Quotes of the Day for Marines – Happy Birthday to the Corps

“Freedom is not free, but the U.S. Marine Corps will pay most of your share.”
– Ned Dolan


“A Marine is a Marine. I set that policy two weeks ago – there’s no such thing as a former Marine. You’re a Marine, just in a different uniform and you’re in a different phase of your life. But you’ll always be a Marine because you went to Parris Island, San Diego or the hills of Quantico. There’s no such thing as a former Marine.” – General James F. Amos, 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps


“I come in peace, I didn’t bring artillery. But I am pleading with you with tears in my eyes: If you fuck with me, I’ll kill you all.” – Marine General James Mattis, to Iraqi tribal leaders


“Hell, these are Marines. Men like them held Guadalcanal and took Iwo Jima. Bagdad ain’t shit.” – Marine Major General John F. Kelly


“We signed up knowing the risk. Those innocent people in New York didn’t go to work thinking there was any kind of risk.” – Pvt. Mike Armendariz-Clark, USMC; Afghanastan, 20 September 2001 as reported on page 1 of the New York Times


“The safest place in Korea was right behind a platoon of Marines. Lord, how they could fight!” – MGen. Frank E. Lowe, USA; Korea, 26 January 1952


“Marines know how to use their bayonets. Army bayonets may as well be paper-weights.” – Navy Times; November 1994


“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, USA; 12 February 1918


“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 all of those that have son’s or daughter’s at boot camp let me pass on what I found. Let me give you a little background 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 anyone 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 anyone 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 it’s 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


“The raising of that flag on Suribachi means a Marine Corps for the next five hundred years.” – James Forrestal, Secretary of the Navy; 23 February 1945 (the flag-raising on Iwo Jima had been immortalized in a photograph by Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal)


“I have just returned from visiting the Marines at the front, and there is not a finer fighting organization in the world!” – – General of the Armies Douglas MacArthur; Korea, 21 September 1950


“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., USA, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the assault on Grenada, 1983


“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, First Lady of the United States, 1945


“Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don’t have that problem.” – Ronald Reagan, President of the United States; 1985


“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 defense. They’ve got really short hair and they always go for the throat.” – RAdm. “Jay” R. Stark, USN; 10 November 1995


“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


“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


“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


“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


“Courage is endurance for one moment more… “ – Unknown Marine Second Lieutenant in Vietnam


“A Marine should be sworn to the patient endurance of hardships, like the ancient knights; and it is not the least of these necessary hardships to have to serve with sailors. “ – Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery


“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 wonderful love of a beautiful maid,

The love of a staunch true man,

The love of a baby, unafraid,

Have existed since time began.

But the greatest of loves, The quintessence of loves.

Even greater than that of a mother,

Is the tender, passionate, infinite love,

of one drunken Marine for another.

“Semper Fidelis”

General Louis H. Wilson, Commandant of the Marine Corps, Toast given at 203rd Marine Corps Birthday Ball, Camp Lejueune, N.C. 1978


“I am convinced that there is no smarter, handier, or more adaptable body of troops in the world. ” – Prime Minister of Britain, Sir Winston Churchhill


“The deadliest weapon in the world is a Marine and his rifle.” – Gen. John “Black Jack” Pershing, U.S. Army, Commander of American Forces in World War I


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.


“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.” – LtGen Thomas Holcomb, USMC, Commandant of the Marine Corps, 1943


“If I had one more division like this First Marine Division I could win this war. “ – General of the Armies Douglas McArthur in Korea, overheard and reported by Marine Staff Sergeant Bill Houghton, Weapons/2/5

About vonMesser

Retired from the US Navy (21 years) and state (20 years). Recently remarried after being widowed for 5 years. 2 daughters, and a step-daughter, all functioning adults). Graduated from college after the Navy with BA in Education, psychology, Economics, History and Political Science. Teach Hunter Safety for Washington (since 1991) and do historical reenactments for Civil War, WW-1and WW-2.
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3 Responses to Quotes of the Day for Marines – Happy Birthday to the Corps

  1. Uriel says:

    OO-Rah! Von…..and yet the Marines have the smallest budget of the military in Congress except the Coast Guard..

  2. Shar says:

    Von that was an amazing tribute.

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