Posts Tagged ‘Private First Class’

A rendition of the emblem on the flag of the U...

Back in’52 when I was a brand new Pfc just outta boot camp and having reported in to Marine Barracks, Camp Joseph H. Pendleton, Oceanside, California–yeh, you read it right, MB,O’Side, No Zip Code, etc.–I overheard some old salts arguing over the question as to which was correct…”cocked and locked” and/or “lock and load”.

One side claimed one, the other side claimed the other. Some said that “Lock and Load” became popular with John (Duke) Wayne‘s portrayal of Sgt Stryker in the 1949 “Sands of iwo Jima.”

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