Historic USMC Commands and Marching

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In this clip from the 1962 TV show “I’ve Got a Secret”, Jonathan Winters marches a small platoon of Marines around the stage before the game show commences. We can learn a little bit from this:

  1. “Harch” was used by every service at least during the WWII era and for a few years after.
  2. “Oblique” was pronounced properly at one time. Read here for more.
  3. Commands were called when marching in just about any direction and eventually the each service created restrictions.

While this short performance isn’t presented as the whole truth and nothing but, it is an example of what I have posted about for several years now on social media using the tag, #DrillandCeremoniesHistory.

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