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Write From The Front

WFTF is a special program that the SC Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum created specifically to preserve email, photos, and letters from South Carolina service members that reflect their daily experiences while on duty defending our nation. WFTF is central to the Museum’s mission to collect and preserve South Carolina’s military history from the colonial period to the present.
 
For centuries, South Carolinians have answered the call to military service. From Fort Moultrie to the Persian Gulf, the proud sons and daughters of the Palmetto State have always served with honor and distinction. We know about their brave feats and quiet sacrifices – their contribution to our history - from the letters and photographs that soldiers have sent back from the field of battle through the ages. The most precious resource for historians and future generations are the thoughts, recollections, and experiences of our service members recorded at the time that they lived them.
The advent of the Internet has dramatically changed how service members communicate with those at home. Today it is possible to send a quick email from almost anywhere at any time. The immediacy of email makes these sources an especially important historical treasure - but they can also be lost forever with a single click of the delete button.
 
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WFTF seeks to protect these important documents so that researchers can tell the stories of those who sacrificed to keep our state and nation safe and free. Whether 
they’re hidden away on a hard drive or in an old shoebox, the passage of time only increases the chances these irreplaceable records of history as it was lived,
by those who lived it, will be lost.

SC's Fallen Heroes

Some South Carolinian soldiers have made the ultimate sacrifice while deployed in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other locations. This gallery is intended to honor their lives and preserve their memory. Click on each name to access additional information on these soldiers.

Capt. Daniel G. McCollum

Marine Corps Captain Daniel G. McCollum, 29, of Irmo, SC, died January 9, 2002. 

McCollum was one of seven U.S. Marines killed when their KC-130 Hercules air tanker crashed into a mountainside in southwest Pakistan.  He was with the Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 352, Marine Corps Air Station, Miramar, Calif.

McCollum graduated from Clemson University with a degree in mechanical engineering in December 1996 and then received his commission from the Marines.

Eulogy written by Dan’s brother Matt:

I’ve also been asked if I think Dan is a hero.  I do.  But Dan isn’t a hero just because he gave his life for his country, but that is part of it.  Dan isn’t a hero just because he went to war to defend his country, but that is a part of it.  Dan isn’t a hero just because he chose to become a Marine officer and aviator, but that is a part of it.  Dan is a hero because of who he was and the way he lived his life.  Proud, but humble.  Tough, but gentle.  Competitive, but caring.  He was honorable, compassionate, and kind.  A good man, a true friend, a loving son and a loving husband.  Dan is a hero because he did his duty every day without asking for recognition or reward.  Dan is a hero because he did his duty, quietly and professionally, because he believed it was the right thing to do.

Although I am saddened in a way that I can’t express with mere words, I rest a little bit better at night knowing that the streets of heaven are guarded by a good Marine.

Captain Daniel McCollum, United States Marine Corps, thank you, job well done, simper fi.