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Posted: 12/27/2008 3:00:37 PM EST
do you use his rank at the time of the statement or his rank when he retired?
Link Posted: 12/27/2008 3:03:05 PM EST
I have heard it said something like "The 1st Marines were commanded by then colonel chesty puller."

I could be wrong though.
Link Posted: 12/27/2008 3:05:28 PM EST
You say you're quoting this person? If it's just a quote, you use the current rank. If it's something said in context of a larger story that happened in the past, it would be appropriate to use the rank at the time of the events.
Link Posted: 12/27/2008 3:06:29 PM EST
Normally, yes. There are probably some exceptions. I wonder for example about a S/NCO who did a temp rank as a Capt. running something like a recruiting station. Obviously the correct rank would be the S/NCO he retired as, but some could extend him the courtesy call of "Cap'n", perhaps?

I want to say I've heard of post-retirement promotions, but I may be confused on thinking that.
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