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Re: [WarOf1812] Passing Port or Mess Traditions was Christmas Cheer

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  • Robert White
    There are no ex Marines unless you were dishonorably discharged. Once you earn the title, you are one of two things either a Marine or a dead Marine. :-))
    Message 1 of 7 , Jan 4, 2005
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      There are no "ex Marines" unless you were dishonorably discharged. Once you earn the title, you are one of two things either a Marine or a dead Marine. :-)) Pvt. R.White

      BritcomHMP@... wrote:
      In a message dated 04/01/2005 16:01:53 Central Standard Time,
      dancingbobd@... writes:

      I can't report on the combat forces traditions, but since the early
      federal period the US did it's best to eliminate the the perceived
      "trappings" of the British system of titles and aristocracy. The US
      Army had no tradition of officers coming only from the upper classes and
      were proud of that. That might explain a lack of "passing the port"
      traditions in the US Army.



      Ah! Great to be in a land where sons do not follow fathers as head of state,
      where there are no political/aristocratic dynasties and where no one ever
      wants to try to impress you with their ancestry.

      From an old copy of the Smithsonian magazine

      The DARlings twitter like starlings
      reciting their ancestors names
      As off and aloof with looks of reproof
      sit the Colonial Dames

      The Cincinatti all merry and chatty
      dangle their medals and pendants
      While silent and proud disdaining the crowd
      stand the Mayflower Decendants!

      The other day after having lunch with former Congresswoman 'Lindy'Boggs I
      mentioned to an ex Marine friend of mine how charming she is, 'yes' he replied,
      'and a collateral decendant of the first governor of the State, but of course
      we don't have an aristocracy!'

      Cheers

      Tim


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