from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Slang A member of the U.S. Marine Corps.
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- n. A member of the United States Marine Corps.
“Trooper” seems very familiar, like calling a Marine “gyrene” or “jarhead” to his face: you better be good friends with the guy and you better be smiling.
Like one of my old pals who was a gyrene in the pits of WWII hell--Google the lost batallion and read about it--who told me it made him shuddered a bit to look around him and see all the fun things in his living room, his teevee, his stereo were made in Japan; hell, his Mercedes out in the driveway was made in Germany.
JFK must have been rolling already inside his soul knowing old scroundel LBJ had taken over the controls and that Jackie O and the kids were left stranded out on the tarmac of Love Field in Dallas named after a man named Love and not the physical emotion waiting for a gyrene helicopter to whisk them over to Air Force 2, if there was such a thing.
Nambu machine guns had a Marine company pinned down in the drizzle, chewing up the terrain around them and sometimes a gyrene, bottling up the entrance to the valley and clotting out the rest of the battalion.
“Thank you,” I whispered to the memory of the wounded gyrene who bequeathed me his .38 pistol.
The gentleman in question had stashed his latest find, a youthful marine, in a back bedroom along with the attachÃ© cases, but the gyrene, under the mistaken impression that he was meant to be included in the revelry, kept popping up among the aristocracy of the American right like a stripper out of a birthday cake.
There was a gyrene behind me and he said, ‘Is this Whitey?’
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