Three to be honored with Jimmie Dyess award

 

Three people will be honored Jan. 9 at the fourth annual Jim­mie Dyess Symposium.

Winners of this year’s Jim­mie Dyess Distinguished American Award are Spc. Al­fred Rascon, Ann Boardman and T. Richard “Dick” Daniel.

The symposium was created to recognize Dyess’ courage as a citizen and soldier, and to identify others who have shown similar valor or made civic contributions above the call of duty.

Dyess lived in North Au­gusta with his family from 1909 to 1927, when he left for Clemson University.

As a 19-year-old college student, he was honored with the Carnegie Medal, the highest civilian medal for heroism, after he rescued two swimmers off the coast of South Carolina.

He returned to Augusta before being called to active duty as a Marine in 1940.

The lieutenant colonel was killed on the last day of combat on the Japanese island of Roi Namur. He was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously in 1944 for valor in combat.

The symposium, which will be held in the Augusta Museum of History rotunda at 5 p.m., will include remarks by Perry Smith, a military general who served 30 years in the Air Force, has been a military analyst for NBC and serves as secretary of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation.

The event will be free.

For more information, contact the museum at (706) 722-8454.

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