A Marine Warrant Officer was in the check-out line of the Base Exchange and put his cover (hat in civilian terms) on inside. He was approached by a Second Lieutenant, who asked him to remove it.
The Warrant Officer became defensive and asked the Second Lieutenant, “Who the eff are you?”
The Lieutenant then got into the Warrant Officer’s face and told him to have some respect and remove the cover. The situation quickly escalated into a vulgar cussing match.
From somewhere in the back of the store, there was a loud roar from a Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, who bellowed, “Both of you — shut your mouth there are families present!”
The place fell silent as the Sergeant Major came to the front, cut through the line, and grabbed both of the Marines by the collar, half-dragging them out of the building. Once out side, the Sergeant Major was heard: “What the fuck is the issue between you two Morons?!”
No one could hear what either officer had to say for themselves. And though we shot glances at one another, no one spoke, save for the civilian cashiers, who could only muster a slight whisper as they rang up our purchases.