He was a graduate of El Cid. They were our nemesis as Cadets, and our Brothers after we graduated. Each school had different traditions but in many ways were alike. The first book I read by Conroy was the Boo; the next book I read was the Lords of Discipline. It was not about VMI but could have been. As Cadets we were known for boorish behavior towards some whom we did not feel fit in but never like what was portrayed in the Lords of Discipline.
I am not surprised his family sang the Marine Corps Hymn as he laid dying, for in a way Conroy was a product of the USMC, the South, and the Citadel. Rest in Peace Good Servant Pat.