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Subject: sword
qwertyuiop    10/24/2004 9:22:38 PM
what can you tell me about the sword? i think that it is issued to officers and NCOs.
 
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Sam    RE:sword   10/27/2004 11:08:05 PM
Marine Officers sword: Since 1825, all Marine officers were mandated to wear the Mameluke sword. Prior to that they were allowed to wear the sword of any style Except for the period from 1859 to 1875, commissioned Marine officers have carried the Mameluke sword. History: In 1805, Marines assembled a fleet to Derna, Tripoli to put down Barbary Coast pirates taking a toll on American merchant ships in the Mediterranean. Lieutenant Presley O'Bannon and his Marines marched across 600 miles of North Africa's Libyan desert to successfully storm the fortified Tripolitan city of Derna. A desert chieftain presented Marine Lieutenant O'Bannon with a sword to show his appreciation. The sword (scimitar) was used by Mameluke warriors of North Africa An ooh-raa version of the story can be found here: http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/6350/mameluke.html NCO Sword: Only NCOs authorized the privledge of wearing a sword in the US. This is also the oldest weapon in continious use in the U.S. Military. The Mameluke would be except for the gap in which officers wore what is now the NCO sword. Regulations adopted in 1859 outlined the specifications for the sword still carried by today's noncommissioned officers. The design is based on the 1850 Army foot officers' sword, which Marine officers carried from 1859 to 1875.
 
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qwertyuiop    RE:sword   10/28/2004 10:04:23 PM
thanks
 
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qwertyuiop    RE:sword   10/28/2004 10:04:26 PM
thanks
 
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