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.


May guest speaker


 Chuck Newhall - "Fearful Odds"   A Haunting Memoir Of Combat In Vietnam And The Consequences of War

 Chuck Newhall is a very successful businessman, but he struggled for years with PTSD. His memoir Fearful Odds is not only the story of what caused his PTSD and the nearly devastating impact it had on his life, it is also an inspiring story of how one man overcame his psychological injuries. It is, in the end, a story of hope and triumph with lessons for the millions of veterans of Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan and their families.


Dana Spain