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Silent Drill Team performs at Albany MCLB

October 15, 2002

Albany -- Despite a steady rain, hundreds of people attended the Marine Corps Battle Color Ceremony on base today. The prestigious Silent Drill Platoon Team had to cancel last year's performance because of security concerns after September 11th. The Marines were not going to let rain keep them from performing this year.

The Drum and Bugle Corps of the Commandants own band marched and played to start the performance. Then the silent Drill Platoon Members showed their precision work with real rifle and bayonet.

One member of the Silent Drill Platoon is Albany native, 19 year old Lance Corporal Robert Gallup. A Westover High grad, Gallup said he has dreamed of performing in his hometown. Gallup said "It is a dream come true, to come to this field and be one of the people performing rather than sitting in the stands watching."

Many of the people watching the Silent Drill Team are South Georgia high school ROTC students. They were impressed. Dougherty High ROTC student Russieka Hall said "The precision was really good. I liked just about everything about them."

The Silent Drill Platoon was formed in 1948. All it's members are riflemen, who tour around the world to perform.

posted by jimw@walb.com