Robert of Abney Park (best steampunk band ever) has a great post on the how the Bazooka got it’s name:
We can thank General Patton for it.
when the general first saw the shoulder mounted rocket launcher, he said “Looks like the troops are playing a damned bazooka. I hope the god damned Nazis like the tune.”
Yes, the Bazooka was a musical instrument.
Patton gets bonus points for calling the enemy what they are. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could do that today? I bet Patton wouldn’t approve of giving medals for not fighting either.