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When I was in boot camp in 1945, our DI instilled in us the correct way to mention the name of one of the Corps greatest leaders. That being Lt Gen John Archer Lejeune and he emphasized that the General and his family called it as Luh-Jern.
Well I called his name and the base Luh-jern for the next 22 years. During the 60s I found out that the civilian populace and the media in the Jacksonville area started calling it again as La-joon.
This not only infuriated me, but also dismayed the family that they couldn’t respect the General’s name and the way they pronounced it.
I even read an article later in the Leatherneck magazine that some GySgt stated that there was a Marine he knew that had the same name as his great Grandfather General Lejeune, being his Great Grandson and that they called it La-Joon. The most interesting part of the information is the fact that General Luh-Jern never had any sons, so how on earth could he be his Great Grandson.
Go to Wikepia dictionary or to the U-tube and print in Laura Lejeune 2929, and hear what his daughter had to say when questioned by a reporter from Raleigh, NC.
George M. Barrows Ret USMC
Respect and honor the 13th Commandant of the Marine Corps by saying his name correctly.
John Archer Lejeune (Luh-Jern)