H U A
Some USMA '51 Faces of Oo-ah!
Shy Bill L. John Elmer Joe
Heard, Understand, Accept (HUA) Pronounced Who-ah! by Anglos, Oo-ah by Hispanics!
You can hear it echoing from the hallowed halls of Fort Benning, Ga.’s Infantry Center to the ranges of Fort Lewis, Wash. It is uttered at award ceremonies, bellowed
from formations, and repeated before, during and after training
missions. Visit just about any Army office building, sports field,
dining facility, gymnasium or academy and you will probably hear
someone exclaim "HOOAH!"
George G. Roscoe Bill R. Sel Sel Two
No matter how one might spell the word - with or
without a hyphen, a U instead of two Os or so on - the word is still
an expression of high morale, strength and confidence. And, when
powered by an overwhelmingly proud, and usually loud, tone of voice,
hooah seems to stomp out any possibility of being bound by the
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"It’s an affirmation that I fully agree with and
support the idea or intent expressed by the person to whom I make
that response," said Maj. Gen. F. A. Gorden, Military District of
Washington commander. "It applies not only to the letter of what was
said, but to the spirit of what was said."
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Former Army Chief of Staff Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan has
his interpretation. "I don’t know how exactly to spell it, but I
know what it means," Sullivan said. "It means we have broken the
mold. We are battle focused. Hooah says ‘Look at me. I’m a warrior.
I’m ready. Sergeants trained me to standard. I serve America every
day, all the way.’ "
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Former Army Chief of Staff Gen. Shy Meyer ..... will get his say here as soon as he answers my email.
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Our own Sel Graham comments, "I was drafted into the Infantry in 1944, I graduated from Infantry OCS, I went into the Infantry after West Point, and I remained an Infantryman throughout my long and somewhat unusual military career. I never heard the phrase "Hooah" [Who? Ahh!!!, H U A, hooey, etc.] uttered until a couple of years ago."
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The modern hooah, primarily associated with but not restricted to the infantry, originated with the Second Dragoons in Florida as "hough" in 1841. In an attempt to end the war with the Seminoles, a meeting was arranged with the Indian Chief Coacoochee.
After the meeting, there was a banquet. Officers of the garrison
made a variety of toasts, including "here’s to luck!" and "the old
grudge" before drinking. Coacoochee asked Gopher John, an
interpreter, the meaning of what they said. Gopher John responded,
"It means, How d’ye do," whereupon the Chief, with great dignity,
lifted his cup above his head and exclaimed in a deep, guttural and
triumphant voice, "HOUGH!"
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And so the expression was born. It has since achieved
high popularity – having lasted for more than 150 years, through the
American Civil War, two world wars, the Korean conflict, the Vietnam
war, and the Persian Gulf war.
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And the expression continually grows in popularity.
Once heard mainly from infantry soldiers, Hooah has spread
throughout the rest of the Army. Soldiers will continue to
acknowledge a mission to be accomplished, a job well done, victory
at a sporting event or any occasion imaginable with "HOOAH!"
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