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.
Master Sergeant Tom Crawford served honorably for 33 years on active duty and the Air Force Reserve. Commencing April-to-November 1973, while in support of the Vietnam War, Crawford served in Korat, Thailand. In 1990-91, Crawford was activated and served both in Desert Shield and Desert Storm in Daharan Air Base, Saudi Arabia with the 38th Aerial Port Squadron. In April 2002, Crawford was asked to be the NCOIC of the 315th Public Affairs office at Charleston Air Force Base. He retired from the Air Force Reserve in June 2008.
He continues to actively serve his country and community by promoting and supporting veterans’ interests and performing over 40 non-profit fundraising galas each year as a Benefit Auctioneer Specialist, raising upwards of $10 million annually. He is known throughout the Lowcountry as the host of Lowcountry Live on WCIV Channel 4 daily at 10:00 a.m.
Major Angie Powers, the first female inductee to the Hall of Honor, has served for over 28 years in the Army Reserve and is currently a Nurse Practitioner in the 7224th Medical Support Unit, Joint Base Charleston. She has multiple deployments that include an Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force supporting hospitals treating Covid patients, Combat deployment in Iraq in support of Operational Iraqi Freedom, and a Humanitarian deployment to El Salvador in support of Task Force New Hope.
She has received multiple awards, decorations and was recently inducted into the prestigious Order of Saint Maurice from the President of the National Infantry Association and the Chief of Infantry for her individual contributions to the Infantry during her combat deployment.
In her civilian career, she is full-time lead faculty at MUSC in the Doctor of Nursing practice program and Clinical Director of a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Residency.
Will Grimsley graduated from Davidson College in North Carolina in May 1980 with a B.A. in History and was commissioned in the U.S. Army as an Infantry officer. Throughout the next 33 years he served in assignments throughout the United States, Germany, Korea, Kuwait, multiple combat tours in Iraq, and deployments to numerous other nations. Grimsley held command and leadership positions at every level from platoon through corps and served on staffs from small unit levels up to both the Joint Staff and in the Office of the Secretary of Defense; with his last tour as Chief of Staff of United States Strategic Command. Among his many awards and decorations, Grimsley earned the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star, multiple awards of the Bronze Star, and the Purple Heart for wounds received in combat.
He completed every level of officer education and training, and the Army also afforded him the opportunity to earn two Master’s Degrees; one in Advanced Military Arts and Sciences, and one in National Security Strategy. Grimsley also completed Executive Education at the University of North Carolina Business School and holds a Doctor of Education degree from Creighton University with a concentration in organizational leadership.
Retiring from active duty in 2013 as a Major General, Grimsley consulted in the private sector with his primary focus on training, leader development, strategic planning, and operations; and served as President and CEO of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Foundation. On March 4, 2020 he was confirmed by a unanimous vote as the first Secretary of the new South Carolina Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
He and his family live in Beaufort, SC.
Liuetenant Colonel Bill Walsh recently retired from the United States Air Force Reserve, attaining the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He served 23 total years in the United States Military.
Lt. Colonel Walsh served in operation Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and others, including missions in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Germany, South America and Asia as part of the 315th Airlift Wing. His U.S. Navy service included assignments on the U.S.S. George Washington and U.S.S. John F. Kennedy aircraft carriers and battle groups. He served his final four years with the United States Special Operations Command as one of the elite Para-Commandos.
Lt. Colonel Walsh's decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Air Force Meritorious Service Medals, Air Force Commendation Medal, Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal and Global War on Terror Medal among others.
Master Sergeant Eddie Negrón served honorably for 25 years in the United States Army. When he retired from the Army, he was the Master Evaluator and Master Gunner for the Nation's missile defense system designed to protect the nation from incoming ICBMs. He is a Gulf War veteran where his unit was awarded the Valorous Unit Award, and the Meritorious Unit Award. He has been awarded two Meritorious Service Medals, five Army Commendation Medals, six Army Achievement Medals and the Army Senior Space Badge.
His service to the community since his retirement is equally impressive. For the past six years, he was the commander of the local Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association which serves local veterans in need. Their mission statement is Vets Helping Vets. Under his leadership they have been able to raise over $25,000 that has gone directly to assist local area veterans. During the past eight years, he has served on the Boeing Veteran Engagement Team in various capacities. He also uses his leadership skills to mentor the Oakbrook Middle School robotics team.
Colonel Marc E. Greene is the Commander of the 628th Air Base Wing and Joint Base Charleston, who will retire later this month after 22 years of service. As host to over 60 DoD and Federal agencies, the Wing – under Col. Greene’s leadership – provides installation support to a total force of over 70,000 Airmen, Sailors, Soldiers, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, civilians, dependents, and retirees across four installations including Charleston AFB and Naval Weapons Station Charleston. As the commander, he is responsible for $7.5 billion in base property and capital assets and controls an annual budget exceeding $172 million.
Col. Greene was crucial to Joint Base Charleston playing an impressive and important role in the successful evacuation of 124,000 refugees and Americans from Afghanistan in August of last year.
Col. Greene is a command pilot with more than 3,000 flight hours, who has earned countless awards and decoration, including the Legion of Merit. Col. Greene has been an incredible friend to the Charleston community during his time as commander of the Base.
Major Ed Murphy enlisted in the U.S. Army at 17 years old and after graduating from the University of South Carolina he commissioned as a Second Lieutenant Armor Officer. After completing airborne and ranger school, he served as Company executive officer and battalion maintenance officer in the 82nd signal battalion. He completed his Masters in Military History at the Command and General Staff College. He then moved it Italy to become Deputy G-6 for the Southern European Task Force.
Murphy’s decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal with one OLC, National Defense Service Medal with bronze star device, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, NATO Medal, Master Parachutist Badge, and the Ranger Tab.
On April 6, 2005, a CH-47 Chinook carrying 18 passengers and crew members crashed in southeast Afghanistan killing all on board. Major Edward John Murphy, 509th Signal Battalion, deputy J6 for CJTF-76, was one of the brave Soldiers lost in that crash. To date, Ed is the only Army ROTC Graduate of the University of South Carolina to have been killed in the Line of Duty. He posthumously received the Bronze Star, Gold Wahatchee medal and a Gold Order of Mercury.
Murphy’s family – wife Barclay and two grown children – have been active in Tuesday’s Children and other groups to connect with and help others who have lost loved ones defending our country.
Colonel Gregory H. Kitchens retired from the Marine Corps Reserve in 2016. He is a 1984 graduate of The Citadel and a former Enlisted Marine. During his 36-year military career he deployed to combat zones in Iraq and Afghanistan, commanded Reserve units in Charleston and Puerto Rico, and was the Officer in Charge of the Marine Corps Reserve’s Marksmanship Training Unit and Shooting Teams. Among his military recognitions were the Justice Chambers Leadership Award, The Legion of Merit medal, and the Distinguished Pistol Badge for Marksmanship Excellence.
In addition to his service to the United States Marine Corps, Col Kitchens has lived and raised a family in Charleston SC. He has worked in construction, as an undercover narcotics agent, a private detective, a deputy sheriff for Charleston County, and a small a business owner in Mt Pleasant. He served his community as the President of the Patriots’ Point Foundation Board -proudly supporting our Maritime Museum- and as a member of the Vestry of the historic St Michael’s Church. He and his wife have long been involved in mentoring cadets from The Citadel. His hobbies include camping, fishing, hunting, and competitive marksmanship.
Colonel Kitchens is married to the former Allston Allison, who is a retired physician. They will soon celebrate their 31st year of marriage. They have two daughters. Elizabeth (28) teaches English in Dorchester County. Ellen (26) is a student at MUSC.