Parris Island’s new mascot


Cpl. Erin Tansey/Marine Corps

There’s a new mascot at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island. He’s got what it takes to be a Marine, a depot spokesman said. What he doesn’t have is a name.

The 8-week-old English Bulldog arrived this month at the depot. His predecessor, Sgt. Archibald Hummer, died in his sleep on Sept. 7 at the age of 5.

The new puppy is described as both active and cute, said depot spokesman Sgt. Russell Midori.

“He definitely has what it takes, but it’s going to take some training to get him up to the standard,” Midori said.

The name of the new mascot is ultimately up to depot commander Brig. Gen. Lori Reynolds, Midori said, but the base is also taking suggestions via this Facebook post.

Some notable suggestions include “Dakota,” for Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Dakota Meyer, and “Ira,” for Cpl. Ira Hayes, who took part in the second flag-raising on Iwo Jima immortalized by Joe Rosenthal’s photograph.

What would you name pup?


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  1. Name him “Col Frank Musgrave” after the Marine/Astronaut/Physician. He represents intelligence, perseverance, strength, and service. Plus I think he just looks like a “Frank”. 🙂

  2. Tiffani Phillips on

    I would name it Shawn after my father because he has served 20+ years in the Marine Corps as well as helping with the logistics of buliding the 3rd Battalion barracks on the Paris Island base. It would be an honorable name and would fit the dog well.

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