The Best Marine is a Submarine

Hooyah. MCPON’s favorite phrase.

Hooah. Army’s favorite phrase.

This critique is not a witch hunt. Submarine Force’s favorite phrase.

I kid. But here’s an interesting tidbit for you.

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Rig that space for DIVE, MAGGOT!

Oorah. Marine Corps’ fav-o-rite phrase. Where’d it come from, you ask? You make thank the Marines attached to a submarine during the Korean war, and the distinctive sound of the klaxon (the old one, not that crappy electronic one we use now as a poor excuse for a diving alarm).

OK, HERE IT IS! THE DEFINITION AND HISTORY OF ‘OORAH’

Right after Korea in 1953 the 1st Amphibious Reconnaissance Company, FMFPAC can be credited with the birth of “OORAH” in the Corps.

Specifically, where it came from was when Recon Marines were aboard the Submarine USS PERCH, ASSP-313. The Perch was an old WWII diesel boat retrofitted to carry UDT and Amphib Recon Marines. If you remember the old war movies, whenever the boat was to dive, you heard on the PA system, “DIVE,DIVE”, and you heard the horn sound “AARUGHA”, like an old Model “A” horn.

Sometime in 1953 or 1954, 1st Amphib Recon Marines, while on a conditioning run on land singing chants, someone imitated the “Dive” horn sound “AARUGHA”, and it naturally became a Recon Warrior chant or mantra while on runs. It is sort of like the martial arts yell and adds a positive inference to the action. And this became part of Recon lexicon.

Former SgtMaj of the Marine Corps, John Massaro, was the company gunny of 1st Force in the late 50s and when he tansferred to MCRDSD as an instructor at DI school he took “AARUGHA” with him and passed it on to the DI students and they , in turn, passed it on to recruits.

Just as “Gung Ho” became symbolic of the WWII Raiders, so did “AARUGHA” become part of the new “running Marine Corps.”

Over time, “AARUGHA” EVENTUALLY CHANGED TO “OORAH”. The official Marine Corps Training Reference Manual on the history of Marine Recon is titled “AARUGHA”, giving credence on the orgination of the ‘POSITIVE RESPONSE’ accenting anything that is meant to be good and uniquely Marine Corps.

It is part of Marine Corps language, like “Pogey Bait”, “SOS”, etc.

Semper Fi & Gung Ho,

Sgt. Wolf”

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