Sunday, May 8, 2011


So there seems to be some controversy about the term "Jarhead" referring to Marines. Some swear the term comes from the haircut "high and tight."

Another source says the slang term was used by sailors as early as World War II to refer to members of the Marine Corps, they drew the term from the resemblance of the Marine dress blues uniform, with its high collar, to a Mason jar which at the time was made from blue glass.
Our friend Bob found this on the net as he was looking around...
"A term used to describe a US Marine. Although some believe the term is of recent origin (Gulf War), it has been around for a long time (at least since World War II). It has nothing to do with haircuts, hats or headshape. It refers to the Marines propensity to follow orders, regardless of consequences or personal safety. Because of their single-minded willingness to put their duty before themselves, Marines are said to have jarheads...hard on the outside and empty on the inside. It is a good thing there are such men.
Running up a hill to take a machine gun nest is not something that most people would do, but a jarhead will do it every time he is ordered."

All the images under "Jarhead" were movie stills, I liked this one a lot.

"We are afraid, but that doesn't mean we don't want to fight.
It occurs to me that we will never be young again."

A couple of other nicknames for U.S. Marines:

Leatherneck - This nickname goes back to the leather stock or neckpiece, which was part of the Marine Corps uniform from 1775 to 1875. The leather collar was designed to protect the jugular vein from saber slashes. It also insured that Marines kept their heads erect and maintained military bearing. Although no longer used, it is commemorated by the standing collar on the dress blue and dress white uniform.

Devil Dogs - In the Belleau Wood fighting in 1918, the Germans received a thorough indoctrination into the fighting ability of Marines. Fighting through supposedly impenetrable woods and capturing supposedly untakeable terrain, the men of the 4th Marine Brigade struck terror in the hearts of the Germans, who referred to Marines as the "Teufelhunden", meaning "fierce fighting dogs of legendary origin" or as popularly translated, "Devil Dogs."


  1. I have always wondered! Thanks for that post!

  2. I love all the nicknames and my son wears his hair 'high and tight' - I love that too!