Clemson ROTC and Student Veteran Contact Update

The Clemson University ROTC program would like to keep you connected to the program whether you participated in the program as a student or if you served in the military post your academic career. Please complete the form below so we can keep you connected to Clemson and its military heritage.

 

Clemson ROTC

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Clemson Ring Moments Video Submission

Clemson needs your help!

We are creating a very special video for the ring ceremony that highlights the moments our Alumni have celebrated while wearing their Clemson ring.

We need your help. If you have video or photos of celebrations that you would like to share with the world, we would love to see them and perhaps use them on the video!

We’re currently compiling all of the best of the best content to show on the video.

Here’s what we are looking for:

  • Weddings
  • Anniversaries
  • Birthdays
  • Vacations
  • Special moments in your life
  • Clemson events
  • Generations of Clemson graduates with rings

We prefer scenes where the people in the video are prominently wearing their Clemson ring.

It can be as rough and “amateurish” as possible. The only thing we ask is that all videos be horizontal.

Please upload the highest resolution possible with no compression or resizing. Complete the form below to submit your Clemson Ring Moments Videos! 


Demographic Data Request Form

Direct Mail Request Form

Clemson Club and Group Email Request Form

Internal Email Request Form

2019-2020 Tigers on Tour

About ‘TIGERS ON TOUR’:

From New York City to California and places in-between, we are taking the #TigersOnTour this year to tell you about what is going on at Clemson and how YOU can make an impact. Supporting Clemson is important and your participation matters!
Clemson University will be taking the ‘Tigers on Tour’ from Chicago through the Midwest down to the @ Louisville football game from October 15 through October 19, 2019. We invite you to come out and see us at one of our stops along the way!
Join your Clemson Family for appetizers (on us!!), drinks, and to enjoy Clemson fellowship while hearing updates and learning how you can stay engaged with the University, Clemson athletics and your local Clemson Club. Come on out and hear how alumni and Clemson friends like you can make a difference.


Midwest Trek – Oct. 15-18


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15: CHICAGO
6:00-8:00pm CT  @ Randolph Tavern | RSVP HERE


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16: LAFAYETTE & INDIANAPOLIS
12:00-1:00pm ET @ Walt’s Pub & Grill – West Lafayette | RSVP HERE
*Meal is included with your RSVP. RSVP is required for attendance.
6:00-8:00pm ET @ Tomlinson Tap Room | RSVP HERE

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17: COLUMBUS & CINCINNATI
12:00-1:00pm ET @ Due Amici | RSVP HERE
*Meal is included with your RSVP. RSVP is required for attendance.
6:00-8:00pm ET @ Queen City Exchange| RSVP HERE

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18: LOUISVILLE
Welcome to Louisville Event
The Clemson Alumni Association and IPTAY invite you to join your fellow Tigers for a Welcome to Louisville event the night before the game!
Where: 4th Street Live
When: 7-9 pm
Cost: FREE, no ticket needed

More Details to Follow

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19: LOUISVILLE
Clemson Family Tailgate
Join the Clemson Alumni Association and IPTAY for this all-inclusive tailgate. Tickets are $75 and include food, beer, wine & liquor.
Where: 339 Byrne Avenue, Louisville, KY 40209 (outside Lynn Soccer Stadium)
Date: Saturday, October 19 –
Time: 9:00am-11:00am (12:00pm kickoff)
Cost: $75, a ticket is required to attend this event. Purchase tickets here.

2019 Clemson Family Tailgate

Traveling with the Tigers to away football games has always been a fan tradition, but the Clemson Family Tailgate has been growing in popularity with our heightened post-season games over the last few years.

They will all start 3 hours prior to kickoff and last for 2 hours, and will be within less than one mile walking distance to the stadium. Everyone attending the Clemson Family Tailgate will be responsible for providing their own transportation.

Everyone must have a ticket to attend. All tailgates will use mobile ticketing for entry. Tickets will be on sale until we have exhausted our supply so we suggest purchasing them as soon as possible as we cannot guarantee tickets will be available at a later date. In the past tailgates have sold out very quickly. No refunds available.

Please email CUAlumni@clemson.edu if you have any questions.


Details on events around the ACC Championship in Charlotte, NC coming soon!

Scroll of Honor – Gus Groce

Accidents
Written by Kelly Durham

By the beginning of his senior year, Gus Groce must have known that his choices about how he would spend his immediate future were limited.  If he was lucky, he might get to pick the color he would wear, but he would almost certainly be wearing a uniform of the United States military.

Lethco Augustus Groce, Jr. of Lyman was a member of Clemson College’s Class of 1941.  Gus was an architecture major, an honor student and a member of Minaret, the architecture honor fraternity on campus.  Although serving his senior year as a cadet private, Gus had demonstrated military aptitude, having been selected as the best drilled sergeant in his battalion during his junior year and having marched with the Pershing Rifles drill team and the Sophomore, Junior and Senior Platoons.  In addition, like so many of his classmates, Gus had completed ROTC summer training at Fort McClellan, Alabama where he had qualified as a marksman on the rifle range.  He was a young man of varied talents, displaying interests in music and art as well.  Following his graduation, Gus was commissioned and then transferred from the infantry into the Army Air Forces.

Scrambling to prepare America to face the perils threatening from Europe and in the Pacific, Army chief of staff George Marshall and Army Air Forces chief Hap Arnold had embarked on an unprecedented peacetime expansion of the Army, to include its air arm.  When the war in Europe started in September 1939, the Army Air Corps consisted of only eight hundred first-line combat aircraft and less than 25,000 personnel.  By the time Gus Groce earned his pilot’s wings at Valdosta, Georgia, the Army Air Forces was in the midst of an expansion that would carry it to more than 2.4 million members and nearly 80,000 aircraft.

Tens of thousands of young men had to be taught to pilot the most complex aircraft of the day and they had to be taught quickly.  Young men, many of them on their own for the first time, combined with the pressures of war, rigid military organizations, complicated equipment and accelerated training regimens, invariably led to accidents.

Gus Groce had been assigned to the 16th Bomb Squadron at Hattiesburg Air Base in Mississippi.  The 16th was training on the A-20 Havoc, a twin-engine light bomber.  Part of the training called for formation flying.

On Saturday, September 5, 1942, Gus was dispatched as the copilot in an A-20 piloted by Second Lieutenant George Pritchard.  Sergeants George Kaiser and Floyd Lones rounded out the crew.  Their aircraft would be flying in a two-ship formation with another A-20 piloted by Lieutenant Lawrence Bever.  About 1400 hours, approximately seven miles north of New Augusta, Mississippi, the left wing of Bever’s aircraft struck Gus’s airplane, tearing away the right elevator and the horizontal stabilizer and rendering the aircraft uncontrollable.  Gus’s airplane went into a spin and crashed killing all aboard.  Bever’s aircraft was able to return to base, but was significantly damaged.

The accident that claimed the lives of Groce, Pritchard, Kaiser and Lones was one of thirty-nine involving stateside Army Air Forces’ aircraft that day.  Five of these including fatalities.  For that first week of September 1942, the Army Air Forces averaged more than thirty-six accidents per day, most of them relatively minor—but not all. On average, nearly five accidents per day resulted in fatalities.

Such was the cruel arithmetic of America’s rapid military build-up, an expansion that would, along with American industrial production, sound the death knell for the Axis dictators and result in an Allied victory three years later.

Lethco Augustus Groce, Jr. is buried at the Wellford Baptist Church Cemetery.

For more information about Second Lieutenant Lethco Augustus Groce, Jr., see:

http://soh.alumni.clemson.edu/scroll/lethco-augustus-groce-jr/

For additional information about Clemson University’s Scroll of Honor see:

http://soh.alumni.clemson.edu/

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/AARmonthly/Sep1942S.htm

2020 Tigers on Tour!

The Clemson Alumni Association, IPTAY and the Clemson Forever Fund are hitting the road for the ‘Tigers on Tour’ in California, August 9 – 12. We invite you to come out and see us at on

e of our stops along the way from 6-8pm each evening:

Friday, August 9: San Francisco | @ The Boardroom

Sunday, August 11: Los Angeles | @ The Parlor

Monday, August 12: San Diego | @ Union Kitchen & Tap – Gaslamp

Join your Clemson Family for appetizers (on us!!), drinks, and to enjoy Clemson fellowship while hearing updates and learning how you can stay engaged with the University, Clemson athletics and your local Clemson Club. Come on out and hear how alumni and Clemson friends like you can make a difference. Click the locations above to register for each event. 

About ‘TIGERS ON TOUR:’

From New York City to California and places in-between, we are taking the #TigersOnTour this year to tell you about what is going on at Clemson and how YOU can make an impact. Supporting Clemson is important and your participation matters!

We’re excited to CU soon! Go Tigers!