USMC Quotes




 
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January 12th, 2004  
Jarhead0321
 

Topic: USMC Quotes


Being a Marine you will all see a bit of a pattern here.

"Have had terrific bombardment and attack.... Everything is ok... Can you get hot coffee to me?"

Major John "Johnny the hard" hughes 1BN/6th Marines after withstanding a terrifying CLoud of Gas and artillery attack in Belleau Wood


"The Continental ship Providence, now lying at Boston, is bound on a short cruise, immediately; a few good men are wanted to make up her complement."

(Marine Captain William Jones)


"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."

(Lieutenant General Thomas Holcomb, USMC 1943.)



"Casualties many; Percentage of dead not known; Combat efficiency; we are winning."

(Colonel David M. Shoup, USMC, Tarawa, 21 November 1943.)


"The raising of that flag on Suribachi means a Marine Corps for the next 500 years."

(James Forrestal, Secretary of the Navy, 23 February 1945.)


"You don't hurt 'em if you don't hit 'em."

(Lieutenant General Lewis B. Puller, USMC, Marine, 1962.)

"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.)

"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.)



Not sure if this one is on the site I looked and couldnt find it

"The Marines have landed and have the situation well in hand."

(Attributed to many sources and popularized by the correspondent Richard Harding Davis during the late nineteenth-century.)


"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

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 race!"
-LT. GEN. LEWIS "CHESTY" PULLER, USMC

"The more MARINES I have around the better I like it!"
-GEN. MARK CLARK, US.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

"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 attacking!"
-FERDINAND FOCH

"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, 1945.

"Marines are about the most peculiar breed of human beings I have ever witnessed. They treat their service as if it were some kind of cult, plastering their emblem on almost everything they own, making themselves up to look like insane fanatics with haircuts ungentlemanly short, worshipping their Commandant almost as if he were a god, and making weird animal noises like a band of savages. They will 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 a man's normal limits. But, their high spirits and sense of brotherhood set them apart and generally speaking the United States Marines I have come in contact with are the most professional soldiers and the finest men I have had the pleasure to meet."
-Anonymous Canadian Citizen 1969.

"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

"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"


"If I were King, I'd close Army entry training and send all future Infantry grunts to the Marines. The Corps still produces trained and disciplined soldiers who still know how to fight and make it on a killing field."
--Col David Hackworth, USA Army (Ret),one of Americas most highly decorated soldier-


"The amphibious (Marine) landing is the most powerful tool we have."
-General Douglas MacArthur

"Lying offshore, ready to act, the presence of ships and Marines sometimes means much more than just
having air power or ship's fire, when it comes to deterring a crisis. And the ships and Marines may not have
to do anything but lie offshore. It is hard to lie offshore with a C-141 or C-130 full of airborne troops."
- Gen. Colin L. Powell, USA

"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 MarDiv Chaplain, Korean War

When an Army captain asked him for the direction of the line of retreat, Col Puller called his artillerymen, gave them the Army position, and ordered: "If they start to pull back from that line, even one foot, I want you to open fire on them." Turning to the captain, he replied "Does that answer your question?
We're here to fight." At Koto-ri in Korea
- Chesty Puller at Koto-ri in Korea

"The mail service has been excellent out here, and in my opinion this is all that the
Air Force has accomplished during the war."
- Chesty Puller in a letter to his wife while in Korea

"Don't forget that you're First Marines! Not all the Communists in hell can overrun you!"
- Chesty Puller motivating his men at Chosin Reservoir


Take me to the Brig. I want to see the "real Marines".
Major General Chesty Puller, USMC - while on a Battalion inspection.

For over 221 years our Corps has done two things for this great Nation.
We make Marines, and we win battles.
-Gen. Charles C. Krulak, USMC (CMC); 5 May 1997


Ok will let it rest for now don't want to spam you to bad
January 12th, 2004  
Redleg
 
 
Great Quotes!
Thanks a lot.

I split your post from the other one.
January 18th, 2004  
Jarhead0321
 
Time For Dash 2 of the spam

"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."
--Zell Miller
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January 18th, 2004  
Redneck
 
 
Good quotes, thank you.
January 18th, 2004  
Redleg
 
 
Thanks again.

Great quotes!

Looks like I have to make a Marines quotes section on the site. 8)
January 18th, 2004  
SHERMAN
 
 

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I remmember when i was little, my mom was a Lt. Colonel in the IDF. She was the contact officer to the Marines that trained in the Negev desert.....All in all, they were the biggest, meanest looking,most impressive Troops i ever saw....I was awed....
February 6th, 2004  
Jarhead0321
 
" This is the perfect war. They want to die, and we want to kill them".
Sgt Maj Henry Bergeron USMC:
February 25th, 2004  
Chaotic
 
i love this last one..

kinda applies to the OIF
April 18th, 2004  
SemperFi!
 
 
ahhh let me see, you all got some very good ones. Lewis " Chesty" Puller has got to be the funniest Marine ever ( That i know of). Heres a couple that i dont think any of you mentioned:


For all of those that have son's or daughter's at bootcamp let me pass on what I found. Let me give you a little back ground first. When my son left home he had no motivation, he was lazy, slobby, no pride, no self worth. This is the boy that got off the bus March 18th at Parris Island. The man that I met on Thursday for parents day is AWESOME. There is no way I can describe to you all the difference. He looks different, he walks different, he talks different, he has such a sense of bearing and pride all I could do was look at him in awe. Oh yes, the training is hard, what he went through is unimaginable to any one that has not been there. They are definitely taught to be Warriors. Let me tell you the surprise of what else they are taught. My Marine son has better values, better morals, better manners than any one I know. It is so much more than Yes Sir, Yes Mam...so much more. He cares about how he looks, he cares about what he does, and its not a boastful, bad ass thing. He is a true gentleman. I saw patience, and a calmness in him that I have never seen. I could never express my gratitude enough to the Marine Corps for what they have given my son. I know this, I have an 11 year old Devil pup still at home. When the time comes for his turn if I had to I would take him kicking and screaming all the way. Although I'm sure that will not happen. The hero worship I see in my younger sons eyes for his Marine brother tells me I will have two Marines in the family, and I will be one very proud mother.
"Cybil", Mother of a Marine writing to the myMarine Group


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 these really big guns, and they said in Somali, "Igaralli ahow," which means "Excuse me, I didn't mean it, my mistake".
Karen Aquilar, in the U.S. Embassy; Mogadishu, Somalia, 1991


Don't you forget that you're First Marines! Not all the communists in Hell can overrun you!
Col. Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller, USMC
rallying his First Marine Regiment near Chosin Reservoir, Korea, December 1950


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

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 bended knee is not a tradition of our Corps.
General Alexander A. Vandergrift, USMC
to the Senate Naval Affairs Committee, 5 May 1946

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



The Marines may not be "elite" over all of the other branches. But attitude is everything and the Marines DEFINETELY have the attitude!( The good kind)
May 29th, 2004  
C/2nd Lt Robot
 
 
(From a Marine Corps recruiting poster i have)
" You know why the Marine Corps doesnt have a Football team? Its becuase were here to protect a Nation not a quaterbeck."