Pat Conroy

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 Boothe 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.

About keydet1976

Retired as a Colonel in the United States Army after 33 years of service. Graduate of the VMI, MA in History at JMU, completed course work for Ph.D in History University of Tennessee.
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One Response to Pat Conroy

  1. Thomas M. Gilhool Citadel'82 says:

    Pat Conroy’s life at every stage is covered by his novels. You can watch him grow up in the Great Santini, you can follow him to The Citadel in the Lords of Discipline and you can work with him in his first job after college, teaching in the barrier islands in Conrack or The Water is Wide.
    Throughout all those stories was his rebellion against The Citadel with nasty public comments on both sides, a cold war period and finally reconciliation. The time period where he was back in the fold gave The Citadel a voice to express what the values for which the place stands.
    I never met him in person. I did get to meet one of his larger than life characters, Lt Col TN Courvoisie AKA The Boo. He did the man justice in his accuracy. We have lost our voice and will not find it for a long time.


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