If you’re going to war, give your unit a name that will strike fear into the hearts of your enemies. Or make your stench so bad that they won’t come near you with a ten foot panzer. The Filthy Thirteen was an elite demolition unit assigned to destroy enemy targets behind enemy lines. Their exploits inspired the novel and movie The Dirty Dozen. A classic, but I prefer Filthy 13. A moniker earned while training in England because they washed and shaved only once a week and never cleaned their uniforms. Gross, but memorable.
The group is best known for a photo in the Star and Stripes showing two members applying war paint to one another and sporting rather nifty mohawks as inspired by their leader who was part Choctaw.
Jack Agnew was said of his unit’s exploits, “We weren’t murderers or anything, we just didn’t do everything we were supposed to do in some ways and did a whole lot more than they wanted us to do in other ways. We were always in trouble.”