Join us Friday, November 10, 2017 at 8:00 am for Morning Colors in front of “Old Ironsides” on Pier 1, followed by breakfast at the USS Constitution Museum.
James Wright is President Emeritus and Eleazar Wheelock Professor of History Emeritus at Dartmouth College. He joined the Marine Corps in 1957, at age 17 and served for three years before earning his undergraduate and graduate degrees. He joined the Dartmouth College History Department in 1969 and from 1998 to 2009, served as the college’s 16th president. Wright has worked with veterans since 2005 when he began visiting wounded Marines and soldiers in military hospitals, encouraging the injured servicemen and women to continue their education. His most recent book,Enduring Vietnam: An American Generation and Its War(St. Martin’s Press, April 2017), focuses on the “baby boomer” generation who served in the Vietnam War and the human face of war.
About the LT William S. Bush Memorial Breakfast
To honor the memory of LT William S. Bush, the first U.S. Marine Corps officer to die in the War of 1812. During USSConstitution’s battle with HMSGuerrierethe ships exchanged cannon fire until they collided and their rigging became entangled. LT Bush raced to lead his men on boardGuerriere, but as he turned to ask Captain Isaac Hull, “Shall I board her?,” he was shot down by the British. Two centuries later,Constitutionand the U.S. Marine Corps continue their honorable service to our country. The USS Constitution Museum serves as the memory and educational voice of “Old Ironsides” and ensures that her stories, including those of the U.S. Marine Corps and LT Bush, are preserved and shared with future generations.