Wow! I just had to look that one up.
Sure enough, there's a Wikipedia page for "swamp yankee"
When I got out of the Army and moved to NE CT in 79, one of my neighbors told me that the cheapest guys around were "swamp yankees". I decided to make that my goal. Previously my top sergeant and platoon sergeant had called me the cheapest LT in the Army. The tradition continues. I can generally get more life out of machines than most people. Now I will have to look it up.
This was interesting http://swampyankees....amp-history.asp
I define it as stubborn to my beliefs. Part of that is the old USCG mantra of: nobody dies on my watch and the USACE ideal: try, adapt and make do.
Edited by boyscout862, September 02, 2013 - 03:41 PM.