The fighting ability of the U.S. Marines is never questioned. But sometimes soldiers and sailors are irked by the signs of conscious superiority inherent in every Marine. In Gismo (meaning "gadget"), a publication for all servicemen in the South Pacific, this pent-up irritation was let out in doggerel "believed to be by a sailor":
The Marines, the Marines, those blasted Gyrenes*
Those seagoing bellhops, those brass-button queens.
Oh! They pat their own backs, write stories in reams,
All in praise of themselvesthe U.S. Marines!
The Marines, the Marines, those publicity fiends,
They built all the forests, turned on all the streams,
Discontent with the earth, they...