Gunny G: Semper Fi Does Not Mean Semper Fidelis (Always Faithful) « AMERICAN BLOGGER: GUNNY.G ~ WEBLOG.EMAIL

Semper Fi Vs. “SEMPER FIDELIS”!

 

I recall vividly a day in 1953 at Tent Camp #3,

 

at CJHP, when M/Sgt Tony Virginia pointed out to

 

me that “Semper Fi” did not mean Semper Fidelis;

 

English: Staff Sergeant rank insignia for the ...

English: Staff Sergeant rank insignia for the United States Marine Corps. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

it was not an abbreviation of Semper Fidelis, nor

 

did it have anything positive in common with

 

Semper Fidelis. He then went further into detail

 

regarding just what Semper Fi was and meant. It

 

had apparently come into use with the influx of

 

great numbers of new Marines during WW II into

 

what had been a very small U.S. Marine Corps.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Top stated that, in many cases, promotions

 

had become much faster than previously experienced

 

for peacetime Marines. At one point early in

 

WW II, Marine enlisted began to wear chevrons

 

only on the left sleeve, due to a policy of

 

conservation of supplies. He advised that the term

 

Semper Fi came into being with a gesture

 

reminiscent of the old Italian salute, and he

 

demonstarted this by slapping his right hand over

 

the left upper arm (over the chevron) while he

 

exclaimed the words “Semper Fi!”

 

This was obviously intended as an obscene term

 

and gesture. The above noted conversation with

 

Top Virginia, now more than 50+

 

years ago made an impression on me.

 

Though I have sometimes used both the correct

 

Semper Fidelis as well as, sometimes, using the,

 

what has become the usual, Semper Fi, I have

 

always preferred Semper Fidelis, and for obvious

 

reasons.

 

CONTINUES…

 

via Gunny G: Semper Fi Does Not Mean Semper Fidelis (Always Faithful) « AMERICAN BLOGGER: GUNNY.G ~ WEBLOG.EMAIL.

 

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IS THIS MAN, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, THE LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD, MENTALLY ILL? (Photo credit: SS&SS)

 

 

 

 

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