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Why do some people pronounce Lejeune as Lejerne, with an ‘r’ and insist that it’s the proper pronunciation? What is the proper pronunciation of Lejeune?

Mike Voorheis
StarNews

For this response, I contacted World War II history expert Wilbur D. Jones Jr. Here’s his response, paraphrased:

Gen John A Lejeune, Marine Corps commandant from 1920-29, pronounced his name LUH – JERHN (as in Germany). Thus, the correct pronunciation of Camp Lejeune (opened in 1941) is that. HOWEVER, the immediate and still recognized/used/official pronunciation is the one you know, LEE-JEWHN. Few Marines know the difference, and most conform to the commonly accepted pronunciation.

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3 Responses to “ Why do some people pronounce Lejeune as Lejerne, with an ‘r’ and insist that it’s the proper pronunciation? What is the proper pronunciation of Lejeune?”

  1. On January 18, 2011 at 10:30 am Hilary Vignes wrote:

    Camp LeJeune was named after a Marine from Pointe Coupe Parish in Louisiana. Everyone from there pronounces the name just as he did, “le-jurn”.

  2. On January 18, 2011 at 1:46 pm Brian wrote:

    “…Few Marines know the difference, and most conform to the commonly accepted pronunciation…”

    Really? Been on base lately? The Star News needs a new “expert” for an opinion.

  3. On November 20, 2013 at 6:10 pm Alan wrote:

    A) I’d be curious to know if Hillary ever met the man. If not…how do you know how he pronounced it?? Just because a bunch of uneducated hicks in Louisiana pronounce a word one way doesn’t make it correct.. Seriously??

    B) Brian, I’ve been on base recently, and have been on it more than my fair share in the last several years as a Marine… Most still pronounce the name Le-Jewn. Maybe you should gain a little situational awareness and quit making ridiculous statements.



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