more early "nine yards" (1974)

Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Thu Nov 3 12:09:16 UTC 2005

Quoting "Mullins, Bill" <Bill.Mullins at US.ARMY.MIL>:

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> When hunting for "whole nine yards", the search engine for the archives =
> of "Leatherneck" returns:
> "Okinawa" Tom Bartlett; Leatherneck (pre-1998); Apr 1974; Vol. 57, Iss. =
> 4; pg. 16, 6
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The article, (with photos, pages 16-21), page 17:
"...'mamasans' are available for domestic work, with Marines in each
hut paying
out of his pocket. 'Our 'mamasan' does the laundry, shines the shoes and makes
the beds of Marines in two hootches,' stated SSgt. Mike Rodriguez of Camp S.D.
Butler. 'She does the whole nine yards for about $25 a month from each

Stephen Goranson
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