Major General James Livingston of the United States Marine Corps. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps in June 1962, following graduation from Auburn University. He retired on September 1, 1995 following over 33 continuous years on active duty. His last assignment was as the Commander of the Marine Forces Reserve in New Orleans, Louisiana. On May 2, 1968, while serving as the Commanding Officer, Company E, 2d Battalion, 4th Marines, he distinguished himself above and beyond the call of duty in action against enemy forces and earned the Medal of Honor. He earned a master's degree in Management from Webster University. General Livingston currently resides in Mount Pleasant
Each year, the RiverDogs and Boeing will recognize and induct new members into the Hall of Honor, which recognizes military veterans with Lowcountry ties. The new inductees will be recognized each season at the three RiverDogs Military Appreciation Nights, presented by Boeing. Hall of Honor members will be recognized on-field and remain on the RiverDogs’ online Hall of Honor, located on RiverDogs.com. The Hall of Honor represents another arm of the RiverDogs and Boeing’s joint Military Appreciation platform, which aims to bring increased recognition and support to the Lowcountry’s military families.
Senior Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne III of the United States Coast Guard, who was killed in the line of duty while intercepting smugglers, on December 2, 2012. Horne had 14 years of service in the Coast Guard and was second in command of the Marine Protector class cutter USCGC Halibut on the night he was killed in action. Horne is credited with pushing the coxswain out of the path of danger at the cost of his own life. In 2019, the Coast Guard commissioned a new Sentinel class cutter named in Horne’s honor, the Coast Guard Cutter Terrell Horne. His wife and three sons live on Johns Island.
A Lowcountry native, on his 18th birthday – January 11, 1967 – he fulfilled his dream by joining the United States Marine Corps. On March 2, 1968 his 15-man patrol – operating under the call sign of “Texas Pete” - boarded a helicopter that would take them behind enemy lines in Vietnam to an observation post, known as “Hill 156”, to support a larger operation known as “Rock”.
On March 5, 1968 the North Vietnamese found their position and began their attacks. The Marines of “Texas Pete” fought valiantly, fending off repeated attacks by the much larger, platoon-sized enemy force. During one of their attacks, a grenade was tossed into the fighting hole occupied by Ralph and two other Marines. Understanding the importance of their position, Ralph did not hesitate to warn the other two Marines to get back, while throwing his body on the grenade to absorb the impact of the blast. Although he was killed instantly, his unselfish actions saved the lives of the entire patrol by keeping the perimeter intact. For his courageous actions, our nation bestowed on him its highest award for bravery in combat – The Medal of Honor.
In 1967 Arias was drafted into the Army at age 19. 11 months later, he was sent to Vietnam. As a member of the 25th Infantry Division, 2nd battalion, 12th infantry he spent most of his time at fire base Pershing. Over his military career, he earned 2 bronze medals, a combat infantryman badge, one Air Medal, and the Army commendation of Valor. He also received two Purple Hearts, including one for October 15, 1969 after being hit with a mortar that left him paralyzed from the waist down. Three years after being told he would never walk again he proved the doctors to be incorrect.
From 2000-2002 Arias' family opened up their home to RiverDogs players. During that time, Arias hosted Brandon Backe, Benito Gomez, Juan Rodriguez, and Iker Franco for 3 seasons. For the last 30 years Arias has called Charleston home.
Brigadier General Thomas Mikolajcik became forever connected to the Charleston community when he served as 437th Airlift Wing commander at Charleston Air Force Base from 1991-1994. He graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1969 and became a command pilot with more than 4,000 hours of flying time. While in command in Charleston, he helped activate the first squadron of C-17s in 1993 and was the Air Force component commander in Somalia during Operation Restore Hope. He is a recipient of the Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters.
He retired from military service in 1996 and passed away in 2010 after a courageous battle with ALS. Following his retirement, Gen. Mikolajcik dedicated his life to fighting for the rights of active and retired military members to ensure service-connected disability for those with ALS and similar diseases. He was also instrumental in keeping Charleston’s strong military presence by working hand-in-hand with local leaders to fight BRAC.
Chief William Tetrev, who was honored at a RiverDogs game earlier this season while receiving the Honor Ribbon, saved the life of another while risking his own during an accident earlier this year in the Charleston area. On March 15, 2021, Chief Tetrev’s Jeep was struck in the side by another vehicle traveling at high speeds, causing his Jeep to overturn three times. Without regard for his own life, Chief Tetrev exited the vehicle in the middle of the dark, busy intersection to remove his injured passenger, carrying her to safety and assessing her injuries.
Chief Tetrev was nominated for an appointment to the Merchant Marine Academy by Senators Tim Scott, Lindsay Graham, and Congressman Joe Cunningham. He is 1 of 280 appointees out of approximately 2,000 applicants.