Devil Dog

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A recruiting poster by Charles B. Falls created in 1918 is an early use of the term Devil Dog

Devil Dog is a nickname for a U.S. Marine. It is said by US Marines to be based on the use of "Teufelshunde" by German soldiers to describe Marines fighting in World War I[1]

The "Devil Dogs" nickname for Marines appeared in newspapers in the United States in April 1918. The La Crosse Tribune ran a story about the nickname on April 27, 1918,[2] and other newspapers used the story as early as April 14, 1918.[3]

The Bulldog is the USMC mascot

Other common nicknames for Marines are "Leatherneck" and "Jarhead".

The amphibious assault ship USS Belleau Wood (LHA-3) had the nickname "Devil Dog" due to it being named after the Battle of Belleau Wood.

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  1. ^ "6th Marine Regiment > Units > 1st Battalion > History". Retrieved 2019-05-20.
  2. ^ La Crosse Tribune
  3. ^ "Germans call 'em Teufel Hunden: Recruiters Report a New Nickname for Marines", Boston Daily Globe, April 14, 1918, p. 13.