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Quad 50s.

(Vietnam) An anti-aircraft weapon employed by the Army. The Geneva Convention limits anti-personnel weapons to 30 cal. so these four 50 cal rifles could only be used on aircraft and other equipment. Right!


Marine Corps Base south of Washington, DC. The home of Marine Corps University and most training for commissioned officers. Also headquarters of the Marine Corps Association and Leatherneck Magazine.


The location of the officer of the deck aboard ship. The ceremonial seat of authority in any shore-based unit. Where one goes to report in to a new command. A section of the recruit squad bay set aside for physical punishment of errant recruits--usually involving PT.


To be taken to the quarterdeck for Incentive Training by the drill instructor. Outside it is called Pitting.

Quartermaster Sergeant.

The second ranking enlisted grade in the Marine Corps during the Civil War. Not presently used.


Living space.

Quatrefoil. four-pointed decoration on the top of a warrant or commissioned officer’s dress and service caps. Tradition tells that the design was first used on sailing ships so that Marine sharpshooters in the rigging did not shoot their own officers on the deck.

Quick Time.

The normal pace in marching, approximately 120 steps per minute.

  Quinn, Luke   Marine private killed at Harper's Ferry in October 1859 attacking abolitionist John Brown.  May people believe that makes him the first casualty of the Civil War.  He was in the Marine Detachment commanded by First Lieutenant Israel Greene which was under the command of Federal Army Colonel Robert E. Lee.

Quonset Hut.

A temporary building created in 1941 by Peter Dejongh and Otto Brandenburger and manufactured for the Navy at their facility in Quonset, RI. The ubiquitous buildings were little more than semi-circular steel ribs with courugated sheet metal attached to them. They were used for everything from troop quarters to supply sheds to airplane hangars. For many years both Marine Corps Recruit Depots at Parris Island, SC and San Diego, CA used them until more permanent structures could be built. Many Old Corps Marines were trained in quonset huts. to another web site with more info. additional reading on this topic.

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