Origin and Evolution Of OohRah In The USMC…By Gunny G

Posted: April 1, 2013 in Uncategorized
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OohRah!

 

Ever wonder where some of the most common of our Marine Corps history came from? Things like the term “Jarhead,” etc.? Most of these things are pretty well known by all Marines.

 

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drronpaulrev (Photo credit: GunnyG1345)

 

But, then, there are also numerous cases where our accepted history is just plain inaccurate. For instance, Major Devereaux’s last message from the besieged Wake Island in early World War Two–“Send Us More Japs”–or that the red stripe on the blue uniform trousers of officers and NCOs (sometimes referred to as bloodstripes) commemorates the Marine blood spilled at the battle of Chapultapec in 1847.

 

 

English: Lance Corporal rank insignia for the ...

English: Lance Corporal rank insignia for the United States Marine Corps. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

 

These two items are not true, and there are many more things like this that I have addressed elsewhere on my websites.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And then there are some cases where the origin of certain traditions are altogether unknown. Take for example, the case of the well known OohRah! What is its origin? What is its meaning? When and where did it start? Is it related to similar cries now in use by other military services? Nobody knows for sure. Yeah, most everybody has an opinion, but what is the straight scoop? Some of the more popular “opinions” on this include that OohRah comes from either (take your pick) a Turkish or a Russian battle cry, and was somehow adopted by U.S. Marines.

 

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gophum (Photo credit: GunnyG1345)

 

 

 

 

 

For many years, I, myself, leaned in the direction that it may have originated with the 1956 film, The DI, starring Jack Webb as T/Sgt Jim Moore, who, in that movie, commands his recruit platoon, “Let me hear you ROAR, tigers!”

 

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obampoint (Photo credit: GunnyG1345)

 

 

 

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n any case, opinions on this abound–some ridiculous, some even humorous, but like I already said, nobody seems to know for sure. OohRah is now well-entrenched in Marine Corps tradition, and although I have found that it is generally disliked and its use disapproved of by many old time Marines, one thing is for sure–………..

 

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IS THIS MAN, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, THE LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD, MENTALLY ILL? (Photo credit: SS&SS)

 

 

 

 

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