U.S. Marine Corps Dictionary

Iron Mike

A statue of a World War I Marine at Quantico, VA with a copy on Parris Island, SC. (background) The original was made by the government of France to thank the Americans for their aid in World War I. When it was presented to General Pershing he noticed that the Doughboy holding aloft an M1911 A1 pistol had a Marine Corps emblem on his helmet. Pershing refused to accept the sculpture and it was given to the Marines.

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