USS Constitution Museum Hosts Panel Discussion on U.S. Marines and ‘Old Ironsides’

On Tuesday, August 16 at 6 p.m., the USS Constitution Museum hosts From the Shores of Tripoli to the Decks of USS Constitution: The History and Future of the U.S. Marines and “Old Ironsides.” This in-person reception and panel discussion commemorates the role of United States Marines on USS Constitution.

The Marines were part of Constitution’s crew beginning with the Ship’s earliest deployments to the Caribbean to fight French privateers. Marines from “Old Ironsides” played pivotal roles in that conflict, in the Barbary Wars in the Mediterranean, as well as in Constitution’s battles with British frigates during the War of 1812. Marines continued to serve USS Constitution as part of the Ship’s home port in the Boston Navy Yard. Today, there are calls to return a contingent of active-duty Marines to serve a ceremonial role on Constitution.

Carl Herzog, Public Historian for the USS Constitution Museum and Chief Petty Officer Elliott Fabrizio, Public Affairs Officer for USS Constitution will discuss the history of the Marines and look at the arguments for returning them to the deck of “Old Ironsides.”

Following the panel discussion, the Museum will hold a special commemoration aboard USS Constitution to remember LT William S. Bush. LT Bush died during Constitution’s battle with HMS Guerriere on August 19, 1812, making him the first U.S. Marine Corps officer killed in combat.

Members of the press should confirm their attendance to [email protected].

Registration is free to the public. Voluntary contributions are appreciated.

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.

This program is made possible in part by a Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The USS Constitution Museum serves as the memory and educational voice of USS Constitution by offering award-winning exhibits where all ages can have fun while learning and exploring history together. The Museum’s mission is to engage visitors in the story of Constitution to spark excitement about maritime heritage, naval service, and the American experience. The Museum is open seven days a week with a pay-what-you-wish admission policy, and the Virtual Museum is open 24/7. The USS Constitution Museum is a 2022 winner in USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice in the “Best History Museum” category and Boston Parents Paper’s Family Favorites in the “Historic Sites & Tours” and “Museums & Attractions” categories. For more information, visit

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