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:)

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You can be very proud your daughter sees it as more than

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Aug 15, 2022, 7:48 AM
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a battered old trunk

Good job dad!

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Love this Story!

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Aug 15, 2022, 7:51 AM
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Thank you for sharing, and all the best to your daughter!

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That's awesome!***

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Aug 15, 2022, 8:18 AM
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Aug 15, 2022, 7:25 AM
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Best story I've heard in some time.

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Aug 15, 2022, 8:00 AM
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your dad sounds like a heck of a guy who has a heck of a son and granddaughter. All the best to your daughter in her Clemson experience

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Great story to start my week & smile to my face…

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Aug 15, 2022, 8:00 AM
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Thanks for sharing!

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Aug 15, 2022, 8:08 AM
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Thanks for sharing

Great story

I am sure he is proud and it will be inspiring for your daughter.

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What a great tradition to be able to pass on!

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Aug 15, 2022, 8:11 AM
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I hope your daughter realizes how special that is!

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THAT is an awesome story. Good Luck to your daughter on this

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Aug 15, 2022, 9:03 AM
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next step. I know she appreciates the significance of that foot locker and it will help her push through the challenging times she'll occasionally face while in school.

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Reminds me I still have my Grandfather's WWII Navy Sea Bag

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Aug 15, 2022, 9:14 AM
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That thing served me my whole military career and beyond, went to college with my son and now still lives on here at the house. Imagine something being made nowadays lasting 80+ years.

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Aug 15, 2022, 9:17 AM
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A H&ll of a Footlocker, they don't make-um like that anymore, Men either, thanks for a great story, Salute!!!


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Great story

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Aug 15, 2022, 10:47 AM
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Having moved 2 kids in and out of dorms/apartments at Clemson, I can guarantee you that her stuff is not going to fit into that foot locker! Be prepared!

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Aug 15, 2022, 10:51 AM
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Great story Argo.

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Aug 15, 2022, 1:45 PM
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That is an awesome story and so proud that your daughter will carry on the tradition - go Tigers!

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Aug 15, 2022, 4:13 PM
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Dad's.... 'nuff said.

GO TIGERS!

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Aug 15, 2022, 5:53 PM
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Excellent story. Obviously an impressive person used it all those years ago.

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Aug 15, 2022, 5:56 PM
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Great story. Thanx for sharing.

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Cool story, thanks for posting!***


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Aug 15, 2022, 7:45 PM
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This is one of the best stories I have read on TNet.

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Aug 15, 2022, 8:51 PM
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My grandfather enrolled at Duke in the mid 1920s. He was allowed a duffle bag and a foot locker. The foot locker was bigger than the duffle, so he packed his clothes in the duffle and stuffed the foot locker full of sweet potatos with which he could barter.

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Thank you a bunch for sharing that.


Aug 15, 2022, 8:52 PM
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This is the kind of thing that offers a lot of hope for what's ahead. As there should be.

Go Tigers.

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congrats great story !!


Aug 15, 2022, 8:59 PM
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God Bless

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I very much enjoyed your story. My Dad was a WWII veteran as well


Aug 15, 2022, 9:33 PM
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I hope your daughter appreciates what an extraordinary gift she has been given and treasures it!

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Aug 15, 2022, 11:25 PM
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Thanks for sharing argonaut1992®

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