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.)
General Lewis B. Puller, USMC, 1962.)
"[Darn] it, you'll never
get the Purple Heart hiding in a foxhole! Follow me!" (Captain
Henry P. "Jim" Crowe, USMC,
Guadalcanal, 13 January 1943.)
you want to live forever?" (Attributed
Belleau Wood, June 1918.)
"Being ready is
not what matters. What matters is
winning after you get there." (Lieutenant
(MSgt Paul Woyshner, a
40-year Marine, is
credited with originating this expression during a taproom argument
with a discharged Marine.)
Combat efficiency; we are winning." (Colonel
David M. Shoup, USMC, Tarawa, 21
to Major General Oliver P.
Smith, USMC, Korea, December 1950.)
|"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.)
|"The deadliest weapon in the world
is a MARINE and his rifle!"
GEN. PERSHING, US.ARMY
|"Hard pressed on my right. My center
is yielding. Impossible to maneuver. Situation excellent. I am
|"We're surrounded. That simplifies
CHESTY PULLER, USMC
LIKE SOLDIERS, TALK LIKE SAILORS, AND SLAP THE HE[CK] OUT OF BOTH OF
DAY, LOVERS BY NIGHT, PROFESSIONALS BY CHOICE, AND MARINES BY THE GRACE
|"The more MARINES I have around the
better I like it!"
GEN. MARK CLARK, U.S.
|"I want you boys to hurry up and
whip these Germans so we can get out to the Pacific to kick the [heck]
out of the [ ] Japanese, before the
Godda**ed MARINES get
all the credit!" Lt General
George Patton, US
|"Sometimes it is entirely
appropriate to kill a fly with a sledge-hammer!"
|"A ship without MARINES is like a
garment without buttons."
ADM. DAVID PORTER, USN
|"The MARINES have landed and have
the situation well in hand!"
RICHARD HARDING DAVIS
|"People sleep peaceably in their
beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on
their behalf." GEORGE ORWELL
|"I can never again see a UNITED
STATES MARINE without experiencing a feeling of reverence."
GEN. JOHNSON, U.S. ARMY
|"The raising of that flag on
Suribachi means a MARINE CORPS for the next 500 years."
SECRETARY OF THE NAVY
|"We have two companies of MARINES
running all over this island and thousands of ARMY troops doing
GEN. JOHN VESSEY,
CHAIRMAN OF JOINT
|"Retreat hell! We just got here!"
CAPT. LLOYD WILLIAMS,
|"The safest place in Korea was right
behind a platoon of MARINES. LORD, how they could fight!"
MAJ. GEN. FRANK LOWE,
|"Panic sweeps my men when they are
facing the AMERICAN MARINES."
CAPTURED NORTH KOREAN
|"Our 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
LT. GEN. LEWIS
"CHESTY" PULLER, USMC
|"Some people spend an entire
lifetime wondering if they made a difference. The Marines don't have
|"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