Before a crowd of about 100 spectators, the elite Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon performed a series of precise maneuvers on Tuesday, June 1, in the St. Joe’s Sports Dome on the campus of Schoolcraft College.
The Silent Drill Platoon, based out of Washington D.C., is known for this unique precision drill exhibition, and the crowd reacted enthusiastically throughout the program. The 24-man team wielded hand-polished, 10-and-one-half pound M1 Garand rifles with fixed bayonets. Thee routine concluded with a unique rifle inspection sequence demonstrating elaborate rifle spins and tosses.
Staff Sergeant Henry Truzy III of Louisa, Virginia, is the platoon sergeant for the Silent Drill Platoon, a position he has held for about a year.
“The purpose of this exhibition is to lead and inspire people from all walks of life, and specifically to show the camaraderie and esprit de corps the Marine Corps embodies,” Staff Sergeant Truzy III said.
Truzy’s last duty station was with the Marine Corps Operating Forces as a Platoon Sergeant within the fleet (Marine Corps).
“Today I want people to be inspired and remember no matter where you come from in life you can be great in anything you strive to do,” he said.