U.S. Marine Corps Dictionary


A flare ship on station to drop illumination flares on command. (origin) Vietnam (synonym) “Puff the Magic Dragon” or “Spooky”.

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  • 0369MSgt

    While “Down South”; our Skipper (M 3/7 1stMarDiv) would called for “basketballs” many times during a 3 month Op on Charlie Ridge (Operation Oklahoma Hills). However, the canisters from these “illums” almost killed us below! They sounded like incoming. It had a love/hate feeling for them. LOL Oooorah!

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