Scroll of Honor – Francis Stafford Barnes, Jr.

Son of Two Institutions   

In the spring of 1944, as Europe was holding its breath in anticipation of the long-awaited Allied Invasion, an invasion of smaller scale was taking shape in the southwest Pacific.  General Douglas MacArthur, seeking to make good on his pledge to return to the Philippines, had his eyes on Biak Island.  Biak dominated the entrance to Geelvink Bay at the western end of New Guinea and was some 850 miles north-northeast of Darwin, Australia.  The island was garrisoned by 11,000 Japanese troops under the command of Colonel Kuzume Naoyuki.

New Guinea had been in the news since shortly after Pearl Harbor.  In January 1942, the Japanese had attacked and captured Australian-administered territory in eastern New Guinea.  In March, the Japanese overran the western portion of the island which had been part of the Netherlands East Indies.  By the time Frank Barnes, Jr. graduated with the Class of 1942, he likely would have been familiar with this jungle island on the other side of the world.  Before he completed his Army training, US forces would be locked in a death struggle with Japanese defenders in eastern New Guinea.

Francis Stafford Barnes, Jr. of Greenville enrolled at Clemson College in 1938 to study architecture.  He attended Clemson only for his freshman year, then transferred to the University of South Carolina.  At USC, he excelled academically, graduating as a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

With the country at war, Frank Barnes headed to Fort Benning, Georgia for infantry officer training.  He was next assigned to Camp Blanding, Florida and then Camp Roberts, California. In late 1943, he shipped overseas.  By the spring of 1944, Barnes was assigned to K Company of the 162nd Infantry Regiment, 41st Infantry Division.

D-Day for the Biak invasion was May 27, 1944.  At 0900, American forces began landing on the island.  A tank battle developed between Japanese Ha Go Type 95 machines with their 37 mm canons and US Sherman tanks mounting a larger 75 mm gun.  Following the tanks, infantrymen of K Company targeted their Japanese counterparts.  During the battle, K Company was forced at one point to yield ground it had already fought over.  K Company soldier Charles Brockman recalled that a daring six-man patrol led by Tech Sergeant Rex Smith made its way some 200 yards back into ground the company had given up during the attack.  Smith and his men recovered weapons, equipment and the body of Second Lieutenant Barnes.

Brockman remembered that K Company “probably had our longest casualty list of World War II” that day. Seven members of the company were killed and twenty-one were wounded.

Second Lieutenant Francis Stafford Barnes, Jr. was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart.  He was survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Francis S. Barnes of Greenville.

Frank Barnes was an alumnus of both Clemson and Carolina and an American hero.  He is poignant example of the ties that bind us together.

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Scroll of Honor – Forrest Hugh Coleman, Jr.

Too Young to be Old

To most of us, 33 doesn’t seem very old.  But, when you’re surrounded by young men in their late teens and early 20s, your perspective might change a bit.  Forrest Hugh Coleman, Jr. of Laurens found himself in just this situation when he was called to active duty in November 1942.

Coleman enrolled in Clemson College just as the Great Depression began to squeeze the momentum from the United States economy.  A member of the Class of 1933, Coleman was selected as the Best Drilled Cadet during his sophomore year of 1930.  Coleman was an electrical engineering major and served as vice president of the Laurens County Club, was a member of the Sabre Club and attended ROTC training at Fort McClellan, Alabama.

Coleman married the former Caroline Burroughs of Augusta, Georgia.  They were the parents of a daughter, Sue, and son, Forrest Hugh III.

In October 1940, the United States implemented its first peace-time draft.  Draftees were called to federal service for a twelve month term to undergo basic military training.  Fearful of the international situation, President Roosevelt in the summer of 1941 asked Congress to extend the draftees’ tours of duty beyond twelve months.  After the United States entered World War II, a new Selective Service Act made men between 18 and 45 eligible for military service and required all men between the ages of 18 and 65 to register.

By April 1942, the Army was inducting young men at the rate of almost 150,000 a month. The supply of 1-A men, those deemed “available for military service,” from the 1940 registration was running out.  Local draft boards began eying slightly older registrants.  Coleman, when called to duty in November, had already passed his 33rd birthday, making him senior to most of the men with whom he would soon be serving.

Coleman was assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division which in August of 1944, two months after the D-Day invasion in Normandy, would land across the beaches of southern France as part of General Alexander Patch’s 7th Army.  By September 11, 7th Army had linked up with Patton’s 3rd Army, and it seemed as if the war was nearly over. The 3rd Infantry Division reached the Rhine River on November 26, but was ordered to dig in and hold the position due to logistical restraints. Having reached the very border of Hitler’s Third Reich, Coleman was killed in action three days later.

First Lieutenant Coleman was survived by his wife, two children and his sister.  In 1948, his body was returned to the United States.  He was interred at Westview Memorial Park in Laurens.  He is also memorialized on the Laurens War Memorial.


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Scroll of Honor – Robert Vines Bruce

A Victory of Sorts

Robert Vines Bruce attended Clemson College during the 1941-42 academic year, having already graduated from Boys’ High School and Anderson College in his hometown of Anderson.  He was pursuing a pre-medicine course of study, intending to follow in the footsteps of his father, older brother and sister, each of whom was a doctor.

Bruce was called to active duty in March 1942 and was commissioned after Air Corps training.  Bruce completed bombardier training and, in August 1943, shipped overseas.  He was assigned to the 427th Bomb Squadron of the 303rd Bomb Group stationed at Molesworth, England.

The 303rd had arrived at Molesworth in Cambridgeshire north of London in November of the previous year, while Bruce was still in training.  Beginning that month, the Group would go on to fly 364 missions, more than any other Eighth Air Force B-17 Group during World War II.

Bruce arrived in England during a period in which historian Donald Miller writes “casualties began to rise alarmingly.”  The Eighth Air Force’s losses meant that newly arriving airmen and aircraft were being used “as replacements for decimated groups” rather than forming the basis of new combat formations.1

On October 9, 1943, Bruce’s crew, led by pilot Second Lieutenant Bernard Clifford, was alerted for a mission deep into Germany.  On what was a busy day for the Eighth Air Force at that point in the war, 378 heavy bombers were dispatched to bomb four targets, two in Germany and two in Poland.  Bruce’s aircraft was part of a one hundred fifteen

A B-17 of the 303rd Bomb Group in formation

plane force targeting the Arado Flugzeugwerke at Anklam on Germany’s Baltic Sea coast.  The factory produced wings and tail sections for Germany’s FW-190 fighters, the very aircraft that would soon figure so prominently in the fate of Bruce and his crew.

The bomber crews were awakened in time to breakfast at 0320 hours.  The early start was necessary to be able to make the 1,190 nautical mile trip during the daylight hours of the shortening autumn day.  The 303rd was the lead group flying at a relatively low formation of 13,000 feet.  It was the fourth combat mission for Bruce and the rest of the crew.

The heavy bombers delivered their payloads, dropping high explosive and incendiary bombs on the aircraft factory and then turned back toward England.

Around midday, Bruce’s aircraft was attacked by three FW-190 fighters flying three abreast.  Rounds from the fighters’ 20 mm cannons hit the B-17, nicknamed “Son.”  With its number three engine on fire and its propeller feathered, “Son” lost contact with the bomber formation at an altitude of 8,000 feet.  It had lowered its landing gear, a signal to its attackers that it was no longer able to fight.  At this sign, the German fighters withdrew.

But, the damage was done.  The big bomber sank lower and lower, the frigid waters of the Baltic Sea coming closer and closer.  The B-17 crashed into the sea at approximately 1220 hours near Lolland, Denmark.  All ten members of the crew were killed.

Over a month later, on November 13, Bruce’s body was found on the beach at Dazendorfer Strand in Holstein, Germany.  He was laid to rest in Heiligenhafen Cemetery two days later.  After the war, Bruce’s remains were reinterred in the Ardennes American Cemetery in Neupre, Belgium.  Bruce was awarded the Purple Heart.  He was survived by his mother, his brother and six sisters.

Strike photos hint at the devastation afflicted at Anklam

The Arado plant and approximately 80% of the surrounding town were destroyed.  As a result, fabrication of parts for Focke-Wulf, Junkers and Messerschmitt aircraft were dispersed to other areas.  The mission for which Robert Vines Bruce and the other nine members of his crew had given their lives was considered a victory.

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  1. Donald L. Miller, Masters of the Air: America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought The Air War Against Nazi Germany, (New York: Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, 2006), 167.


Distinguished Service Award Nomination Form

Nomination Form Distinguished Service Award

  • Describe specific significant contributions by nominee, benefiting the community, state and nation, through public service, civic activities, social services, and membership in civic, social, and other community service organizations.
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    *Three letters of support are required for consideration. If readily available, the nominee's resume may be included as supporting documentation. Nomination packet cannot exceed ten pages in length including these required documents.

Clemson Alumni Association Social Media Promotion Policy

The Clemson Alumni Association prides itself on enhancing the lifelong Clemson experience by serving, involving, informing, and engaging our alumni, current and future students, and friends of the University. Our social media accounts have been implemented to achieve these goals. Promoting content that exhibits a strong relationship with the Alumni Association is just one of the many ways we attempt to fulfill our mission. Therefore, the Alumni Association is open to promoting certain events and material that are not hosted solely by the Clemson Alumni Association, but by officially approved extensions of the Alumni Association.

Below are the approved guidelines for content that will, and will not be promoted by the Alumni Association on the official Alumni social media websites. The criteria for content that will be considered for promotion is also included.

Content that will be promoted by the Clemson Alumni Association

  • Events that exhibit a strong relationship with/support the Clemson Alumni Association
  • Content that exhibits a strong relationship with/supports the Clemson Alumni Association
  • Fundraisers that exhibit a strong relationship with/support the Clemson Alumni Association

Definition of content that has a strong relationship with the Clemson Alumni Association:

  • The content is sponsored by the Clemson Alumni Association
  • The content is sponsored by the University
  • The content benefits the Clemson Alumni Association, alumni, and students all together
  • The Content contributes to the mission of the Clemson Alumni Association
  • If the content is an event:
    • The majority of those who organize/host the event are alumni
    • The majority of those participating are alumni/students
    • The event benefits a large amount of alumni
    • Proceeds of the event benefit Clemson University, the Alumni Association, the university campaign and/or an officially charted entity of the Alumni Association
  • The content targets the Clemson Alumni Association’s preferred audiences
  • The content networks current students/young alumni with older/current alumni
  • The content provides alumni with opportunities to give back to Clemson University
  • The content that is deemed to be a feature story by our discretion

Club and Group Network Initiatives and Student Clubs and Organizations

  • The Alumni Association will not post content promoting initiatives by Clemson Clubs and Special Interest Groups due to the vast number of entities that fall within this categorization. However, clubs and groups are encouraged to tag Alumni Association social media accounts in posting their events.
  • In the same vein, the Alumni Association will not promote the initiatives of the various student groups and organizations on campus but will promote initiatives produce by Student Affairs. However, student groups and organizations are encouraged to tag Alumni Association social media accounts in posting their events.

Content that will not be promoted by the Clemson Alumni Association

  • Selling of any goods or services that are not sold specifically by the Alumni Association or its contractual partners
  • Does not have a strong/contractual relationship with the Clemson Alumni Association
  • Content that involves:
    • Illegal activity
    • Hate speech
    • Harassment
    • Minors
    • Sex/nudity
    • Shock value
  • Events that are:
    • Unsafe
    • Deceptive/misleading
    • Not compatible with the missions and values of the Clemson Alumni Association
  • Political campaigns
  • Spam
  • Content that is asking to share a post for a contest
  • Content that involves court cases

Guidelines for submitting content to be promoted

  • Must be submitted within 2 weeks of desired date of promotion
  • Must fill out application
    • Event application
    • Fundraiser application
    • Material application

Ricoh Print Services for Clubs and Groups

In celebration of Clemson, our on-campus print and mail center would like to extend their services to the Clemson Clubs and Clemson affiliates at the same discounted rates offered to employees which average 20% below commercial retail costs.  In addition to these low rates, turnaround times are typically within a few days and can include a free proof sent to you.  The on-campus print and mail center uses negotiated UPS & FedEx rates so shipping costs are far lower than standard costs. 

Services available include high quality color and black & white printing, copying, a complete bindery, fulfillment and bulk mailing services.  Start saving money on your printing and mailing projects and take advantage of this opportunity. 

To learn more or get a free quote, please contact Shannell Yvonne Mathis at or 864-656-0687.

2018 Nashville Prowl & Growl Photo Submission Form

Prowl & Growl photos are now available. Please complete the form below to download your photo. Thank you for attending and Go Tigers!


Nashville Prowl & Growl Photo Form

This form allows the individual submitting the form access to photos from the Nashville Prowl & Growl

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Clemson Alumni Association Officer Nomination Information

The Officers of the Clemson Alumni Association are the President, President-Elect, and Immediate Past President. Each of these capacities carries with it a two-year term that commences on July 1, following the election of a President-Elect. As such, the cumulative commitment of service for an Officer is six years, from the commencement of duties as President-Elect to the completion of a term as Immediate Past President.

The duties of the officers of the Alumni Association are generally as follows:

  1. President–The President is the presiding officer and chief ambassador of the AlumniAssociation, and serves as Chair for all meetings of the Association, Council, Board ofDirectors, and Executive Committee; appoints the standing committees and any special committees deemed appropriate; serves as a member of the Clemson FoundationBoard; serves as a member of the IPTAY Board of Directors; appoints the AlumniAssociation’s representative to the Athletic Council; appoints at-large representatives tothe Alumni Council; serves as an ex-officio member of all committees and eachClemson Club and Alumni Constituency group; performs all duties and responsibilities generally assigned to the office of President.
  2. President-Elect–The President-Elect shall, in the absence or at the request of thePresident, carry out the duties of the President; serves as Chair of the Honors andAwards Committee; serves as a member of the Clemson Foundation Board.
  3. Immediate Past President–The Immediate Past President shall serve in whatever capacity is deemed appropriate by the President, and serves as the Chair of theNominating Committee.

While each of these leadership positions consists of responsibilities critical to the success of the Association, it should come as no surprise that the role of President is chief in terms of importance and time commitment. It is estimated that this individual will – on average – spend 10 hours/week engaged in official Alumni Association business and initiatives. Some weeks could require up to 20 or more hours of a time commitment, especially during the scheduled meetings of the various University leadership boards (Alumni Association, Foundation, and IPTAY). The ability to travel regularly to campus, as well as to attend other Association events off-campus, is required of the President.

It is equally important to note that the role of Officer is a volunteer position. Travel expenditures, as well as lodging and related accommodations, for Association-related activities are the responsibility of the Officer.

An interest/nomination form is can be found by clicking here. This form should be used to submit the name and supporting information for any candidate. All nominations must be received by close of business on March 31, 2018. For best consideration, candidates should submit up to three accompanying letters of support. Letters can be attached to the form via the supporting documents field.

Each nomination will be forwarded to the Nominating Committee, to be reviewed and screened by its membership. The Nominating Committee will present its recommendations of qualified candidates to the Alumni Board of Directors, and the election of new Directors will take place during the Alumni Council meeting in the Spring in Clemson.

For more information on the duties and responsibilities of a Director of the Alumni Association Board, or for general inquiries on the nominations and selection process, please contact Wil Brasington,

Clemson Alumni Association Board Nominations Guidelines

Per the Alumni Association Constitution, the Board “is responsible for overall policy, direction, and organizational vision of the Alumni Association”. As such, each of its members shall have at least the following duties and responsibilities:

          a) oversight of the financial and administrative affairs of the Alumni Association

          b) establishment of policies and goals to fulfill the mission and purpose of the Association

          c) deliberation and decision upon any proposed contractual relationship or partnership between

          the Association and any outside party

          d) report to the Council at each meeting and as requested

A full term of service to the Board is three years, and the Board meets no fewer than four times annually to conduct its business.

Candidates are sought who meet the following qualifications: a) sound judgment, b) strong work ethic, c) demonstrated service to the University and Alumni Association, d) leadership qualities and potential, and e) the desire and vision to advance the goals and objectives of the Association.

An interest/nomination form is can be found by clicking here. This form should be used to submit the name and supporting information for any candidate. Self-nominations will be accepted, but the opportunity exists for a candidate to be nominated or endorsed by one or more from a third party. All nominations must be received by close of business on March 31, 2018. For best consideration, candidates should submit up to three accompanying letters of support. Letters can be attached to the form via the supporting documents field.

Each nomination will be forwarded to the Nominating Committee, to be reviewed and screened by its membership. The Nominating Committee will present its recommendations of qualified candidates to the Alumni Board of Directors, and the election of new Directors will take place during the Alumni Council meeting in the Spring in Clemson.

Membership on the Alumni Council is not a pre-requisite for consideration of a seat on the Board. As such, each member of the Council is encouraged to disseminate this call for nominations throughout his/her respective Club or alumni special-interest group, or to any potentially-interested party.

For more information on the duties and responsibilities of a Director of the Alumni Association Board, or for general inquiries on the nominations and selection process, please contact Wil Brasington,