NCO Sword Star

Sgt Grit: I recently looked up the subject of the Star of David on the NCO Sword. You have two choices as to why it is there.

  1. The Star of David is also known as the Star of Damascus. In ancient times Damascus Syria was known as the fine metals capitol of the world and their trademark was the Star of Damascus aka Star of David.
  2. One definition of the Star of David is “Leader of Men”

Take your pick I could not find any official reference as to why it is there.

Semper Fi

Sgt Ronald (Bud) Albright
USMC 55-60

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  • Michael Tucci

    In reply to Malcolm Forbes.
    Actually, the USMC NCO sword was originally the USMC Officer’s sword. It took its design from Civil War cavalry swords. At a certain time–I think in the late 1800’s or early 1900’s, the Officer’s sword went back to the Mameluke in remembrance and honor of Lt. Presley O’Bannon’s attack on Derne, Tripoli in the War with the Barbary Pirates. When the Officer’s sword went to the Mameluke, the former Officer sword became the NCO sword. (As a former Marine officer, we had to learn the history of the sword–I forget a lot of the dates and things, but, this is the general gist of it)

  • artymgysgt

    When I was a L/Cpl a Cpl who was our units armorer gave a class on USMC customs and traditions. While his class was interesting it was full of B.S. and when talking about the NCO sword he said that the star was where to test the proof of the piece you could bend the tip of the blade and touch the star and the sword should spring back to it’s original straight position. Even as a less then 3 year stint in the Corps I knew that was a crock of B.S.

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