A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from December 10, 2013
“Eat the apple, fuck the Corps” (Marine Corps saying)

"Eat the apple, (and/but) fuck the Corps” is a Marine Corps saying from someone who is critical of the Corps. “Eat the apple and fuck the Corps” has been cited in print since at least 1973.


Unofficial, Unabridged Dictionary for Marines
Eat the Apple, Fuck the Corps.
A phrase used by Marines to express their displeasure with the Marine Corps. Usually mouthed by someone about to leave the Corps or by a Marine who has endured a perceived injustice.

Google Books
Body Count
By William Turner Huggett
New York, NY: Putnam
1973
Pg. 356:
EAT THE APPLE AND FUCK THE CORPS.

Google Books
A Rumor of War
By Philip Caputo
New York, NY: Holt, Rinehart and Winston
1977
Pg. 141:
Another marine, reeling on his feet, raised his beer glass. “Tell him, Moe. Tell him. Eat the apple and fuck the Corps.”

Google Books
The End of the Line:
The Siege of Khe Sanh

By Robert Pisor
New York, NY: Ballantine Books
1983
Pg. 26:
Dabney in Vietnam could read “Eat the apple; Fuck the Corps!” scrawled on a Marine private’s flak jacket — and laugh.

Google Books
Long Time Passing:
Vietnam and the Haunted Generation

By Myra MacPherson
Garden City, NY: Doubleday
1984
Pg. 70:
“Eat the apple, fuck the Corps,” they’d say.

Google Books
As I Was Saying
By Lynn Ashby
Austin, TX: Texas Monthly Press
1984
Pg. 20:
Finally there is the short but sweet “Eat the apple and to hell with the Corps.”

Google Books
War Slang:
American Fighting Words & Phrases Since the Civil War

By Paul Dickson
Washington, DC: Brassey’s
2003
Pg. 269:
Eat the apple, fuck the Corps. A Marine expression of anger; a play on “Corps” and “apple core.”

Leatherneck.com—Forum
Izzame2
06-25-10, 07:08 AM
There’s some oldies but goodies in this thread.I was in in 77-81 and remember FTS, eat the apple but,"F" the Corps.

Twitter
slathe
‏@slathe
Eat the Apple Fuck the Corps 235 Years of Murder Don’t Wish Me a Happy Birthday http://j.mp/gydAO2 (via Instapaper) #tlot #tcot
1:55 AM - 2 Apr 11

Twitter
Justin French
‏@JustinSF9
Get home from work, have to be back in less than 12 hours. Amazing. Eat the apple, fuck the Corps.
3:56 PM - 9 Dec 13 from Jacksonville, NC

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