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China Marines: PONYO/PONGYO...

April 22 2006 at 9:30 PM
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PONYO/PONGYO...
(Posted on Oct 8, 2002, 5:22 PM)

PONYO

The Marines, like others, have their own lexicon based on their travels, experiences, etc.

I first heard this particular word when I was a boot at Parris Island in 1952. My drill instructor (D.I.) unexpectedly shouted it across the parade deck--Ponyo!!!

Platoon #437 was then marched to the far side of the field where our D.I.--a corporal w/8 years service in the Corps--enthusiastically renewed his acquaintance with an old friend (ponyo) and China Marine.

Cpl Watts then faced the platoon and proudly introduced his ponyo to us. Although the friend's name is long since forgotten, that occasion is not, for it impressed upon me the bond between Marines who have done duty together.

These many years later, other Marines I have consulted on this have refreshed my memory and verified its meaning regarding the word "ponyo," a Chinese word for friend!

Although it had been many years since I've heard the word, I trust that it has not yet become extinct in the Corps, and/or another meaning or origin ascribed.

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Dick:

I thought you should know that the spelling of ponyo is actually pongyo, although pronounced as ponyo. It's a Chinese word for friend or buddy.

I was one of those who had used blanco in my early days in the Corps (1945-67). It worked quite well and would get your pack looking great for parades and inspections.

Art

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