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Re^2: Do you have a middle name?

by ramrod (Curate)
on Dec 03, 2009 at 15:03 UTC ( #810850=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Do you have a middle name?
in thread Do you have a middle name?

A good firend of mine has a similar story. It was common practice to use initials as names (for instance Harry S Truman), and his grandfathers name was R.B. Koch. When he was being processed through basic training, this happened:

NCO: Name?
Grandfather: R.B. Koch.
NCO: No initials. Name?
Grandfather: The initials are my name. I'm R.B. Koch.
NCO: The inital stands for something. What's your name?
Grandfather: It doesn't stand for something. It's R. only B. only Koch.

The story goes that from that day on he was called Ronly Bonly Koch.

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Re^3: Do you have a middle name?
by rowdog (Curate) on Dec 04, 2009 at 12:42 UTC

    In the "South" (USA), there's a long tradition of giving the seventh son initials instead of a name. An old friend of mine was the seventh son of a seventh son and his name was WD. Recently I've met a couple of 20-something guys with initials instead of names so I guess the tradition lives on in Texas.

Re^3: Do you have a middle name?
by pmonk4ever (Friar) on Dec 03, 2009 at 21:47 UTC
    The Military made such a big deal about names, but in reality, once you graduated Boot Camp, everyone called you by your last name, which was confusing for all the sailors named 'Jones' & 'Smith'!!!


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