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"The United States Marine Corps, with its fiercly proud traditions of excellence in combat, its hallowed rituals, and its unbending code of honor, is part of the fabric of American myth."
- Thomas E Ricks
"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...he has been called United States Marine."
- Lieutenant Colonel T.R. Fehrenbach, US Army in "This Kind of War
"We are United States Marines, and for two and a quarter centuries we have defined the standards of courage, esprit, and military prowess."
- Gen. James L. Jones, USMC (CMC); 10 November 2000
"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, courage, 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
"Excellence doesn't just happen. It must be forged, tested and used. It must be passed down and woven into the very fabric of our soul until it becomes out nature"
- General Charles C. Krulak, 31st Commandant of the Marine Corps
"Teufelhunde! (Devil Dogs)"
-GERMAN SOLDIERS, WW1 at BELLEAU WOOD
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
"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
"I love the Corps for those intangible possessions that cannot be
issued: pride, honor, integrity, and being able to carry on the
traditions for generations of warriors past."
- Cpl. Jeff Sornij, USMC; in Navy Times, November 1994
"Alone among the U.S. military services, the Marines have bestowed their name on their enlisted ranks. The Army has Army officers and soldiers, the Navy has naval officers and sailors, the Air Force has Air Force officers and airmen----but the Marines have only Marines."
- James Bradley
"You earned the title "Marine" upon graduation from boot recruit training. It wasn't willed to you; it isn't a gift. It is not a government subsidy. Few can claim the title; no one can take it away. It is yours forever."
- Tom Barlett - Leatherneck Magazine
"That dusty, crusty, grease-covered, dirty, sweaty, bright-eyed, fuzzie-aced, haircut-needing, beer-drinking, underrated, over-worked, underpaid, oversexed, little s**t, who can take a tank and do more battlefield damage in ten minutes than a Grunt squad can do all day."
- From Brown Side Out by Maj. H. Gene Duncan, USMC Ret
". . the Marine Corps is more than a crack military machine. It is a fraternity bonded in blood."
--Clare Booth Luce, 1984
"Boots are new recruits into the United States Marine Corps. During the Vietnam War period these young men were a mixture of volunteers and some draftees. None were senatorís or congressmenís sons. Very few were from the upper echelons of American society. Most were from hard working, well founded, families that believed in something called the "United States of America". These young men had been schooled in a system that started the day with the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag and the Lords Prayer. Many believed in America and all it promised. Most were patriots.
Marines are the United States elite military force. There are many specialty forces within the U.S. Military. Navy Seals, Army Green Berets, Army Airborne and other specialty units comprise the elite forces of U.S. Military. Only the United States Marine Corps stands out as an elite force in and of itself. MARINE is a word of respect. Whenever this word is used it evokes images of Spartans, exemplary examples of American excellence. The elite of the elite.
Marines have a history. They have fought in every major and minor engagement in which the United States of America has ever been involved. Marines are the Presidents guard. Marines are the best we have to offer as a nation. Marines have a tradition. Marines do not surrender. Marines do not leave their dead on the battle field. Marines have an honor. Marines die for that honor. Marines are Americans in the highest sense. Marines guard the very gates of Heaven.
--SGT Bill M. Brower (USMC Oct. 1969 - Oct. 1972)
"When the new recruit is standing in front of his D.I., he knows what he had to do, what his D.I. wants him to do, his Mama, his Daddy, his leader says to do. But what our whole recruit training program is heading towards is that Marine doing what he has been trained for when his leader, or any other "senior" is not there looking over him. Those moments when he is alone in combat, and he has to rely on one person, himself!"
--Chesty Puller's Rules of Success!
"Marines about to go into battle. Some were standing watch, some readied equipment, some slept or rested, but all were quiet. No nervous jabbering, no false bravado, no whining, no melodramatics... they were professionals."
--2nd Lieutenant "Vic" Taylor, on "the Magnificent Bastards"
"Civilians cannot and will not understand us because they are not one of us. The Corps - we love it, live it and shall die for it. If you have never been in it, you shall never understand it. Semper Fidelis!"
--GySgt Brad Lemke
"A Marine knows that pride is the bedrock upon which he will lay the foundation of his life, and on that foundation he will build the structure by which the worth of his existence and the measure of his accomplishments will be judged."