Day Two: 508 PIR Association Reunion

The Citadel
The Citadel

Visit to The Citadel

On the second day of the 508 PIR Association Reunion, we all visited The Citadel, a private military university in Charleston, South Carolina.  A mantra of The Citadel is “Honor – Duty – Respect”, a message we all can take to heart.  We received a very nice and informative tour of the campus by a Citadel Cadet.  This happened to be the 50th Reunion for the Class of 1966.  Afterwards, we were all treated to a twilight Parade by the Cadets which takes place on every Friday.  All 2,200 Cadets march in formation on the parade field that makes up the center of campus.  The World War II Veterans in our group were able to mix with current members of the 82nd Airborne as well as the Cadets of The Citadel.

Citadel Campus WWII Vets with Citadel Cadets Ernie Lawson with LTC Browning WWII and 82nd Airborne Citadel Twilight Parade


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About Patrick Russell

Director and oral historian for the Making History Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Veteran stories for future generations. Resides in Miami, Florida, where he is a full-time mediator and has been a practicing lawyer since 1994. Proudly serves as a staff member for the University of Florida Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, in addition to being a member of the Oral History Association, American Historical Association; Friends and Family of the 508 P.I.R.; and the Battle of the Bulge Association. Graduated from Marquette University with a B.A. in Political Science, and a law degree from the University of Miami School of Law. Additional courses and workshops for oral history and museum studies have been taken at Baylor University and Harvard University, Harvard Extension School. Contact info: (305) 608-2977 or

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