LEWISBURG - Cadet James C. Castellino received the Silver ROTC Medal from the Sons of the American Revolution at the recent Bison Battalion Army ROTC Awards Banquet.
The event was held April 21 at the Lewisburg Alliance Church Social Hall.
Awarding the medal was Tom Gouldy, president of the Tiadaghton Chapter SAR. Castellino is from Pittston and is a freshman pre-med student at Bucknell University. In addition to Bucknell University, the Bison Battalion includes cadets from Susquehanna University, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Bloomsburg University and Lycoming College.
From left are Cadet James C. Castellino, and Tom Gouldy, president of the Tiadaghton Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution.
Castellino was selected for the award by Lt. Col. Daniel George, commander of the Bison Battalion and professor of military science at Bucknell University.
The SAR awards the Silver ROTC Medal to foster the principle of the "citizen-soldier" exemplified by the Minutemen of Revolutionary War days.
The award is presented to ROTC cadets who are selected for having a high degree of merit with respect to leadership qualities, military bearing and general excellence. The medal was authorized in 1933 and is approved by the Army, Navy, Marines and the Air Force as an official decoration to be worn on dress uniforms.
The Sons of the American Revolution is a leading male lineage society that perpetuates the ideals of the war for independence. As a historical, educational and patriotic, nonprofit corporation, the SAR seeks to maintain and expand the meaning of patriotism, respect for our national symbols and the value of American citizenship.
Men are eligible for membership with proof of lineal descent of an ancestor who was loyal to, and rendered active service in, the cause of American independence.
Interested individuals should contact Paul Metzger at 435-0025.