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YOUNG MARINES
OF
FORT WAYNE INDIANA

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...founded to promote the mental, moral and
physical development of young Americans.




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A's
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Adrift: Loose from towline or moorings; scattered about; not in proper stowage.

As You Were: Cancel previous command

Aye, Aye Sir!: I have received, understood and will obey/

Aft: At, in, or toward the stern (rear).

All Hands: All members of a command.

Ashore: Any place outside of a naval or Marine Corps reservation.




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Batten the Hatch: Make it tight or secure, as against a storm.

Belay: Cancel previous command.

Boot: Recruit.

Bow: The front portion of a ship.

Breakout: Take out of stock or storage; to prepare for use.

Brig: A place of confinement; a prison.

Bulkhead: Wall.


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Captain’s Mast: Office hours, time for discipline, complaints.

Carry on: Continue.

Cathole: Field head usually dug 1-foot wide and 1-foot deep.

Chop-Chop: Very quickly.

Chow: Food.

Chow Hound: One who much enjoys eating.

Clear the Deck: Clear the area by rearranging furniture, etc., to make way for a different activity..

Cover: Replace headgear..


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Deck: Floor.


E's
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Espirt de Corps: Readiness for action and courage.

Evening Colors: Ceremony of lowering the flag at sundown.


F's
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Fantail: The main deck of a ship at the stern.

Field Day: General housecleaning, usually held once a week often on Friday. On these days all hands get busy. Every nook and corner is cleaned. All glass and brightwork polished (blitezed).

Fourragiee: Military decoration, a double-loop of green and red braid worn on the shoulder given for distinguished service in France in WWI to the 5th and 6th Marine Regiments..


G's
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Galley: Shipboard Kitchen; kitchen of a messhall; mobile field mess.

Gangway: An opening in the rail giving access to the ship. A command announcement stand aside to let someone through.

Gear: Personal belongings, also equipment or tools.

G.I.: Government Issue, To clean thoroughly, sharp appearance, real neat. Also, a “G.I. Can” is a container to hold trash.

Good Duty: neA popular duty station, a popular work assignment.

Grinder: Drill Field.

Gung Ho: ”Can Do!” (or, we can do it together!).


H's
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Hatch: Door.

Head: Bathroom or washroom.

Heavy Weather: A stormy time. Used as “heavy weather ahead,” to warn someone of danger or trouble coming.

Hitch: Enlistment period.


I's
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Irish Pennant: String or thread hanging from a garment.


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L's
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Ladder: Stairway.

Leave: Absence from duty on written authority or period longer than on a pass and permitting one to go to distant points.

Liberty: Off-duty.

Line Officer: One in command of regularly organized troops or a government base, post or station.

Lucky Bag: Lost-and-found bag.


M's
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Marine Bible: Marine Guidebook.

Mess Hall: Dining Hall or Dining Room.

Morning Colors: Ceremony of raising the flag at sunrise.


N's
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Navy Regs: Articles approved by Act of Congress and thus made into the regulations governing the Navy.


O's
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Overhead: Ceiling.


P's
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Pass: Written authority from proper official or NCO permitting one to leave his duty post or station between certain hours or for a weekend.

Passageway: Door or Corridor.

Pipedown: Quiet!.

Pogey Bait: Candy, Cookies.

Police: To straighten up or to tidy up.

Port: Left side (as you face the front).

P.T.: Physical Training.


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