OohRah! Ever wonder where some of the most common items of our Marine Corps history came from? Things like the term “Jarhead,” etc.? Most of these things are pretty well known by all Marines. 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. 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. For many years, I, myself, leaned in the direction that it may have originated with the 1956 film, The DI, staring Jack Webb as T/Sgt Jim Moore, who, in that movie, the “gunny” commands his recruit platoon (paraphrased), “Let me hear you GROWL, tigers!”
In any case, opinions on this abound–some ridiculous, some even humorous, but like I already said, nobody seems to knows 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–it is here to stay! Personally, I think that provided we could determine valid and meaningful historical origin, much of this disapproval by old timers would soon be forgotten. And it seems like OohRah’s origin is not so far distant in our past that there should still be some old salts around even now who can clue us in on the straight scoop.
Somewhere I read….”The sea story is the traditional means by which wisdom is passed on from the older generation of Marines to the younger generation.”
That makes sense to me, and I have thought that if we’re ever going to get an answer on this it will be from Marines who were there and know. For at least a couple years now I have been using the resources of my e-mail and websites to seek information from Marines on this question, but the results have been disappointing. Up to now, that is.
On 12 May 2002, I received the following information from Marine Bob Rader (Sgt Wolf); the info had first been posted to the Sgt Grit’s Bulletin Board and then e-mailed to me. *****************
From Whence It Came?
Received this among some other stuff from an old college classmate and former Force Troops Recon Marine, Dr. Frank Osanka:
The Recon Marines (and maybe all Marines), have their “OORAH” and the Army its “HOOAH”! But what is the origin of these exclamations by troops (can’t call them words– they are better described as sounds)? When used they are unmistakenly expressions of verve, spirit, morale, espirit, eliteness and sometimes derision! They are responses, greetngs, etc.
You won’t find anything in Navy BuPers files. Marine Corps directives or Army regulations prescribing that they be used. Yet, they permeate the ranks and their origins ought to be recorded for they are as much military lexicon as “SNAFU,” “GI”, “Kilroy was here”, “P38″, etc. And, woe betide the commander who thinks he can put an end to their use! They are exclusive property of those who use them and rightfully so–for what it means to them transcends anything a leader can do to give them unity and a sense of belonging!
Whey did they start? Who started them? Why are they so popular with the troops? I can’t answer the question…”OORAH”is answered below, courtesy of Gary “Buddha” Marte, (former Marine).
Obama and Media Minions Inspire Violence
by Lloyd Marcus
In case you have not realized that Obama and his media minions’ relentless playing of the “Race Card” could inspire violence, I have some news for you. The New Black Panther Party hosted a National Black Power Convention. The following chilling quote is from the convention organizer and party chairman. “With the rise of…….
Centralizing Power: The Tyrants’ Agenda, Part 3
by Attorney Timothy Baldwin
In Part 2 of this article, I established that attempting to restore freedom within the current system and union is ineffectual. Freedom’s studier should know the circumstances in which the American colonies seceded from Great Britain in comparison to the circumstances of the States’ plight today. The results should lead concerned persons to conclude that the people of the States have long lived in submission beyond what…….
Mr. Fitzpatrick’s attempt to present evidence and charges of Treason against Barack Hussein Obama to his local Grand Jury Lt. Commander Fitzpatrick III to appear before new Monroe County Grand Jury
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Mr. Fitzpatrick’s attempt to present evidence and charges of Treason against Barack Hussein Obama to his local Grand Jury
Lt. Commander Fitzpatrick III to appear before new Monroe County Grand Jury
By JB Williams Thursday, June 3, 2010
Lt. Commander Walter Fitzpatrick III (Retired) is scheduled to appear before the Monroe County Grand Jury in Tennessee this morning, on charges of inciting a riot, interrupting an official meeting and resisting arrest – related to Mr. Fitzpatrick’s attempt to serve citizen’s arrest upon numerous members of the Monroe County justice system. – Mr. Fitzpatrick claims to be innocent of all charges and is representing himself in the case.
On May 26, 2010, Mr. Fitzpatrick filed a challenge with the Monroe County Clerk of Courts, Martha Cook, which in part, read as follows;
At 3:45 PM yesterday, 10th District Senior Public Defender Richard Hughes notified Mr. Fitzpatrick that a new Grand Jury had indeed been formed on the basis of Mr. Fitzpatrick’s challenge.
It is not yet known how the new Grand Jury was formed, or who sits on that jury in a small town where the local officials and news media have gone out of their way to slander Fitzpatrick and bias locals potentially sitting on that jury, against Mr. Fitzpatrick.
An update will be issued after today’s hearing. Commander Fitzpatrick keeps a blog updated for people following this story – thejaghunter.wordpress.com/
This entire fiasco began with Mr. Fitzpatrick’s attempt to present evidence and charges of Treason against Barack Hussein Obama to his local Grand Jury. Although this is supposed to be a primary purpose of a citizen Grand Jury, to date, no evidence has been allowed to be presented on the original matter.
Background on this developing story can be found here;
- Is Obama Guilty of Treason? – Jun 10, 2009
- Why Commander Fitzpatrick Is NOT Guilty of Mutiny! – Jun 13, 2009
- Tennessee Grand Jury Joins DOJ in Obstructing Justice – Sep 9, 2009
- How Crazy are those “Birthers?” – Oct 15, 2009
- Obama Treason Charges Advance In Tennessee Grand Jury – Nov 28, 2009
- Monroe County Grand Jury Still Sitting on Treason Case – Dec 16, 2009
- Monroe County Tennessee Still in Treason Spotlight – Jan 2, 2010
- Lt. Commander Walter Fitzpatrick, III Arrested for trying to Expose Government Corruption – Apr 1, 2010
- CONCERNING: Lt. Commander Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III – Apr 5, 2010
Bulletproof The French and Indian War: Account of a British Officer
Bulletproof The French and Indian War: Account of a British Officer ^ | July 9, 1755 | Living Under God
Posted on Monday, May 31, 2010 3:45:20 PM by paltz
The American Indian chief looked scornfully at the soldiers on the field before him. How foolish it was to fight as they did, forming their perfect battle lines out in the open, standing shoulder to shoulder in their bright red uniforms. The British soldiers—trained for European war—did not break rank, even when braves fired at them from under the safe cover of the forest. The slaughter continued for two hours. By then 1,000 of 1,459 British soldiers were killed or wounded, while only 30 of the French and Indian warriors firing at them were injured.
Not only were the soldiers foolish, but their officers were just as bad. Riding on horseback, fully exposed above the men on the ground, they made perfect targets. One by one, the chief’s marksmen shot the mounted British officers until only one remained.
“Quick, let your aim be certain and he dies,” the chief commanded. The warriors leveled their rifles at the last officer on horseback. Round after round was aimed at this one man. Twice the officer’s horse was shot out from under him. Twice he grabbed a horse left idle when a fellow officer had been shot down. Ten, twelve, thirteen rounds were fired by the sharpshooters. Still, the officer remained unhurt.
The native warriors stared at him in disbelief. Their rifles seldom missed their mark. The chief suddenly realized that a mighty power must be shielding this man. “Stop firing!” he commanded. “This one is under the special protection of the Great Spirit.” A brave standing nearby added, “I had seventeen clear shots at him…and after all could not bring him to the ground. This man was not born to be killed by a bullet.”
As the firing slowed, the lieutenant colonel gathered the remaining troops and led the retreat to safety. That evening, as the last of the wounded were being cared for, the officer noticed an odd tear in his coat. It was a bullet hole! He rolled up his sleeve and looked at his arm directly under the hole. There was no mark on his skin. Amazed, he took off his coat and found three more holes where bullets had passed through his coat but stopped before they reached his body.
Nine days after the battle, having heard a rumor of his own death, the young lieutenant colonel wrote his brother to confirm that he was still very much alive.
As I have heard since my arrival at this place, a circumstantial account of my death and dying speech, I take this early opportunity of contradicting the first and of assuring you that I have not as yet composed the latter. But by the all-powerful dispensations of Providence I have been protected beyond all human probability or expectation; for I had four bullets through my coat, and two horses shot under me yet escaped unhurt, although death was leveling my companions on every side of me!
This battle, part of the French and Indian War, was fought on July 9, 1755, near Fort Duquesne, now the city of Pittsburgh. The twenty-three-year-old officer went on to become the commander in chief of the Continental Army and the first president of the United States. In all the years that followed in his long career, this man, George Washington, was never once wounded in battle.
Posted on Wednesday, June 02, 2010 8:26:02 AM by opentalk
Conservatives are so enraged at Obama’s socialism and radicalism that they are increasingly surprised to learn that he is incompetent as well. The sight of his blithering and blustering while the most massive oil spill in history moves closer to America’s beaches not only reminds one of Bush’s terrible performance during Katrina, but calls to mind Jimmy Carter’s incompetence in the face of the hostage crisis.
America is watching the president alternate between wringing hands in helplessness and pointing his finger in blame when he should be solving the most pressing environmental problem America has faced in the past 50 years. We are watching generations of environmental protection swept away as marshes, fisheries, vacation spots, recreational beaches, wetlands, hatcheries and sanctuaries fall prey to the oil spill invasion. And, all the while, the president acts like a spectator, interrupting his basketball games only to excoriate BP for its failure to contain the spill.
..Meanwhile, the nation watches nervously as the same policies Obama has brought to our nation are failing badly and publicly in Europe. When Moody’s announces that it is considering downgrading bonds issued by the government of the United States of America, we find ourselves suddenly, in deep trouble.
..And the truth begins to dawn on all of us: Obama has no more idea how to work his way out of the economic mess into which his policies have plunged us than he does about how to clean up the oil spill that is destroying our southern coastline.
Posted on Tuesday, June 01, 2010 11:06:43 PM by 2ndDivisionVet
President Obama kicked off his reign as the Free World’s main honcho by dissing the British, which was an unpromising start. First, he sent back the bust of Sir Winston Churchill. Then there were the tasteful gifts to the queen and prime minister, dug out of a sale bin at Wal-Mart. So much for Churchill and Roosevelt, Reagan and Thatcher, JFK and his sister’s relation-in-law, Harold Macmillan.
Special relationship? What special relationship? You must be out of your mind.
He dissed Poland and the Czech Republic — to make Russia happy. He dissed Israeli — to make Hamas happy — making its prime minister cool his heels somewhere while he stalked off to have dinner.
The outlines of the emerging Obama Doctrine had begun to be obvious: He would engage, indulge, and look kindly on the likes of tyrants like Iran and North Korea, who armed to the teeth while threatening to eviscerate Israel and South Korea. But when it came to democracies and political, strategic, and historic allies of this country, their welcome and luck had run out.