White Feather tradition
Posted 28 August 2010 - 08:31 AM
My question is to anyone who might know whether the White Feather was used in America as it was used in Britain, either during WWI or another point in history?
Posted 28 August 2010 - 08:49 AM
Posted 28 August 2010 - 09:31 AM
Edited by Sabrejet, 28 August 2010 - 09:37 AM.
Posted 28 August 2010 - 10:46 AM
Posted 28 August 2010 - 05:52 PM
- I do "know" a little about one WWII white feather situation involving a GI, Army I believe, who had that for a name - and it was all under honorable terms.
- That Harvard incident is the only period WWI American white feather reference I've yet seen.
- There is this white feather western: http://www.answers.c...ather-1955-film
- There was this British film "The Four Feathers": http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0240510/
- There was the famous floating white feather in the last scene of Forrest Gump
- There was this issue of Foyle's War: http://www.amazon.co...n/dp/B0000897AP
- Wikipedia claims that in the USA the white feather was a symbol of "extraordinary bravery and excellence in combat marksmanship"(?): http://en.wikipedia....i/White_feather
- And then this reference to USMC Carlos Hathcock (aka Long Trang du Kich): http://en.wikipedia....Carlos_Hathcock
"(May 20, 1942 – February 23, 1999) was a United States Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant sniper with a service record of 93 confirmed kills. Hathcock's record and the extraordinary details of the missions he undertook made him a legend in the Marine Corps. His fame as a sniper and his dedication to long distance shooting led him to become a major developer of the United States Marine Corps Sniper training program. He was honored by having a rifle named after him: a variant of the M21 dubbed the Springfield Armory M25 White Feather."
Posted 28 August 2010 - 07:08 PM
Posted 28 August 2010 - 07:14 PM
Posted 29 August 2010 - 09:02 AM
Fascinating... in my mind's eye I've kept thinking (since long ago seeing that FOUR FEATHERS film) that surely this is an archaic tradition of some sort, stemming from a long ago era of "gentleman's" warfare in some sense. It would, for some reason, make sense to have the practice being around in the Civil War time.
This is an even older mention of the white feather from the New Orleans Times Picayune, August 6, 1865:
Thanks so much for going to all the trouble of sharing.
Posted 30 August 2010 - 02:14 PM
The reference to Chicken Fights makes a lot of sense as to the origin of such a tradition.
Thanks for sharing.
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