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By Your Bursting Bomb, Sir!

Joe Schmuckatello graduated with his platoon and found himself out in the Corps. Walking on base one day, he came up behind a Major and as he passed he said "By your leaf sir!" The Major, knowing the correct protocol, but misunderstanding Pvt. Joe's pronunciation and assuming he had said "By your leave, sir", responded correctly and said "Granted". The next day, Joe encountered a Warrant Officer. Having remembered his previous encounter, and what he was taught in boot camp, said as he passed,  "By your bursting bomb sir! The Gunner, salt that he was, simply responded, "Granted Marine!"

I hope Joe never encountered a General.

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