The Creed of a United States Marine
MGen. William H. Rupertus
U.S. Marine Corps Retired
(written following the attack on Pearl Harbor)
This is my rifle. There are many like it, but this one is mine.
My rifle is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must
master my life.
My rifle, without me, is useless. Without my rifle, I am useless. I
must fire my rifle true. I must shoot straighter than my enemy who is
trying to kill me. I must shoot him before he shoots me. I will...
My rifle and myself know that what counts in this war is not the rounds
we fire, the noise of our burst, nor the smoke we make. We know that it
is the hits that count. We will hit...
My rifle is human, even as I, because it is my life. Thus, I will learn
it as a brother. I will learn its weaknesses, its strength, its parts,
its accessories, its sights and its barrel. I will ever guard it against
the ravages of weather and damage as I will ever guard my legs, my arms,
my eyes and my heart against damage. I will keep my rifle clean and
ready. We will become part of each other. We will...
Before God, I swear this creed. My rifle and myself are the defenders
of my country. We are the masters of our enemy. We are the saviors of
So be it, until there is no enemy, but peace!
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