In his popular 1925 book, Fix Bayonets and Other Stories, John W. Thomason described a fictional character strikingly similar to a real Old Corps Marine. In "Special Cases," Thomason provides a snapshot of a group of officers on the eve of the assault on Blanc Mont in October 1918, characterizing "Edward Hawkes" as far more educated and polished than most of his contemporaries. A veteran of service in the ranks, Hawkes is rumored to have served in Great Britain's Brigade of Guards; perhaps he even held the Queen's Commission. Some believed dark secrets shrouded the past of this fine old Leatherneck.
Thomason notes that he drinks only the best wines from his personal crystal goblet; to Hawkes' dismay, his fellow officers drink vin ordinaire from metal canteen cups. He has earned a reputation as a popular and kindly mentor to the young officers who flocked to the colors when America declared war on Germany.