We shall not forget

I met Col. Bill DeMarco, USAF, ’88 last May at Cambridge American Cemetery, where, together, we paid our respects to the Citadel Men resting and memorialized there. We talked about the school, why we went there, what we had gone onto after graduation…military service, life, family, faith, God, and, ultimately, leadership. We also prayed together…reciting The Cadet Prayer at the grave of 2Lt. Richard Louis Engel, ’44. I have followed Bill’s leadership blog everyday since then, and I am never disappointed. Today, he let Pat Conroy ’67 do the writing…sharing his eulogy for a Citadel graduate, Lt. Col. Thomas Nugent Courvoisie ’38, who was larger than life…and who remains a real legend. Reading Conroy’s eulogy made my spine tingle as visions of cadet life came back to me…read on…/RL

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DeM Banter: Reading through Pat Conroy’s “My Losing Season,” great book….but listening to Mr Conroy talk about “The Boo” made me re-read the eulogy from the Colonel’s funeral…if you ever wonder…”did I live a life that mattered?” Col Courvoisie did…the world is indeed a slightly lesser place when I ponder the loss of Col Courvoisie and more recently Col Dick. So how are you going to live a life that matters?

[@tb]Author and Citadel alumnus Pat Conroy, Class of 1967, delivered this eulogy at Lt. Col. Thomas Nugent Courvoisie’s funeral May 3, 2006, in Summerall Chapel.[@te]

Author and 1967 Citadel grad Pat Conroy.

Today we gather together, in great joy and sorrow, to bid farewell to one of the most famous Citadel graduates who ever lived, Col. Thomas Nugent Courvoisie whose last name was a French cognac, but who claimed his whole life he was pure Irish. Because Citadel cadets…

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