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Marine Corps League
Worcester Detachment #144
May 2017 Newsletter       Issue 12
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   May News 2017
         Your Commandants Message

       Well here we are going into our Spring Season, with the seawall adjusted for the boat docks to be set in place. I want to thank the crew that came down to repair and adjust the seawall, both Marines and Associates. Especially thanking Justin Bowman donating the heavy equipment to do the block adjusting.

      The docks were repaired and were put back into the lake on the 23rd of April. They would have been in earlier but the wall had to repaired, and we had the late snow storm. All that is behind us now and we’re looking forward.

       The surveying company, surveyed the parking lot and our building lot. Setting our boundary points so that we know our property lines are.  

      We thank the Law Dogs for their generous donation to the wall fund, this was an unexpected Gift that will help us tremendously.      

       May is our busy month for the Color Guard, with the Water Ceremony, Vietnam Memorial the John Powers Memorial, and the Parades at Hope Cemetery and in Shrewsbury. As always we have plenty of Marines and Associates that help on these worthwhile events.

      I am reminding everyone that on June 15th is the Second Marine Corps League Golf Tournament. We are going to be looking for volunteers to help make the day go as good as it did last year. Herb Chambers of Auburn is once more putting up a car for the ‘’Hole in One’’ contest, maybe this year we will have more golfers that can actually hit the green on a drive. Last year the weather was in our favor and we all had a great time and hopefully this year we will have the same.       

  

Semper Fidelis
Franklin Peepas
Commandant   

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Upcoming Events At Worcester Marine Corps League
Karaoke Night

Friday May 5th
Friday, May 12th
Friday, May 26th
9:00pm
Taco Tuesdays
 Continuing through the month of May 
Taco Tuesdays!
Come down and get a taco and an ice cold beer with Melissa Peterson!

Tuesdays
2 - 6 PM

 
Friday May 5th
Celebrate
Cinco e Mayo
With
Karaoke
Saturday May 6th
Kentucky Derby Brunch
11:30 - 3pm
Drink Specials
Best Hat Prize

Saturday Night May 6th Auntie Trainwreck  9-12

Music -  Auntie Trainwreck
Saturday May 6th, 9pm – 12am
181 Lake Ave, Worcester, MA 01604
100% of the $5 cover charge will go to repair the seawall at the League.

Auntie Trainwreck on YouTube

Saturday May 13th Those Guyz  9-12

Music -  Those Guyz
Saturday May 13th, 9pm – 12am
181 Lake Ave, Worcester, MA 01604
100% of the $5 cover charge will go to repair the seawall at the League.

Friday May 19th
Music by Sean Ryan
8 - 11pm
 
Music - Sean Ryan
Friday May 19th, 8pm - 11pm
181 Lake Ave, Worcester, MA

Saturday May 20th     No Alibi  9-12

Music -  No Alibi
Saturday May 20th, 9pm – 12am
181 Lake Ave, Worcester, MA 01604
100% of the $5 cover charge will go to repair the seawall at the League.

No Alibi on YouTube

Saturday May 27th


Kick off Summer Cookout
(weather permitting)
3 - 6pm

Burgers, Hot Dogs, Chicken & Sides

Music by Teter Todders

Sunday FunDay  

Sunday May 28th    

Music by Sean Ryan  

3 - 6pm

Marine Members

 Monthly Meeting...Monday May 15th at 1900, Lt Powers Hall .
(Meetings are always the 3rd Monday of the Month)

E-Board Meeting Thursday May 4th at 1900

Millions more vets to be able to shop at exchanges online
Honorably discharged veterans could be able to shop online at military exchange websites as early as Veterans Day, barring any objections from Congress.
The change in Defense Department policy would open up online exchange shopping privileges to about 18 million more people. It won’t apply to shopping at brick-and-mortar exchange stores.



The origin of the word "OO-RAH"  
 
By Cam Beck
From the Halls

The origin of the word "OO-RAH" has been a subject of frustration and dispute over the years. U.S. Marines were the word's first proprietors, using it to express contentment or to set expectations. And although use-dependent, the word OO-RAH can take on a variety of meanings. Now after languishing in military jargon obscurity for decades, it has rapidly become much more commonly known as even civilians associate its use with Marines.

   The spelling of the word has never been standardized, as is often the case with phonetic interpretations of a sound that can only be properly formed at the bottom of the lungs. Variant spellings include "OORAH," "OOHRAH," and "OOH-RAH." However it is spelled, it is recognizable as distinctly Marine whether spoken or written, and it can easily be distinguished from the Army version, the venerable but significantly less motivating "HOO-AH."

   On one of the many training videos I had to endure as a Marine, a major in Service "C" uniform was speaking to a bunch of elementary school kids. Never one to particularly enjoy watching these videos when much more important work was waiting to be done, I was at least amused by the approach. Within a course of minutes, the major got the kids' attention and obedience in a manner reminiscent of boot camp, where upon hearing the command "EYEBALLS!" sixty recruits would lock their eyes on the drill instructor and say, in unison, "SNAP!" Amusingly, the major went on to deadpan, "Marines do not cheer. Marines do not clap. When a Marine is pleased, he says, 'Aarugha.'" From that point on, whenever he called for an affirmative response, the children would yell at the top of their lungs, "AARUGHA!" I don't even remember why I had to watch that video, but I'll always remember that major and his group of elementary school kids or as my dad would call them, "future Marines."

   Of course, an astute reader would note the lack of a "G" in "OO-RAH," and I also had this thought. However, as it turns out, there appears to be some connection between the familiar battle cry of a Marine and the deep klaxon alarm of a submarine. According to several sources, including Lcpl Paul Hirseman (2004), writing for the Marine Corps website:

   Marines and historians have determined the true origins of "Oorah" lie with recon Marines stationed in Korea in 1953. During this time, reconnaissance Marines in the 1st Amphibious Reconnaissance Co., found themselves traveling via submarine to where they were needed. The memorable call of "dive, dive!" would be called on the intercom and a klaxon alarm, which made a very distinct "Aarugha" sound, would announce the descent of the sub below water. The recon Marines, who heard this sound often, started using it as a motivational tool during runs and physical training. Over time, the word "Aarugha" came to be too much of a mouthful, and eventually molded itself into the familiar "Oorah," according to Maj. Gary Marte, a retired Marine.    

  Having grown up as a Marine brat and being given the unique opportunity to watch my two older brothers join the Corps before me, I was well acquainted with the term before I joined. I originally thought it could only mean that the person saying it was highly motivated to be a Marine, as I heard it most often after the "Star Spangled Banner" finished playing before a movie at a base theater. Since then, I have seen it used as a replacement for "Aye, Aye," as a greeting, and to announce the presence of Marines, such as when the Corps is mentioned to a mixed audience. To further demonstrate the indefatigable utility of OO-RAH, I've compiled a top 10 list of possible meanings:
  1. I am a Marine.
  2. I enthusiastically accept your message.
  3. I am excited to be here.
  4. Pleased to make your acquaintance.
  5. What you ask of me, not only will I do, I will do in a manner befitting a Marine.
  6. I expect good things out of you.
  7. Good job.
  8. I am not supposed to be motivated about performing this task, but I will force myself to express excitement for the benefit of my fellow Marines and to tactfully annoy my superiors who gave me the task.
  9. I love being a Marine.
  10. I am about to destroy something.
While the above list is unofficial and not comprehensive, some of the meanings do strike a chord. According to one retired Marine, "[T]he first time my wife heard the 'OO-RAH' chant was at a base theater. Everyone stood as the national anthem was played, and one half of a nanosecond after the last note... every Marine went into a repeating OO-RAH chant. [My wife] turned to me and asked, 'Why are they all barking!'"
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