Fort Gordon's Baby Shark soldiers reflect on viral fame (and yes, march to the song again)

Wednesday, May 8, 2019
News 12 at 6 O’Clock/NBC at 7

FORT GORDON, GA (WRDW/WAGT) – You probably remember Fort Gordon soldiers marching to Baby Shark last week.

Today, they were back at it. The problem is this song will now be in your head for the rest of the day, so consider this your fair warning.

Let’s introduce you to SFC Lincoln Crisler. Crisler has been in the Army for 18 years. When Crisler is leading the march, his soldiers never know what to expect.

“He always has unique cadences that really bring everybody together,” PV2 Parker Wallace said.

“He has this one cadence called Blue Falcon where he chirps like a bird, so we’re kind of used to the weird cadences,” PV2 Dylan Bazzy said.

And now, they’re adding another one to the playlist.

“Out of nowhere, he started with the Baby Shark and we all just went with the flow,” Bazzy said.

“I didn't give them any notice,” Crisler said. “The first time we were marching around in the rain and I'm like, ‘You know what, I'm going to give this a shot,’ and it worked."

And it was all caught on camera.

"He told me he wanted me to record, so me being the soldier that I am, I just said, ‘Yes, drill sergeant,’” Wallace said.

The video quickly went viral.

“It’s up to 30 million views last time I looked just on Facebook alone,” Crisler said. “I had no idea it was going to go this far.”

To Crisler’s surprise, the majority of the soldiers knew the song.

“I have a 4-year-old little brother, so I was very familiar with the song,” Bazzy said.

Soldiers say it was hard to keep a straight face.

“We heard people laughing, seeing people doing the dance as you're marching,” Wallace said. “You're not supposed to move your hands when you're marching but people couldn't help it. It was funny."

But Crisler says Baby Shark cannot live on forever.

“I’ve gotta change it up again,” Crisler said. “I would get bored singing Baby Shark all the time, too.”

So, what’s next?

“I saw some Marines on YouTube knocking out some Taylor Swift a while ago, so maybe they’ll want to rise to the occasion and wee what they can do,” Crisler said.

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