June 1979

With Goblet and Sword

Volume 63, Issue 6

"There may be some good Marine officers who don't drink, but they've got to prove it to me!"

The speaker: MGen Thomas Holcomb, 17th Commandant of the Marine Corps.

The time: late March 1942.

More than a century earlier, another Commandant - the fifth to be precise - went packing off to fight the Indians, entrusting, in effect, the duties of surrogate Assistant Commandant to a winebibbing noncommissioned officer.

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