"The deadliest weapon in the world is a MARINE and his rifle!"
GEN PERSHING, USA
"Hard pressed on my right. My center is yielding. Impossible to maneuver. Situation excellent. I am attacking!"
"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
"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf."
"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
"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, US.ARMY
"The raising of that flag on Suribachi means a MARINE CORPS for the next 500 years."
JAMES FORRESTAL, SECRETARY OF THE NAVY
"Come on, you sons of b*****! Do you want to live forever?"
GySgt. DANIEL DALY, USMC
"We're not retreating, Hell! We're just attacking in a different direction!"
GEN. OLIVER SMITH, USMC
"I 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
"Teufelhunde! (Devil Dogs)"
GERMAN SOLDIERS, WW1 at BELLEAU WOOD
"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
"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
"Retreat hell! We just got here!"
CAPT LLOYD WILLIAMS, USMC
"The safest place in Korea was right behind a platoon of MARINES. LORD, how they could fight!"
MAJGEN FRANK LOWE, US.ARMY
"Panic sweeps my men when they are facing the AMERICAN MARINES."
CAPTURED NORTH KOREAN MAJOR
"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!"
LTGEN LEWIS "CHESTY" PULLER, USMC
"Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference. The Marines don't have that problem."
PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN, 1985
"The 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 Marine."
LTCOL FEHRENBACH, USA, in "This Kind of War"
"There are only two kinds of people that understand Marines: Marines and
the enemy. Everyone else has a second-hand opinion."
"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
"The Marines fought almost solely on esprit decorps, 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
"You're making the wrong assumption that a Marine by himself is outnumbered." - Gen Peter Pace, 28 Jul 06
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