The city of Camden will install a “Leader’s Legacy” bench in honor of Dr. F.N. McCorkle today at 3 p.m. at Hampton Park along Lyttleton Street.
McCorkle -- known in the community as “Dr. Mac” for 57 years -- is also a military veteran. He graduated from Camden High School in 1943 and, after completing his first semester at the University of South Carolina, joined the U.S. Army in 1944. McCorkle served in France where he earned the Combat Infantryman Badge and a Battle Star for his participation in an engagement at an SS war college 10 miles outside of Munich. His regiment later arrived at Dachau, among the first allied soldiers to witness the horrors of the camp.
McCorkle served at various Army camps in Texas, Colorado, Georgia and North Carolina before mustering out in August 1946. He then returned to South Carolina, earning his M.D. from the Medical University of South Carolina in 1953. McCorkle interned for one year in Cincinnati and then returned to South Carolina to complete his residency. He returned to Camden in 1957, opened his practice and married his wife, Betty.
Today’s ceremony is open to the public, especially Dr. McCorkle’s patients.