History

In 1950, the team began to compete in local competitions and march in parades. It quickly made a name for itself as one of the top drill teams in the Philadelphia area. Gradually gaining more experience, the team captured its first National Championship in 1954 at the Pershing Rifles National Meet. Not wanting to lose to an outside team, the Pershing Rifles asked Villanova to join, which they did in 1955. The team was given the designation of "W" Company, 5th Regiment of the Pershing Rifles. Villanova was the first Navy team to join the previously all Army drilling society. it was then that the team was made a separate company in the Midshipman Battalion.

Throughout the 1960s, the team improved its standing each year at the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C. Finally, in 1967, the Company captured first place and was named the top team in the country. In the 1970s, the team began attending the Pershing Rifles Invitational Drill Meet, and won a National Championship in 1976. In 1980, and again in 1981, the smallest Whiskey Company to that date captured the overall squad competition.

In 2008, the Battalion reorganized and Whiskey Company was consolidated into Whiskey Platoon. Whiskey Platoon has continued to prove itself as one of the top collegiate drill teams in the nation. Recent achievements have included placing in events at the Cornell Invitational Drill Meet and the Tulane Invitational Drill Meet.

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