On November 10th, the United States Marine Corps will be 232 years old. Since the 10th is on a Saturday, this week will be dedicated to all things Marine.
Freedom is not free, but the U.S. Marine Corps will pay most of your share.
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
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
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
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
The bended knee is not a tradition of our Corps.
General Alexander A. Vandergrift, USMC
to the Senate Naval Affairs Committee, 5 May 1946
“Retreat Hell! We’re just attacking in another direction.”
(Attributed to Major General Oliver P. Smith, USMC, Korea, December 1950.)
“Casualties many; Percentage of dead not known; Combat efficiency; we are winning.”
(Colonel David M. Shoup, USMC, Tarawa, 21 November 1943.)