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September 16, 2004, 11:41 AM

USMC blood stripes are worn to, "commemorate the courage and tenacious fighting of the men who battled before Chapultapec in the Mexican War." You'll hear that over and over again from almost every drill instructor on the drill field.

Well its wrong. I've seen it in many places, I've seen paintings of marines that were painted before the battle of chapultepec that had blood stripes. Here is a brief explination of the truth that I've read in many other places than just the web: http://www.angelfire.com/ca/dickg/blood.html

From the book, The Marines, by Edwin Howard Simmons, J. Robert Moskin, Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, 1998
"...For generations drill instructors have solemnly told recruits that the scarlet stripe on the blue trousers of Marine officers and noncommissioned officers are "blood stripes" in honor of Marines killed in storming of Chapultapec in Mexico City in 1847. Interesting but not true.

The wearing of stripes on the trousers began in 1834, following the Army's practice of having trouser stripes the color of the facings. Col. Henderson prescribed buff-white stripes for officers and sergeants. When in 1839 the uniform changed back to dark blue coats faced red, officer trouser stripes became dark blue edged in red. Ten years later officer stripes changed to red and in 1859 the uniform regulations prescribed a scarlet welt inserted into the outer seam for officers, and a scarlet cord for staff noncommissioned officers and musicians.

After more variations were tried, finally, in 1904 the simple and striking all-scarlet stripe was adopted..."


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September 16, 2004, 11:50 AM

Steve's right - the "scarlett stripe" has nothing to do with the blood shed. It comes from the U.S. military copying the Prussian Uniforms (Baron Von Steuben who was hired by George Washington to write the blue book for the troops and was basically a contractor hired to design a military for the U.S. back in the Revolutionary war). Go to any website - check our uniforms back in the day and then check the Prussian Army's history and the difference in uniforms between NCO's and Officers.

You'll find the similiarities surprising...


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September 16, 2004, 11:52 AM

Wouldn't be the first time a Drill Instructor was wrong. But on the other hand, without that story, how many Marines would actually remember what the battle of Chapultepec was about and how it was fought? Not many.


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Marines? Who cares about Jar-heads?
Let's talk about the 82nd Airborne!


J/K...I have several friends that were Marines.


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"Wouldn't be the first time a Drill Instructor was wrong."

You have never been a Drill. We are never wrong!

Get obn down son, I'll let you know when I'm tired
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"Wouldn't be the first time a Drill Instructor was wrong."

You have never been a Drill. We are never wrong!

Get obn down son, I'll let you know when I'm tired
Damn!!! Busted.


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