Archive for January, 2012

Rare Scarlet Pimpernel posting

January 30, 2012
The Scarlet Pimpernel, the known yet unknown writer, posted the following on his facebook page.  I proudly reprint it for those of you who may not have access.  Rest in Peace Harvey…..your delberts will carry on.
Scarlet Pimpernel
Fare thee well, ROTUND WARRIOR.
Alas, you came before this PIMP’s time, yet I knew of you thanks to the stories of my uncles. Regardless if your tenure as Assistant Commandant overlapped ours as DECATS, you were a role model and mentor to many of us. Your belief that it is better for a DECAT to learn from their mistake, rather than only receive WHIMPY WHITE PARCHMENTS, is one that I hope will continue into future CASTES.
I have read a great number of memories left by those who knew you. I can say with out a shadow of a doubt that even though our LESS TRAVELED PATHS never crossed, you were a good man, a true leader, an inspiration to others, a symbol of INTEGRITY, FIRM yet FAIR, and revered by all of your LAMBS.
You will be missed, good sir, and I know that the CHECKERED LADY weeps in her IVORY TOWER, and joins those who mourn the loss of your ALL SEEING EYE. The WARRIOR has been called upon for higher service, and passed onto the CELESTIAL LODGE to receive his wages of a life well spent. So mote it be, brother.

LTC Harvey Dick – A Citadel Era Ends

January 28, 2012

J. Henry Stuhr Inc., Downtown Chapel is in charge of arrangements,

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012, in Summerall Chapel on The Citadel campus. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 1, also in Summerall Chapel. Burial will follow the funeral service at Carolina Memorial Cemetery in North Charleston. A reception at The Citadel’s Holliday Alumni Center, 69 Hagood Ave., will follow the burial.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial be made to the Lt. Col. Harvey M. Dick Scholarship, the Margie M. Dick Scholarship, and/or The Citadel Brigadier Foundation, 171 Moultrie Street, Charleston, 29409, or online at

Memorial messages may be left at and www.jhenrystuhr.c


Celebrating the life of Col. Harvey M. Dick

Harvey Dick, former assistant commandant of cadets in charge of discipline and long-time member of The Citadel Board of Visitors, died on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, after a short, but tough battle with cancer. He was 84.

Strong-willed with an opinion to match, Dick was a caring father figure, mentor, disciplinarian and friend to two generations of cadets – and some of their children who became cadets – who are now mourning his passing along with everyone in The Citadel family.

Dick saw his alma mater undergo a lot of change in the nearly 60 years since he graduated as a veteran student. He served under seven Citadel presidents and eight commandants and was witness to the campus and Charleston recovery efforts following Hurricane Hugo in 1989. During his tenure as a board member, Dick oversaw the rebuilding of four cadet battalions and had a front row seat to The Citadel’s shift from single gender to co-education in the 1990s.

Dick’s love of The Citadel ran deep, and his love for and impact on the lives of the students he mentored and disciplined are profound.

“Lt. Col. Dick was that father figure that some of us never had. His personality, combined with his endless love for The Citadel, almost made him a living caricature,” said Paul Tamburrino, Class of 1989 and father to a current cadet. “But there is no such thing as embellishing a Lt. Col. Dick story, as he was larger than life.”

At football games, Tamburrino and other cadets would chant Dick’s name to get his attention.

“The Corps was still on the home side, and we all knew where Lt. Col. Dick had his seats with his wife, Miss Margie. We loved him so much that we would cheer him until he would finally turn and wave us off, with his disapproving but loving look,” he said. “You just knew that he loved it.”

Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Aug. 9, 1927, Dick left high school in 1945 to join the Marine Corps and fight in World War II. As a Marine, Dick earned the rank of sergeant before he was discharged in April 1948.

Upon returning to his hometown of Charleston, Dick enrolled in Charleston High School to earn his diploma. During this time, he was torn between attending The Citadel and reenlisting in the Marines. Financial assistance from the first Brigadier Club Scholarship awarded allowed him to enroll at The Citadel and play center on the Bulldog football team. Following his graduation in 1953, Dick was commissioned in the Army as an artillery officer. He served in the Army until his retirement as a lieutenant colonel in 1977.

Throughout his service with the Army, Dick attended several service schools and held a number of key military assignments including two tours each in Germany and Vietnam. In Germany, he commanded an artillery battalion. In honor of his military service, he was awarded numerous medals and commendations including the Army Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star, Army Commendation with Four Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, U.S. Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Gold Star, Washington Light Infantry Meritorious Service Medal, Vietnam Staff Service Medal First Class, and Vietnam Honor Medal First Class.

Immediately after his retirement from the Army, Dick was appointed as the assistant commandant of cadets. Among his many responsibilities in that position, he managed cadet operations and discipline, supervised the cadet guard, inspected the barracks and planned cadet cadre and freshman training. In 1990, Dick was promoted to colonel in The Citadel’s Unorganized Militia of South Carolina.

Dick’s commitment to students is well known. As assistant commandant he took a genuine interest in the lives and leadership development of cadets. In 1986, he received the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award “in recognition of and appreciation for the unselfish gifts of his time and talents used to enrich the lives of cadets.”

Tamburrino said: “I think the impact that Lt. Col. Dick had on me, and many of my fellow cadets, was his firm but fair nature. He taught us that we are accountable for our actions, even when it was inconvenient.

“When you saw him walking into the barracks, you just stood a little straighter, walked a little faster,” Tamburrino said, “and you quickly made sure that your personal appearance was in order.”

Many alumni make Dick’s Grove Street home their first stop when they come to Charleston. In recent years Dick and his wife Margie were a sponsor family for freshman cadets whose families lived out of state. Day and night they opened their home to knobs, giving them a place of respite from the rigorous first year and guiding and mentoring them as surrogate parents.

When it came to the cadets, Dick always seemed to know who did what when. And he knew it without the benefit of modern technological conveniences such as laptops, cell phones and email. Call it an odd sixth sense.

Ricky Sanders, Class of 1994, recalls Thanksgiving 1991. It is a custom for the Corps to be served a traditional Thanksgiving meal, and this celebration was marked by the typical cadet revelry. The holiday furlough was near, and everyone was in good spirits.

“During dinner some pranksters excused themselves and covered his infamous late 1970’s model wood-paneled Ford station wagon in shaving cream and toilet paper. As he exited the mess hall everyone crowded around to see his reaction,” Sanders said. “With a grin on his face, he had a good laugh. He also stopped to talk to us about how much we meant to him, to be safe going on because—believe it or not—any of us would be missed if we didn’t make it back.

”He could have very easily created a tornado of white slips,” Sanders said. “It spoke volumes that he didn’t.”

Shortly after retiring as assistant commandant in 1993, Dick was elected to the Board of Visitors, the college’s governing board, as an alumni representative. He served two six-year terms, from 1993 to 1999 and from 2001 to 2007.

Dick was also very active in the Charleston community as a member of several civic associations and nonprofit groups. Among these are the Omar Shrine Temple, Hibernian Society, Association of Citadel Men, Solomon’s Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, National Sojourners, Washington Light Infantry Board of Directors, Ark Lounge, Middleton Place Foundation, Charleston Footlight Players, Boy Scouts, American Legion Post 112, Charleston Retired Officers Association, as well as his role as a junior warden at the Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul.

Dick is survived by his wife of 59 years, Margie, of Charleston, S.C.; one daughter, Deborah Dick Byers, of North Charleston, S.C.; two sons: Harvey Merrill Dick, II, Citadel Class of 1978, of North Charleston, S.C., and Lt. Col. Harold Michael Dick, United States Army retired, Citadel Class of 1981, of Ft. Leavenworth, Kan.; four grandsons: Jason and Bryan Byers, Andrew and Harvey M. Dick, III; one granddaughter, Michelle; and one great-grandson, Isaiah Hogg. He was predeceased by his brother, James Russell Dick.

Football Recruiting,Class of 2016, Public Verbal Commitments

January 25, 2012

This is the final week of college football recruiting.  Next Wednesday, February 1st is National Signing day and all the lambs will be in the fold by the end of that day, hopefully.  Coach Higgins and his staff have 22 verbal commitments along with two partial scholarships for a placekicker and a long snapper.   There may be more, depending on who falls to the FCS and the Bulldogs because they got promised but not signed by one of the minor BCS schools.   Below are the recruits that have publicly stated, in print, on TV or sports talk radio, that they have committed to The Military College of South Carolina to play football in the fall of 2012.    You will see some of these young men on the Sansom field at Johnson Hagood stadium during the 2012 season.

 Dylan Busby: 5 -9, 200 R RB/FB – Theodore HS, Mobile Alabama  

Joseph Crotchet: 6-2, 195- OLB – ST. Pius X  HS, Atlanta, GA  

Harrison Davis: 6-2, 270 – OL – Walton HS Marietta, Georgia

Preston Durham: 6-0, 215- LB – Chapman HS Inman, S.C.

Sam Frye: 5-11, 265 – OL – Providence Day School, Charlotte, N.C.  

Eric Goens: 6-1, 190 – Place Kicker, Oakton HS, Oakton, Virginia

Mitchell Jeter: 6-0, 275 – DL- Rock Hill HS, Rock Hill, S.C.

Vinny Miller: 5-11, 190 – FB- North Augusta HS, North Augusta, S.C.

Hunter Morris: 6-1, 215 – Long Snapper/Center, A. L. Brown HS, Kannapolis, N.C.  

Te’Muerick Moseley: 5-11, 185 – Athlete, Dunwoody HS, Atlanta, GA.  

Brent O’Neal: 5-9, 190 – RB – Canterbury School, ST. Petersburg, FL

Mark Thomas: 6-2, 215 – DE, OLB – Glynn Academy, Brunswick, GA.   

Kyle Weaver: 6-1, 275 – OL – Hilton Head Christian School, Hilton Head, SC

Trey White: 6’0, 180 – QB/ATHLETE – ST. Pius X HS, Atlanta GA

Obviously, this is not our entire class.  There are more that have verbally committed to The Citadel but have not publicly announced, often times at the request of the coaching staff.  The full list of signees will be posted next Thursday February 2nd, or Wednesday February 1 if I can get it from the SID before too late.



The Ring Man Fund

January 24, 2012

Several of our members have sent me this information and I apologize for not having posted it earlier.  I have Jim Watkins e-mail address and will forward it to those who wish to communicate with him.  W.T.

In case you have not heard,  LTC Harvey Dick (Class of ’63 and former Commandant of SCCC) has been diagnosed with brain cancer and has only a short time left with us. A group of Alumni have banded together and with the permission of his family started “The Ring Man’s Fund” to begin to honor him NOW and to establish a lasting legacy. The funds contributed to this program will go to help cadets in financial need to purchase their rings and to also help in family emergencies. As you may know, LTC Dick took many a cadet under his wing to help them out in times of need. This is a great way to keep paying that forward in his honor!

 We are asking for only one thing.  That you forward this message to other Area Citadel Groups that you may have contacts with and members within the Greenville Chapter.  The group hit its 1st goal of $5K within mere hours of announcing the fund but we are looking to make it lasting and to memorialize his name.

 The name link is

We feel there are hundreds of Alumni who do not participate in Face Book and that by asking for your support to ONLY communicate what is happening that we can have a greater effect on the cause.

 Please do not hesitate in contacting me directly if there are any questions.

Jim Watkins
Class of ‘89

Delaney named SoCon Wrestler of the Week

January 19, 2012

Citadel heavyweight Odie Delaney went 5-0 in the duel meets in Hampton Va over the weekend and has been named the Southern Conference Wrestler of the Week.  Odie defeated the #16 heavyweight wrestler in the nation from Kent State on his way to 5-0.   New rankings came out yesterday and Mr. Delaney is back in the top 25 at #17.  Not to shabby for a man who was ranked pre-season but had an emergency appendectomy before the season began.  He is obviously recovered and back at full strength.    


Turt Luvsandorj, the 174 pound Mongolian also went undefeated and rose from18th to 15th in the national rankings. Turt, a junior, was in the top ten by season’s end last year and it looks like he is poise for another run at the top ten this season.

For a full run down of the wrestling team’s weekend exploits click here…

We Are Back…with the tenative 2012 football schedule

January 18, 2012

Good day to all….things have been a bit slow since the basketball team is stinking up the court, mainly due to playing four knobs on a regular basis.  They have probably won their last game of the year but who knows?  All communication about Lt. Col Dick will be via e-mail since the blog is public.

Here is the tentative football schedule for 2012.


Sept. 1 — Charleston Southern …. 6:00PM
Sept. 8 — Georgia Southern …. 6:00PM
Sept. 15 — at App State
Sept. 22 — at N.C. State
Sept. 29 – Chattanooga …. 6:00PM
Oct. 6 — at Samford
Oct. 13 — Western Carolina …. (PARENTS DAY)  2:00PM  
Oct. 20 – OPEN DATE
Oct. 27 — at Wofford
Nov. 3 – Elon …. (HOMECOMING) … 2:00PM
Nov. 10 — at VMI
Nov. 17 — at Furman

 All three September home games will start at 1800 hours and for you purist out there the Furman game is the last game of the year…..unless the schedule is changed due to another SoCon team (or El Cid) adding another money game.

R Company loses an ’87 grad……

January 9, 2012

I am sad to report that David Finnegan Romeo ’87 died by drowning on December 9, 2011.  His obituary is below.

David M. Finnegan, ’87

David M. Finnegan, 46, of Idaho Falls, Idaho passed away suddenly on
December 9, 2011, while rescuing his dogs from a river. He leaves his wife,
Cheryl (Leslie) Finnegan of Idaho Falls; parents Tom and Carol Finnegan of
Worcester, brother Robert and his wife Laurie of Dudley; brother Michael and
his wife Renee of Rutland; sister Stephanie of West Brookfield; 8
nieces/nephews and one great-niece. David was born and raised in Worcester
and graduated from St. John’s High School. He received his undergraduate
degree from The Citadel of South Carolina while on a naval ROTC scholarship.
He received his graduate degree from WPI in the field of fire protection
engineering. David proudly served his country as a naval officer during the
first Gulf War. During his career as an engineer, David worked at numerous
facilities including The Naval Research Laboratory, Grinnell/Tyco, FM
Approvals and most recently at the Idaho National Laboratory supporting
nuclear research. David enjoyed exploring the outdoors, traveling, music and
playing with his dogs. A memorial service is planned for 10 a.m. on January
7th at St. Patrick’s Church in Whitinsville, MA. A second service will be
held in January in Idaho Falls. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to
the “Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office”” noting “”Donation for Search and
Rescue in memory of David Finnegan”. Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office, 605
N. Capital, Idaho Falls, ID 83402 Attn: Wendy.