Special Sub-Topic: US Army Jargon (WWII)
|During WWII, what did US soldiers call a shirker or a malingerer?|
a goldbrick. During WWII anyone who was a shirker or a malingerer was called a goldbrick. There was always at least one in every platoon.
|During WWII what did US soldiers call a sewing kit?|
a housewife. During WWII US soldiers called their sewing kit a housewife. The term has a long history in this sense in the English-speaking countries.
|During WWII where were US soldiers sent when they were incarcerated?|
the stockade. During WWII soldiers who were in need of correction were sent to the stockade. This was for minor and major offences.
|During WWII what was a latrine?|
a toilet. Simply put, a latrine is a toilet or bathroom. If you were not squared away, you could find yourself cleaning one.
|During WWII what did the US soldiers call medical personnel?|
medics. During WWII medical personnel in the field who served with the infantry were known as medics. The highest compliment the GI could call him was 'doc'.
|During WWII what two items were in all three K Ration meals?|
cigarettes and chewing gum. The breakfast, dinner, and super meals of the K Ration all contained cigarettes and chewing gum.
|During WWII what did US soldiers usually call coffee?|
Joe. During WWII US soldiers called the instant coffee Joe or Java. It is unclear how the name came about.
|What was an officer who had been promoted thru the ranks called?|
a mustang. An enlisted man or NCO who had been promoted through the ranks was known as a mustang. This denoted speed of promotion.
|During WWII what did US soldiers call desertion?|
going over the hill. During WWII desertion was known as going over the hill. This term was pretty standard in all the branches of the military.
|During WWII, what was a 'ruptured duck'?|
an honorable service badge. During WWII a ruptured duck was an honorable service badge worn on the uniform which denoted the servicemen had been discharged. It also alerted the authorities that the serviceman was not AWOL.
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