Isle of Palms resident Ronald C. Plunkett was awarded the Order of the Palmetto by Gov. Henry McMaster in his office on August 1. The Order of the Palmetto is the highest civilian award given by the state. It recognizes a person's lifetime achievements and contributions to the State of South Carolina. In attendance were family and friends including Gen. and Mrs. James E. Livingston, Medal of Honor recipient.
The award comes in the form of a framed certificate that, in part, reads: "In grateful recognition of your contributions and friendship to the State of South Carolina and her people. I do hereby confer unto you the Order of the Palmetto..."
With bio too extensive to include, Ron graduated from the Citadel in 1964 with BA and after serving as a US Army Captain in Vietnam, in 1997 he attained a MA Summa Cum Laude. His professional career, from 1968-2009 was with Sea-Land Service, Inc., and its successor Maersk Line, retiring as Senior Account Executive. In 2010 Ron organized the Red Shirt Volunteers to support the Medal of Honor Society Convention in Charleston. He served six years on Patriots Point Foundation attaining office of Vice President. Ron is currently active in Boy Scouts of America, St. Alban's Chapel Society, Theta Commission Kappa Alpha and volunteer Chief of Staff to MajGen James E. Livingston, MOH. He holds memberships in Washington Light Infantry, The Hibernian Society of Charleston and Castle Pinckney Historical Preservation Society among many others. A humble man, he credits his wife, Linda, for supporting him through the years.