Another early "whole nine yards"

Mullins, Bill AMRDEC Bill.Mullins at US.ARMY.MIL
Fri May 19 19:16:50 UTC 2006

Newspaperarchive has added some issues of the European Stars and

Germany | Hesse | Hesse | Darmstadt | European Stars And Stripes |
1970-03-28 page 10.
"They carry with them equipment and supplies enough to set up bomb
storage tents, build latrines, lay out hospital facilities and an air
strip - the whole nine yards." [quote is from MG John H. Bell,
commanding general of the 3rd AF]

Again, an Air Force connection.  It isn't obvious from the article that
Bell had recently been assiged to Southeast Asia.

The American Dialect Society -

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