President Emeritus and Eleazar Wheelock Professor of History Emeritus
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 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.