"The whole nine yards of uniform" [1965]

Bonnie Taylor-Blake taylor-blake at NC.RR.COM
Mon Dec 28 01:34:46 UTC 2009

>From Keith Burris's "'Burners' Are Not Informed," *The Deseret News* [Salt
Lake City], 28 December 1965, p. A11, via Google News Archive


Capt. [Gary C.] Greer was on alert the night of the big Red raid on Plei Me.
He said the Cong troops were extremely well outfitted with steel helmets,
boots -- "the whole nine yards of uniform."


By the way, Google News (incorrectly) hints at a 1963 appearance of the
phrase in an issue of the *Lundington [sic] Daily News*.  In fact, the date
of this issue of the *Ludington Daily News* is 21 November 1983.  -- Bonnie

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