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A good friend of mine retired Friday. Ray and I spent many years fixing tanks together. He is finally going back to Montana to relax with his family.

Waltzing Matilda is the song of the First Marine Division. We had bagpipers play it when Ray retired. Semper Fi Ray.

Here is his cake.

 
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Very cool, wish him the best..
 
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Semper Fi!




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Is that a chocolate tank with itty bitty chocolate smoke launchers. That thing is cute as hell.


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Semper-Fi
 
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Congrats. Love the cake.
And Semper-Fi.



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Happy retirement to your friend.

I didn't know the song's connection with the Marines. I always thought that was an Australian song and the theme song of drunk sailors. The lyrics are kind of sad.



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I didn't know the song's connection with the Marines. I always thought that was an Australian song


It is an Australian song. The 1st Marine Division adopted it when they spent about 7 month in Australia during WW2, just after their ordeal on Guadalcanal.

They were stationed in Melbourne, Australia for rest and refitting from January 1943 through September 1943, when they left to assault Cape Glouster.

During the same period, the 1st Marine Division also adopted the British/Australian-style battledress jacket, a necessity born of a shortage of US uniforms. It was unofficially known as the "Vandegrift jacket", after the 1st MarDiv's commanding officer, Major General Alexander Vandegrift.

These proved so popular with the Marines that a US-made version was officially adopted for issue to the entire Corps in 1945. The Vandergift jacket, which became officially known as the "Battle Jacket" upon adoption by the entire Corps, persisted in Marine use through the early 1960s.

 
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Congratulations to your friend on his retirement!

The jacket those Marines are wearing looks a lot like the Ike jacket the Army used for the same reasons.


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The jacket those Marines are wearing looks a lot like the Ike jacket the Army used for the same reasons.


A similar design. The Army's M44 "Ike" jacket was based on the British battledress jacket too.
 
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A CWO4 is a rare bird. He must have had an interesting career.

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Is that tank Chocolate????


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thats an awesome song - didn't know it was associated with the USMC



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