The term "leatherneck" was derived from a leather stock once worn around the neck by U.S. Marines. Beginning in 1798, "one stock of black leather and clasp" was issued to each Marine every year to protect their necks from a pirates sword. Its use became a tool of ridicule for Marines began as a term of ridicule by sailors.

Marines have long since embraced the name, "Leatherneck," and live the lifestyle of a Leatherneck with a sense of everlasting pride.