Posted on Jun 6, 2014
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What is the funniest salute story that you have?

Mine was when I was in my first command and I had two PFCs that I was advancing to SPC. They went to salute me as I was ordering them to fall back into formation one was so nervous she saluted me with her left hand. Then quickly corrected herself.
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PO2 Rocky Kleeger
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At NAS Cecil Field, I was walking to the NEX and forgot to salute a 2nd Lt. He stopped me and made me salute him 100 times. So, there I am saluting and saying good morning sir over, and over. At about number 43, a Marine Captain, who liked me, came up and asked what was going on. The 2nd Lt said what happened and what he was making me do. The Captain looked at me and said, "LCpl Kleeger, even though I think this is stupid, I'm not going to countermand this order. Please start over. And, YOU, Lt, will return EVERY GODDAMN SALUTE he renders!"
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SSG Lee Bishop
SSG Lee Bishop
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I was assigned to the National Security Agency when I returned from Vietnam. Was walking from the barracks area to the main NSA building with a Marine friend of mine when we met a young lieutenant. We saluted him, but he stopped us. "Where's your name tag, Marine!" "I memorized it, sir, and threw it away."
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PO2 Kathleen Thompson
PO2 Kathleen Thompson
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This one is hilarious! What could he say to that?
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Is it because I'm prior enlisted that I never cared about salutes as an officer?
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Cpl Timothy White
Cpl Timothy White
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I have had several Boot Looie experiences myself.
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MAJ Deputy Director, Combat Casualty Care Research Program
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One day walking onto base at (formerly) Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, I saw a warrant officer walking towards me. As he approached I was wondering when the hell this guy was going to salute. Then, when he was a few steps away, I realized that what I thought were 3 little squares were actually 3 little stars. About poked my eye out trying to quickly get my hand up.
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LTC Mobilization Planner
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I had a hard time for a while distinguishing SPC from LTC at a distance.
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LT Jim Schmelzer
LT Jim Schmelzer
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Warrant Officer? What's that? Fresh out of college and still very wet behind the ears I was in the Navy OCS program in Newport, RI (1965). Our Seamanship class was at 0800 and our instructor was a Chief PO, but one morning he was absent and the replacement instructor was about to give us all a lesson. especially the (SLOD) Section Leader of the Day, who started off by saying "Good morning, Chief," which was returned by a shouted "START OVER AGAIN!" Totally confused, the SLOD hesitantly replied "Good afternoon(?) Chief." A few chuckles were heard. The replacement instructor then began a short dissertation advising us about Warrant Officers. So the newly confident SLOD responded "Good morning, Warrant." With a little steam flowing from his ears, the Warrant Officer continued his instruction and the SLOD finally mustered the acceptable "Good morning, sir", and the actual class started. Still funny to this day, over a half-century later.
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CW3 Reclined In My Chair
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In 1957 I was an SP3 in Wildflecken Germany when I was detailed to drive for Major General Oaks. While driving him up to our Rock Crusher Site. When going through the site gate the Soldier at opened the gate and saluted.
The General asked me if that soldier had saluted him with his left hand. I said, yes sir! The general said, STOP and he jumped out of the Jeep. I was trying to stop him but he ignored me. He told my friend to stand at attention and salute him. I jumped out of the Jeep and stood between them. The General said what the hell are you doing Love. I spoke very softly and said, Sir, PFC Johnson right is broken. But he insisted on manning the gate. He’s a very good young soldier. I’m his squad leader. I knew Johnson could not hear us. The General said, I’ll be dammed. Then I stepped aside. The told Johnson; That’s the best left handed salute I’ve seen. The General saluted Johnson and said to me let’s get moving. End of the story. Except the General told the CO, he need to promote PFC Johnson.
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Al Reynolds
Al Reynolds
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Prince Philip had stopped in Keflavik, Iceland to refuel... While waiting the American Admiral took him off to lunch. I was assigned traffic control when he and the Admiral returned to the flight line …. As the Admiral's car made its' turn onto the ramp I gave Prince Philip the best salute I could... I did not expect him to return my salute but he did... He leaned forward in his seat so I could see him behind the Admiral and he returned my salute by looking straight in my eyes.... That was more than fifty years ago and I'm still impressed...

A few months later I was in Philadelphia pending my separation. There were about a hundred of us sent in from all over the Atlantic to process out. One morning all of us were walking along a sidewalk headed for the gym where we were to drop our pants for the short arm inspection... For some reason an Ensign decided to walk into this crowd from the opposite direction... My buddy and I were walking along with our heads down and oblivious to the Ensign coming our way.... garnering salute after salute and enjoying the recognition he was getting...My buddy and I didn't salute.. We hadn't been more that vaguely aware he was coming our way... He demanded the two of us stop then he gave us a balling out and waited for a reply.... My buddy told him how sorry we were and then made up a story about Thailand... He said it was so cold up there that everyone saluted one time at quarters and that one salute carried you through the day... This was important because everyone walked with their heads down to protect themselves from the foul weather.... He was a bit impressed.
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1SG Company First Sergeant
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I once knew of a LT that was so confused as to whether a 2LT had to salute a 1LT or not!

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SP5 Terry Griffin
SP5 Terry Griffin
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In 1968, I was at Ft. Benning before going to Vietnam. Since
the Army’s OCS is located there, there was a super abundance of brand new 2nd Lts, all of them obsessed with being saluted. I actually started crossing to the other side of the street to avoid rendering salutes to these newbies.
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SGT R D.
SGT R D.
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1. At Ft. Benning, used to go down to the Infantry School for the OCS graduation. First salute, $1. Made my beer money for the NCO club.
2. True story: In Vietnam, on Hill 55, I Corps, new 2LT (new in-country) walks up to me while I was sitting in front of my "hooch" and asked where the Weapons Platoon hooch was. I stood and pointed it out. You guessed it. A couple of minutes later, a runner said I needed to report to the Gunny ASAP. Gunny: "Our new platoon leader wants you to explain why you did not salute him earlier." Cpl: (me) "I didn't think it was a good idea to have the officer shot by our local sniper since we've been without an officer for over 10 months." Since Marines don't salute indoors, the Gunny offered the 2LT to step outside and have me salute him. He mumbled that it would not be necessary.
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PO1 Brian Latson
PO1 Brian Latson
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After returning from serving back to back tours in The PG. I proudly walked into the CMC Office at NAS Noth Island, and said, "Good Morning Master Chief. He smiled looked me up and down and said, "Your ribbons are on the wrong side of your uniform."
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Capt John Walters
Capt John Walters
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On 1967 graduation day at Parris Island S.C., I rounded the corner of barracks and walked between the oncoming Company Captain and Lt..
I was so surprised to nearly bump into 2 Officers, without thinking I saluted with both hands. They laughed, shook their heads, and kept walking. Whew!
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