Ken. Wikepedia is wrong.. When I get done with this post, I am E-Mailing them and telling them they are wrong wrong wrong.
WWII.. Troops needed a strong 'imporved' tape for God knows what.. Everything from a temporary fix on an M-1 Garand to patching a hole in an airplane wing..
Not only did they love the stuff, they said "Water rolls off it like a ducks ass."
Hence the name "Duck Tape" as we call it. Really spelled duct tape. I have to go in the shed and look..
But that came from a real Marine, who still eats nails for breakfast. Without milk.