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Marine Corps & Other Military Quotes
(6/14/02 12:37:43 pm)
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The following are quotes followed by the individual who made the statement. Thought you might find this of interest. Six Out!
Marine Corps and Other Military Quotes
Some people live an entire lifetime and wonder if they have ever made a
difference in the world, but the Marines don't have that problem.
Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America
I have just returned from visiting the Marines at the front, and there is
not a finer fighting organization in the world!
General Douglas MacArthur, US Army
The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other
bastard die for his.
General George Patton, US Army
The battle of Iwo Jima has been won. Among the Americans who served on Iwo,
uncommon valor was a common virtue.
Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, USN
The man who will go where his colors will go, without asking, who will fight
a phantom foe in a jungle and mountain range, without counting, and who will
suffer and die in the midst of incredible hardship, without complaint, is
still what he has always been, from Imperial Rome to sceptered Britain to
Democratic America. He is the stuff of which legions are made. His pride is
his colors and his regiment, his training hard and thorough and coldly
realistic, to fit him for what he must face, and his obedience is to his
orders. As a legionary, he held the gates of civilization for the classical
world...In modern times, he has been called United States Marine.
Lieutenant Colonel T.R. Fehrenbach, US Army in "This Kind of War"
Marines are about the most peculiar breed of human beings I have ever
witnessed. They treat their service as if it was some kind of cult,
plastering their emblem on almost everything they own, making themselves up
to look like insane fanatics with haircuts to ungentlemanly lengths,
worshipping their Commandant almost as if he was a god, and making weird
animal noises like a band of savages. They'll fight like rabid dogs at the
drop of a hat just for the sake of a little action, and are the cockiest
SOB's I have ever known. Most have the foulest mouths and drink well beyond
man's normal limits, but their high spirits and sense of brotherhood set
them apart and , generally speaking, of the United States Marines I've come
in contact with, are the most professional soldiers and the finest men I
have had the pleasure to meet.
An Anonymous Canadian Citizen
Old breed? New breed? There's not a damn bit of difference so long as it's
the Marine breed.
Lieutenant General Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller, USMC
We're completely surrounded. Now we got the bastards where we want them.
This simplifies matters, We can shoot them all directions.
Chesty Puller - when asked his assessment of the encirlement of the 1st
Marine Division at the Chosin Resevoir
People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand
ready to do violence on their behalf.
The deadliest weapon in the world is a Marine and his rifle!
General Pershing, US Army
The more Marines I have around the better I like it!
General Mark Clark, US Army
You don't hurt 'em if you don't hit 'em.
Lieutenant General Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller, USMC
Being ready is not what matters. What matters is winning after you get
Lieutenant General Victor H. Krulak, USMC
Come on you bastards, do you want to live forever?
Gunnery Sergeant Dan Daly, USMC - Battle of Belleau Woods
The Marines have landed, and the situation is well in hand.
Richard Harding Davis, war correspondent (1885)
This will be the bloodiest fight in Marine Corps history. We'll catch seven
kinds of hell on the beaches, and that will be just the beginning. The
fighting will be fierce, and the casualties will be awful, but my Marines
will take the damned island. (concerning the upcoming attack on Iwo Jima)
Lieutenant General Holland M. "Howlin' Mad" Smith, USMC
Victory was never in doubt. Its cost was...What was in doubt, in all our
minds, was whether there would be any of us left to dedicate our cemetery at
the end, or whether the last Marine would die knocking out the last Japanese
gun and gunner. (In reference to the Battle of Iwo Jima)
Major General Graves B. Erskine, USMC
The raising of that flag means a Marine Corps for the next five hundred
years. (concerning the flag raising at Mt. Suribachi)
James Forrestal, Secretary of the Navy
A ship without Marines is like a garment without buttons.
Admiral David Porter, USN
Casualties many; Percentage of dead not known; Combat efficiency: we are
Colonel David M. Shoup, USMC - D+1 Battle 0f TARAWA
I can never again see a United States Marine without experiencing a feeling
General Johnson, US Army
We're not retreating, Hell! We're just attacking in different direction!
General Oliver Smith, USMC - After the 1st Marine Division was completely
encircled by up to 12 Chinese Divisions at the Chosin Resevoir and began
their fighting breakout to the sea (They Anhiliated up to 8 of those
divisions in the process)
We have two companies of Marines running all over this island and thousands
of Army troops doing nothing!
General John Vessey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff - During Grenada
Retreat hell! We just got here! On May 28th, 1918, 2nd Battalion, 5th
Marines of the 4th Marine Brigade were sent to help in the Belleau Wood
sector. As they were approaching they were met by the French Commander of
the troops that were already there who advised Marine Colonel Wendell C.
Neville that the discreet thing to do was retreat. Neville's reply was a
characteristic "Retreat Hell! We just got here!" They stayed and drove the
numerically superior Germans out of Belleau Wood and other strong holds. It
was here that the ferocious fighting that the Marines displayed caused the
Germans to start referring to the Marines as "Teufelhunden", which means,
Captain Lloyd Williams, USMC
The safest place in Korea was right behind a platoon of Marines. LORD, how
they could fight!
Major General Frank Lowe, US Army - After the Chosin Resevoir
Panic sweeps my men when they are facing the American Marines.
A captured North Korean Major
Look at those Bastards...Those magnificent Bastards!
A Marine Division Surgeon - While watching the First Marine Division come
marching into the perimeter at Hagaru Ri, Korea (Every Marine was wounded,
frost bitten or just plain exhausted. They had just endured fighting through
14 miles of Chinese and had endured temperatures as low as 40 below zero F.
But as they approached, they all formed ranks, fell into step and were
singing "The Marines Hymm". This brought the surgeon, as many others that
witnessed the event to tears.
This might not be hell but I can see it from here!
An Anonymous Marine - Looking into the burning oilfields of Kuwait while
riding through the minefields.
"HUE CITY SHOOTOUT PARTICIPANT ..... RVN '68 TET OFFENSIVE"
(6/14/02 1:21:51 pm)
Re: Marine Corps & Other Military Quotes
That was awesome Six!!!! There wasn't one I didn't like!!! Gonna print this out and send it for Nick to read!!!