Gunny G’s Marines History and Traditions: Book Review: O’Hara’s Choice, by Leon Uris…
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Reviewers have noted that Uris has taken liberty in his last book with certain historic facts; one liberty taken, but not as yet noted–that I have seen–is his use of the rank of MGySgt, which did not yet exist during the time frame of the book.
The Rank of Gunnery Sergeant came into existence in the Marine Corps in 1898, and it was not until 1934-37 that the grade of MGySgt was added. The MGySgt disappeared from the Marine Corps rank structure, as did the rank of GySgt, in 1946, not to reappear again until another rank structure change in 1959.
See the numerous webpages on Marine History of rank, etc. on GyG webpages…