National Affairs: How Semper Fi?

Every boot who ever lived has had the lesson drummed into his shaved head: the U.S. Marine Corps is the best goddam outfit that ever existed. Its traditions are the most glorious, its battles the bloodiest, its men the bravest.

Last week the Marine Corps reeled under a humiliating attack that purpled faces from Quantico to Korea. Reason for all the commotion: an article in Cavalier, a corpuscular magazine with a large barracksroom circulation, that made the Marines' Hymn and many of the corps' proudest boasts sound like the Parade of the Wooden Soldiers....

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