Sunday, February 26, 2012

The Quatrefoil

In the early days of the US Marines, sharpshooters would perch in the rigging of a ship and provide cover fire to their companions as they stormed an enemy vessel. Amid the smoke and confusion, it was often difficult for Marine riflemen to determine the friendly from the opposing forces; to circumvent this, Marines would affix a small coil of rope to the tops of their hats so that the elevated sharpshooters would know not to target them. This symbol, called a quatrefoil, is still present on the caps of Marine officers.

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