aye-aye

A nautical term. When an officer or enlisted Marine receives orders of instruction, the Marine replies, "Aye-aye, sir," meaning: "Yes, I understand the orders I have received and will carry them out." Never permit a subordinate to acknowledge an order by "very well," "all right," "yes" or "OK." "Aye" said by itself means one agrees. Aye-aye is generally supposed to be a corruption of the words yea, yea. The claim is advanced that Cockney (true Londoners born within the sound of the bells of St. Mary Le Bow (Bow Bells), Cheapside, in the city of London) accents changed the Yea to Yi, and from there it was a simple transition to aye.

  • ONLY one shot was fired, but its echo shredded the silence of the jungle trail. It came from the head of the column. One of the Marines in the connecting files shouted, "Ambush! Ambush!" The others faltered momentarily, fingering the safety catches on their rifles. The B.A.R. man whipped his...
  • By Dutch We all say good-by to our Battery Commander, Lt. A. L. Bowser, and we enjoyed the duties under his command. We wish you the world of luck and a real pleasant tour of duty at your new assignment. We are also having the pleasure of giving our new Battery Commander, First Lt. Randall M...
  • By Dutch We all say good-by to our Battery Commander, Lt. A. L. Bowser, and we enjoyed the duties under his command. We wish you the world of luck and a real pleasant tour of duty at your new assignment. We are also having the pleasure of giving our new Battery Commander, First Lt. Randall M...
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  • HIS OWN troops had planned to kill Lieutenant Calderon. There had never been any doubt about it since the day he had cracked that mustached Sergeant Faustino over the head with his automatic. But that was the unfailing creed of the officers of the Guardia Nacional of Nicaragua, drilled into their...
  • HIS OWN troops had planned to kill Lieutenant Calderon. There had never been any doubt about it since the day he had cracked that mustached Sergeant Faustino over the head with his automatic. But that was the unfailing creed of the officers of the Guardia Nacional of Nicaragua, drilled into their...
  • Well, here's another attempt at the job at scribing for our favorite magazine. So I'll parade a few facts and fancies in review for your inspection.

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