"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because
rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf."
GEORGE ORWELL (Not attributed to the U.S. Marines)
"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!"
"We're surrounded. That simplifies the problem!"
CHESTY PULLER, USMC
"The more MARINES I have around the better I like it!"
GEN. MARK CLARK, US.ARMY
"Sometimes it is entirely appropriate to kill a fly with
"A ship without MARINES is like a garment without buttons."
ADM. DAVID PORTER, USN
"The MARINES have landed and have the situation well in
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 bitches! Do you want to live forever?"
GYSGT. DANIEL DALY, USMC
"We're not retreating, Hell! We're just attacking in different
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
GERMAN SOLDIERS, WW1 at BELLEAU WOOD
"So they've got us surrounded, good! Now we can fire in
any direction, those bastards 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!"
MAJ. GEN. 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 soldiery
will invade us and take our women and breed a hardier race!"
LT. GEN. 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