Help us preserve some Marine Corps history


American Legion post 405 is raising funds to acquire and restore this pre-1840 Marine battle drum.  The battle drum was much more than a musical instrument.  It was a way of communicating across the din of battle to send instructions and boost morale.  Drummers were often young men (drummer boy) who displayed great courage under fire. 
This is one of 2 known to exist from the pre-Civil War period.  Our intent is to bring it to museum quality and present it to the National Museum of the US Marine Corps where it can help tell the story of the USMC and American History.   Don't let this historic piece slip into private hands!  This drum needs to be in the Marine museum where all can experience it.  Our goal is to present it to the USMC Museum on November 10th, the official birthday of the US Marine Corps.


June guest speaker


 historian Russ Dodge - In Search of Veterans' Graves

 Russ Dodge began a lifelong love of history in his youth. Walks through local cemeteries in his boyhood home of Salem, New Jersey caused him to realize that cemeteries are a treasure of history, and every person's story needed to be found and told. He discovered the burial web site:’Find-a-Grave’ and reached out to the, and soon became an active contributor providing photos and biographies he had researched and uncovered. He has now worked  In his over 21-years of association with the site, he has helped the site to grow from a few thousand names to over 156 Million. 


Dana Spain