Let’s be damn sure that no man’s ghost will ever say “If your training program had only done its job.”
I have been advised by an e-mail correspondent (namely, Dr. R. E. Sullivan, PhD and Col USMC (Ret.) who is a historian and many other things) that the above well-known inscription is no longer seen on the masthead of The Parris Island Boot (base newspaper), and has been replaced by We Make Marines.
“Sully” states that:
“Also, digging through some of my older (what I laughingly call) Archives I resurrected a copy of the Parris Island Boot from late 1944. The masthead proclaims: “Let’s Be Damned Sure That No Boy’s Ghost Will Ever Say, ‘If Your Training Program Had Only Done Its Job….’”
Just for the heck of it I looked up the present masthead on the Parris Island Boot which is: ”We Make Marines.”
No more mention of “Boy’s and Ghosts.” Probably would not go over too well with the Recruiters in this day and age, to say nothing at all about the parents of would be warriors. When in 1944 we were all assured that we’d be dead within six months of leaving P. I. at least some of us breathed a sigh of relief. The thought of returning to any kind of school was much more fearsome to those of us who were not academically gifted than dying a hero’s death on an enemy shore. Ah, the romance of it all!……..