Famous Marine Quotes
“Some people live an entire lifetime and wonder if they have made a difference to the world, but the Marines don’t have that problem.” Ronald Reagan
"Hard pressed on my right. My
center is yielding. Impossible to maneuver. Situation excellent. I am
"We're surrounded. That
simplifies the problem!"
CHESTY PULLER, USMC
"The more MARINES I have around
the better I like it!"
GEN MARK CLARK, USA
"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!"
LTGEN PATTON, USA 1945
it is entirely appropriate to kill a fly with a sledge-hammer!"
MARINES 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
can never again see a UNITED STATES MARINE without experiencing a feeling of
GEN JOHNSON, US.ARMY
raising of that flag on Suribachi means a MARINE CORPS for the next 500
JAMES FORRESTAL, SECRETARY OF THE NAVY
on, you sons of b*****! Do you want to live forever?"
GySgt. DANIEL DALY, USMC
not retreating, Hell! We're just attacking in a different direction!"
GEN. OLIVER SMITH, USMC
have just returned from visiting the MARINES at the front, and there is not a
finer fighting organization in the world!"
GEN DOUGLAS MACARTHUR, US.ARMY
GERMAN SOLDIERS, WW1 at BELLEAU WOOD
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
have two companies of MARINES running all over this island and thousands of
ARMY troops doing nothing!"
GEN JOHN VESSEY, CHAIRMAN OF JOINT CHIEFS
hell! We just got here!"
CAPT LLOYD WILLIAMS, USMC
safest place in Korea was right behind a platoon of MARINES. LORD, how they
MAJGEN FRANK LOWE, US.ARMY
sweeps my men when they are facing the AMERICAN MARINES."
CAPTURED NORTH KOREAN MAJOR
Country 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!"
LTGEN LEWIS "CHESTY" PULLER, USMC
man who will go where his colors go without asking, who will fight a phantom
foe in a jungle or a mountain range, 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 legends 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 legionnaire, he held the gates of
civilization for the classical world...today he is called United States
LTCOL FEHRENBACH, USA, in "This Kind of War"
are only two kinds of people that understand Marines: Marines and the enemy.
Everyone else has a second-hand opinion."
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 MarDiv Chaplain, Korean War
Marines fought almost solely on esprit de corps, I was certain. It was
inconceivable to most Marines that they should let another Marine down, or that
they could be responsible for dimming the bright reputation of their Corps. The
Marines simply assumed that they were the world's best fighting men."
- Robert Sherrod, 1943, regarding the battle at Tarawa
Roger that George, and even an Army guy like me has to admit that it is always best to have a Devil Dog unit on your flank in combat because that's one flank you don't have to worry about. Here's a true story: In 2003 when the Marines and the Army 3d Infantry Division had taken down Baghdad and had truck convoys scattered all the way into Kuwait, I was a plans officer at USCENTCOM when our intelligence intercepted an order from the Iraqi insurgency commander. It was a field order to all the insurgent unit commanders and it went something like this:
"Resistance Commanders, When attacking supply and truck units you must be aware that there are two different American "armies":
The US Army which wears tan desert uniforms like this (photo of a
Soldier wearing the old desert uniform); and.
2. The US Marine Corps which wears a different uniform like this (photo of a Marine wearing the newly issued USMC digital uniform).
When planning your attacks on supply lines and truck convoys ensure that you do NOT attack a US Marine unit. If you do, these supply-unit Marines will immediately act like Army infantry and they will attack you and hunt every one of your men down and kill them. The US Army truck and supply units will not pursue you. Attack them instead."
deeply embarrassing as that was to the entire US Army, it was a long time
coming. As an Infantryman, I know that in the past 25 years we trained
the hell out of our active duty combat units but we let the rest
of the force waste away. The Army has a long ways to go, but we have rectified some of these problems in the past four years. It's just sad that we had to let the enemy tell us how screwed up we were.
John A. Keenan
Colonel, USMC (Ret)
There are about 1.5 million of us in the active forces that wear a uniform. If you add all the reserves and the National Guard, the total is somewhere close to 3 million. That is only 1% of our nation’s population. We are a military at war, not a nation at war. Unfortunately, many Americans just don’t get it. But you get it.
BGen Robert E. Milstead, Jr.,
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 defense. They've got really short hair and they always go for
RAdm. "Jay" R. Stark, USN; 10 November 1995
in hell can't the Army do it if the Marines can. They are the same kind of men;
why can't they be like Marines.
Gen. John J. "Black Jack" Pershing, USA; 12 February 1918
THIS STORY FITS RIGHT IN WITH THE ABOVE
A group of Americans, retired teachers, recently went to France on a tour. Robert Whiting, an elderly gentleman of 83, arrived in Paris by plane. At French Customs, he took a few minutes to locate his passport in his carry on. "You have been to France before, monsieur?" the customs officer asked sarcastically.
Whiting admitted that he had been to France previously.
"Then you should know enough to have your passport ready."
The American said, "The last time I was here, I didn't have to show it."
"Impossible. Americans always have to show your passports on arrival in France!" The American senior gave the Frenchman a long hard look. Then he quietly explained. "Well, when I came ashore at Omaha Beach on D-Day in '4 4 to help liberate this country, I couldn't find any damn Frenchmen to show it to."
"And there we were, out in the countryside in Vietnam, living together, eating together and obviously going through all sorts of things. I think I came up with a very, very different perspective than most people that end up in senior management positions about what people who wear blue collars think about things and how they react to things, and what you should do to try to be fair to those folks. So in that regard it was an invaluable experience. And a great deal of what FedEx has been able to accomplish was built on those lessons I learned in the Marine Corps." Fred Smith, FED Ex founder
“I learned an awful lot in the Marine Corps -- particularly about, I think, how to treat people, lead people -- which has played a big role in FedEx. A big part of the employee relations systems and all that we have at our company came from my experience in the service. The Marine Corps is the best when it comes to teaching people how to lead other folks.” Fred Smith, FED Ex founder