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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  • Don Henson

    I was at Kaneohe Bay MCAS 1st Bat 4th Mar Reg 1960-62, and we sang it as well. Everywhere I heard it, whether Hawaii or Geiger or Pendleton it was always a little different.

  • Ralph Walker

    I always heard it sung as "the Leatherneck infantry, And there were different words depebding on what rank was yours. Fun to sing it anyway.

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