There’s a new mascot at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island. He’s got what it takes to be a Marine, a depot spokesman said. What he doesn’t have is a name.
The 8-week-old English Bulldog arrived this month at the depot. His predecessor, Sgt. Archibald Hummer, died in his sleep on Sept. 7 at the age of 5.
The new puppy is described as both active and cute, said depot spokesman Sgt. Russell Midori.
“He definitely has what it takes, but it’s going to take some training to get him up to the standard,” Midori said.
The name of the new mascot is ultimately up to depot commander Brig. Gen. Lori Reynolds, Midori said, but the base is also taking suggestions via this Facebook post.
Some notable suggestions include “Dakota,” for Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Dakota Meyer, and “Ira,” for Cpl. Ira Hayes, who took part in the second flag-raising on Iwo Jima immortalized by Joe Rosenthal’s photograph.
What would you name pup?