Major James Capers Jr. (USMC-ret.)

Southern Cross Bourbon, is proud of its partnership with Major James Capers Jr., as the brand’s first ambassador. Major Capers is a legendary Marine who served in the elite Force Recon unit and participated in some of the most dangerous and clandestine missions in Vietnam. He is a man of courage, honor, and integrity, who embodies the spirit of Southern Cross Bourbon.

Major Capers was born in South Carolina in 1937 and faced racial discrimination and poverty in his childhood. He moved to Baltimore where he met his wife Dottie and joined the Marines. He broke training records, led Team Broadminded, and was nominated for the Medal of Honor. He received numerous awards and commendations for his heroism and self-sacrifice. He is a role model and inspiration for many people who face challenges and obstacles in life.

We are honored to have Major Capers as our brand ambassador.

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Southern Cross Bourbon’s name was inspired and rooted after The Southern Cross constellation superimposed on the dagger. It represents the historic achievements of the Marines serving during the Pacific campaign of WWII, specifically those actions on Guadalcanal.


The Southern Cross remains a part of the legacy of the modern-day Marine Corps Raider units. Our bourbon is created of 45% Wheated Bourbon, 51% Corn and 4% Malted Barley which has aged for over 5 years and as a high end bourbon, is extremely smooth on the palate.


The veteran team behind Southern Cross Bourbon and Crux Distillery came together after meeting and participating in the Marine Raider Memorial March. The four owners,  Danny Draher a Marine Recon-Raider, Destiny Flynn a Gold Star wife & Mother and Army Veteran, Holly Smith an Emergency Room Nurse and Allan Smith a Firefighter-Paramedic and Marine Corps Veteran. Together the team worked hard to blend the perfect bourbon worthy of the history and lineage of the Marine Raiders.


Our slogan “May You Find Your Way Home” comes from the men of WWII using their navigation skills and paddling their rafts guided by the constellations so they could find their way home.


From our family to yours, “May You Find Your Way Home” and we sincerely hope you enjoy!