USMC Quotes

“I have only two men out of my company and 20 out of some other company. We need support, but it is almost suicide to try to get it here as we are swept by machine gun fire and a constant barrage is on us. I have no one on my left and only a few on my right. I will hold.”
1stLt. Clifton B. Cates, USMC, Belleau Wood, 1918

“The raising of that flag on Suribachi means a Marine Corps for the next five hundred years.”
James Forrestal, Secretary of the Navy, 1945

“The bended knee is not a tradition of our Corps.”
General Alexander A. Vandergrift, USMC, to the Senate Naval Affairs Committee, 1946

“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.”
Admiral William Halsey, U.S. Navy

“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.”
General James Mattis, USMC, to Iraqi tribal leaders

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

“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, 1945

“We have two companies of Marines running rampant all over the northern half of this island, and three Army regiments pinned down in the southwest corner, doing nothing. What the hell is going on?”
Gen. John Vessey, US Army, Grenada, 1983

“Some people spend their entire lives wondering if they’ve made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don’t have that problem.”
Ronald Reagan, 1985

“Don’t you forget that you’re First Marines! Not all the communists in Hell can overrun you!”
Col. Lewis “Chesty” Puller, USMC, Korea, 1950

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

“I want you boys to hurry up and whip these Germans so we can get out to the Pacific to kick the shit out of the purple-pissing Japanese, before the goddamn Marines get all the credit!”
Gen. George S. Patton, US Army, 1945

“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 to keep the enemy from immediately fleeing.

“Casualties many; percentage of dead not known; combat efficiency: we are winning!”
Col. David Shoup, USMC, Tarawa, 1943

“We’ve been looking for the enemy for several days now. We’ve finally found them. We’re surrounded. That simplifies the problem of getting to these people and killing them.”
Col. Lewis “Chesty” Puller, USMC, Korea, 1950

“So they’ve got us surrounded, good! Now we can fire in any direction, those bastards won’t get away this time!”
Col. Lewis “Chesty” Puller, USMC, Korea, 1950

“When I joined the Marine Corps, I figured I’d be a infantryman, go on liberty, drink beer, punch sailors, chase wild women, kill communists, and if I kept my boots clean and qualified with the rifle every year, I might grow up to be a gunnery sergeant.”
MGySgt. R. R. Keene, USMC, 1996

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