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Silent Drill Platoon breaks silence with the sound of popping rifles

By Sgt. Bryan G. Lett | | June 23, 2011

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The Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon performed at Winnacunnet High School in Hampton, N.H., on June 22. Members of the Silent Drill Platoon are individually selected based on interviews conducted by personnel from Marine Barracks Washington, D.C.::r::::n::

The Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon performed at Winnacunnet High School in Hampton, N.H., on June 22. Members of the Silent Drill Platoon are individually selected based on interviews conducted by personnel from Marine Barracks Washington, D.C.::r::::n:: (Photo by Sgt. Bryan G. Lett)


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The Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon performed at Winnacunnet High School in Hampton, N.H., on June 22.  Nearly 2,500 individuals attended the event despite rainy and overcast conditions.

The Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon performed at Winnacunnet High School in Hampton, N.H., on June 22. Nearly 2,500 individuals attended the event despite rainy and overcast conditions. (Photo by Sgt. Bryan G. Lett)


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The Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon performed at Winnacunnet High School in Hampton, N.H., on June 22. Around 2,500 individuals from around the New Hampshire area attended the event and spoke with the Marines during a post-show meet and greet.

The Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon performed at Winnacunnet High School in Hampton, N.H., on June 22. Around 2,500 individuals from around the New Hampshire area attended the event and spoke with the Marines during a post-show meet and greet. (Photo by Sgt. Bryan G. Lett)


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Staff Sgt. James Woolford, the platoon sergeant of the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon, speaks with a member of the media after performing at Winnacunnet High School in Hampton, N.H., on June 22.  The platoon performed for nearly 2,500 individuals in attendance.

Staff Sgt. James Woolford, the platoon sergeant of the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon, speaks with a member of the media after performing at Winnacunnet High School in Hampton, N.H., on June 22. The platoon performed for nearly 2,500 individuals in attendance. (Photo by Sgt. Bryan G. Lett)


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Thirty Marines from the Silent Drill Platoon performed a 15-minute performance at Winnacunnet High School in Hampton, N.H., on June 22.  Despite the overcast conditions the 2,500 in attendance cheered and came to a standing ovation when the performance was complete.

Thirty Marines from the Silent Drill Platoon performed a 15-minute performance at Winnacunnet High School in Hampton, N.H., on June 22. Despite the overcast conditions the 2,500 in attendance cheered and came to a standing ovation when the performance was complete. (Photo by Sgt. Bryan G. Lett)


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HAMPTON, N.H. -- Thirty members of the United States Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon performed at Winnacunnet High School in Hampton, N.H., on June 22.

Despite the rainy and overcast conditions, nearly 2,500 individuals attended the event and gave a standing ovation upon its completion.  After the performance, the members of the platoon answered questions from local media and held a meet and greet with those in attendance.

Members of the Silent Drill Platoon are handpicked through competition to represent the Marine Corps.  Through intense practice they learn the precise rifle drill performed for audiences across America.

The platoon is based out of Marine Barracks Washington, D.C.

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