Star of the West monument

This granite monument honors the courage and leadership of all Citadel graduates who fought and died while in service. It was raised in 1961, 100 years after Citadel cadets fired on the federal supply ship the Star of the West from the northern point of Morris Island. The monument bears the names of the best-drilled cadet at The Citadel for each year since 1886. The winner of the annual competition wears the Star of the West Medal.