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Beverly N. “Ben” Skardon

Beverly N.

Beverly N. "Ben" Skardon

Colonel Beverly N. “Ben” Skardon was born on Bastille Day, 1917, in St. Francesville, La. He was one of four brothers who graduated from Clemson College. He entered the U.S. Army in 1939. During WWII, he was captured by the Japanese Army at the fall of Bataan. He is a survivor of the Bataan Death March and the POW camps. He was liberated in 1945 by units of the Russian Army in Mukden, Manchuria.

Colonel Skardon also served in the Korean Conflict from 1951-1952 and in Germany from 1956-1959. His military decorations include the Silver Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster; four Bronze Stars, one with “V” device; the Purple Heart; and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge.

Upon retirement from the U.S. Army, Col. Skardon received an M.A. degree in English from the University of Georgia and was appointed to the faculty of Clemson University in 1964. He received the Alumni Master Teacher Award in 1977 for classroom teaching. In 1983, he received the Distinguished Service Award from Clemson University.

Col. Skardon is a past president of the Clemson Fellowship and the Clemson Cotillion Clubs. He served on the Clemson University Athletic Council and as editor of the Clemson University Self-Study, 1981. He is a former member of the Greenville Torch Club. He also served as Warden, Vestryman, Lay Reader, and Archivist of Holy Trinity Episcopal Parish, Clemson.

He is a former member of the Clemson Downs Volunteers and served as secretary, vice president, and director of the Board. He is also a former facilitator of the Clemson Alzheimer’s Support Group. Col. Skardon has recently been named to the United States Army National ROTC Hall of Fame.

For the last ten years, he has participated in the Bataan Memorial Death March at the White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico as a speaker and a walker. CBS’s Sixty Minutes has featured his participation in that annual event.