William K. Douglass
About the donor:
I purchased the cadet sword my senior year at the Citadel, 1969. It was used for Saturday morning inspections (SMls) and graduation.
During parades, I marched with the Regimental Band as a cadet first lieutenant carrying a snare drum rather than the sword.
Upon graduation, I went to Ft Bragg for summer camp, receiving a commission as an infantry second lieutenant in July 1969. After my commissioning, I completed the Infantry Officer Basic Course (IOBC) at Ft Benning, Georgia.
Immediately after IOBC, I experienced a perforated gangrenous appendicitis. I spent three weeks in the Ft Benning hospital. After which I received an assignment to Ft Wainwright Alaska; then orders for Viet Nam. I did my Viet Nam tour with the First Calvary Division as an Infantry platoon leader and then 3rd Brigade support platoon leader.
After returning home; several moves and job changes, I managed to misplace my cadet sword or it might have been stolen. I wrote it up for loss. I could not imagine what I had done with it. Then in 2007; some 30 years later, it was returned to me by a gentleman from Liberty, SC who told me he had purchased it from a local pawn shop and wanted to return it. I naturally accepted.
The sword is in excellent condition but the scabbard has some wear and tear by those who must have used it over the missing years.
As for me, I retired a lieutenant colonel (LTC), Registered Nurse (RN), and still play music for enjoyment.
Preferred Sword Disposition: Band Company cadet
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