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The Marines As Devil Dogs, etc.

May 13, 2008 4 comments

GyG: The Marines As Devil Dogs, etc.

Devil Dog‘ term taking a beating

By Andrew Tilghman
- Staff writerListen up, Devil Dogs. Oh yeah, that got your attention. Perhaps it even got your blood boiling? Or maybe you didn’t notice the big double-D.

Lately, reactions to the Corps’ longtime nickname generally depend on the age of the Marine listening.

A generational divide is opening around the term “Devil Dog,” which came into use 90 years ago on the battlefields of France. While it’s been a term of colloquial endearment for generations of leathernecks, some of the newest and youngest Marines say they’re tired of being called Devil Dogs. They even take offense at the term.

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