Special Sub-Topic: Semper Fi, Mac: Part 2
|During WWII, what was a 'coffin nail'?|
a cigarette. A 'coffin nail' was a cigarette. Aptly named! Although smoking was recognized as a nasty habit, it was widely accepted.
|In Marine Corps jargon, what was 'pogey bait'?|
candy. Before WWII, Marines in China were issued candy bars as part of a basic ration. The Chinese word for prostitute is roughly translated 'pogey'. Marines would exchange the candy for 'favors'. Thus candy became 'pogey bait'.
|In Corps jargon, what was your 'piece'?|
your weapon. Your 'piece' was always your weapon or your rifle. God help the boot who refered to it as his gun.
|What was 'scuttlebutt'?|
a rumor. Scuttlebutt was always a rumor or a series of rumors and never a fact. Even 'the word' was not factual at times.
|What was a 'swabbie'?|
a navy man. A 'swabbie' was any navy man in the US Navy. The only exception to this rule were US Navy corpsmen who every Marine respected.
|When an item was 'found', what did that really mean?|
it was stolen. If item was 'found', it always meant 'stolen'. If a Marine was in the possession of an item from the US Army, the offence was always excused.
|During WWII, what were 'China Hands'?|
pre WWII Marines. 'China Hands' were pre WWII Marines who had served in China between 1927 and 1941. The majority of the experienced NCOs were 'China Hands'.
|What were 'scrambled eggs and fruit salad'?|
insignia and ribbons. Scrambled eggs were the braided insignia Navy officers wore on the visor of their cover and fruit salad were the multicolored ribbons on their blouse or dress uniform.
|During WWII,what was a KA-BAR?|
a fighting knife. A KA-BAR is a fighting knive. This all purpose knife is still used today. It replaced the trench knife of WWI.
|What were 'Maggie's Drawers'?|
a rifle range flag. 'Maggie's Drawers' was a rifle range flag that denoted a clean miss of a target in the butts where targets were being pulled. This red flag being flashed always brought snickers and hooting until it was seen by a range NCO who would give the shooter hell about wasting perfectly good ammo.
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