Antedating of "Gung Ho"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Fri May 23 11:11:19 UTC 2008

The OED's first citation of "gung ho" with that spelling is dated 1943 (with the spelling "kung-hou," they have a 1942 citation).  The site gives a citation for "gung ho" from the Oakland Tribune, Sept. 24, 1941, obtained presumably from Newspaperarchive or Google News Archive.

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