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Rebecca’s War Dog of the Week: The Marine Corps Mascot with the Best Name Ever

This is a gem of postcard find from the Marine Corps Archives — as is it's original caption, titled "Bucking for Sergeant."


Best Defense is in summer re-runs. This item originally appeared on April 24, 2015.

By Rebecca Frankel
Best Defense Chief Canine Correspondent

This is a gem of postcard find from the Marine Corps Archives — as is it’s original caption, titled “Bucking for Sergeant.” Taken on June 6, 1955:

This photo from one of the toughest Marines in the Marine Corps detachment at U.S. Fleet Activities, Yokosuka, Japan, is Private First Class Earthquake.  But his stern military look (left) is only a guise he practices for the day he’s promoted to sergeant. The English Bulldog mascot is really a friendly guy (right) and enjoys a good laugh too.”

Please note Earthquake’s magisterial cape.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph via U.S. MC history division


Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at Twitter: @tomricks1

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