Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Naming the weapon


"This is my rifle. There are many like it, but this one is mine." This is an often-quoted line from a Viet Nam-era film where the Marines were instructed to name their weapons with a girl's name. In our unit, at least among some of the males, we have elected to name our rifles and our sidearms.

Each Soldier will have their reasons for the names they have chosen. Some may use a mother's name, a sweetheart's name, an old flame or whatever. My rifle, a brand-spanking new fresh-out-of-the-box M4, I have named after my oldest daughter, Thalassa `Alohilani. I also have a sidearm, an M9 Berretta. That one is named Nikki, after a special friend near Dallas, TX. I didn't name my 2nd weapon after my 2nd daughter is the fact that she is married to an Airman in the U.S.A.F. Security Forces. I figure he can do her the honor of naming his weapon after his wife. This little bonding thing is just another way we deal with the everyday stresses of being away from our homes, families and friends.

3 comments:

Bird said...

Hey Q,

Just read the top entry and it reminded me of when you visited me at college a long time ago... you had a saying about weapons and guns...

Anonymous said...

and how many civillians have you killed with this so called beloved rifle?

SFC Quebec said...

Hey Anonymous, (too chicken to stand by your comment with a real name) the answer is none. No one ins their right mind ever "wants" to kill anyone. I was sent here. It's not my job to 2nd-guess my leadership, i.e., presidents. If you're an American and a voter, it's your job to do that on my behalf, so I don't have to come here at all. If you ever served anything other than yourself, you have spent a day in uniform. Otherwise, there's no way you could understand why we do the simple things that assist us in maintaining our sanity.