Citadel Graduate Played Role in Thailand Cave Rescue

July 12, 2018, 8:44 am EST | Share:

CHARLESTON, SC (WTAT-TV) — A graduate of The Citadel played a pivotal role in what is being called one of the most daring rescues of all time.

Earlier this week, 12 soccer players and their coach were rescued from a cave in Thailand after being trapped for days on end.

Air Force Special Ops Commander Mjr. Charles Hodges was part of that multi-national effort on that ground and spoke about that experience on Wednesday.

Hodges was sure to mention the heroism of one person in particular.

“This story isn’t without some tragedy with the ex-Navy SEAL, Suman. I look at him as a hero – somebody willing to sacrifice for those he didn’t even know,” he said. “At the end of the day, this is a good news story that we can all gravitate towards.”

Hodges is from Winnsboro, which is located in the Midlands of South Carolina.

He was in charge of the U.S. operations to help rescue those boys and their coach who were trapped for 18 days.

Major Hodges graduated from The Citadel in 2000.