Infantry Song

Infantry Song

Sgt. Grit I am writing to you in hopes that you can help me. I would like to have a copy of the words to the infantry song chesty puller was a merry old soul. Its a infantry song that was sang to the nursery rhyme of old king cole,. We use to sing it back in 1991 when I was with the 3rd Marine Regiment, 1st. meb kaneheo bay hawaii . Any help you can give me with this would be greatly appreciated. I try to sing this to my 6 yr. old when he goes to bed. I’m not sure if its right though. Thank you in advance for your help.

Sgt. Robert Norton, USMC 1980-1993

This is the verse that I am familiar with, there may be more and there maybe slightly different versions. Gunny D

Chesty Puller was a fine Marine
And a fine Marine was he.
He called for his pipe,
He called for his bowl,
He called for his privates three.
“Beer, beer, beer,” said the privates.
“Merry old men are we.
There’s nothing so fair that it can compare to Marine Corps infantry”

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  • Dave McDonald

    2/5 1st MarDiv 1978
    Ours went like this
    Beer, beer, beer said the private
    Hup to hup to hup said the corporal
    Get that man in step said the sergeant
    That’s a crock of shit said the Gunny
    Who’s gonna read my map said theLouie
    Who’s gonna drive my Jeep said the Capt
    Who’s gonna marry my daughter said the Col
    BEER, BEER, BEER said the General

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