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”.
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!
SEMPER FIDELIS !!!!!
aka: Gunny G