scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Nice Scout News
dave beaver (xl23795@SWBELL.NET
Mon Nov 01 1999 - 09:24:38 CST
You inquired regarding the method by which the Marines were "hatless"
inside the church and were "covered" outside the church. I posed your
question to Herb Wood, our Unit Commissioner and a Marine Corps.
One hand carries the coffin. The "cover" is placed under the other arm.
Upon leaving the church, the "cover" hand moves upward and grabs the
"cover." This hand places the "cover" squarely on the head while the
coffin is still borne.
Upon entering the church (or any covered structure for that matter), the
"cover" is removed from the head and placed under the arm in a single,
crisp motion. When seated, the "cover" is placed on the lap with the
bill pointed forward.
In extreme circumstances where the non-bearing hand must be used for
bracing while carrying the coffin, e.g. steep steps, sharp corners, the
"cover" may be placed atop the coffin while this is necessary.
I learned that Marines cringe when their "cover" is referred to as a
hat, their "trousers" are referred to as pants or their "scarf" is
referred to as a necktie.
I asked Herb if the "procedure" could have changed since the Korean War.
He advised that "Marines don't change" and something about 225 years of
tradition. I also received a few "choice" quotes credited to Chesty
Puller that discretion advises against repeating on this list.
Bruce's post raises a "Scouting" issue. All men, not just Marines,
should remove their hat when entering a building. I am amused and
concerned at the number of men who wear hats inside buildings. As a
youth growing up in central Kansas, no "real" cowboy ever wore his hat
inside his home, a business or any public building. I am amazed at the
number of Scouters who find it perfectly appropriate to wear hats inside
to Roundtables, training, etc. This practice is very bad form, sets a
very bad example and should cease. I expressly teach my Scouts to never
respect a man who wears a hat inside anything. Yes, this even includes
a tent or a tarp.
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