DID YOU KNOW??.......
WHAT THE "GONG HE" ON OUR NEW UNIT LOGO MEANS??
- Taken from the Chinese phrase, "Gong He", the literal translation of Gung Ho is "Work in Harmony"
- Brigadier General Evans F. Carlson, USMCR, first heard the term used in the mountains of north China in 1937 where
he was assigned to observe Chinese guerilla resistance to the Japanese incursion. When Brigadier General Carlson
was placed in command of the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion, the first organization in the history of modern American
armed forces to be organized and assigned purely for raiding and guerilla missions, he chose Gung Ho as the
watchword and spirit of the battalion, The following is an excerpt from an address given by then Lieutenant Colonel
Evans F. Carlson at Guadalcanal on anniversary of the organization of the Second Marine Raider Battalion, February,
- What are the requisites? First the quality of leadership. Leaders must be professionally competent, they must be
honest, especially honest intellectually, admitting their mistakes when they make them and endeavoring to correct
them. They must share the hardships and privation of those they lead and prove by ability and character their
qualifications for leadership.
- Most important is the development of what we call the Gung Ho spirit; our ability to cooperate - to work together. Not
only is it imperative to understand this spirit; it is imperative to apply Gung Ho to daily actions no matter how
unimportant they might seem. This calls for self - discipline and an implicit belief in the doctrine of helping the other
fellow. Followed through to its ultimate end it will mean that each, while helping the other fellow, will in turn will be
helped by him...
- Human beings are creatures of habit. Human nature does not change its coat without a struggle. But Rome was not
built in a day. The important thing is for each individual to have the desire to help the other fellow, the desire to
achieve that mastery over his mind. His body and his desires, that he might succeed in disciplining himself. This
means tolerance of ideas, tolerance of personal eccentricities, the sweeping away of personal prejudices, and
concentration on an effort to see the good in human beings
- of all types and persuasions.
- It is my hope that this exposition of our goals..., of the character of our doctrines and the reasons why we do what we
do, will inspire you to greater efforts in the direction of making the spirit of Gung Ho your own.
- May the Supreme Being who has guided us with such infinite wisdom in the past continue to watch over, protect and
guide you, bringing us to victory and richer fulfillment of life's obligations."
Lieutenant Colonel Evans F. Carlson
Commander, 2nd Raider Battalion
United States Marine Corps