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|History for Reilly Raiders||Philadelphia, PA|
|Inactive Senior Corps founded in 1948||Did you march Reilly Raiders?|
Reilly Raiders, formed in 1946 or 1948, was a senior marching and maneuvering corps based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was formed by returning servicemen who wanted to continue their military musical experience.|
A very successful corps, the Raiders won the VFW championships five times and the American Legion championships twice, as well as 16 Pennsylvania state titles. In a 13-year run, the corps won 90 of the 129 contests it entered, and never finished lower than third.
The Vietnam War decimated the ranks of the Raiders, and the corps ceased competition in 1968. It was re-formed as an alumni corps in 1994.
This corps had the distinction of employing a hearse for the equipment transportation.
[DCW, 6/22/90, p.18; DCW, 6/11/04, p.4]
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