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Bob Spearman ’75 Need our Help!

June 20, 2016

Let’s help get his 3rd novel published!


Bob Spearman’s third novel, Shrimpin’ Gold was selected for a Kindle Scout contest for unpublished novels. You can vote at

To vote you only have to sign in with your Amazon user-name and PW. If Shrimpin’ Gold is selected as a winner, each person who nominates will win a free e-book version from Kindle. Shem Creek is setting for the story of shrimpers, gold, and pirates.

At the URL site, they show the cover and the first 5000 words of the story. The contest started on June 18 and will last thirty days. So help a struggling writer.

More author Information and books published at
and while you are at it read his 1st two novels! . They are a great reads: Hard Road and Turf and Surf: Who Owns Your Paradise

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Lance Thompson is a home run hire for South Carolina

January 4, 2016
If you can beat 'em, hire 'em.  Lance Thompson (R Co '87) has joined the Gamecock staff.

If you can beat ’em, hire ’em. Lance Thompson (R Co ’87) has joined the Gamecock staff.

By: JC Shurburtt
01/04/2016 From:The Big Spur on

There’s no question that South Carolina head football coach Will Muschamp has put together quite a coaching staff.

On New Year’s Eve, he hit another home run- perhaps it’s even fair to call it a grand slam- with the hiring of Lance Thompson as the Gamecocks’ assistant head coach for defense and defensive line coach. Thompson comes to Columbia from Auburn having worked at four other Southeastern Conference football programs- LSU, Alabama and Tennessee in addition to last season under Muschamp on the plains- and as one of the top recruiters in the modern history of SEC football.

On the recruiting trail, the former national recruiter of the year has a track record that speaks for itself. Consider the following…

All-pro wide receiver Julio Jones is his highest-rated recruit ever and picked the Crimson Tide way back in the 2008 cycle before Alabama’s run of national championships began under Nick Saban. That cycle he also landed safety Mark Barron out of the Mobile, Ala., area. At the time, Mobile was a very important recruiting battleground for Alabama, which had not faired as well in the talent-rich area prior to the arrival of Saban and Thompson.

During his second stint at Alabama, Thompson was charged with recruiting northern Virginia for the Crimson Tide and he landed two of the most celebrated recruits in recent years from the area- defensive linemen Jonathan Allen and Da’Shawn Hand. Though Alabama was rolling as a program when this was happening, it’s still not the easiest thing in the world to go that far from campus and land five-star prospects in back-to-back cycles. He also recruited athlete/wide receiver ArDarius Stewart out of Birmingham. The Crimson Tide identified Stewart early, which is exactly what you want to do when there are talented prospects that close to your campus.

During his short time at Auburn, he was in on defensive linemen Nick Coe (currently still committed to the Tigers) from North Carolina and Paul James (enrolled) of Copiah-Lincoln Community College. He also was heavily involved with four-star defensive tackle Antwaun Jackson, who has enrolled at AU already. He also was Auburn’s primary recruiter on five-star in-state linebackers Ben Davis and Lyndell Wilson and was the primary recruiter for the nation’s No. 1 junior college prospect in this cycle- Tennessee commit Jonathan Kongbo of Arizona Western College. Kongbo is a Gamecock target.

Thompson’s recruiting track record speaks for itself, but he also brings a ton to the table in terms of on-field coaching and teaching. He’s worked under some of the best defensive minds in the game, including Saban and Muschamp and is familiar with Muschamp’s defensive scheme. He also did an excellent job running that defense in Auburn’s 31-10 win against a prolific Memphis team in the Birmingham Bowl last week.

On top of that, he’s surely the answer to developing South Carolina’s under-performing defensive front. Players like Dante Sawyer, Marquavius Lewis and Boosie Whitlow (among others) will surely benefit from someone with as much experience developing high-level talent as Thompson has.

Thompson is a graduate of The Citadel, so he’s familiar with the Palmetto State and the South Carolina program. Given his ability to recruit throughout the southeast and up and down the eastern seaboard (including the critical state of North Carolina) and his on-field ability, this is one of the best assistant coaching hires any Gamecocks head coach has made in the past decade and a half.

Former Citadel star Andre Roberts nominated for NFL’s Salute to Service award

November 12, 2015
Andre Roberts has a special affinity for military personnel and their families

Andre Roberts has a special affinity for military personnel and their families

By Jeff Hartsell
Nov 11 2015

The son of two U.S. Army members, Andre Roberts was born in Alaska and moved to Texas and South Carolina as his mom and dad were transferred from base to base. He even spent a year with his grandparents in the Virgin Islands while his parents served in Korea. And when Roberts starred as an All-American receiver at The Citadel from 2006-09, his connection to the military was cemented.

“It’s awesome,” Roberts said during a news conference Wednesday. “I get a chance to work with military kids and their families and to meet a lot of veterans and their wives, and that’s a blessing for me.”

Roberts, in his sixth season in the NFL, is known for his salute touchdown celebration, and each summer runs summer camps for military children. He’s hosted five military camps, including one at Joint Base Charleston in 2013.

“Since both my parents were in the Army, it was an easy avenue for me to get into, especially coming from The Citadel,” he said. “Being part of the military family, I understand what some of these kids have to go through, with moving and missing parents and stuff. I just want to be there to brighten their day, or if they want to talk to me about any of their situations.”

Roberts was among the players, coaches, personnel and alumni nominated by NFL teams who “demonstrate an exemplary commitment to honoring and supporting the military community.” Finalists for the Salute to Service Award, presented by, USAA will be announced in January, and the winner will be recognized at the fifth annual NFL Honors awards show in San Francisco on CBS on Feb. 6, the night before Super Bowl 50.

Autopsy shows no trauma in death of Columbia attorney

February 5, 2015
Rest In Peace Beau Busch '96 Romeo Company

Rest In Peace Beau Busch ’96 Romeo Company

UPDATE: Body of missing Columbia man found, no foul play suspected

By HARRISON CAHILL The State, Columbia SC
February 4, 2015

COLUMBIA, SC — The Richland County Coroner’s Office released the results of an autopsy conducted on the Columbia-attorney found dead Tuesday afternoon showed no signs of trauma. Coroner Gary Watts issued a release that said they are awaiting the results of microscopic and toxicology testing that will determine how 41-year-old Beau Busch died. Columbia police and investigators said they do not believe there is any foul play connected to Busch’s death.

Investigators began searching for Busch after he was reported missing on Saturday. According to initial reports, he was dropped off by a friend at his South Holly Street residence and did not responded to several text messages and calls from family and friends in the days following. Family and friends became increasingly worried after Busch did not show up for an appointment on Monday in Greenville and was reported to not have his medications with him. Busch worked as an attorney at the Chappell, Smith and Arden law firm based in Columbia since 2002.

According to Mark Chappell, one of the firm’s three founding partners, Busch worked for the firm for more than a decade and it was the only job he had during his professional legal career. “He was an outstanding lawyer,” Chappell said. “He fought very hard for his clients. He was a person of integrity. Beau lived life to the fullest.” According to Busch’s profile on the firm’s website, he graduated from The Citadel in 1996 before attending the University of South Carolina School of Law. He graduated from USC in 2002. Shortly after he graduated, Busch was admitted to the Chappell, Smith and Arden firm where he spent over ten years practicing law.

Busch was a member of several professional organizations such as the Richland County Bar Association, Charleston County Bar Association, the Injured Workers’ Advocates group, the South Carolina Association for Justice and was also a law clerk for the Honorable James C. Williams Jr. Busch also led a very active lifestyle. He just recently returned from a ski trip, according to Chappell, and he also liked to surf in Folly Beach and internationally.

Busch is survived by his mother Jennifer Rash, his father Elloree Mayor Stan Busch and his sister.

Pictures of the Men of Romeo

January 12, 2015

Got some pictures of Romeo Company alums gathered together or doing something special? If yes, send them to with who they are & class year with a brief description and I will post as many as I can. Jpeg are the best for the editor’s limited ability. Thanks to Al Kennickell for furnishing today’s photo.

L to R: Willie Smith '74, Al Kennickell' 77 & Chip Dellinger '74  Huddle up at a meeting of the Savannah Citadel Club

L to R: Willie Smith ’74, Al Kennickell’ 77 & Chip Dellinger ’74 Huddle up at a meeting of the Savannah Citadel Club

Roberts found everything he wanted at The Citadel

July 29, 2014
Andre Roberts hangs out on Military Appreciation Day at Redskins Camp

Andre Roberts hangs out on Military Appreciation Day at Redskins Camp

Richmond Times-Dispatch

Posted: Sunday, July 27, 2014 11:14 pm

The easy way has no appeal to Andre Roberts. He chose to attend The Citadel and play football. The Citadel bills itself as “The Military College of South Carolina.” You don’t go there for the parties or the football. Middle Tennessee State University, which plays major college football, and Coastal Carolina, which, like The Citadel, plays a level below the FBS schools, offered Roberts scholarships. They came with no military environment attached.

Instead, Roberts chose The Citadel. “Both my parents were in the military, and I wouldn’t take it back for the world,” Roberts said of attending and graduating from The Citadel. Roberts wanted a degree, and he got one in accounting. “Football isn’t forever,” he said. “I understood that.” He wanted to play pro football, and he earned that opportunity as well. He was taken by Arizona in the third round of the 2010 draft.

When he hit the free agent market after the 2013 season, the Washington Redskins signed him. Roberts is an example for players in the NFL and those who hope to be in the NFL. Take advantage of every opportunity on the field — Roberts played well against Clemson and Florida, two powerful major college programs. Also take advantage of the academic opportunities.

Roberts graduated in 31/2 years because he was willing to go to summer school — 12 credit hours one summer, nine in another. He has options in his life and has shown his ability to adapt to new situations. “I was born in Alaska, lived in Texas and we settled in South Carolina,” Roberts said.

His father served in Operation Desert Storm in 1991. When Roberts and his brother were in middle school, his parents were assigned to duty in South Korea. Roberts and his brother lived with their grandparents in the Virgin Islands for a year. Roberts’ father retired as a command sergeant major. His mother retired as a first sergeant. His father teaches the Junior ROTC program at a Darlington, S.C., high school, about an hour from home in Columbia, S.C. His mother works at Fort Jackson army base in Columbia.

Roberts felt at home Sunday at Redskins training camp. It was Military Appreciation Day. Roberts, though, never had aspirations to serve in the military, which makes his decision to attend The Citadel even more interesting. “It really wasn’t about how hard or how easy it could have been,” Roberts said. “I think I made the right decision for school and discipline. It helped keep me in line and do what I needed to do to finish. “It probably helped me get where I am today.”

Well, maybe. But having excellent speed, soft hands and the ability to set up blocks probably played a larger role than going through the grind of life at the military school in Charleston, S.C. In four seasons with Arizona, Roberts caught 182 passes — an average of 45 per season — for 2,123 yards and 11 touchdowns. The Redskins signed him to a four-year, $16 million contract.

The Redskins like all that Roberts can do. “He’s taking the first snaps at punt and kickoff returner, but that’s not etched in stone,” Redskins coach Jay Gruden said. “He’s proven he can play every position on offense at the receiver spot — X, Z and Zebra. He’s doing a great job. “We had every intention of him being the No. 2 receiver. DeSean (Jackson) fell in our lap so now he (Roberts) is going to play inside (in the slot), which speaks to his versatility.”

If Roberts is bothered by the addition of Jackson, he doesn’t show it. Roberts goes through training camp with an ever-present smile. He makes it clear he wants to return punts and kickoffs and help whenever and wherever he can on offense. No one glides through any military school. Instead, Roberts went through a demanding college experience with a purpose.

“I always had aspirations to go to the NFL, and I knew my mom wouldn’t let me out of school before I finished,” he said. “So I took the summer classes.” Nothing is easy about any of that. But the effort has paid handsomely

Mercado retirement video

June 14, 2014

A tribute to one of our own, Col. Leo Mercado, Romeo ’79 upon his retirement as Commandant of Cadets. Too short but still a worthy tribute to a man I am proud to call my Citadel/Romeo Company brother.

Bob Spearman Joins Conroy & Epps as novelist from Big R

May 12, 2014
Bob Spearman, R Co. '75

Bob Spearman, R Co. ’75

Please add Bob Spearman to the list of Romeo Company alums who are novelists. He joins Pat Conroy and David Epps(Sword Drill) as the other published R Company alumni (there may be more). I thought his Romeo brothers might enjoy reading his novel and maybe even helping get the word out.

The book, entitled Turf and Surf, is a fictional mystery-thriller about Myrtle Beach, the lifeguards, tourists, locals and drug gangsters all struggling for their Turf at the Grand Strand. The action spills over into rural Williamsburg County and its Black River. Turf and Surf is on Amazon in both paper back and Kindle versions. Bob’s also got a web site, Bob Spearman – Edisto Books showing other books and short stories in work.

OBTW, He has a book signing in Summerville next Thursday, May 15. I’ll let you know where when I confirm the location.

Preview by Yahoo
Bob Spearman – Edisto Books

Kelly Hasselman, R Co. ’07

April 25, 2014


“It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt “Man in the Arena”

Captain (CPT) Kelly M. Hasselman is a native of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma and was commissioned through ROTC as a second lieutenant after graduating from The Citadel in South Carolina with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in May of 2007.

CPT Hasselman always wanted to go into the military and discovered The Citadel through her competitive soccer coach when she met the Citadel women’s soccer coach at the time, Megan Hjerling, at a recruiters event. During her time at The Citadel, CPT Hasselman was a soccer scholarship athlete for all four years and ended her final year as one of the Team Captains. She also played for The Citadel Women’s Intramural Rugby Team as a senior. She was one of the first two female cadets in school history selected to the Chapel Color Guard part of the class of 2007. She was a member of Campus Crusade for Christ and the international public speaking group Toastmaster’s. CPT Hasselman was selected as a Squad Corporal, Squad Sergeant, and Platoon Leader for Romeo Company. She was a Platoon Leader for Athletic Cadre ’06. As a cadet she was on the Commandant’s Distinguished Service List, Gold Stars, and a Hemingway Award Nominee for her senior class. She also received a ROTC Scholarship her senior year.

Before her current assignment as the 6the Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment Intelligence Officer, 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division (1/1 AD) at Ft. Bliss, Texas, CPT Hasselman was selected to stand-up and command the first ever Army-wide Female Engagement Team (FET) Company in the United States Army as a special attachment to 4th Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 1/1 AD in preparation for further deployment to Afghanistan. The Company’s mission was to train FET to interact with the host nation population, primarily women and children, in order to aid the entire 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division during its mission in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM where she would complete her second Afghanistan deployment.

CPT Hasselman’s previous assignments include The Citadel as a Gold Bar Recruiter, 2nd Infantry Division Combat Aviation Brigade, Camp Humphrey’s, South Korea as the Brigade Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Planner, United States Forces-Afghanistan Combined Joint Intelligence Operation Center-Afghanistan, Headquarters International Security Assistance Forces, Afghanistan as an Insurgency and Socioeconomic Development Intelligence Analyst, and 1/1 AD, Ft.Bliss as the Brigade Assistant Intelligence Officer.

CPT Hasselman’s military education includes Imagery Intelligence Officer Course, Geospatial Intelligence Requirements Management Course, Counterintelligence and Human Intelligence Operations Management Course, Military Intelligence Captain’s Career Course, Military Intelligence Basic Officer Leadership Course, and Basic Officer Leadership Course II.

Her military awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (2nd Award), Army Achievement Medal (3rd Award), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star (3rd Award), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon with Numeral 2, and the NATO ISAF Service Medal.

Editor’s note: A memorial service for Capt. Kelly Hasselman will be held on May 7, 2014 at 1030 hours in 1AD chapel at Fort Bliss.

Hold the date: An Evening with Pat Conroy and John Warley

April 10, 2014
John Warley, T Co '67 (L) & Pat Conroy, R Co '67 (R)

John Warley, T Co ’67 (L) & Pat Conroy, R Co ’67 (R)

May 26 6:30-8:30p.m.
The Holliday Alumni Center at The Citadel

Free; Reservations will be accepted in late April

Join the Friends of the Daniel Library for our 2014 summer event featuring New York Times bestselling writer Pat Conroy and his Class of 1967 classmate from The Citadel, and fellow author, John Warley. They will engage in a lively dialog and book signing.

The writers will discuss their fifty-year friendship and their new books, Conroy’s The Death of Santini: The Story of a Father and His Son and Warley’s A Southern Girl: A Novel, each a story of the redemptive power of family
A 2009 inductee into the South Carolina Hall of Fame, Pat Conroy is the author of eleven books, including The Boo, The Great Santini, The Lords of Discipline, My Losing Season, My Reading Life, and, most recently, The Death of Santini. In 2013, Conroy became editor-at-large for Story River Books, an original fiction imprint of the University of South Carolina. He lives in Beaufort, South Carolina, with his wife, the novelist Cassandra King.

John Warley’s previous books include Bethesda’s Child and The Moralist. His new novel, A Southern Girl, is the first publication of Pat Conroy’s Story River Books imprint. The father of three sons and one daughter, Warley divides his time between Beaufort, South Carolina, and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.