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Gunny G: So, Was It “Lock and Load” OR “Cocked and Locked” ???

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.”

I don’t know, but I find things like this interesting.

Many years later, after I retired fron the USMC, I got online and posted many things relating to Marine Corps History, etc.

One of the articles I came across had to do with the Marine Mail Guards of the 1920’s era .

MARINE MAIL GUARDS 1921–1926!

http://gunnyg.wordpress.com/2011/11/03/gunny-g-cocked-and-locked-marine-mail-guards-19211926/

SEMPER FIDELIS !!!!!

Dick G

aka: Gunny G

 

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  1. May 24, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Reblogged this on GUNNY G UP: "COCKED AND LOCKED"THE NEW GUNNY G BLOG, ETC. ! and commented:

    Gunny G: So, Was It “Lock and Load” OR “Cocked and Locked” ???
    May 24, 2013 Gunny G Edit Leave a comment Go to comments
    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.”

    I don’t know, but I find things like this interesting.

    Many years later, after I retired fron the USMC, I got online and posted many things relating to Marine Corps History, etc.

    One of the articles I came across had to do with the Marine Mail Guards of the 1920′s era .

    MARINE MAIL GUARDS 1921–1926!

    http://gunnyg.wordpress.com/2011/11/03/gunny-g-cocked-and-locked-marine-mail-guards-19211926/

    SEMPER FIDELIS !!!!!

    Dick G

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