Olde English Leathernecks
The Marines of York County,South Carolina



Tickets are available by contacting Tommy Ayers, at the American Legion (524 Heckle Blvd, Rock Hill, SC) or by mailing in your check to this address:  OEL Det 1123, PO Box 733, Rock Hill, SC  29731.  Ticket prices are $45/ticket and includes a cocktail hour, the distinguished Marine Corps Birthday ceremony, our Keynote Speaker, Dai C. Phan, DDS, dinner and dancing, and special performances by The Patriot Ladies.  Live music will be provided by the Carolina Rythem Band again this year.  

 Meet our Keynote Speaker:  Dai C. Phan, DDS                                                      2017_Guest_Speaker_Dai_C._PhanDDS.JPG


After the fall of the Republic of Vietnam to the invasion by North Vietnamese forces, the young boy who was to become Dr. Phan escaped with his family in 1978, becoming one of the "boat people".  Enduring danger and hardship as refugees, Dr. Phan and his family finally arrived in the United States in 1980. Here, Dr. Phan continued his journey to becoming a man and an American.


He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Missouri at Kansas City, and his Master's degree in prosthodontics from Marquette University. Today, Dr. Phan is staff maxillofacial prosthodontist at William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center, Columbia, S.C.


Dr. Plan is an aircraft enthusiast, and a champion of Vietnam veterans, those fellow citizens who sacrificed so much for his native country.


Special Performances

We are honored to present The Patriot Ladies and their special tribute to our veterans.  You won’t want to miss these special women who honor our local veterans with their gift of music.

Catering will be provided by Jim N Nick’s BBQ with a tailored menu of Prime Rib, Grilled Chicken, garden salad, mashed potatoes and gravy, and cheese biscuits.  Our birthday cake and dessert will be provided by Z Bakery of Fort Mill, SC. 

We will also have door prizes, and we will also be pulling our raffle winners! You don't have to be present to win. 


Photography services are again provided by On The Spot Photography where you and your date, and / or your fellow Marines can commemorate this year’s Birthday Ball celebration with the purchase of your photo together.



Preparations have begun for this year's Birthday Ball celebration!

Mark your calendar!   This year's 242nd Birthday Ball will be held on November 4, 2017 at the Frank Roach Post 34 American Legion facility located at 524 Heckle Blvd, Rock Hill, SC.

Doc Sweet is leading the Program Ad campaign this year.  The Program Ad Receipt is available from this location too so please, scroll down to find the file to download and print as you need them.  We will have them available at the monthly meetings too. Deadlines for getting the ads in is approaching so go get-them and turn them in soon!

Please return here for regular updates.  

Semper Fi Marines!

2017 Ball Committee

Jamie Cooke - Chair
Holly Hill - Co-Chair
Linda Scott
Sabrina Tanguay