Major General James E. Livingston, USMC (Ret.) of Mount Pleasant, recently observed the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War battle which many believe rescued the country from a communist takeover. He fought in the Battle at Dai Do, which is now textbook material for training in the U.S. Marine Corps. For his heroic actions at the pivotal conflict on May 2, 1968, MG Livingston was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor; the highest U.S. military decoration, awarded by Congress to a member of the armed forces for gallantry and bravery in combat at the risk of life and above and beyond the call of duty.
Fast forward 50 years, Jim and Sara Livingston's lives and contributions to their community, and South Carolina over the years, have been a model for service beyond the call of duty.
On May 15, MG Livingston was awarded the South Carolina Order of the Palmetto. The Order of the Palmetto is the highest civilian honor awarded by the governor. It is awarded to persons who make contributions of statewide significance.
MG Livingston was recommended for the award by his entire legislative delegation, led by Rep. Lin Bennett and Rep. Katie Arrington. Business and civic leaders, charitable and service organizations, military and veterans groups, friends and neighbors wrote letters of endorsement for MG Livingston’s nomination for the award.
A faithful supporter of military and community projects, MG Livingston currently supports the effort to construct a suitable National Medal of Honor Museum on the waterfront site at Patriots Point. He believes the project has the potential to enrich the community, state and nation; much as his military service and civic contributions have impacted the thousands of people he has touched in his lifetime.