Sgt. Bruce Talbot B.S., M.P.A.

Drug/Alcohol DWI recognition, employee drug use

recognition and youth tobacco access training.

Click Here To Visit My Drug Page: (click to ask a question)

Contact me if you have questions about drug recognition, youth access to tobacco, or home-built aviation, (what a mix!).  I teach drug recognition to police officers all over the country for Northwestern University's Traffic Institute, and in the six county Chicago metro-area for Northeast Multi-Regional Training.  I have testified as an expert witness before the US Senate twice on the topic of Gateway Drug Control.   I have also conducted youth access to tobacco seminars for the US CDC Chronic Disease Conference, AMA Adolescent Health Conference, and before several state and local legislative hearings.  I hold a Master of Public Administration degree from Roosevelt University in Chicago, and a BS degree in Law Enforcement from Southern Illinois University.   I have been with the Woodridge, Illinois Police Department for over 20 years.  I also do employee drug recognition training for ACE Hardware and K-Mart Corp.

The Woodridge Police Department Homepage

My home-made Rutan Long Ez, N112TG. Two seat homebuilt aircraft, top speed of 150 kts. Five years to build with my partner, Dan Gooch. Based at Clow Airport (1C5) in Bolingbrook, Illinois.  "A homebuilt aircraft is the only safe way to get really high rolling your own!"  Click here for more on homebuilt aircraft.

When I can't go flying I fire-up my 1999 Corvette hardtop.  Built June 2, 1999, it is one of the last Corvettes of the twentieth century, one of only 202 Nassau Blue hardtops built.  My Corvette features a 345 hp V-8 engine, six speed stick shift, computer controlled active handing system and a fighter-plane like Heads-Up Display.  

Thanks go to Ralph , (a great guy), at Bolingbrook Chevy in Bolingbrook, Illinois for making it all possible.

The USS Constitution Homepage

The USS Constitution, "Old Ironsides" under sail in Boston harbor 1997.  

As a direct descendant of the second captain, Commodore Silas Talbot, my family had the privilege

to participate in a "turn about" cruise aboard "Old Ironsides."  


Commodore Silas Talbot

Captain of Old Ironsides during the French-American Quasi War of 1799, he commanded a squadron of ships including the USS Boston, USS General Greene, USS Norfolk and USS Herald, and two smaller auxiliary vessels, the schooner Experiment and the brig Augusta.  During the action the ships Sandwich, Sally and Amphiteatre were captured.  Click here for a brief history of the action against Sandwich.

Navy Battle Flag of the Quasi French-American War 1798-1801

US Navy Battle streamer of the Quasi French-American War 1798-1801

After leaving naval service he was elected to Congress from New York. Several Navy war ships have been named in honor of Silas Talbot, the most recent being the USS TALBOT  FFG4.  Click here for the ships homepage. Click here for another homepage. with great photos of the ship.   The first USS TALBOT, BT-15, was a torpedo boat from 1898-1912 and took part in the Spanish-American War. Click here for a picture and description.  The second USS TALBOT, DD-114, was a destroyer/fast troop transport and saw extensive combat in the South Pacific. USS Talbot received eight battle stars for World War II service. Click here for the ship's history.

Portrait owned by William

Richmond Talbot, Jr.

The third USS Talbot

Print of USS Talbot FFG-4 available from:

Captain Silas Talbot Day Speech

     "Hello, my name is Bruce Robert Talbot.

     I am the 6th Great Grandson of Captain Silas Talbot, and it feels good to come home to Dighton!

     I descend from Captain Silas Talbot through his son Theodore.

     Now I promise this is not going to be a genealogy lesson, but you’ll soon understand why I mentioned it.

     Theodore was born in 1779.  And 1779 was to be a very important year for Silas Talbot.  Having reached the rank of Lt. Col. in the revolutionary Army, the Continental Congress appointed Silas Talbot to the rank of Captain in our new country’s Navy.   Although Congress had no war ships, Captain Silas Talbot was given the merchant ship, “General Washington” out-fitted with 19 guns and a crew of 120.   Captain Talbot captured several British merchant ships until he ran into an entire squadron of front-line British war ships.  Captain Talbot was able to out-run all but one ship, the 72 gun H.M.S. Culloden, which captured the Washington and it’s crew.

     So rather than coming home to celebrate the birth of Theodore, Captain Talbot had become a prisoner of war and was shipped off to prison in far away England.   At this low point in Captain Talbot’s life came yet another blow.   While languishing in an English prison cell his wife Ann Richmond, back home in America, died leaving Theodore and his three older brothers parentless.   The children were taken in by their uncle William Richmond of Providence.   With the help of John Adams and Benjamin Franklin, Captain Talbot was exchanged for a captured British army officer in 1781 and returned to America to fight again.

     But possibly the most important battle for Captain Talbot was not against the British, or later against the French, but rather was against one of his fellow Navy officers, Captain Thomas Truxton.   The battle royal was over who would be the senior in command of the first true American war ships, one of which was USS Constitution, “Old Ironsides."

     In 1794 Silas Talbot, (then serving as an elected Congressman), and Thomas Truxton were chosen by President Washington to supervise the building and take command of the new American warships. Because the rank of Captain was the highest rank in the American Navy at the time, the question of which Captain would ultimately be in charge became an issue.    President Washington in 1794 had ranked Captain Talbot ahead of Captain Truxton, but Truxton later began to protest and argue that he should be the senior Captain.

     The argument basically went that while Silas Talbot was a Lt. Col. in the Army, Truxton was the captain of a privateer, raiding British shipping during the war, and thus had more “sea time” under his belt. Captain Talbot argued that he was senior because his service in the Army and then the Navy should be valued above Truxton’s privateering.

     The battle of the feuding Captains became open warfare when Captain Truxtun sent a scathing letter to the Secretary of the Navy berating Captain Talbot’s Army service.   The letter stated: “A Sailor will make a Soldier, but a Soldier can never make a Sailor.” [sounds like something you might over-hear at an Army-Navy football game!]

     Captain Talbot won the battle over seniority when then President Adams, (whom years earlier during the war had helped gain his freedom from the English prison), honored Silas Talbot’s military service over Captain Truxton's privateering.  Captain Truxton was so bitter over the defeat that he threatened to leave the Navy rather than serve under Captain Talbot, but instead took command of Constitution’s sister ship, the USS Constellation. [I guess you could say Truxton won the consolation prize! Sorry, I couldn’t resist that one]

     However, there was one more bomb to explode in this battle and it was tossed not by Captain Truxton, but rather by Silas Talbot’s own son Theodore.   It seems while both Captains Talbot and Truxton were on the high seas, Theodore was engaged in a little secret romancing back home.   In 1803, Theodore finally broke the news to Captain Talbot that he planed to wed the beautiful Elizabeth Truxton, daughter of Captain Thomas Truxton! [wouldn't you have loved to be in the room when that came out?]

     Defeated by the senior Talbot, Captain Truxton put aside old rivalries and Theodore and Elizabeth were married in Captain Truxton’s New Jersey home.

     So you see, not only am I a 6th great grandson of Captain Silas Talbot, I am also a 6th great grandson of Captain Thomas Truxton, Silas Talbot’s greatest rival.

I have joined the Fox Valley Chapter of the Illinois Society of the Sons of the American Revolution to commemorate my relation to Silas Talbot.  During my activities with the SAR I have meet several very interesting people including former Illinois Supreme Court Justice Louis Rathje and the Speaker of the House, Representative Dennis Hastert.

Bruce Talbot, Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, Peggy Talbot., May 28, 2005

Part of my duties with the SAR is as chairman of the ROTC awards recognition program state-wide.  A very handsome bronze metal and certificate is award to an outstanding high school ROTC cadet, and a silver medal and certificate to an outstanding college ROTC cadet.  I have made personal appearances at all the schools offering ROTC in the Fox Valley area and have enjoyed meeting these fine young men and women.

Air Force JROTC Cadet Senior Master Sergeant Sedric L. Williams With Bruce Talbot

At the Fox Valley chapter, I am also responsible for the yearly law enforcement officer Commendation Medal and certificate. The most recent award winner was Lombard patrol officer Jerry O'Meara.  Officer O'Meara was shot in the line of duty while investigating a theft complaint and suffered severe injury to his arm and hand.  The offender was charged with attempted murder of a police officer.  The Fox Valley Chapter awarded Officer O'Meara the Bronze medal and on May 7, 2005 the Illinois Society awarded him the silver law enforcement medal.

Illinois Society Law Enforcement Chairman Tim Krell, Officer Jerry O'Meara, Fox Valley President Don Parrish, and Bruce Talbot. (click to e-mail)