Hailing from Roebling, New Jersey, a company town founded by the Roebling Family most famous for the building of the Brooklyn Bridge, Cadet R.L. Engel, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis R. Engel, was a Civil Engineering major while at The Citadel. His Freshman and Sophomore years were spent as a member of Cadet Company D. During the 1942-1943 academic year, he joined the 3rd Battalion staff in the position of Cadet Intelligence Sergeant. 
Cadet Corporal Richard L. Engel, Class of 1944 
He left Charleston in his Junior year to enter the service of the US Army Air Corps. His classmates, members of the Class of 1944, who remained until the end of the academic year were shipped off to basic training and the infantry. He became a fighter pilot and was assigned to the (more…)
“America’s Band” in 2015: The Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes Invited Back to Tattoo in Scotland to Represent the US
In 2015, The Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes will proudly represent the United States at the world’s largest musical event of its kind, the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Scotland.
The only United States military college band to ever be invited to the exclusive Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo will be headed back to Edinburgh, Scotland, in July of 2015, with the help of supporters. The Citadel Regimental Band and Pipes will again be the only U.S. band appearing on the medieval castle esplanade for the month-long festival of music, pageantry and demonstrations by military organizations from around the world. The program is broadcast in 30 countries to approximately 100 million people annually, according to the BBC.
“The links between Scotland and the Carolinas are well-founded and well-documented. So, on their return to Tattoo, the Regimental Band and Pipes of The Citadel will open with one of the great Scottish pipe tunes, from one citadel to another…as the stars and stripes fly high for America’s Band,” said BBC presenter Iain Anderson during the 2010 Tattoo.
The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, is working to raise the funds needed to send 80 band members, and all the necessary equipment back to the prestigious event for the third time. The college represented the U.S. after receiving the coveted invitation to the international festival, the largest of its kind in the world, in 1991 and then again in 2010. The Citadel was the first military college invited to Edinburgh (pronounced Ed-in-bur-uh) and is the only military college ever invited since.
One year ago, I published I wear the ring and publicly announced the availability of this digital memorial to the Citadel Men interred and memorialized here in 16 military cemeteries across Europe and North Africa.
It has been a year of vibrant impressions and one of the most spiritually and emotionally enriching years of my life. As I have tried to get to know these men and to share their stories, I have had the pleasure of making many new friends, and reconnecting with old friends, here in Europe and in America. So many warm and incredible people have touched my life this year. For this, I am truly grateful.
I have compiled my Top Ten Memories. Here is our story as I experienced it the past 12 months…
– Into Thy Hands O Lord –
A few days after “going public”, I received an email from an alumnus. A few weeks later, I flew over the North Sea to visit Cambridge American Cemetery in England with him, two of his sons, and the historian of “The Bloody 100th”. It was an inspirational and moving experience that I shall never forget. Together, we paid our respects to the three Citadel Men resting in peace and the one memorialized on the Wall of the Missing. Together, we recited The Cadet Prayer.
On that day, I began a new phase in this journey. See my post The Major of St. Lo.
– Memorial Day –
During Memorial Day weekend, I visited the Citadel Men resting in peace at the Netherlands and Henri-Chapelle American Cemeteries. The two cemeteries are located just 20 kilometers from each other, one on either side of the Dutch-Belgian border to the east of Maastricht and Liege in the direction of Aachen, Germany.
An alumnus wrote to me several times during April and May, “Don’t forget those who are still Missing-In-Action!”. In remembrance of the eight men who rest in no known grave here in Europe and North Africa, I laid flowers at the grave of an unknown a few meters from Albert S. Hagood, Class of 1931. They are not forgotten.
– Faces and Stories –
Since last April, I have received details about our men from many places – alumni, family, their “adopters”, historians, and archivists. Four men have received the attention of several posts. Their names, faces, and stories have become familiar. (more…)
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
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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