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October 26, 2009

Your Daily 5: "Lore of the Corps"

How much do you know about the Marine Corps? How many of these questions can you answer? No Googling until you try to answer them first!

1. What is the shameful secret of the "Devil Dog"? (hint, look at the poster)

2. What is a "blood stripe"?

3. What is the oldest military insignia in continued use in the armed forces?

4. "Semper Fidelis" was not the first motto of the Marine Corps. Do you know what was?

5. What is the oldest public building in continuous use in Washington DC?

Answer below the fold.


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The Commandant's House at the north end of the barracks was completed in 1806 and is the only original building still standing. It is the oldest public building in continuous use in the Nation's Capital.




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Posted by Cassandra at October 26, 2009 05:23 AM

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1. What is the shameful secret of the "Devil Dog"?

The label says "Drake's" but they're made by Ralston-Purina.

2. What is a "blood stripe"?

What I'm gonna get across my spine for answering question 1.

3. What is the oldest military insignia in continued use in the armed forces?

The seagull perched on a beachball...

4. "Semper Fidelis" was not the first motto of the Marine Corps. Do you know what was?

"The Colonel buys the first round."

Posted by: BillT at October 26, 2009 09:04 AM

What I'm gonna get across my spine for answering question 1.

*tsk tsk tsk*

Jealousy is such an ugly thing :p

Posted by: Cassandra at October 26, 2009 09:46 AM

1. What is the shameful secret of the "Devil Dog"?

He's only got three legs? I have no idea what you're going for here.

Posted by: MikeD at October 26, 2009 10:02 AM

Men...
That mean old bulldog is picking on a Weiner Beast!

Posted by: Cassandra at October 26, 2009 10:07 AM

What is the shameful secret of the Devil Dog?

A. The Wiener Beast is outrunning it.

What is a blood stripe?

A. When BillT promotes a Marine.

What is the oldest military insignia?

A. Crossed sabre-toothed tigers

"Semper Fidelis" was not the first motto of the Marine Corps. Do you know what it was?

A. If you don't know it, how do you 'spect an Army wife to know it?

Posted by: Cricket at October 26, 2009 10:10 AM

Cassandra,
Do you mind if I put a link to your blog up on my facebook page? I have friends from all the services and think they would donate if they knew where and how.

Posted by: Cricket at October 26, 2009 10:27 AM

A. The Wiener Beast is outrunning it.

Well, I happen to know for a fact that English Bulldogs are TERRIBLE runners (along with being horrible droolers, and tooters... serious gas attacks occur, I mean it). So I can utterly see a dachshund outrunning a bulldog.

Also, remember what dachshunds were bred for (indeed what their very name means). Badger fighting. In the badger's burrow. In the badger's HOUSE. That's one bad***ed dog. Yeah bulldogs fought bulls. But they didn't do it in the bull's house.

Posted by: MikeD at October 26, 2009 10:55 AM

...(along with being horrible droolers, and tooters... serious gas attacks occur, I mean it).

And they consider it an appropriate mascot.

Okey-doke.

Posted by: BillT at October 26, 2009 11:05 AM

"And they consider it an appropriate mascot."

Works for me.
heh

"The Marines I have seen around the world have the cleanest bodies, the filthiest minds, the highest morale, and the lowest morals of any group of animals I have ever seen. Thank God for the United States Marine Corps!"
--Eleanor Roosevelt

I've always found the thoughts of the enemy enlightening:

"Do not attack the First Marine Division. Leave the yellowlegs alone. Strike the American Army.
-- Orders given to Communist troops in the Korean War; shortly afterward, the Marines were ordered to not wear their khaki leggings."

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Posted by: DL Sly at October 26, 2009 12:06 PM

I've always found the thoughts of the enemy enlightening:

"Do not attack the First Marine Division. Leave the yellowlegs alone. Strike the American Army.
-- Orders given to Communist troops in the Korean War; shortly afterward, the Marines were ordered to not wear their khaki leggings."

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Well, yellow isn't a color one associates with those who do not retreat.

Posted by: Cricket at October 26, 2009 01:50 PM

I can't help but grin when I think about the first battles that necessitated this order.

Posted by: DL Sly at October 26, 2009 04:59 PM

Miltary Rules (by department):

Marine Corps Rules:

1. Be courteous to everyone, friendly to no one.
2. Decide to be aggressive enough, quickly enough.
3. Have a plan.
4. Have a back-up plan, because the first one probably won't work.
5. Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet.
6. Do not attend a gunfight with a handgun whose caliber does not start with a 4.
7. Anything worth shooting is worth shooting twice. Ammo is cheap. Life is expensive.
8. Move away from your attacker. Distance is your friend. (lateral & diagonal preferred.)
9. Use cover or concealment as much as possible.
10. Flank your adversary when possible. Protect yours.
11. Always cheat; always win. The only unfair fight is the one you lose.
12. In ten years nobody will remember the details of caliber, stance, or tactics. They will only remember who lived.
13. If you are not shooting, you should be communicating your intention to shoot.

Navy SEAL Rules:
1. Look very cool in sunglasses.
2. Kill every living thing within view.
3. Adjust speedo.
4. Check hair in mirror.

Army Ranger Rules:

1. Walk in 50 miles, wearing 75 pound rucksack while starving.
2. Locate individuals requiring killing.
3. Request permission via radio from "Higher" to perform killing.
4. Curse bitterly when mission is aborted.
5. Walk out 50 miles, wearing a 75 pound rucksack while starving.

US Army Rules:

1. Select a new beret to wear.
2. Sew patch on right shoulder.
3. Change the color of beret you decide to wear.

Air Force Rules:

1. Have a cocktail.
2. Adjust temperature on air-conditioner.
3. See what's on HBO.
4. Ask "What is a gunfight?"
5. Request more funding from Congress with a "killer" PowerPoint presentation.
6. Wine & dine 'key' Congressmen, invite DOD & defense industry executives.
7. Receive funding, set up new command and assemble assets.
8. Declare the assets "strategic" and never deploy them operationally.
9. Hurry to make 1345 tee-time.

Navy Rules:

1. Go to Sea.
2. Drink Coffee.
3. Watch porn.
4. Deploy the Marines

Posted by: DL Sly at October 26, 2009 05:56 PM

I has to ask: How did Eleanor know the Marines had the cleanest bodies and the dirtiest minds along with low morals? I bet its a dishy story.

Hm? Inquiring minds, yanno.

Posted by: Evil, Bad Cricket picking on Mrs. R. at October 26, 2009 11:05 PM

I've always gotten a giggle out of this quote, too:
"I once had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalogue: no good in a bed, but fine up against a wall."

Perhaps that goes more to explaining the Marine quote than one might have originally thought.....
*snnnort*
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Posted by: DL Sly at October 27, 2009 03:22 PM

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