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Citadel News Service
7 Sep 2005

The Citadel remembers POW/MIA alumni

The Citadel will honor all prisoners of war and those missing in action by posting a POW/MIA flag on Summerall Field during the parade on Friday, Sept. 16. The flag will fly 24 hours a day on a staff in front of Grimsley Hall.

The Citadel will use the occasion to recognize its known POW alumni from World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. The college also invites all former prisoners of war and families of those missing in action to attend the parade and be recognized. Parade begins at 3:45 p.m.

The ceremony, which takes place on POW/MIA Recognition Day, stems from efforts of the Class of 1964 to draw attention to the service and sacrifices of those held captive while in service.

Former Air Force pilot Ted Curtis ’64 helped spearhead the project. Curtis believes recognizing alumni POWs will remind the Corps of Cadets of its heritage.

POW flag

“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.”

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 and 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'Neal '48

Vietnam War

CDR Alfred Agnew, USN (Ret.) ’62
Col Quincy Collins, USAF (Ret.) ’53
Lt Col William J. Elander, USAF (Ret.) ’57
Lt. Alan J. Kroboth USMC (Ret.) ’69
CAPT Henry E. Lesesne, USN (Ret.) ’58
Lt Col Glen Myers, USAF (Ret.) ’64

In addition to taking review at parade, the alumni POWs will have lunch with the Corps and some will participate in a panel discussion on their experiences. They will also be honored by the Class of 1964.
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