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finchmeister08
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Why do marines carry swords with their dress uniforms?
Watching A Few Good Men and saw the scene where the guy got dressed up before he offed himself. I saw the sword and wondered why they always carried them.
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Jim Rockford
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re: Why do marines carry swords with their dress uniforms?
It's a symbol of rank, among other things.


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Womski
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re: Why do marines carry swords with their dress uniforms?
Ninjas are a Marines sworn enemy


WeeWee
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re: Why do marines carry swords with their dress uniforms?
Because they are marines and its awesome. Probably tradition


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re: Why do marines carry swords with their dress uniforms?
To cut off the dicks of those who ask too many questions.


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Carson123987
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DawgCountry
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re: Why do marines carry swords with their dress uniforms?
It's a Navy tradition. Marines are a branch of the USN


BlackHelicopterPilot
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re: Why do marines carry swords with their dress uniforms?
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Marine Corps history states that a sword of this type was presented to Marine First Lieutenant Presley O'Bannon by the Ottoman Empire viceroy, Prince Hamet, on December 8, 1805, during the First Barbary War, as a gesture of respect and praise for the Marines' actions at the Battle of Derne.[3] Upon his return to the United States, the state of Virginia presented him with a silver-hilted sword featuring an eaglehead hilt and a curved blade modeled after the original Mameluke sword given him by Hamet. Its blade is inscribed with his name and a commemoration of the Battle of Tripoli Harbor.[4]

Perhaps due to the Marines' distinguished record during this campaign, including the capture of the Tripolitan city of Derna after a long and dangerous desert march, Marine Corps Commandant Archibald Henderson adopted the Mameluke sword in 1825 for wear by Marine officers.


Macintosh504
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re: Why do marines carry swords with their dress uniforms?
they shove em up their a-holes for pleasure


HailToTheChiz
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re: Why do marines carry swords with their dress uniforms?
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they shove em up their a-holes for pleasure





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TyOconner
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re: Why do marines carry swords with their dress uniforms?
Dude. Swords are tight as frick, thats why.


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GregMaddux
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re: Why do marines carry swords with their dress uniforms?
Heard they're getting rid of swords bc of sequestration


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Doosh606
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re: Why do marines carry swords with their dress uniforms?
I'm pretty sure it's tradition for officers of all the branches. Used to be the symbol of an officer back in the day if I remember correctly.


McCringleberryy
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re: Why do marines carry swords with their dress uniforms?
Dude wtf?!?!

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fay_bree
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re: Why do marines carry swords with their dress uniforms?
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Macintosh504


DIAF


Nado Jenkins83
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Jim Rockford
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re: Why do marines carry swords with their dress uniforms?
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Marine First Lieutenant Presley O'Bannon



USS O'Bannon, his namesake

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Retiring from such a run early 5 April, O'Bannon sighted the Japanese submarine RO-34 on the surface and made to ram it. At the last moment, the officers decided that the sub may be a minelayer, and the rudder was turned hard to avoid the collision. This action brought the destroyer directly alongside the sub. As the Japanese sailors attempted to man their three-inch deck gun, the O'Bannon's deck hands, not having side arms, grabbed potatoes from nearby storage bins and pelted the Japanese with them. Thinking the potatoes were hand grenades, the submarine's sailors were too occupied with throwing them away from the sub to fire. This gave the O'Bannon the opportunity to distance itself to fire its guns at the sub and damage the conning tower. Although the sub still managed to submerge, O'Bannon used depth charges to finally sink it. During this period, the O'Bannon also splashed at least two enemy aircraft in various attacks.


Image: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/ce/USS_O%27Bannon%3BPotatoPlaque.gif/220px-USS_O%27Bannon%3BPotatoPlaque.gif


Alan Garner
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re: Why do marines carry swords with their dress uniforms?
the army and the air force also have them. only time I ever see them in usaf is with certain honor guards and weddings.


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Capt ST
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re: Why do marines carry swords with their dress uniforms?
Because you never know when you'll have to cut a mooslim. I think all branches carry them. It looks sharp.


oR33Do
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re: Why do marines carry swords with their dress uniforms?
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Marine First Lieutenant Presley O'Bannon


I tip my hat to this great man, an early pioneer in epic trolling.


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