Military Abbreviations, Nicknames and Slang Terms
Beginning with D
Compiled by Jon Stacy
(Acronym) Death from Accidental Injury.
(Nickname) A 1000 pound bomb dropped from a cargo plane, in Vietnam.
(Nickname) USS Des Moines CA-134, Des Moines Class Heavy Cruiser.
(Nickname) Douglas C-47 Skytrain.
(Squadron Nickname) 906th Air Refueling Squadron, that flyers the KC-135.
(Nickname) Douglas DC-3/C-47 Skytrain, transport.
1. (Squadron Nickname) RAF Squadron 617 which flew the Lancaster Bomber on special missions.
2. (Squadron Nickname) VA/VFA-195, that flew the A-4 Skyhawk, A-6 Intruder, & the F/A-18 Hornet.
Dart- (Nickname) Convair F-106 Delta Dart.
(Acronym) Drone Anti-Submarine Helicopter. Was not successful, in the mid 1960’s.
(Allied Codename) Japanese Nakajima E8N, in World War II.
Navy designation for a Destroyer.
Navy designation for a Escort Destroyer.
Navy designation for a Guided Missile Destroyer.
Navy designation for a Radar Picket Destroyer.
Navy designation for a Destroyer Escort. (Designation was changed to FF, in 1975.)
The 96th Infantry Division, which saw service in the Pacific during World War II.
A second crew, usually on an airlift mission.
Deadly Dragon of Patience Bay-
(Nickname) USS Barb SS-220, a Gato Class Submarine.
(Squadron Nickname) VMSB/VMF/VMFA-235, they flew the SBD Dauntless, F4U Corsair, F9F Panther,
FJ Fury, F-8 Crusader, F-4 Phantom II & the F/A-18 Hornet.
(Squadron Nickname) VMF-124, that served during World War II operating the F4F Wildcat & the F4U Corsair.
(Nickname, Korea) The Rail Line from Samdong-ni to Kowon. Named so due to the heavy amount of
concentrated anti-aircraft fire.
(Squadron Nickname) 131st Fighter Squadron that operates the A-10 Thunderbolt II for the
Massachusetts Air National Guard.
(Squadron Nickname) VMF/VMA/VMFA-323, they operated the F4U Corsair, F9F Panther, FJ Fury,
F-8 Crusader, F-4 Phantom II, & the F/A-18 Hornet. The Deathrattlers served in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, & Iraq.
(Slang) In deep trouble, used in Korea.
(Slang) To defuse a bomb.
1. (Codeword) Letter D.
2. The 39th Infantry Division, which saw service in World War I.
The Convair F-102, Interceptor.
The Convair F-106, Interceptor.
(Squadron Nickname) 357th Airlift Squadron, that flyers the C-130 Hercules.
Department of Dirty Tricks-
(Nickname) for the Special Operations Executive created by Winston Churchill and Hugh Dalton in July 1940
to conduct espionage and special operations during World War 2, dissolved in 1946.
First used during the Persian Gulf War, for Classified Location.
(WWII) Actor/Comedian/Singer Bing Crosby.
(Navy) Destroyer Division.
(Navy) Destroyer Squadron.
(Nickname) German Field Marshall Erwin Rommel.
(Slang) A rated pilot that is assigned to a desk job.
(Nickname) Convair F-102 Delta Dagger.
Deuce and a Half-
(Nickname) A two and a half ton truck.
1. (Squadron Nickname) VMF/VMA-212; that served during World War II & the Korean War. They operated the F4U Corsair, FJ Fury, A-4 Skyhawk, F-8 Crusader, & the F-4 Phantom II.
2. (Squadron Nickname) 97 Flying Training Squadron, flying the T-37 Tweet & the T-38 Talon.
(Squadron Nickname) VF-301, that operated the F-8 Crusaders, F-4 Phantom II & the F-14 Tomcat. (Disestablished)
1. (Squadron Nickname) VMF-111, that served during World War II, flying the F4F Wildcat & F4U Corsair.
2. (Squadron Nickname) VMA-324, that flew the AD Skyraider, & the A-4 Skyhawk. (Disestablished)
(Acronym) Distant Early Warning.
1. (Squadron Nickname) VMSB/VMF/VMA-131 that served during World War II, flying the SB2U Vindicator, F4U Corsair, FJ Fury, & the A-4 Skyhawk. (Disestablished)
2. (Squadron Nickname) 466th Fighter Squadron, flying the F-16 Falcon.
3. (Squadron Nickname) VF/VFA-102, flying the F-4 Phantom II, F-14 Tomcat and currently the
(Squadron Nickname) VS-30 that flies the S-3 Viking.
(Slang) Hospital Corpsman.
(Acronym) Does It Look Like I Give A Fuck.
(Nickname) USS LaVallette DD-448; a Fletcher Class Destroyer.
1. (Allied Codename) Japanese Mitsubishi Ki-46.
2. (Codeword) German Navigation system for Daylight bombing.
(Nickname) Northrop F-5 Tiger.
(Nickname) USS Bennett DD-473, a Fletcher Class Destroyer.
(Nickname) Admiral William D. Porter, during the Civil War.
(Squadron Nickname) 12th Fighter Squadron, that operates the F-15 Eagle.
(Nickname) USS Ernest G. Small DD-838, a Gearing Class Destroyer.
(Nickname) USS Ozbourn DD-846, a Gearing Class Destroyer.
(Nickname) USS Lloyd Thomas DD-764, a Gearing Class Destroyer.
(Slang) Bad Weather.
(Slang) To land an aircraft in water, then abandon it.
(Slang) Any US Army personnel. Used by other branches of the military.
The 31st Infantry Division, which saw service in WWI and WWII in the Pacific.
(Slang) The US Navy’s famous white sailors hat.
(Nickname) DesDiv 112, that was homeported at New Orleans, during the Cold War.
US Ships assigned to the 7th Fleet off South Vietnam during the Vietnam War.
(Nickname) Douglas DC-3/C-47 Skytrain.
Navy designation for a Destroyer Leader.
Navy designation for a Guided Missile Destroyer Leader. (Some redesignated CG and some redesignated DDG, in 1975).
Navy designation for a Destroyer Mine Layer.
Navy designation for a Destroyer Mine Sweeper.
(WWII, Slang) A cadet pilot who hasn’t flown solo yet.
(Squadron Nickname) VT-2, that flies the T-34 Mentor.
(Squadron Nickname) 47th Fighter Squadron, that operated the A-10 Warthog.
(Nickname) white navy “Dixie Cup” hat.
Identification tags worn around the neck, and on boots.
1. (Nickname) Cessna T-37 Tweet.
2. A Jet Engine.
(Slang) Breakfast Sausages.
(Nickname) Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar.
1. The Eurocoptor HH-65, used by the US Coast Guard.
2. The Douglas OA-4/RD Amphibian of the 1930’s.
The unsuccessful Consolidated B-32 heavy bomber. Basically an upgraded B-24, which lost out in competition to the Boeing B-29.
(Slang) Refueling probe on the Grumman A-6 Intruder.
(British) The German V-1 cruise missile of World War II.
(Slang) A first year cadet, at the Air Force Academy.
(Nickname) Boeing E-4B, airborne command post.
Double Breasted Cub-
(Nickname) Cessna UC-78 Bobcat.
(Slang) A retired service member, working in civil service.
Double Digit Midget-
Less than 100 days on station.
(Nickname) USS Biloxi CL-80, a Cleveland Class Light Cruiser.
(Squadron Nickname) 55th Airlift Flight, that flies the C-12 Huron.
(Nickname) McDonnell-Douglas F-4 Phantom II.
(Nickname) US Soldiers during World War I.
(WWII, Europe) Civilian females from the United States, sent to entertain troops.
(Nickname) Douglas C-47 Skytrain.
(Slang) To shoot down an enemy aircraft.
(Slang) The lower atmosphere.
1. The Douglas B-23, light bomber of World War II.
2. The M-47 Medium Anti-Tank Missile.
(Squadron Nickname) VS-29 that flies the S-3 Viking.
Dragon Lady- (Nickname) Lockheed TR-1/U-2 Spy plane.
1. (Squadron Nickname) VMA-133, that flew the A-4 Skyhawk. (Disestablished)
2. (Squadron Nickname) 33rd Flying Training Squadron, flying the T-37 Tweet.
3. (Squadron Nickname) 357th Fighter Squadron, flying the A-10 Thunderbolt II.
4. (Squadron Nickname) HMM-265, flying the CH-46 Sky Knight.
5. (Squadron Nickname) 69th Fighter Squadron, that flew the F-16 Falcon. (Disestablished)
(Squadron Nickname) HS-11 that operates the SH-60 Sea Hawk.
(Nickname) USS Hamner DD-718, a Gearing Class Destroyer.
An Air Force form used to volunteer for assignments.
(Slang) To swim in any body of water.
A P-38 modified with a plexi glass encased nose, for horizontal bombing (WWII).
(Slang) A practice run.
(Nickname) Douglas F3D/F-10 Skyknight. Spelled backwards means “Turd”.
1. (Nickname) USS Waller DD/DDE-466; A Fletcher Class Destroyer.
2. (Nickname) President George W. Bush. 2001-2009.
1. Grumman J2F seaplane of World War II.
2. (Nickname) Douglas C-47 Skytrain.
3. (Nickname) Cessna O-2 Skymaster.
(Nickname) Grumman SA-16/HU-16 Albatross.
(Squadron Nickname) 154th Airlift Squadron, that operated the C-130 Hercules (Disestablished), for the Arkansas Air National Guard.
(Acronym) Double Ugly Fat Fucker. The F-4 Phantom II.
(Nickname) USS Toledo CA-133, a Baltimore Class Heavy Cruiser.
Duke of Wonsan-
(Nickname) USS Hopewell DD-681, a Fletcher Class Destroyer.
1. (Nickname) Curtiss C-46 Commando, transport.
2. An Air-Sea Rescue plane. (Korean/Vietnam War)
(Slang) To drop or throw supplies from an aircraft.
The Convair XF-81 fighter.
(Nickname) A gun turret on the underside of an airplane.
(Squadron Nickname) 21st Special Operations Squadron, that operates the MH-53 Super Stallion.
(Acronym) Dedicated Unhesitating Service To Our Fighting Forces. Associated with Medical helicopters, like the UH-1 Huey and the UH-60 Blackhawk.
1. The M-19 Anti-Aircraft Tank, of the Korean War.
2. The M-42 Anti-Aircraft Tank, of the Vietnam War.
Dusting Off Attack-
(Slang) An attack made to keep a target damaged.
(Short) Distinguished Visitor. O-6 & Above Officer, or an elected Government Official.
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