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Eagle Globe and Anchor.

The emblem of the United States Marine Corps adopted in 1868 under Brigadier General Commandant Jacob Zeilin following the Civil War. Prior to that time the Marines wore the Army infantry horn with a red field in the center and the letter “M” in Old English script.  See CW Emblem


End of Active Service.

Eat the Apple, Fuck the Corps.

A phrase used by Marines to express their displeasure with the Marine Corps. Usually mouthed by someone about to leave the Corps or by a Marine who has endured a perceived injustice.


(Commtalk) E.

  Edwards, Roger   The world's only ex-Honorary Marine.


See Double Easy-8.


An abbreviation for Eagle Globe and Anchor. Generally not used.

El Espanol.

(Dominican Republic)The hotel in the Dominican Republic that was headquarters for the 6th Regimental Landing Team (including BLT 3/6) in 1965.

El Presidente.

(Dominican Republic)Brand name of a Dominican Republic beer in 1965 when the Marines landed in that country.

Elliott, George.

Tenth Commandant of the Marine Corps. Born in Alabama on Nov. 30, 1856, he lived until Nov. 4, 1931. Appointed Brigadier General Commandant to replace Major General Commandant Heywood, the law was changed on May 13, 1908 establishing the position of Major General Commandant to which he was promoted.  During his term in office he successfully beat back attempts to remove seagoing Marines from capital ships and to merge the Marine Corps into the Army.

Elvis Has Left the Building

Said to a fellow Marine it tells them that their collar is turned up (a la Elvisesque) without bringing undue attention to the problem.

Embassy Marine.

Officially a Marine Security Guard (MSG). A Marine assigned to a State Department billet, usually at a United States embassy overseas.


The act of joining the military services by individuals who are not Warrant or Commissioned Officers.  All legal information is contained in the voluminous DD Form 4.  If a promise made by a recruiter is not listed in the Form 4 it is not for real.  Every enlistee should read every word of his or her Form 4 before signing it.

Enlisted Marine.

Marines in the rank of private, private first class and lance corporal. While all sergeants are also enlisted they are categorized as NCOs.


Enemy Prisoner of War.


Essential Subjects Training.

  Estrada, John L.   Fifteenth Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, he served from June 27, 2003 until April 25, 2007.  Born in Trinadad and Tobago he imigrated to the United States at age 12.  He enlisted on Sept. 19, 1973 and served initially as an F-4 mechanic, eventually becoming the Drill Master at the Drill Instructor School, MCRD Parris Island, SC. He participated in Operation Southern Watch and Operation Iraqi Freedom.   His personal decorations include the Bronze Star and four Meritorious Service Medals.


Entrenching tool. A small folding shovel with a multitude of field uses. In World War I it was one of a series of tools shared among a squad and used to dig the trenches in which the majority of the war was fought. The early versions did not fold up and had a "T" handle.

Ex Marine.

No such thing. Once a Marine, always a Marine. See Former Marine.  See  Edwards, Roger


See Marine Corps Exchange.

Eye Corps.

(Vietnam) See I Corps.

Eye Fuck.

To look or stare at, usually in a curious manner. to another web site with more info. additional reading on this topic.

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