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Marine Corps League
George LaMont, Commandant
Marine Corps Quotes
"C'mon you sons-of-bitches, do you want to live forever!" ~ GySgt Dan Daley at the Battle of Belleau Wood WWI
"Retreat, hell we just got here!" ~ Captain Lloyd Williams, USMC at the Battle of Belleau Wood WWI
"We're surrounded? Good, now we can kill the bastards in any direction." ~ Colonel Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller; Korean War
"Some people live an entire lifetime wondering if they've made a difference in the world, Marines don't have that problem." ~ President Ronald Regan
"Marines I see as two breeds, Rottweilers or Dobermans, because Marines come in two varieties, big and mean, or skinny and mean.
They're aggressive on the attack and tenacious on the defense. They've got really short hair and they always go for
the throat." ~ RAdm. "Jay' R. Stark, U.S. Navy
"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
"Do not attack the First Marine Division. Leave the yellowlegs alone. Strike the American Army" ~ Orders given to Communist troops
in the Korean War; shortly afterward, the Marines were ordered to not wear their khaki leggings to keep the enemy from immediately fleeing
"Panic sweeps my men when they are facing the American Marines." ~Captured North Korean Major
"The Marines are careful, brave fighters...they were like hunters, boring in relentlessly without fear. I never heard a wounded Marine
moan." ~ The U.S. Army General Staff
"They told (us) to open up the Embassy, or "we'll blow you away." And then they looked up and saw the Marines on the roof with the
really big guns, and they said in Somali, "Igaralli ahow," Which mean "Excuse me, I didn't mean it, my mistake." ~ Karen Aquilar, in
the U.S. Embassy; Mogadishu, Somalia
"To observe a Marine, is inspirational. To be a Marine, is exceptional." ~ GySgt Charles F. Wolf, Jr.
"I come in peace. I didn't bring artillery. But I'm pleading with you, with tears in my eyes: If you fuck with me,
I'll kill you all." ~ Marine General James Mattis to Iraqi tribal leaders
A Marine is a Marine. I set that policy two weeks ago - there's no such thing as a former Marine. You're a Marine,
just in a different uniform and you're in a different phase of your life. But you'll always be a Marine because you went
to Parris Island, San Diego or the hills of Quantico. There's no such thing as a former Marine. - General James F. Amos, 35th CMC
Gone to Florida to fight the Indians. Will be back when the war is over. —Commandant Col Archibald Henderson, 5th CMC, on
a note pinned to his office door, 1836
They (Women Marines) don't have a nickname, and they don't need one. They get their basic training in a Marine atmosphere,
at a Marine Post. They inherit the traditions of the Marines. They are Marines - LtGen Thomas Holcomb, 17th CMC 1943
Old breed? New breed? There’s not a damn bit of difference so long as it’s the Marine breed. — LtGen Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller
Since I first joined the Marines, I have advocated aggressiveness in the field and constant offensive action. Hit quickly,
hit hard and keep right on hitting. Give the enemy no rest, no opportunity to consolidate his forces and hit back at you.
— LtGen H. M. “Howlin’ Mad” Smith 1949
"Being ready is not what matters. What matters is winning after you get there." (Lieutenant General Victor H. Krulak, USMC, April 1965.)
"Retreat 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.)
"I 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.)
"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, USA, outskirts of Seoul, 21 September 1950.)
"Casualties many; Percentage of dead not known; Combat efficiency; we are winning." (Colonel David M. Shoup, USMC, Tarawa, 21 November 1943.)
"Hard pressed on my right. My center is yielding. Impossible to maneuver. Situation excellent. I am attacking!" FERDINAND FOCH
"We're surrounded. That simplifies the problem!" CHESTY PULLER, USMC
"The MARINES have landed and have the situation well in hand!" RICHARD HARDING DAVIS
"Casualties 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 reverence." GEN. JOHNSON, U.S. ARMY
"So they've got us surrounded, good! Now we can fire in any direction, those b*****ds won't get away this time!" CHESTY PULLER, USMC
"The safest place in Korea was right behind a platoon of MARINES. LORD, how they could fight!" MAJ. GEN. FRANK LOWE, U.S. ARMY
"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." Unknown
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 SINCE.
WARRIORS BY DAY, LOVERS BY NIGHT, PROFESSIONALS BY CHOICE, AND MARINES BY THE GRACE OF GOD.
Freedom is not free, but the U.S. Marine Corps will pay most of your share. Ned Dolan
The United States Marine Corps, with its fiercely proud tradition of excellence in combat, its hallowed rituals, and its
unbending code of honor, is part of the fabric of American myth. Thomas E. Ricks; Making the Corps, 1997
We have two companies of Marines running rampant all over the northern half of this island, and three Army regiments pinned down
in the southwestern corner, doing nothing. What the hell is going on? Gen. John W. Vessey Jr., USA, Chairman of the the Joint Chiefs of
Staff during the assault on Grenada, 1983
The Marines I have seen around the world have the cleanest bodies, the filthiest minds, the highest morale, and the lowest morals
of any group of animals I have ever seen. Thank God for the United States Marine Corps! Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady of the United States, 1945
I have only two men out of my company and 20 out of some other company. We need support, but it is almost suicide to try to get it here as
we are swept by machine gun fire and a constant barrage is on us. I have no one on my left and only a few on my right. I will hold.
1stLt. Clifton B. Cates, USMC in Belleau Wood, 19 July 1918
My only answer as to why the Marines get the toughest jobs is because the average Leatherneck is a much better fighter. He has far more guts,
ourage, and better officers... These boys out here have a pride in the Marine Corps and will fight to the end no matter what the cost.
2nd Lt. Richard C. Kennard, Peleliu, World War II
This was the first time that the Marines of the two nations had fought side by side since the defence of the Peking Legations in 1900. Let it be said
that the admiration of all ranks of 41 Commando for their brothers in arms was and is unbounded. They fought like tigers and their morale and
esprit de corps is second to none. Lt Col. D.B. Drysdale, Commanding 41 Commando, Chosen Reservoir, on the 1st Marine Division Division
You cannot exaggerate about the Marines. They are convinced to the point of arrogance, that they are the most ferocious fighters on earth- and
the amusing thing about it is that they are. Father Kevin Keaney 1st Marine Division Chaplain Korean War
The Marine Corps has just been called by the New York Times, 'The elite of this country.' I think it is the elite of the world.
Admiral William Halsey, U.S. Navy
The American Marines have it [pride], and benefit from it. They are tough, cocky, sure of themselves and their buddies. They can fight and they know it.
General Mark Clark, U.S. Army
If I had one more division like this First Marine Division I could win this war. General of the Armies Douglas McArthur in Korea, overheard and
reported by Marine Staff Sergeant Bill Houghton, Weapons/2/5
A Marine in Afghanistan was asked by a reporter where he stands on terrorism. He looked her dead in the eye and said "Well usually the
windpipe does the trick."
The Army and Navy are a fighting force. The Air Force is a corporation. The Maine Corps is a cult.
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