Marine Corps General James Mattis retired last year after four decades of service to his country. He was universally admired as a fighter and inspirational leader. His legacy is well established in that regard; but I believe what he said over his four decades of service will make him one of those rare iconic figures in military history, especially since most of his classic lines centered around the two wars of this generation.
The best summary of his quotes, in my opinion, can be found in The Washington Free Beacon. Click on the photo and read the words from an iconic Marine General. (Fair warning: there is some strong language in a couple of places.)
Marine Corps Times’ blog Battle Rattle also printed his February 22, 2014 speech at the Marine Corps University Foundation’s 2014 Semper Fidelis Award Dinner. The title of the story: “Gen. ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis just gave what may be the most motivating speech of all time.” It is definitely worth the read.