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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP10 May 2018 1:45 p.m. PST

"Siwash, a duck, was the mascot of the First Battalion of the Tenth Marine Regiment and later the entire Second Marine Division during World War II. And not only was he a duck, but he was also a Kiwi!

Yes, he was a New Zealand duck. As the story goes, a marine by the name of Frank Fagin won him in a raffle, while his battalion was camped at Plimmerton, just north of Wellington, New Zealand.

It is strongly believed that the famous duck was hatched at the Gray farm, and was donated to the raffle organizer (a pub) for charity. The story also goes that when the marines went on route march, Siwash went with them, hopping from shoulder to shoulder as he enjoyed the scenery. There is no record of him committing an indiscretion on a uniform…"
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lloydthegamer Supporting Member of TMP10 May 2018 3:59 p.m. PST

That's one tough duck!

Ceterman Supporting Member of TMP10 May 2018 5:48 p.m. PST

Marlin Perkins, The Zoo Director, that with held the death announcement until next of kin was notified! Did anyone else catch that? "Richard Marlin Perkins was an American zoologist best known as a host of the television program Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom from 1963 to 1985." That is an awesome story! Thanks Tango!

zoneofcontrol Inactive Member11 May 2018 9:23 a.m. PST

So that's why Marines are know for their use of fowl language.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP11 May 2018 9:36 a.m. PST



Legion 415 May 2018 5:31 a.m. PST

LOL !!!! Quack ! Quack !

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