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Engage!

 

United States Army Band and Chorus.  Song by Gold-Hart. Dog Face Soldier Marching Music In Honor Of The Quartermaster Corps

Engage!     Warp!

This song is really timeless. It landed on our 30's page because there is an echo of the 30's in the sound. It is written in the tradition of amicable competition between the services. The song is used today  as Division Song of some Army units. Great song!
Here are the lyrics:

I Wouldn't Give A Bean
To Be A Fancy Pants Marine,
I'd rather Be A Dogface Soldier Like I Am.
I Wouldn't Trade My Old O.D.'s
For All The Navy's Dungarees
For I'm The Walking Pride Of Uncle Sam;
On All The Posters That I Read It Says
Be All That You Can
So They're Tearing Me Down To Build Me Over Again
I'm Just A Dogface Soldier
With A Rifle On My Shoulder
And I Eat Raw Meat For Breakfast Everyday.
So Feed Me Ammunition,
Keep Me In The Third Division,
Your Dogfaced Soldiers A-Okay.

Our visitor Sue Sanchez writes:
The lyrics you have posted is the Fort Stewart (3rd ID) version. The mp3 version you posted is different.

Our visitor Tom C. writes:
I just ran into your dogfaced soldier song... and it made me think back when I was in.. good stuff. Well you wanted a little history on this song. The song belongs to the Army's 3rd Infantry Division. They were based out of Germany, but in 1995/96 the entire Division was moved to Ft. Stewart, Georgia. 
One thing I did notice on your lyrics.. right after the line that says, "on all the posters that I read it says... the following lyrics should read.. "the Army builds men." So it should read, "on all the posters that I read it says the army builds men, so they're tearing me down to build me over again."   Thanks for the memories.   (Thanks for writing and for the correction.)

Our visitor Al Shemke writes:
This song's instrumental music is the instrumental-only theme song for the movie "To Hell and Back" a 1956 story of Audie Murphy, America's most decorated hero. I would more likely know this because my dad was in the 45th Infantry Division and was fighting in the same areas as was the 3rd Division (Murphy's unit).    I got to this website because I was hoping to find and download some marching music a la John Philip Sousa, such as the Thunderer's March, the military stuff they used to play in navy boot camp Great Lakes 1970. The song sounded very good, it immediately reminded me of my boyhood co-hero, Murphy (the other was my dad). 
Good Luck. Thanks.    (Thanks for sharing with us this great info!)

Our visitor Sgt. Juan R. Collado writes:
My name is Sgt. Juan R. Collado and I'm assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Stewart, G.A. This unit is also known as "THE ROCK OF THE MARNE".
Dog Face Soldier is the song of the 3rd Infantry Division. We all sing it with pride every morning!!! Personally, I love it!!!
To find out more about the history behind this song go to this URL:
http://www.stewart.army.mil/Display.asp?Page=63A09A00-D15F-418D-9C9F-F8EA940979C2
(NOTE: If this address fails, just go to http://www.stewart.army.mil and run a search for Rocky)
(Thanks, Sgt. Collado, for the great info!)

Our visitor Maj. David A. Armstrong writes:
The song you have posted is the official song of the US Army's 3rd Infantry Division. Not sure when or who penned the lyrics, but it has been around since at least the Second World War. Audie Murphy, the USA's most decorated soldier in WWII, served in the 3rd Infantry Division.    (Thanks, Maj. Armstrong for your contribution!)

Our visitor V. Ferris writes:
See: "Command missions: a personal story", Lt. Gen. Lucian King Truscott, Jr., Reprinted 1990 by Presidio Press, 31 Pamaron Way, Novato, CA., pp. 295-297. A good write up of the spreading of the song in the Army by the 3rd Infantry Division.    (Thanks!  Excellent info!)

Our visitor Terry Angle writes:
I had been looking for the full lyrics to this song to refresh my memory because I had to sing it about 5 times a day while attending a leadership course with the 3d Infantry Division in Germany in 1990. The lyrics written on your site have been changed to be more politically correct. Here are the lyrics as they were sung before PC took over. 
This is the official song of the 3d Infantry Division. It is the only song recognized by the U.S. Army as belonging to any particular unit. For trivia purposes, the 3d Infantry Division also has the only mascot licensed by Disney. "Rocky the Marne Dog" is a bull dog drawn by Walt Disney after he left the 3d Infantry Division and became a successful cartoonist.
Here are the corrected lyrics:
I Wouldn't Give A Bean
To Be A Fancy Pants Marine,
I'd rather Be A Dogface Soldier Like I Am.
I Wouldn't Trade My Old O.D.'s
For All The Navy's Dungarees
For I'm The Walking Pride Of Uncle Sam;
On All The Posters That I Read It Says
The Army Builds Men
So They're Tearing Me Down To Build Me Over Again
I'm Just A Dogface Soldier
With A Rifle On My Shoulder
And I'll Go Casablanca to Bombay.
So Feed Me Ammunition,
Keep Me In The Third Division,
Your Dogfaced Soldiers A-Okay.
(Thanks, Terry, for the great info!)

Our visitor Angela Shilling writes:
The words you posted on the page are incorrect. I really love this song and I was doing some searching for info about it. There seems to be several versions of the song. After listening to the version you have I wrote down the correct lyrics:
I Wouldn't Give A Bean 
To Be A Fancy Pants Marine, 
I'd rather Be A Dogface Soldier Like I Am. 
I Wouldn't Trade My Old O.D.'s 
For All The Navy's Dungarees 
For I'm The Walking Pride Of Uncle Sam; 
On All The Posters That I Read 
It Says the Army Builds Men
So They're Tearing Me Down 
To Build Me Over Again 
I'm Just A Dogface Soldier 
With A Rifle On My Shoulder 
And I go from Casablanca to Bombay.
So Feed Me Ammunition, 
Keep Me In My Old Division, 
Your Dogfaced Soldier Boy's Okay.
The original version of the 3rd Infantry Division song,' The Dogface Soldier'. It is featured in the movie, "To Hell and Back", the story of Audie Murphy, the most decorated soldier of World War II.
Just thought you might like to know :)      (Yes, we all do.  Thanks, Angela!)

Our visitor      (Thanks, Kate, you are a very good brat!  Thanks for your contribution!)

Our visitor Jim Hanrahan writes:
In World War II, a dog face was an infantryman; weary, gray faced, with a several day growth of beard. See Bill Mauldin's "Willy and Joe". This song was featured in Audie Murphy's movie "To Hell and Back" 
In World War I, this song was "A Private Soldier":
I'd rather be a private with a chicken on my knee, 
Than a colonel with a chicken on his shoulder.....
These are an old man's remembrances that might have been distorted by time, imagination and dreams.
(Jim, this is great stuff!  So this song goes back to WWI!) 

Our visitor Ronda Spotten writes:
From one who was there - we were awakened every morning with that song. The original words were:
I wouldn't give a bean,
to be a fancy-pants Marine
I'd rather be a dog-faced soldier like I am.
I wouldn't trade my old O.D.'s
for all the Navy's dungarees
for I'm the marching pride of Uncle Sam.
All the posters you see say the Army builds men,
Well, they're tearing me down to build me over again.
I'm just a dog-faced soldier
with a rifle on my shoulder
and I eat raw meat for breakfast every day.
So feed me ammunition, and keep me in the 3rd Division
For your dog-faced soldier boy's O.K.
(of course, we usually sang "your dog-faced soldier boy is gay", but that's Army humor for you.) 
The Third Infantry Division song was written in the late 30's or early 40's - I didn't keep my handbook, so I can't check it out. The mascot of the 3rd Division is a bulldog carrying a rifle, designed by Walt Disney during WWII. I wish I could help out more...    (I helped out great! Thanks a bunch, Ronda!)

Our visitor Ernest Owen writes:
This song dates from WWII, was the divisional march of the Third Infantry
Division originally, and was featured in the movie "To Hell and Back"
starring Audie Murphy (our most decorated soldier of WWII). The original lyrics are a little different than what you show on the web site(see **). For instance:
I Wouldn't Give A Bean
To Be A Fancy Pants Marine,
I'd rather Be A Dogface Soldier Like I Am.
I Wouldn't Trade My Old O.D.'s
For All The Navy's Dungarees
For I'm The Walking Pride Of Uncle Sam;
On All The Posters That I Read It Says
**The Army Builds Men**
So They're Tearing Me Down To Build Me Over Again
I'm Just A Dogface Soldier
With A Rifle On My Shoulder
And I Eat **a Kraut/Chink (depending on the war)** For Breakfast Everyday.
So Feed Me Ammunition,
Keep Me In The Third Division,
Your Dogfaced Soldiers A-Okay.
(Thanks, Ernest, for the excellent information!)

Our visitor Victor Philippi writes:
I spent some time this summer with the 3rd infantry division out of Fort Stewart, Georgia and it is the official song of that division. If I'm not mistaken it was written by Walt Disney for the 3rd infantry division. Walt Disney also designed the look of the bulldog mascot that the division uses. He sold the rights for both the song and the mascot to the Army for $1. You might be able to find some information regarding this song on the Ft. Stewart homepage (http://www.stewart.army.mil/homepage.htm) or if you do a search on the history of the 3rd infantry division. I hope this information is of some use to you.    (It is of great use! Thanks a bunch!) 

Our visitor E. C. Cardinal writes:
As a young soldier assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division (3rd ID) in the mid 70s, this was the theme song for the division. It's headquarters was in Wurzberg, Germany. The mascot was a bulldog drawn by the late Walt Disney. I've not been with the division in years, but I know that they have changed some. Please contact Fort Hood, Tx. for more details or 3rd Infantry Division web site for conformation. Hooah!    (Thanks, E. C.! and a <<Hooah!>> to you, too!)

Our visitor Ed Lemire writes:
I heard Dog Face Soldier throughout my youth. My dad fought with the Third Division in WWII in Africa, Italy, and Europe. He is a disabled vet. My dad sang this song to my younger sister and brothers while rocking them to sleep at night. Thank you for posting the music so I could hear it once again.    (Thank you, Ed, for sharing this with us! All the best to you and your dad!)

Our visitor Reg Korte writes:
Sorry I can't give you any info on the song, as an old dog face soldier the song brought back many memories some funny, some good & some not so good. Thank you for making it available to an old dog face who hasn't heard it in many years, thanks again.    (Our pleasure. And thanks for writing, Reg.)

Our visitor Beth Benson, former music librarian at the 3rd Infantry Division Band, writes:
Just wanted to let you know that this particular song is from the 3rd Infantry Division, and that you have one line wrong. It should be "On all the posters that I read it says the Army builds men, so their tearing me down to start all over again." I know this because I served in the 3rd Infantry Division Band, and was the music librarian. Thanks.    (Thank you, Beth, for writing and for the info!)

Our visitor Esteban Gomez writes:
Dog Face Soldier is the official song of the 3rd division. The song is also featured in the movie "To Hell and Back" based on the autobiography of Audie Murphy.    (Thanks, Esteban, for writing and for the good info!)

A US Army officer (3rd ID 103MI) writes:
Written by Lt. Gold I believe. One line is wrong. It goes 
They are tearing me down to build me over again.
I had to learn it for the promotion board when I was in the Army 3rd ID 103MI 1990    (Now we have an idea about who wrote the song. Thank you, sir!). 

We are honored to hear from COL Will Grimsley, Commander, 1st Bde, Ft Stewart, GA:
The song belongs only to the 3rd Infantry Division of the US Army, headquartered at Fort Stewart Georgia which also has units stationed at Fort Benning and Hunter Army Airfield. The Division fought from WWI thru Desert Storm and most recently led the liberation of Iraq. The song is played every morning after Reveille, and sung by soldiers at every official function. 
WFG 
RAIDERS FIRST!!! 
(Thanks, Col. Grimsley, for writing. We are PROUD of your work on behalf of freedom! I served with pride in the Navy when the Commander-In-Chief was the Gipper, who we will all miss. God bless you and our Armed Forces!)

Our visitor Capt. Charlie Chitlin writes:
Dog Face Soldier is the Song for the US Army's 3rd Infantry Division I am thinking the song may date as far back as when the 3rd Infantry Division was formed which was back during World War I. My grandfather received a book of the Third Infantry Division after world war II and it had the lyrics for Dogface Soldier except one variation where it says "I eat raw meat for breakfast everyday" it says "I eat a kraut for breakfast everyday" which goes along with the era. The song and i think that version of the song is on the movie "To hell and back the story of Audie Murphy. I thought i would tell you what i knew about the song, great site by the way.    (So it is confirmed that the song goes back to WWI! Thanks Capt. Chitlin for the great info and your kind words. Best wishes!)

Our visitor Capt. Scott Nowicki writes:
The Dog Faced Soldier Song was written for the 3rd Infantry Division and is sung every morning by the 18,000 division soldiers before PT at 0630. The 3rd ID is the only Army Division that sings this song. As you might remember, the 3rd ID currently out of Ft Stewart, GA led the charge to Baghdad last year!   (Yes, sir, we remember with great pride! Thanks for writing, and thanks for your dedication! All the best!)

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