“First Slices”

The Oldest, Youngest

Devil Dogs get ‘First Slices’*

at ‘The Birthday’ Balls.


  • (Traditional – and I probably will get this wrong: oldest or most senior officer and youngest – and almost surely least senior enlisted – will split the first slice of Marine Corps birthday cake either just outside the Mess Hall as was my first 10 November Marine Corps birthday celebration in Boot Camp at Parris Island, South Carolina. The big sheet cake will be cut either with the Marine senior enlisted – NCO and Staff NCO saber or the officer’s Presley O’Bannion straight sword.)

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