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On the feast of St. Barbara (Dec.4), artillerymen wear
red socks.

Submitter comment: Ray was not sure how this custom came into being, but says
that St. Barbara is the patron saint of artillerymen. Perhaps
because she is the saint to be prayed to for protection from
lightening and fire, the artillerymen feel that she has an
affinity with the explosive power of their weapons.

Where learned: OHIO ; CINCINNATI

Keyword(s): Military, soldiers

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F120
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Typical Elements of a Festive Pattern
BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business

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ROTC=ROTTEN OLD TIN CANS.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: HOME

Keyword(s): ACRONYM ; JOKE ; MILITARY ; PLAY ON WORDS ; PUN

James Callow Keyword(s): ACRONYM ; ROTC:MILITARY TRAINING UNIT. ; SATIRE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School
BELIEF -- P535
SPEECH -- To Be Seen

Date learned: 02-15-1970

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MARTINI'S LAW

MARTINI'S LAW STATES THAT FOR EVERY 50 FEET THE SCUBA DIVER DESCENDS
THE EFFECT OF THE NITROGEN UPON HIM IS EQUIVALENT TO DRINKING ONE
MARTINI. THIS THEORY IS SAID TO HAVE BEEN FORMULATED BY THAT GREAT
ITALIAN SKIN DIVER, MARTINI. THIS LAW HAS GIVEN TO THE SAYING THAT
"YOU SHOULDN'T DRINK AND DIVE."

Submitter comment: THIS IS TONGUE IN CHEEK, EVENTHOUGH THE EFFECT OF BREATHING NITROGEN
UNDER PRESSURE IS SIMILAR TO DRINKING, OR PERHAPS, BECAUSE OF IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): MILITARY

James Callow Keyword(s): HUMOR

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Vocabulary of Special Group

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Story

The recruit would go around the base in a constant search looking for a piece of paper. He would go through elaborate to attract attention [sic]. He would turn over rocks, pick up other pieces of paper or what have you. After each act he would exclaim "no, that's not it!" Finally he got the attention of the camp doctors who then had him confined. Finally the doctors deemed him unfit for service and gave him a medical discharge. Then the guy said he finally found the right piece of paper.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original Bogg Number [B600] crossed out and replaced with B646

Where learned: NAVY ; Myself

Keyword(s): Discharge ; FEIGNED INSANITY TO GET OUT OF MILITARY SERVICE. ; Fool ; INSANITY ; INSANITY ; Mental Disorder ; MILITARY ; Parable ; Recruit ; Sanity ; Wise Fool

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Romantic Realistic

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Poor Wording

A number of GI's in England during the war decided to hold a horse race to keep up the morale of the base. For some reason they were short of active animals for the event. Now it happened that the local parish priest had a donkey and they obtained his permission to use it to make up the field. The donkey to the surprise of everyone came in third in the first race. Where upon the camp newspaper came out with the headline "Padre's Ass Shows."

This naturally caused no small scandal among the people of the parish and eventually reached the bishop. However, when called to ask about it by the bishop the padre managed to mollify the good man by explaining it was only an American slang expression. The next day a race was held and the donkey came in first. The paper then announced "Padre's Ass Out in Front."

This called for further episcopal disapproval, but again the padre succeeded in mollifying the bishop. The third day's race the donkey finished second and the paper reported "Padre's Ass back in Place." This was the last straw for the bishop and he ordered the priest to withdraw the animal from the race. The camp then came forth with the sad news: "Bishop Scratches Padre's Ass."

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [ B667 ] modified: the number zero is written over the seven. Additionally, the entire BN is crossed out and replaced with B660.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Keyword(s): AMERICAN ; Anecdote ; Culture Clash ; DONKEY ; European ; GAMBLING ; HORSE ; Jest ; Language ; MILITARY ; NEWSPAPER ; PUN ; RACING ; RELIGION ; SLANG

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
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Retort

In the Marines, when you are asked your weight, you say:

"I'm (insert weight) pounds of hell, death and destruction."

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

The original Title [Expression of Fixed Form] has been crossed out. Replaced with Retort.

Original BN [P640] has been crosssed out. Replaced with current classification.

Where learned: OHIO ; NORTH OLMSTED

Keyword(s): COMEBACK ; Fighter ; INSULT ; Marines ; MILITARY ; RETORT ; SARCASM ; Soldier ; WEIGHT ; Wisecrack

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Formula

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IN THE (MILITARY) ORDINANCE CORE, THE BRIDE AND GROOM
RIDE FROM THE CHURCH TO THE RECEPTION ON A MISSILE CARRIER.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): CUSTOM ; MILITARY ; Missile ; tradition ; WEDDING

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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MILITARY CHANT

SQUADRON "C" AND SQUADRON "A" (ECHO)
GOING HAND IN HAND ALL THE WAY. (ECHO)
SQUADRON "A" WAS A WOMEN'S AIR FORCE SQUADRON.

Data entry tech comment:

Keypunched by R.J.Miller 11/82

Updated by TRD 01/12

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; CHANUTE AIR FORCE BASE ; RANTOUL

Keyword(s): CHANT ; March ; MILITARY ; RHYME ; TAUNT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- War cries

Date learned: 08-00-1966

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SOUTH KOREAN MILITARY CADENCE

KO-LING-GAY, KO-LING-GAY, KO-LING-GAY TOMMY WA.
(TROOPS ECHO)
OO-OO, AA-AH (LIKE WHEN TAKES A TOUGH SHIT).
(ECHO)
CHOP CHOP O-LING-GAY.
(ECHO)
KO-LING-GAY TOMMY WA.
(ECHO)
O-O A-AH.

Data entry tech comment:

Keypunched by R.J.Miller 11/82

Updated by TRD 01/12

Where learned: NEVADA ; STEAD AIR FORCE BASE ; RENO

Keyword(s): CHANT ; March ; MILITARY ; RHYME ; SONG ; South Korea

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- War cries
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Date learned: 07-00-1968

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JODY CADENCE

JODY WAS HOME WHEN YOU LEFT.
(TROOPS ECHO) YOUR RIGHT.
YOUR MOTHER WAS HOME WHEN YOU LEFT.
(TROOPS) YOUR RIGHT.
YOUR FATHER WAS HOME WHEN YOU LEFT.
(TROOPS) YOUR RIGHT.
SOUND OFF.
(TROOPS) ONE! TWO!
SOUND OFF.
(TROOPS) THREE! FOUR!
CADENCE COUNT.
(TROOPS) ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR.
(TROOPS) ONE, TWO.
(TROOPS) THREE, FOUR!

Submitter comment:

The words "troops" and "echo" added by me

Data entry tech comment:

Keypunched by R.J.Miller 11/82

Updated by TRD 01/12

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HARPER WOODS

Keyword(s): Cadence ; March ; MILITARY ; RHYME ; SONG

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- War cries

Date learned: 10-00-1970

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"JODY" CADENCE

MAINLY CADENCE IS USED TO HELP KEEP STEP WHEN THE TROOPS
ARE MARCHING AND TO KEEP STEP WITH THE MARCH AND THE COUNT.
THE DRILL INSTRUCTOR OR THE PERSON IN CHARGE OF THE PLATOON
OR THE ELEMENT, WHATEVER IT WAS, WOULD CALL CADENCE, JUST
TO KEEP YOU IN STEP AND IT KIND OF PASSES THE TIME AND I
MEAN, AH, IT DOESN'T SEEM LIKE A DRAG. EVERYBODY'S GOT THEIR
FAVORITE CADENCES, AND HERE'S A FEW OF MINE.
AS YOU START OUT, EVERYONE STARTS MARCHING WITH THEIR
LEFT FOOT. YOUR LEFT FOOT IS "ONE," YOUR RIGHT FOOT IS
"TWO," LEFT FOOT "THREE," RIGHT FOOT "FOUR;" "ONE, TWO,
THREE, FOUR." SO THEN THEY WOULD START OUT WITH, "JODY
WAS HOME WHEN YOU LEFT, YOUR RIGHT." AND EVERYONE WOULD SAY,
"YOUR RIGHT." AND THE MAIN PART OF THE CADENCE WAS CALLED
BY THE DRILL INSTRUCTOR AND EVERYONE WOULD SOUND OFF WITH
EITHER "YOUR LEFT" OR "YOUR RIGHT," WHICHEVER FOOT THEY
WERE ON, OR THEY'D SOUND OFF WITH "ONE," "TWO," "THREE,"
OR "FOUR."

Data entry tech comment:

Keypunched by R.J.Miller 11/82

Updated by TRD 01/12

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HARPER WOODS

Keyword(s): Cadence ; Keep Time ; Marching ; MILITARY ; RHYME ; SONG

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- War cries

Date learned: 10-00-1970

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MILITARY DOUBLE-TIME DRILL CHANT

I WANT TO BE AN AIRBORNE RANGER.
I WANT TO GO TO VIETNAM.
I WANT TO BE AN AIRBORNE RANGER,
SO I CAN KILL ME A CHARLIE CONG. MM
ALL THE WAY.
ONE-TWO.
ALL THE WAY.
ONE-TWO.
UP THE HILL.
ONE-TWO.
DOWN THE HILL.
ONE-TWO.
OVER THE HILL (ETC.).

Data entry tech comment:

Keypunched by R.J.Miller 11/82

Updated by TRD 01/12

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HARPER WOODS

Keyword(s): ACTION RHYME ; Cadence ; CHANT ; March ; Marching ; MILITARY ; Slur

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- War cries
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Date learned: 10-00-1970

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