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Dogface Soldier

Something for the weekend.  Dogface Soldier, the theme song for the Third Infantry Division, Audie Murphy’s division, during World War II and today.

I Wouldn’t Give A Bean
To Be A Fancy Pants Marine
I’d Rather Be A
Dog Face Soldier Like I Am

I Wouldn’t Trade My Old-O D’s
For All The Navy’s Dungarees
For I’m The Walking Pride
Of Uncle Sam

On Army Posters That I Read
It Says “Be All That You Can”
So They’re Tearing Me Down
To Build Me Over Again

I’m Just A Dog Face Soldier
With A Rifle On My Shoulder
And I Eat Raw Meat
For Breakfast E’V’RY Day

So Feed Me Ammunition
Keep Me In the Third Division
Your Dog Face Soldier’s A-Okay

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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.

9 Comments

  1. Puleeze . . . they have re-written this song. It used to say, “On all the posters that I read it says the Army builds men,” not “be all that you can,” and the final line used to be “Your dog face solder boy’s ok,” not whatever it is now. This is historical revisionism in the name of political correctness. Audie would be appalled . . .

  2. Here are the original lyrics to the song:

    I Wouldn’t Give A Bean
    To Be A Fancy Pants Marine,
    I’d rather Be A Dogface Soldier Like I Am.

    I Wouldn’t Trade My Old O.D.’s
    For All The Navy’s Dungarees
    For I’m The Walking Pride Of Uncle Sam;

    On All The Posters That I Read
    It Says The Army Builds Men
    So They’re Tearing Me Down To Build Me Over Again

    I’m Just A Dogface Soldier
    With A Rifle On My Shoulder
    And I Eat A Kraut For Breakfast Everyday.

    So Feed Me Ammunition,
    Keep Me In The Third Division,
    Your Dogfaced Soldier Boy’s Okay.

    The current lyrics have been in use in the Third Division since the eighties.

  3. “Greet them ever with grateful hearts.”

    As I sit here, three brave Afghan war veterans (still on active duty) sleep in the next room.

  4. Don

    I alwas hated that one.

    In the 80’s the Army Reserve’s slogan was “soon you will wish it is more than one weekend a month” Times have changed.

  5. I believe now Hank many a National Guard Armory has a sign saying “One weekend a month my a–” Military service, or servitude as one of my green wearing colleagues used to refer to it, always requires a well-developed sense of humor.

  6. I’m sure that the men on the ground in the military have a much bawdier version than those we hear publicly, but – at the risk of being laughed at – I think the US soldiers songs are more gentlemanly than the Kiwi or ANZAC songs – there seems to be only the bawdy version down here, and that’s going back to WW1 !!

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