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R.W. “Dick” Gaines
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Have you ever wondered just where and when that familiar phrase, “A Few Good Men,” came into being? Was it World War Two, Korea, the Cold War? Was it from Madison Avenue, or a subtle public relations ploy, or just a fluke happening?
Actually it was none of these nor was it of recent vintage–in fact, the phrase predates the Corps itself, since the Marines as a Corps did not come into being until 11 July 1798, after the Marines of 1775 had ceased to exist about 1783.
From BGen Edwin H. Simmons’ book, The United States Marines A History,
Naval Institute Press, 1998….page 17….
A FEW GOOD MEN
“William Jones, captain of Marines in the Providence (the 28-gun frigate, not the 12-gun sloop) then at Boston, advertised in the 20 March 1779 Providence (R.I.) Gazette the need for “a few good Men” to engage in “a short Cruize” and gave the Marine Corps a recruiting slogan it would be using two hundred years later. “
And through the years there have been many other slogans used on Marine Corps recruiting posters. (Click Here, here , and here!) Among these the following slogans have been used: First To Fight; Tell It To The Marines; Let’s Go, U.S. Marines; The Few, The Proud, The U.S. Marines; If You Want To Fight, Join The Marines; No One Likes To Fight, But Someone Has To Know How, etc.
More recently, 1992, Hollywood used the “A Few Good Men” theme for a movie starring Jack (You Can’t Handle The Truth!) Nicholson as Marine Colonel Jessup.
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