The Meaning and Mysterious Origin of OO-rah

It’s a cry whose origin is as mysterious as its utterance is inspiring. It is a shout that is ingrained in the minds of Marines starting in boot camp. Its meaning and origins are debated both by people who have and have not served in the Corps. In fact, people who have not served associate this cry with the Marines every bit as much as they do the term Semper fidelis. The word is “OO-RAH!” and some sources say that its meaning is as varied as to mean “I am a Marine” or “I love being a Marine” to “whatever I do I will do in a manner befitting a Marine.”

Origin

But what about the origin of the word? That is widely disputed too. According to leatherneck.com, the first use of “OO-RAH!” by the Marines was after the Korean War (1953). Legend has it that in this context the word “AHUGA!” was morphed into the shorter “OO-RAH!” While this history is generally accepted by those of us who have or are serving in the Marine Corps, some claim that its origins can be traced to sources as varied as Middle High German (1580-1590) to the Ottoman Turkish phrase “vur ha” which translated means “strike” or “forward.” Others claim that the origin of the word dates back to the Ancient Hun or Mongolian Empire word for “hurray.” Whatever its origin, Marines automatically know that the cry is a source of pride and inspiration. So too are our USMC hats and our Marine Corps products online. They are embossed with symbols and phrases which communicate to others the pride you feel in an organization that has been the key to American independence since the Marines were formed in 1775.

All of the mystery around the word adds to the rich history of the Corps. It is one of the many things that makes those of us who have served proud of that service as even civilians are inspired by this call to action and acknowledgment of pride. Show your pride by wearing some of our clothing including hats, buttons, outerwear, jewelry, etc.

Dressing Down for Fall

This year many of us faced an absolute bear of a summer. Record temperatures were recorded all across the country and those of us with common sense responded by moderating our exercise and by dressing appropriately. However, as summer nears its nadir, we would all be better off thinking ahead to fall. Our Marine Corps clothes suited those of you who wanted to keep cool during the oppressive heat of the summer and our Marine Corps clothing can help you adjust to the soon to come drop in temperatures. Our outerwear such as our hoodies, jackets embossed with the Marine Corps emblem and other clothing can keep you warm while making a statement about your patriotism. Here are some general tips you may wish to use to prepare for the approach of fall.

  • Wear layers: Coats, jackets and sweaters worn in combination can help you retain your body heat and avoid succumbing to wind chills.

  • Use headwear: We lose much of our heat through our heads. A well-fitting hat or knit cap can do much to help us retain vital body heat.

  • Wear textured fabrics: Most textured fabrics such as Corduroy, tweed and wool are naturally warm.

  • Choose the right fabrics: Closely related to texturing is choosing the right fabric. Light breathable fabrics are not appropriate for fall and winter.

  • Wear sweaters, jackets, etc.: We have a variety of Marine Corps jackets, crew neck T-shirts, long sleeve shirts that are well insulated and that will also show your 2017-08-18_1552esprit de corps.

  • Upgrade your underwear: Insulated long johns can go a long way towards making a winter day or night more comfortable.

  • Use more accessories: Use items like scarves, bandanas, knit hats, gloves, etc. to accessorize as well as to keep warm.

  • Break out the boots: Boots can be stylish and practical for when the rain and snow begin to fall.

Yes, eMarine PX is a one stop shop for people who wish to show their devotion to the Corps year round.

We would not dare think of leaving our active duty service persons and veterans without a wide variety of options as the summer leaves us. You can easily find clothing that is appropriate for all seasons as well as gifts such as decals, stickers, jewelry, keychains, flags etc. Don’t get caught off guard. Gear up for fall early.

Tips for Making Military Housing More Home-like

It is no secret among the general public that base housing has the reputation of looking kind of “blah.” But this perception does not have to necessarily be true. Military housing can have the look and feel of home while at the same time retain a look that befits base housing complete with USMC home décor and US Marine gifts. Military spouses take note:

  • Paint: Paint is a relatively inexpensive way to transform any living space instantly. Just be sure to use colors that are approved by the Marine Corps Community in which you are a member.

  • Pictures: Pictures of civilian life are an excellent way to personalize base housing. Additionally, the size, placement and shape of the frames, pictures, etc., are also an element of home decor.

  • Use lighting: Use the light of the outdoors to brighten and liven up your base housing.

  • Use plants: There are many sites that will give tips for decorating with plants including some that even show you how to decorate using vertical gardens for those smaller spaces.

  • Removable vinyl: Transform a listless looking bathroom by adding vinyl tiles to it that can be easily removed after you move out.

  • Temporary Wallpaper: Temporary wallpaper can be found all over the Internet and can be the perfect solution for military spouses who wish to brighten up base housing.

  • Dress the Windows: Drapes, curtains, blinds, etc., can go a long way in improving the look of otherwise ordinary looking windows.

  • Use your patio space: While a traditional garden is out of the question for most base housing, you can still place small planters around your patio. Additionally, since this kind of housing is transient, small plants are easy to relocate when the time comes to move on.

Finally, before implementing any of these tips make sure that you seek the approval of the Marine Corps Community where your home is located. If you get the go ahead then by all means use this guide to give your base home the look and feel of your off-base home. Place our UMSC home decor alongside the items in your base home or use it to decorate your civilian home or office. We have a variety of items such as plaques, frames, wall clocks, shower curtains, Semper Fi Rugs, thermometers, wind chimes, sun catchers, ammo boxes and more.2017-08-08_1414