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November 13, 2023

U.S. Marine Corps Birthday Breakfast

U.S. Marine Corps Birthday Breakfast:
A Tribute to LT William S. Bush

November 13, 2023

8:00 AM

Morning Colors in front of “Old Ironsides” On PIER 1, followed by breakfast at the USS Constitution Museum

$60 Members / $65 Non-Members


Colonel Todd Desgrosseilliers, USMC (RET.)

Colonel Todd Desgrosseilliers is a retired Marine Corps infantry officer with 31 years of service. He will speak on the value of selfless service through inspired leadership.

Colonel Desgrosseilliers is a decorated veteran who served in Iraq twice as a Battalion Executive Officer and later Battalion Commander. On two separate occasions, he acted with complete disregard for his safety to protect his Marines while leading them under enemy fire. His bold actions include shielding them from a grenade explosion with his own body, exposing himself to direct enemy fire to drag an injured Marine to safety, and remaining in the open, despite being wounded by shrapnel, to lead his Marines to overcome insurgents. He was presented with the Silver Star Medal, the nation’s third-highest military decoration for valor and gallantry in combat.

The event is also a tribute to LT William S. Bush, honoring his memory as the first U.S. Marine Corps officer to die in combat while serving aboard USS Constitution in the War of 1812. A native of Auburn, Maine, Colonel Desgrosseilliers was commissioned to the U.S. Marines aboard Constitution. He will draw on his combat experience to consider LT Bush’s story and brave actions.

About Colonel Desgrosseilliers

Colonel Todd Desgrosseilliers is a retired Marine Corps infantry officer with 31 years of service. Enlisting in 1985 and serving in the infantry, he received his commission in 1990 after earning the rank of Sergeant. Desgrosseilliers served as the Commanding Officer, The Basic School (2012-2014), responsible for educating newly commissioned or appointed officers in the high standards of professional knowledge, espirit-de-corps, and leadership to prepare them for duty. He also served as Commanding Officer, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines (2005-2007), deploying the Battalion to Iraq in 2006-2007, where they conducted counter-insurgency operations in Ramadi and Fallujah during the “Sunni Awakening.” He fought in Operation Al FAJR in Fallujah, Iraq, in 2004, where he was wounded several times. His military awards include the Silver Star Medal and two Bronze Star Medals for Valor. After his retirement, Colonel Desgrosseilliers led the nonprofit Project Healing Waters as CEO, serving wounded Military Service Members.

Colonel Desgrosseilliers is a graduate of the Marine Corps’ Scout-Sniper Instructor Course; the Marine Corps’ Mountain Leaders’ Course; Amphibious Warfare School; and the Marine Corps’ Command and Staff College. He also completed the National Security Fellowship at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in 2008. He holds a Bachelors degree in history from Boston University, a Masters degree in military science from the Marine Corps’ Command and Staff College, and a National Security Executive Education Certificate from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Colonel Desgrosseilliers was medically retired by the Marine Corps in 2016 due to his combat wounds.

Tickets & Sponsorships

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Presenting Sponsor | $2,500
10 tickets at a private VIP table, visibility and recognition as the Presenting Sponsor.

Major of Marines Sponsor | $1,000
8 tickets, visibility and recognition as a Major of Marines Sponsor

Captain of Marines Sponsor | $600
6 tickets and recognition as a Captain of Marines Sponsor

Lieutenant of Marines Sponsor | $300
4 tickets to the event and program listing

Sergeant of Marines Sponsor | $150
2 tickets to the event and program listing

Individual Ticket
$60 Members / $65 Non-Members
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About the U.S. Marine Corps Birthday Breakfast

This event celebrates the U.S. Marine Corps Birthday on November 13th and honors the memory of LT. William S. Bush, the first U.S. Marine Corps officer to die in the War of 1812. During USS Constitution’s battle with HMS Guerriere the ships exchanged cannon fire until they collided and their rigging became entangled. LT Bush raced to lead his men on board Guerriere, but as he turned to ask Captain Isaac Hull, “Shall I board her?,” he was shot down by the British. Two centuries later, Constitution and 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.

Supported by the Drew Ley Fund

This event is supported by the Colonel Drew Ley Fund. The Fund is dedicated to the memory of Life Trustee Colonel Andrew “Drew” J. Ley, USMCR (Ret.). To honor Drew, the Fund supports continued Marine Corps activities at the Museum.