Mingo Camp 1717 awarded the H.L. Hunly Award to two JROTC cadets. The first award went to Private Michael Buchanan of Union High School at the Union JROTC Military Ball that took place at the Mad Boar in Wallace. The second award was given to 2nd Lt Kyle Benjamin Green of Lakewood High School JROTC on Thursday, May 28at the unit award ceremony at Lakewood High School.
The H.L. Hunley award was developed by Master Chief Petty Officer Alexander C. Wilson, III U.S Navy (retired) and oversees the administration of the program, says the first two submarines he learned about as Submarine School, New London Connecticut in 1969 were the “Turtle” and the “Hunley”: the H.L. Hunley was the first submarine to sink another vessel in combat.
The eight volunteer crewmen lost their lives that night and remained in the Hunley as their coffin from 1864 until they were recovered and buried in 2004. United States Navy submarine service veterans dressed in matching Blue blazers wearing their coveted “dolphin” insignias, served as pallbearers transporting their coffins from church to church in Charleston, SC for the memorial services and then when they were transported from hearses to eight waiting platforms and their final funeral service at “The Battery” in Charleston, S.C. before being laid to rest at Magnolia Cemetery.
After two fatal accidents that took the lives of many of the first two crews during testing, including the boat’s designer Horace L. Hunley, these men paid the ultimate sacrifice after making the Commitment to step forward, with Courage, knowing their lives were literally on the line, to defend, with Honor, their homeland, At least four U.S. Navy Ships within the submarine force have been named in honor of Confederate heroes or individuals associated with the Hunley. They are: USS Dixon (AS-37) named after the submarine’s commanding officer, Lieutenant George Dixon, who died that night in February 1864.
The USS Hunley (AS=31) named after the submarine’s designer, Horace L. Hunley, who died on the second Hunley training accident. The USS Robert E. Lee (SSBN-601) Commanding General of the Confederate States Army of Northern Virginia, graduate of West Point, and arguably one of the most gifted military strategists in American History. Last but not least the USS Stonewall Jackson (SSBN) 634 named after General Thomas J. Jackson, considered General Lee’s “right hand man”, who died at Chancellorsville, which many say led to the Confederate defeat at Gettysburg and ultimately the loss of the War.
Because of the naval theme of the award, the program was initially developed for Navy and Marine Corps JROTC in the state of South Carolina only. After many inquires from the Army and Air Force the program was expanded to not just Army and Air Force Units in South Carolina, but throughout the country. The award is given to a second year cadet who has demonstrated the qualities of Honor, Courage and in particular Commitment to his/her unit throughout the school year.
The Sons of Confederate Veterans was established in 1896 and is one of the oldest Historic Hereditary Societies in America. Made up of patriotic American men, the SCV is a 501(c) 3 organization dedicated to ensuring that the memory of their Confederate ancestors remains alive and untarnished. The SCV is also committed to educating the public about the history of the 1861-1865 period and preserving Confederate monuments, graves, and artifacts. The SCV is not affiliated with any other organization and specifically rejects anyone who advocates the overthrow of the U.S. Government, or is knowingly a member of any known hate group.
For more information about the H.L. Hunley award the CSS H.L. Hunley or the Sons of Confederate Veterans you can checkout the SCV website at www.scv.org or the SCV NC Division at www.ncscv.org for information about meeting times and membership.