"Silent Drums: Adapt, Improvise, Overcome!" is the powerful life story of Bob LeBlanc, a decorated gay combat Marine in Vietnam and his personal 45 year fight for equality!
Aside from gripping combat action in Vietnam "Silent Drums" will end with a powerful love story.
During his interrogations Bob’s inquisitors would repeatedly ask if he was homosexual and Bob continually replied, “you have no right to ask the question!” There were no supportive groups or organizations to back Bob when he took his courageous stand against discrimination.
Bob successfully thwarted 3 attempts by the Marines to have him dishonorably discharged for being gay and the 3rd and final attempt was halted by a current U. S. Supreme Court Justice!
Click the play button below and watch this video from 1976 news coverage of a demonstration in support of Bob’s final case against the Marine Corps outside the gates of Long Beach Barracks, Long Beach California!
Bob’s life story is a poignant example of the discrimination and bigotry all lesbian and gay military personnel still suffer. Adding insult to injury Bob’s long time partner is unconstitutionally denied the spousal benefits that Bob risked his life for!
Same sex marriage is a basic constitutional right perniciously denied to all LGBT people but denying our military servicemen and women who often risk their lives for all of us is particularly contemptible!
Bob’s story will inspire all of us in the LGBT community plus a majority of gender congruent hetero citizens to stand up for nothing less than full equality!
I’m so proud to be writing Bob’s story and blessed to have his friendship.
Visit this site often for excerpts from “Silent Drums: Adapt, Improvise, Overcome!” Pam Daniels
Bob LeBlanc is mentioned in two Books:
"Conduct Unbecoming" by Randy Shilts and
"Do Ask Do Tell" by Bill Boushka