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Subject: Question for sgtcory-ga
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: pinkfreud-ga
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Posted: 20 Nov 2002 22:21 PST
Expires: 20 Dec 2002 22:21 PST
Question ID: 111781
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Members of which branch of the U.S. Military are nicknamed "Leathernecks?"

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Subject: Re: Question for sgtcory-ga
Answered By: sgtcory-ga on 20 Nov 2002 22:52 PST
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Hello pink,

This would be the U.S. Marines of course!

What most people don't know, is why this term is used, and where it
came from. Here is an excerpt that explains the lore : Marine Corps Lore
"This stiff leather collar, fastened by two buckles at the back,
measured nearly three and a half inches high, and it prevented the
neck movement necessary for sighting along a barrel .... improved
military bearing, by forcing the chin high..."

As of recent, this 'leather strap' is still used in the Dress Blue
uniforms. I can attest to how well it helps keep our military bearing,
because if you move your head for extended periods of time, you will
be nearly asphyxiated ;-)

Below you can view a set of Dress Blues, past and present:

Dress Blues

No search strategy needed, but if you were inclined to learn more
about Marine Corps traditions, I highly recommend this site:

The Few

Thanks for the question -


In all seriousness, I appreciate your integrity with regards to the
rationale behind the question. You answered the question, and I
offered the resource I did for free. There have been a few other
instances where I have done so, as Google Answers represents alot of
what I miss about the Corps <Teamwork>. If the customer wasn't always
right, I'd tell you to take the money and run ;->

Clarification of Answer by sgtcory-ga on 21 Nov 2002 08:01 PST
Thanks again. Although I am positive you have seen this, I wanted to
post it anyway - so others could give a visit at their leisure :

R Lee Ermy site

For those who are inclined to changing their default sound files, here
are some wavs from the 'Full Metal Jacket' movie :-)

The WAV place 'Full Metal Jacket'

pinkfreud-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $13.50
Thanks for the additional details on the origins of the term
"Leathernecks." is an interesting site that I'd never known about. Somehow,
while visiting there, I kept expecting to hear R. Lee Ermey barking

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