Marine Corps Birthday, 236 Years of keeping the wolves away from the front door.

‘If the Army and the Navy ever look on heaven's scene,They will find the streets are guarded by United States Marines.’—The Marines' Hymn, Third Verse, Last Stanza

‘Gone to fight the Indians. Will be back when the war is over.’

‘Retreat, hell! We just got here!’
—Capt Lloyd Williams, U. S. Marine Corps

‘‘The Marines have landed, and the situation is well in hand.’
—Attributed to Richard Harding Davis (1864-1916)

‘The deadliest weapon in the world is a Marine and his rifle.’
—GEN John J. ‘Black Jack’ Pershing, U.S. Army, Commander of American Forces, World War I

‘Why in hell can't the Army do it if the Marines can? They are the same kind of men; why can't they be like Marines?’
—GEN John J. ‘Black Jack’ Pershing, U.S. Army, 12 February 1918

‘Come on, you sons of bitches: do you want to live forever?’
—GySgt Daniel Daly, U. S. Marine Corps, Battle of Belleau Wood, 6 June 1918

‘It is related that, during the early days of World War II, a lofty-minded civilian visited Guadalcanal. During his tour, war aims were mentioned. Addressing [then] Lieutenant Colonel L. B. Puller, one of the most hard-bitten professionals on the island--or, for that matter, in the Marine Corps--the visitor inquired, “And what, colonel, are you fighting for?”
Colonel Puller reflected for a moment, then answered, “$649 a month.”’
—The Marine Officer's Guide, Sixth Edition

‘I have just returned from the front with the Marines, and there is not a finer fighting organisation in the world.’
—GEN Douglas MacArthur, U. S. Army, in the vicinity of Seoul, Korea, 21 September 1950

‘We’re surrounded. That simplifies our problem of getting to these people and killing them.’
—LtGen [then Col] Lewis B. ‘Chesty’ Puller, U. S. Marine Corps, Chosin Reservoir, Korea, December 1950

‘Don't you forget that you're First Marines! Not all the communists in Hell can overrun you!’
—LtGen [then Col] Lewis B. ‘Chesty’ Puller, U. S. Marine Corps, Chosin Reservoir, Korea, December 1950

‘Do not attack the First Marine Division. Leave the yellow-legs 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 Marine Corps has just been called by the New York Times, 'The elite of this country.' I think it is the elite of the world.’
—ADM William ‘Bull’ Halsey, U.S. Navy

‘The safest place in Korea was right behind a platoon of Marines. Lord, how they could fight!’
—MG Frank E. Lowe, U.S. Army, Korea, 26 January 1952

‘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 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 legionary, he held the gates of civilization for the classical world...he has been called United States Marine.’
—LTC T. R. Fehrenbach, U. S. Army, This Kind of War

‘Marine human material was not one whit better than that of the human society from which it came. But it had been hammered into a form in a different forge, hardened with a different fire. The Marines were the closest thing to legions the nation had. They would follow their colors from the shores of home to the seacoast of Bohemia, and fight well either place. ‘A Marine Corps officer was still an officer, and a sergeant behaved the way good sergeants had behaved since the time of Caesar, expecting no nonsense, allowing none. And Marine leaders had never lost sight of their primary — their only — mission, which was to fight.’
—LTC T. R. Fehrenbach, U. S. Army, This Kind of War

‘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.’
—Fr. Kevin Keaney, 1st Marine Division Chaplain, Korean War

‘Being ready is not what matters. What matters is winning after you get there.’
—LtGen Victor H. ‘Brute’ Krulak, U. S. Marine Corps, April 1965

‘There are only two kinds of people that understand Marines: Marines and the enemy. Everyone else has a second-hand opinion.’
—GEN William Thornson, U. S. Army

‘We have two companies of Marines running rampant all over the northern half of this island, and three Army regiments pinned down in the southwestern corner, doing nothing. What the hell is going on?’
—GEN John W. Vessey Jr., U. S. Army, Chairman of the the Joint Chiefs of Staff, 1983

‘There is no easy way to be a Marine and there never will be. You are a Marine every day and it is your responsibility to uphold the legacy that Marines in the past have so dearly established.’
—Col John Ripley, U. S. Marine Corps

‘Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they've made a difference. The Marines don't have that problem.’
—Ronald Reagan, 40th President of the United States, 1985

‘Marines know how to use their bayonets. Army bayonets may as well be paper-weights.’
—Navy Times, November 1994

‘The United States Marine Corps, with its fiercely proud tradition of excellence in combat, its hallowed rituals, and its unbending code of honor, is part of the fabric of American myth.’
—Thomas E. Ricks, Making the Corps, 1997

‘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, U. S. Marine Corps, 5 May 1997

‘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, U. S. Marine Corps, 10 November 2000

‘There is no better friend and no worse enemy than a United States Marine.’
—LtGen James Mattis, U. S. Marine Corps

‘If the Army and the Navy ever look on heaven's scene,
They will find the streets are guarded by United States Marines.’
—The Marines' Hymn, Third Verse, Last Stanza

The current Marine Corps Recruiting video when I enlisted...

To all my brother Marines, Past, Present and Future, a hearty Seper Fidelis!

Gunny B.

Thanks to Geoff Gilbert U. S. Marine whow sent me these quotes.

He forgot one, "If everybody could be a Marine we wouldn't be the Marines, we'd be the Air Force..." Who said that? I said that.

1 comment:

mar23bin said...

Nice tribute. semper fi.