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00000177-2120-db48-a97f-fb22304a0000South Carolina has a rich military history, beginning in the Colonial Era. Today, the state has a significant military presence. SC Public Radio and SCETV offers news coverage of South Carolina's active bases, military personnel and veterans, and the economic and cultural impact they have on communities throughout the state and across the nation, as well as stories and profiles exploring our state's military history.

SC Hall of Fame: Sgt. William Jasper (1750-1779)

Sgt. William Jasper
SC Hall of Fame

Sgt. William Jasper distinguished himself as a patriot during the American Revolution. He was probably born in the vicinity of Georgetown, South Carolina. During the bombardment of Sullivan’s Island by a British fleet on June 28, 1776, Jasper recovered the South Carolina flag after it had been shot from its staff and, in the face of deadly fire, attached it to a sponge-staff and remounted it upon the walls of the fort. Jasper later accompanied D’Estaing and Lincoln in the assault upon Savannah in 1779, and was killed on October 9, while planting the colors of the 2nd South Carolina Infantry upon the Spring Hill redoubt. A monument to Jasper was erected in Savannah, and Jasper County, South Carolina was named in his honor.