Ben Skardon – Death – Retired Col. Ben Skardon of Clemson University has reportedly died at the age of 104 after several days of being hospitalized. Ben Skardon was pronounced dead on Monday, November 15, 2021. Ben received an honorary promotion to the rank of Brigadier General few days before his death as announced by Congressman Jeff Duncan. The loss of Ben was a sad loss to the family, friends, colleagues of Cremson University and The United States Department of Defense.
Ben Skardon was a survivor of World War II’s brutal 65-mile Bataan Death March and he survived the torture inflicted on him as a Japanese prisoner of war camps. He also survived the sinking of two prison ships after which he was awarded two Silver Stars, two Bronze Stars for valor, and a Purple Heart. Ben Skardon also served in the Korean war in Germany and retired from the Army in 1962, as a colonel. He was a graduate of Clemson University in 1938 and also lectured English at the University for almost 20 years.
Ben Skardon has received a lot in Addition to his military recognition, some of the awards include, a Congressional Gold Medal, the Clemson Medallion, Order of the Palmetto, the Alumni Distinguished Service Award and the Alumni Master Teacher Award.U.S. Senator, Lindsey Graham shared her tributes on his passing and said, “I truly believe that he is reunited with his brothers in arms and is looking down on the country he loved full of pride, knowing he fought the good fight.”
He was the beloved husband of Late Sara and devoted father of three children, Sara, Beverly, John and Charlotte. Ben Skardon obituary and funeral service will be announced by the family.
Shared tributes on Ben Skardon demise
Clemson University – “Brig. Gen. Ben Skardon ’38, who survived the Bataan Death March of World War II and received our state and nation’s highest honors, including the Order of the Palmetto and Congressional Gold Medal, has died at 104. His service and sacrifice represent what it means to be a soldier, teacher and Tiger. We lift up all those who knew and loved him. “
Rebecca Shipps Eidson – “Ben Skardon touched thousands of lives in very special ways. I am grateful he touched my life, and the lives of my family members. Rest In Peace, Great Hero!”
Clemson University Special Collections and Archives – “In memory of Ben Skardon, Class of 1938, decorated Army veteran and survivor of the Bataan Death March, beloved Clemson English professor, recipient of the Alumni Master Teacher Award, Alumni Distinguished Service Award, Clemson Medallion, Congressional Gold Medal, Order of the Palmetto and a recent honorary promotion to Brigadier General for his continued service to the country.”
Lisa Dix – “My heart is broken but I know you are in great hands now my friend. The world is a better place because you were in it. I will think of you fondly and with gratitude for all the life lessons you have taught me.
I toast a shot of Woodford in your honor tonight 🥃
Rest In Peace Ben Skardon”
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