A memorial ceremony remembering those who have fallen in service to our nation will be conducted Memorial Day weekend. The service, scheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday, May 30, will feature remarks by Col. Mike Mendonca US Air Force (Ret.)., chair of the Clemson Corps, a constituency group of the Alumni Association dedicated to the preservation of Clemson’s military heritage.
The ceremony will include the unveiling of a new stone in the Scroll of Honor Memorial remembering Spec. 4 Philip Aaron Porter, who died from service related illness in April 2020.
Porter, who grew up in Pickens, served in the Army’s elite 75th Ranger Regiment and was deployed as part of the United Nations’ peacekeeping force to Somalia in 1993. When injury cut short his Army enlistment, Porter enrolled at Clemson to pursue a degree in horticulture with a minor in urban forestry. He graduated in 2000.
Environmental factors from his tour of duty in Somalia, including poor water quality and aerial toxins associated with the burning tires Somali militias often used as roadblocks, contributed to additional health issues. Veterans Administration doctors determined that these ultimately fatal conditions were related to Porter’s Army service.
The addition of Philip Porter brings the number of names on Clemson’s Scroll of Honor to 494 To be listed on the Scroll of Honor, one must be a Clemson alumnus and have died while performing military duties or as a direct result of those duties.
Sunday, May 30 at 4:00pm
Scroll of Honor Memorial