“The Major of St. Lo” Victory Fund

Philanthropic in nature, the Victory Fund was established to provide the critical resources necessary to elevate The Citadel to competitive levels in the Southern Conference and nationally.

Major Thomas Dry Howie ’29

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“THE MAJOR OF ST. LO” VICTORY FUND:

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  • > WHAT IS ``THE MAJOR OF ST. LO`` VICTORY FUND?

    • The Victory Fund is a vital annual fund that supports more than 350 Bulldog cadet-athletes across 16 sports.
    • All tax-deductible gifts to the Victory Fund directly impact the cadet-athlete experience by allowing TCBF and The Citadel Athletics the flexibility and innovation to provide the necessary resources to recruit the nation’s best athletes and coaches.
    • Your contributions provide critical funding of the immediate needs of The Citadel Athletics including scholarship and academic support, sport-specific needs, sports medicine, nutrition advancements, leadership development, facility construction and renovations, and other operations that will give those select few who choose The Citadel an unparalleled collegiate experience.
    • Gifts to the Victory Fund are charitable donations and do not qualify for annual Membership dues nor the benefits associated with TCBF Membership.

  • > ABOUT MAJOR THOMAS DRY HOWIE ’29

    • Thomas Dry Howie enrolled at The Citadel in September 1925 and graduated in June of 1929 having been captain of the baseball team, a member of the boxing team, and a star halfback on the football team. Howie led the Bulldogs to an upset over Clemson in 1928. He was also his Senior Class President.
    • In 1940 he entered active service in the Virginia National Guard, 2nd Battalion, 116th Infantry, 29th Division. Thomas Howie rose rapidly to the rank of major and became “one of the best-beloved battalion leaders in the American Army.” Major Howie was killed July 17, 1944, while breaking through the Nazi wall to relieve another battalion of his regiment that was encircled on the outskirts of St. Lo, the eastern hinge of the German battle line. By taking the high ground dominating the approaches to the city, his men sealed its fall, and as a gesture honoring him and his battalion, his body was carried in state through the streets of the fallen city.
    • Major Howie was posthumously awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and the French Legion of Honor. He is buried at the Normandy American Cemetery at Colleville-Sur-Mer.

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All gifts to the Victory Fund are 100% tax deductible.