A former Marine commandant made a special plea this month to members of the North Carolina media covering Camp Lejeune to pronounce the name of the base correctly.
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#1 Apr 10, 2011
Respect & honor General Lejeune (luh jern) RATES IT
Go to wikipedia and check his history
Thank you for your note about the pronunciation of Camp Lejeune. As long time anchor man in eastern North Carolina I have pretty much taken a beating from the public for the past couple of years for saying “Luh-Jern” intead of the June word. So, your note certainly got other professional journalists off case and it made it easier for me to explain to the public why we say it that way.
Again, thanks for the help and Semper Fi.
WNCT- TV Anchor Man local CBS
OOO RRAH for those who have the courage to honor General John LeJeune / luh jern
Journalist have standards - hopefully high
Hope can they say the name incorrectly - once they know the correct way?
There is no one to blame on this disrespect - perhaps the same reason some say waRshington for another great American name. It takes character to handle a long time error -- and pluck to stand up for what is right.
George Barrows is a great American as are most United States Marines
Semper Fidelis Leathernecks
#3 May 4, 2011
I was exceedingly fortunate to serve more than 30 years on active duty in the US Marine Corps. When a member of Hotel 2/2 briefly prior to leaving for Vietnam, EVERYONE called the base by its proper name as General John Archer Lejune (Luh Jurn) and his family did.
As military history and tradition are held with such respect in our Corps, I just could not understand how we "lapsed" in our respect to the Marine that saved us from becoming just another branch of the US Army.
Finally - we seem to be getting back on track.
Thanks much to all that care enough to do the right thing and honor the General's memory and his surviving family.
Semper Fidelis, John R. Bates USMC (now retired)
#4 May 6, 2011
I am so happy that there are others that will take up the earnest effort if recognizing one of the Corp's greatest Marines with the respect in speaking his name. Luh-Jern is the way I learned it in 1945 and have said that ever since. Thnks again to all in support.
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