Experienced serviceman bags Palmetto award at Friday ceremony

November 11, 2013 by  

Last Friday, as part of the events held across the country in honor of Veterans Day, Myron Charles Harrington, Jr., a retired Colonel of the United States Marine Corps and member of the Board of Visitors of The Citadel in Charleston, was given the Palmetto Award. With this being one of the highest honors bestowed by the college, flyer printing and poster printing are likely to have been used by the college to make this announcement regarding one of its distinguished alumni.

Chairman of the board Lieutenant General W. Michael Steele signed the award and praised Harrington for his 30 years of service to the military, and his decades as a volunteer helping disabled children, veterans, and his former school.

In 1968, Harrington was serving in Vietnam as a captain and led his Marines in a brave assault against the North Vietnamese during the Tet Offensive, for which he received the Navy Cross. Harrington has also spent his military career in England, Australia, Lebanon, Japan, and most recently at The Citadel as commander of the Naval ROTC program and a professor of naval science.

Harrington was also headmaster of Trident Academy in Mt. Pleasant, and it is here where he worked closely with students with learning disabilities. He was involved in erecting a Mt. Pleasant monument honoring veterans who died in combat, and was chairman of the committee that served to bring the Medal of Honor Convention to Charleston three years ago.