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Retired Citadel mascot, General, brought joy to thousands

March 4, 2015
General surrounded by some of his admirers.

General surrounded by some of his admirers.

Dedication of The Citadel Bulldog Memorial planned for March 14


CHARLESTON, SC – The Citadel lost an important member of the family this week.  Retired bulldog mascot, General Thomas Curtis Metsker* passed away in the arms of his caretaker on Feb. 26, late in the evening. He was born June 18, 2003, and was 11 years old.

General served the college faithfully as it’s mascot from 2003 – 2013, with his co-mascot Boo IX by his side. The pair formally retired in the fall of 2013 at a ceremony held during one of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets military dress parades.  At that time, two new bulldogs who had been raised and trained with General almost since their birth, took over the official duties.

“General was a great ambassador for The Citadel whether it was with the cadets, with fans at the hundreds of events he attended in a decade, but also for the organizations for which he helped raise funds,” said Mike Groshon, assistant athletics director for facilities and caretaker of the bulldogs. “And, he was my best friend.”

General lived in a house on campus with Groshon, Boo IX, and the newest mascots General Robert P. Carson (G2) and Boo X.  “Everyone on campus looks forward to seeing them. It’s almost impossible to just walk by and not pet them,” said Logan Hester, Regimental Public Affairs Officer. “Cadets loved watching General being driven around in his personal golf cart and seeing him at games. They are an important part of the culture here.”

The Citadel began using bulldogs that belonged to alumni as the mascots starting as far back as 1928. It wasn’t until the Class of 2003 created the mascot program and raised $1,000 toward the program’s startup that the college actually owned and cared for its mascots full time. A mascot hadn’t actually lived on campus since the 1950’s. Private funds and donations provide sole support for the mascot program and Cadets volunteer to work on the mascot detail.

“Our class recognized the value of the mascots to the morale of the corps as well as the joy they brought to alumni, fans and the Charleston community. The bulldogs are a symbol of strength for The Citadel but they are also gentle, approachable animals,” said Al Buddin, Citadel Class of 2003 and assistant business manager for the colleges Athletics Department. “General is definitely going to be missed.”

Since General joined the college, he, Boo IX and the new mascots have helped raise more than $23,000 for the college and for charities such as the ASPCA and a bulldog rescue organization. The mascots participate in athletic events, parades, and community service events to help raise money for animal rescue organizations.

General was donated by the late Hazel Groshon of James Island, South Carolina. He was the nephew of UGA V, the former mascot for the University of Georgia. General is also related to the line of bulldog representatives for the United State Marine Corps and Mississippi State University.

General will be remembered with a tribute video at this weekend’s baseball and basketball games and a wreath for General was placed by the big bulldog statue at Johnson Hagood Stadium. General’s ashes will be interred along with those of four mascots from the Boo lineage during the dedication of The Citadel Bulldog Memorial. The unveiling of the new memorial had already been planned for 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 14 at the stadium. The parade of bulldogs during the spring football game that will compete in the Beautiful Bulldog Contest will also be dedicated to General.

*Captain Thomas Curtis Metsker graduated from The Citadel in 1961. During the Vietnam War, he was in the battalion that led the first search and destroy mission ever to be conducted using airmobile (helicopter) warfare tactics. Metsker, who was wounded in the shoulder, was shot and killed when he gave up his seat on a helicopter to another soldier who was more seriously wounded.

The Citadel Mascots

Mascot Mike, 1928-1930

Mascot Mike II, 1930-1934

Mascot Duke, 1937-1939

Mascot Sonny Sue, 1939-1946

Mascots Suzie and Jake, 1947-1948

Mascot Joker, 1949-1951

Mascot Plebe, 1952-1956

Mascot Plebe II, 1957

Mascot Plebe III, 1958-1961

Mascot Plebe IV, 1962-1963

Mascot Boo, 1964-1971

Mascot Boo II, 1972-1973

Mascot Boo III, 1974-1975

Mascot Boo IV, 1975

Mascot Colonel Ruff, 1977-1985

Mascots Colonel Ruff and Boo V, 1985-1989

Mascots Colonel Ruff and Patrick, 1990

Mascot Boo VI, 1991-1995

Mascot Boo VII, 1996-2001

Mascot Boo VIII, 2001-2003

Mascots General and Boo IX, 2003 – 2013

Mascots General Robert P. Carson (G2) and Boo X, 2013 – present


Rest in Peace – William Beau Busch ’96 R Co.

February 6, 2015


William Beau Busch COLUMBIA, SC –

William Beau Busch, beloved son, brother and friend, 41, of Columbia, SC, passed away on Sunday, February 1, 2015. Beau was born in Columbia, SC, the son of Jennifer Rash and Stan Busch. Beau was a 1996 graduate of The Citadel and a 2002 graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law. He practiced law for over a decade at Chappell, Smith and Arden, P.A. Beau was a world traveler, having lived in Saudi Arabia and surfed from his beloved Folly Beach to the Baja Peninsula, Costa Rica, and throughout the Caribbean. Beau loved life and lived it to the fullest. Everyone Beau met, from his school days to his clients and traveling buddies, considered him a great friend and stayed in touch. Beau packed more into his 41 years than most people do in a life time. He is survived by his mother, Jennifer Rash and stepfather, Ron Rash of Yonges Island, father, Stan Busch of Elloree, sister, Joy Sanders, her husband, Darren Sanders and their children, Hank and Julia of Mount Pleasant, step-sister, Heather Rash of Lexington, and step-brother, David Rash of Columbia. He is also survived by his maternal grandmother, Etta June Williams of Ravenel. He is predeceased by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W.B. Busch of Rowesville and Raymond Williams of Ravenel. He is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles and cousins. Beau had many wonderful and loyal friends whom he cherished. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 3 o’clock PM at Christ St. Paul’s Church, located at 4981 Chapel Road, Yonges Island with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Water Mission International, which was one of Beau’s favorite causes. A memorial message may be written to the family by visiting our website at ARRANGEMENTS BY JAMES A. DYAL FUNERAL HOME, 303 S. MAIN STREET, SUMMERVILLE, SC 29483 (843) 873-4040. Visit our guestbook at charleston

Missing ’96 Romeo Alum found, Rest in Peace

February 4, 2015

Missing Columbia Attorney Found Dead
8:09 p.m. EST February 3, 2015

Columbia, SC (WLTX) – Columbia police say a missing Columbia attorney has been found dead.

Officers confirmed that the body of attorney William Beau Busch, 41, was found late Tuesday afternoon. Foul play is not suspected at this time.

The Richland County Coroner’s office will determine his exact cause of death.

Busch was last seen by friends at approximately 12:30 a.m. on Sunday when he was dropped off at his home in the Rosewood Neighborhood.

According to friends, he did not respond to repeated text messages and calls. His family became increasingly concerned for his well-being when they learned he didn’t show up for an appointment in Greenville Monday morning.

William Maxton “Max” Craig

January 20, 2015
Max Craig, Romeo '11 Rest in Peace

Max Craig, Romeo ’11
Rest in Peace

August 22, 1989 – January 18, 2015
Resided in Gastonia, NC

William Maxton “Max” Craig passed away on Sunday, January 18, 2015 at the age of 25. Born in Gaston County, he was the son of Hubert Maxton Craig, III and Emily Craig.

Max was a Manufacturing Manager with American & Efird. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Gastonia. A proud graduate of The Citadel where he obtained a degree in Business Administration and Management, Max was a member of Romeo Company. Max loved to hunt and fish and was a Carolina Panthers fan.

Max was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Hubert Maxton Craig, Jr.

Max is survived by his parents, Hu and Emily Craig; sister Meredith Lanier Craig and her fiancée, Austin Tindal Rhodes, both of Jacksonville, FL; grandparents, Mrs. Hubert Maxton Craig, Jr. of Stanley and Mr. and Mrs. William Graham Craig of Lake Junaluska.

Family and friends of Max are invited to attend his visitation beginning at 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM Thursday in the Fellowship Hall of the First Presbyterian Church of Gastonia. The funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM Friday from the sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church of Gastonia with the Rev. Dr. John L. Frye, Jr., Rev. Lauren Sease Vanacore and Pastor John H. Stanley officiating. Burial will follow at Evergreen – A Quiet Place.

Condolences may be sent online to

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Citadel Foundation, 171 Moultrie Street, Charleston, SC 29409 or the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia is serving the family of Max Craig.

Rest in Peace Hank Walker, Romeo ’71

March 13, 2014

Henry Mazyck “Hank” Walker CHARLESTON, SC

Henry Mazyck “Hank” Walker, 65, of Peas Island, Charleston, South Carolina, husband of Linda Oltmann Walker, entered into eternal rest Wednesday, March 12, 2014. The family will receive friends Sunday from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in J. HENRY STUHR, INC., WEST ASHLEY CHAPEL, 3360 Glenn McConnell Parkway. A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date. Hank was born May 27, 1948 in Queens, New York, son of the late King Walker and Kathleen Hart Walker. He graduated from James Island High School, where he played football. He also graduated from The Citadel in 1971, where he progressed through the ranks of CPL, SGT, & 2nd Lt in Romeo Company. Hank was an avid sports fan, especially of The Citadel football team. He loved music, particularly since his father was a musician. As a matter of fact, Hank’s father and mother were introduced to each other by Frank Sinatra himself. Frank Sinatra was Hank’s favorite singer. Having lived his life on Peas Island (just before Folly Beach), he was affectionately known as “The Prince of Peas Island”. Hank was a “character”. He would always “have your back” . . . he was like Tony Montana. He had a very special heart that he did not allow everyone to see. To his friends, Hank was a little slice of Heaven . . . no one will ever replace him. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Hank was a retired used car manager with Palmetto Ford and was a member of Lighthouse Church. He is survived by his wife, Linda Walker of Charleston, SC; a daughter, Tiffany DiPrima of Folly Beach, SC; and several nieces and nephews. In Lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in memory of Hank to The Citadel Athletics Department, 171 Moultrie Street, Charleston, SC 29409 or Pet Helpers, 1447 Folly Road, James Island, SC 29412. A memorial message may be sent to the family by visiting our website at Visit our guestbook at charleston – See more at: