Navy Cross recipients, veteran leaders endorse businessman, Marine Warren

GREENVILLE, SC Thursday, more than 60 veteran leaders throughout South Carolina publicly endorsed conservative John Warren for governor. Warren, a Marine who led over 300 combat missions in Iraq, is the first candidate to release a Veterans Coalition.

In the Marine Corps, integrity, character and determination are part of the job,” said Col. Myron Harrington, U.S. Marine Corps (ret.) and recipient of the Navy Cross. “I am supporting John because he will take those Marine Corps values to our state government.

Warren served four years on active duty as an infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps. In March 2006, he deployed with 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines to Ramadi, Iraq where he spent seven months conducting combat operations against insurgent forces. While deployed, he was decorated for “valor” and “heroic achievement” as he “led a counter attack against insurgents attacking Observation Post Virginia.” In total, he led over 300 combat missions and left the Marine Corps with the rank of Captain.

“Leading troops tests someone’s leadership,” said Capt. Jerry Rovner, U.S. Navy (ret.). “John’s leadership skills and performance under pressure have given him the ability to lead and make the hard decisions. That is exactly what we need.”

In response to the endorsements, Warren said, “It was the honor of a lifetime to serve in the military and fight for our flag. I am proud and honored to have American heroes standing with our campaign.”


Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Charlie Baldwin, U.S. Air Force, Charleston

Sgt. Maj. (Ret.) Bob Burns, U.S. Marine Corps, Greenville

Col. (Ret.) Myron Harrington, U.S. Marine Corps, Charleston
Navy Cross Recipient

Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Garry Parks, U.S. Marine Corps, Beaufort

Capt. (Ret.) Jerry Rovner, U.S. Navy, Pawleys Island

Col. (Ret.) Mike Stahl, U.S. Marine Corps, Greenville
Navy Cross Recipient


Matt Alexander, Army National Guard, Greenville

Waddy Anderson III, U.S. Army, Greenville

Col. (Ret.) Richard Bagwell, U.S. Marine Corps, Greenville

Maj. (Ret.) Ralph Bates, U.S. Marine Corps, Charleston

Rankin Blair, U.S. Army Reserves, Greenville

Col. (Ret.) Robert Browning, U.S. Marine Corps, Greenville

Kyle Caldwell, U.S. Army, Columbia

Buck Carlton, U.S. Navy, Charleston

Brogan Carmichael, U.S. Air Force, Greenville

Jim Crawford, U.S. Air Force, Sumter

Mark Desser, U.S. Marine Corps, Dillon

Andy Douglas, U.S. Army, Greenville

Col. (Ret.) Jim Emery, U.S. Air Force, Summerville

Don Fay, U.S. Army, Myrtle Beach

Ted Fienning, U.S. Marine Corps, Charleston

Col. (Ret.) Frank Foster, U.S. Army, Greenville

Mike Fowler, U.S. Army, Spartanburg

Lawrence Frelin, U.S. Marine Corps, Aiken

Todd Garrett, U.S. Marine Corps, Charleston

Charles Hardy, U.S. Marine Corps, Columbia

Victor Hendrix, U.S. Marine Corps, Charleston

Oscar Hernandez, U.S. Army, Greenville

Josh Herring, U.S. Marine Corps, Seneca

Drew Hoagland, U.S. Air Force Reserve, Greenville

Jackie Hughes, U.S. Marine Corps, Sumter

Lt. Col. (Ret.) David Keller, Air National Guard, Greenville

Col. (Ret.) Gregory Kitchens, U.S. Marine Corps, Charleston

Col. (Ret.) Curtis Lee, U.S. Marine Corps, Darlington

Seabrook Marchant, U.S. Army, Greenville

Dean Martin, U.S. Air Force, Greenville

Maj. (Ret.) Michael Middleton, U.S. Marine Corps, Greenville

Sgt. (Ret.) Andrew Mitchell, U.S. Army, Greenville

Justin Morris, U.S. Marine Corps, Mt. Pleasant

Ed Murphy, U.S. Navy, Murrells Inlet

Col. (Ret.) William Oden, U.S. Air Force, Sumter

Joe Orban, U.S. Air Force, Sumter

Mark Petty, U.S. Marine Corps, Summerville

Joe Poore, U.S. Marine Corps, Greenville

Stephen Price, U.S. Marine Corps, York

Mark Rebolini, U.S. Army, Horry

Kyle Ryberg, U.S. Army, Greenville

Gunnery Sgt. (Ret.) Marilyn Serpa, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, Greenville

Jonathan Simmons, U.S. Marine Corps, Piedmont

Kenny Smolinski, U.S. Army, Greenville

Archie Sweet, U.S. Marine Corps, Lancaster

Master Sgt. (Ret.) John Thompson, U.S. Marine Corps, Greenville

Master Sgt. (Ret.) Sandy Thompson, U.S. Marine Corps, Greenville

Maj. (Ret.) George Troncoso, U.S. Army, Spartanburg

Maj. (Ret.) Skip Wakeman, U.S. Marine Corps, Seneca

Pat Waters, U.S. Navy Reserve, Charleston, Grandson of General George S. Patton

Craig Wiggins, U.S. Marine Corps, Greenville

Del Williams, U.S. Marine Corps, Seneca

Herman Wood, U.S. Navy, Myrtle Beach

Jim Yost, U.S. Army, Myrtle Beach