The SC House of Representatives is considering creating a South Carolina Medal of Honor to be awarded to soldiers with ties to the state who are killed in combat or while deploying to a war zone.
The bill, with 51 co-sponsors, was introduced in June and referred to the medical, military, public and municipal affairs house committee, which is discussing it this afternoon.
The medal would be awarded to families of fallen service members on behalf of the people of the state of South Carolina. Recipients would have their names entered on a SC Medal of Honor roll, to be maintained by the state’s adjutant general.
The subcommittee also is considering a special “Honor and Remember” flag that would be presented to the soldiers’ families.
Eligible fallen soldiers include:
• SC National Guard members
• SC Reservists
• Members of the regular U.S. armed forces who are residents of the state or stationed in South Carolina
• A service member who attended a public or private educational institution in South Carolina at some period during their lives
The medal would be awarded by a concurrent resolution introduced by the president of the senate or speaker of the house and would have to be adopted by both houses.
The award would differ from the national Congressional Medal of Honor, which is bestowed for valor in combat to soldiers who are alive or were killed.
Read more in tomorrow’s The State.