ready is not what matters. What matters is winning after you get there."
General Victor H. Krulak, USMC, April 1965.)
don't hurt 'em if you don't hit 'em."
(Lieutenant General Lewis B. Puller,
Hell! We're just attacking in another direction."
(Attributed to Major General Oliver P.
Smith, USMC, Korea, December 1950.)
"Goddam it, you'll never
get the Purple Heart hiding in a foxhole! Follow me!"
(Captain Henry P. "Jim" Crowe, USMC,
Guadalcanal, 13 January 1943.)
on, you sons of bitches-do you want to live forever?"
(Attributed to Gunnery Sergeant Dan Daly,
USMC, Belleau Wood, June 1918.)
a Marine, always a Marine!"
(MSgt Paul Woyshner, a 40-year Marine, is credited with originating
this expression during a taproom argument with a discharged Marine.)
can't say enough about the two Marine divisions. If I use words like
brilliant, it would really be an under-description of the absolutely
superb job they did in breaching the so-called impenetrable barrier. .
.Absolutely superb operation, a textbook, and I think it'll be studied for
many, many years to come as the way to do it."
(General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, USA,
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 27 February 1991.)
have just returned from visiting the Marines at the front, and there is
not a finer fighting organization in the world."
(General Douglas MacArthur, USA,
outskirts of Seoul, 21 September 1950.)
many; Percentage of dead not known; Combat efficiency; we are winning."
(Colonel David M. Shoup,
USMC, Tarawa, 21 November 1943.)
weapon in the world is a MARINE and his rifle!"
GEN. PERSHING, US.ARMY
on my right. My center is yielding. Impossible to maneuver. Situation
excellent. I am attacking!"
surrounded. That simplifies the problem!"
CHESTY PULLER, USMC
MARINES I have around the better I like it!"
GEN. MARK CLARK, U.S. ARMY
"I want you
boys to hurry up and whip these Germans so we can get out to the Pacific
to kick the s**t out of the purple-pissing Japanese, before the Godda**ed
MARINES get all the credit!" Lt General George
Patton, US Army 1945
peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do
violence on their behalf." GEORGE ORWELL
is entirely appropriate to kill a fly with a sledge-hammer!"
without MARINES is like a garment without buttons."
ADM. DAVID PORTER, USN
have landed and have the situation well in hand!"
RICHARD HARDING DAVIS
many; Percentage of dead not known; Combat efficiency: we are winning!"
COL. DAVID M. SHOUP, USMC
"I can never
again see a UNITED STATES MARINE without experiencing a feeling of
GEN. JOHNSON, U.S. ARMY
of that flag on Suribachi means a MARINE CORPS for the next 500 years."
JAMES FORRESTAL, SECRETARY OF THE NAVY
"Come on, you
sons of b*****! Do you want to live forever?"
GySgt. DANIEL DALY, USMC
retreating, Hell! We're just attacking in a different direction!"
GEN. OLIVER SMITH, USMC
"I have just
returned from visiting the MARINES at the front, and there is not a finer
fighting organization in the world!"
GEN. DOUGLAS MACARTHUR, U.S. ARMY
GERMAN SOLDIERS, WW1 at BELLEAU WOOD
got us surrounded, good! Now we can fire in any direction, those b*****ds
won't get away this time!"
CHESTY PULLER, USMC
"We have two
companies of MARINES running all over this island and thousands of ARMY
troops doing nothing!"
GEN. JOHN VESSEY, CHAIRMAN OF JOINT CHIEFS
We just got here!"
CAPT. LLOYD WILLIAMS, USMC
place in Korea was right behind a platoon of MARINES. LORD, how they could
MAJ. GEN. FRANK LOWE, U.S. ARMY
my men when they are facing the AMERICAN MARINES."
CAPTURED NORTH KOREAN MAJOR
won't go on forever, if we stay soft as we are now. There won't be any
AMERICA because some foreign soldier will invade us and take our women and
breed a hardier race!"
LT. GEN. LEWIS "CHESTY" PULLER, USMC
spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference. The Marines
don't have that problem."
PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN, 1985
"There are only two kinds of people that
understand Marines: Marines and those who have met them in battle.
Everyone else has a second-hand opinion."
WE STOLE THE EAGLE FROM THE AIR FORCE, THE ANCHOR
FROM THE NAVY AND THE ROPE FROM THE ARMY.
ON THE SEVENTH DAY WHILE GOD RESTED, WE OVERRAN HIS
PERIMETER, STOLE THE GLOBE AND WE'VE BEEN RUNNING THE WHOLE SHOW EVER
WE LIVE LIKE SOLDIERS, TALK LIKE SAILORS, AND SLAP
THE HELL OUT OF BOTH OF THEM.
WARRIORS BY DAY, LOVERS BY NIGHT, PROFESSIONALS BY
CHOICE, AND MARINES BY THE GRACE OF GOD.