During Marine Basic Training Camp a Captain received information that the mother of one of the recruits had passed away. The Captain calls Sergeant Black into his office and tells him, “When you line up the troops this morning you need to inform Private Jones that his mother died.”
“Yes Sir!” says Black. That morning as the men were lined up Black bellows out, “Hup, hey, ho, ho. Jones your mother died.” Jones falls over with a heart attack.
A month later the Captain calls Black into his office and says, “Black, you need to tell Private Smith his mother died. But this time use some tact. I don’t want to lose another good recruit.
“Yes Sir!” Black answers.
This time when the men are lined up Black yells out, “Okay. All you men with living mothers take one step forward – NOT SO FAST, SMITH!”