with a rifle on my shoulder.”
So go the words of the division’s theme song. Thanks to the creative genius of Walt Disney Productions, that “Dog Face Soldier” was caricatured into a tan bulldog: “heroic, but humble, fierce, but gentle, quick-witted and wise, with a confidence and dignity that comes from having proved himself.”
Major General Albert O. Connor, a Third Division commander, visualized verbally what he wanted for a “Dog Face Soldier,” Walt Disney Productions complied and the caricature was created.
All it cost was one dollar. The bull-dog face soldier is the result of an exchange of letters between General Connor and Walt Disney Productions. In one of his letters to Disney, General Connor explained: “For many years, the 3rd Infantry Division has been seeking a trademark based on the symbolism of the “Dog Face Soldier.” The term “dog face,” he continued, “is an old one in our Army, dating back to the Indian Wars.”
The division received the final design of the bull-dog face soldier in August 1965. Along with the drawing came a contract granting exclusive and perpetual right and license to reproduce the drawing. The one dollar bill provided by the Marne Association was autographed by the division’s Sergeants Major. Along with the autographed bill, which was framed, a letter of thanks to Walt Disney and his staff was sent for bringing to life the verbal conception of a song.
Since then, generations of Marne Soldiers have carried on the tradition of singing the division’s song at morning formations and other official functions. Upon joining the 3rd Infantry Division, Soldiers are required to memorize the lyrics as part of the proud Marne heritage.
I Wouldn’t Trade My Old OD’sFor All The Navy’s DungareesFor I’m The Walking PrideOf Uncle Sam
On Army Posters That I ReadIt Says “Be All That You Can”So They’re Tearing Me DownTo Build Me Over Again
I’m Just A Dog Face SoldierWith A Rifle On My ShoulderAnd I Eat Raw MeatFor Breakfast E’V’RY Day
So Feed Me AmmunitionKeep Me In Third DivisionYour Dog Face Soldier’s A-Okay”