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Subject: Once a Marine Always a Marine
A Marine as seen
A handsome, buff, highly trained professional killer and female idol who carries a finely
honed K-Bar, wears a crisp 8-point cammie cover and is always on time due to the absolute reliability of his Seiko
gross, foul mouthed lovable bum who arrives back at home every few months with a seabag full of dirty utilities, a huge Seiko
watch, an oversized knife, a filthy hat and hornier then hell.
A fine specimen of a drunken, brawling, HMMWV-stealing, woman-corrupting bullshitter with an incredibly
accurate Seiko watch, a finely honed, razor sharp K-Bar and a salty cammie cover.
Headquarters Marine Corps:
drunken, brawling, HMMWV-stealing, woman-corrupting "cumshaw artist" who wears a Seiko watch, an unauthorized
K-Bar and a squared-away cover.
overpaid, overrated tax burdens who are indispensable since they volunteer to go anywhere at any time and kill
whoever they're told to kill, as long as they can drink, brawl, steal HMMWVs, corrupt women and sing dirty
songs while wearing cammies, oversized knives, Seiko watches and really screwed-up 8-point covers
that don't look like the Army's.
What Marines have said about
"It's a funny thing, but, as years go
by, I think you appreciate more and more what a great thing it was to be a United States Marine... People
will tell me what a shame it was I had to go back into the service a second time, but I'm kinda glad
I did. Besides, I am a U.S. Marine and I'll be one till I die."
Jonathan Winters, comic and Marine
I've always been proud of being a Marine. I won't hesitate to defend the Corps.
A Marine Drill Instructor at Parris Island:
"Did you come here just to spoil my beloved Corps, maggot?"
A boot camp weapons coach:
a Marine, happiness is a belt-fed weapon."
Anonymous US Marine in Viet Nam:
is a Free Fire Zone"
General Louis H. Wilson, USMC (CMC)
Toast given at 203rd Marine Corps Birthday Ball
Camp LeJeune, N.C. 1978
The wonderful love of a beautiful maid,
The love of a staunch true man,
love of a baby, unafraid,
Have existed since time began.
But the greatest of loves, Thequintessence of loves.
greater than that of a mother,
Is the tender, passionate, infinite love,
of one drunken Marine for another.
Gen. A. M. Gray, USMC, (CMC):
Every Marine is, first
and foremost, a rifleman. All other conditions are secondary.
Gen. Charles C.
Krulak, USMC (CMC); 5 May 1997:
For over 221 years our Corps has done two things for this great Nation.
We make Marines, and we win battles.
Gen. James L. Jones, USMC (CMC); 10 November 2000:
are United States Marines, and for two and a quarter centuries
we have defined the standards of
courage, esprit, and military prowess.
1stLt. Clifton B. Cates, USMC in Belleau Wood, 19 July 1918:
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.
LtCol. Oliver North, USMC (Ret):
"The only people I like beside my wife and kids are Marines."
J N Mattis, CG, 1st Mar Div - Iraq, March 2003:
"You are part of the world's most feared and trusted fighting force.
your brain before you engage your weapon. Share your courage with
each other as we enter the uncertain terrain
north of our Line of Departure.
Keep faith in your comrades on your left and right and Marine Air overhead.
with a happy heart and a strong spirit. For the mission's sake, our country's sake and the sake of the men who carried
the Division's colors in
past battles -- who fought for life and never lost their nerve -- carry out
and keep your honor clean. Demonstrate to the world there is
'No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy' than a United
Lt Col. D.B. Drysdale, Commanding 41 Commando, Royal Marines,
Chosen Reservoir, on the 1st Marine Division:
This was the first time that the Marines of the two nations had
by side since the defense of the Peking Legations in 1900.
it be said that the admiration of all ranks of 41 Commando for their brothers
in arms was and is unbounded.
They fought like tigers and their morale and esprit de corps is second to
An Anonymous US Marine:
"I recently attended a Kansas City Chiefs football game at Arrowhead
It was their annual Veteran's Day tribute so members of all the
services were asked to participate in the festivities.
A color guard for the
National Anthem was provided by the Buffalo Soldiers Association. They
looked very sharp in their 1800s-era US Army Cavalry
that, the Navy parachute team put on an impressive display that brought
from the 78,000 football fans in attendance. Shortly thereafter, we
were treated to the truly awesome sight
of an Air Force B-2 Spirit stealth
bomber flyover as well as a few other aircraft. All of these sights -- but
B-2 -- were truly appreciated by the crowd who let it be
known by their cheers. I expected that was all we would see
of the US
Military that day. I thought we would see a high school or college marching
half-time. Few watch those shows anyway because they have to go
to the head or grab another beer during the intermission.
half-time, however, I looked down on the sidelines near the end zone and saw
the Marine Corps' Silent
Drill Team forming up. As the half-time show
started, the players left the field and the announcer came on the
address system to advise us of the Drill Team's performance. Many of us
Marines have seen these performances
in the past and they're always
awe-inspiring. I didn't expect that the large civilian crowd of football
be as appreciative of the Drill Team as they had been of the
high-tech B-2 or the daring of the Navy parachute
team. However, I was on
the edge of my seat. As the Drill Team marched onto the field, the crowd
quieter. Soon, the team was fully into their demonstration.
The stadium was absolutely silent. From high in the stands'
where my seats were, I was able to hear the "snap" and "pop" of hands
Both big screen "Jumbotron" scoreboards displayed close ups
of the Marines as they went through their routine.
As they completed their
demonstration and lined up for the inspection, the crowd began cheering as
twirled their rifles in impossible fashion. Then came the inspection. Again, the crowd fell silent and watched intently
as rifles were thrown, caught, twirled, inspected and thrown some more. Each well-practiced feat brought
a "wow" or "did you see that?" from those sitting around me.
I sat there in silent pride as I watched
my brother Marines exit the field. A
young girl behind me asked her mother a question about how the Marines learn
do the things they just did. The mother replied, "They practice long and
hard and they're Marines; they're
What others have said about Marines:
Ronald Reagan, former President of the
"Some people live an entire lifetime and wonder if they've ever made a
difference in the
world. Marines don't have that problem."
Father Kevin Keaney:
1st Marine Division Chaplain, Korean War
You cannot exaggerate about the Marines. They are convinced to the point of
they are the most ferocious fighters on earth- and the amusing
thing about it is that they are.
Harry S. Truman:
The Marine Corps is the Navy's police force and as long as I am President
is what it will remain. They have a propaganda machine that is almost equal
(His written apology was presented to Gen Clifton B. Cates, CMC)
Gen. William Thornson, U.S. Army:
There are only two kinds
of people that understand Marines: Marines and the
enemy. Everyone else has a second-hand opinion.
MGen. Frank E. Lowe, USA; Korea, 26 January 1952
The safest place in Korea was right behind a platoon of Marines.
Lord, how they could fight!
General Douglas MacArthur, US Army:
". . . these Marines have the
swagger, confidence and hardness that must have been in Stonewall Jackson's Army of the Shenandoah. They remind me of
the Coldstream Guards at Dunkirk."
Admiral Chester Nimitz, US Navy, on the Marine Corps' battle for Iwo
"Uncommon valor was a common virtue"
MacArthur, US Army:
"I have just returned from visiting the Marines at the front. There is not a finer fighting
organization in the world!"
LtCol T R Fehrenbach,
USA, in "This Kind of War":General John J "Black
Jack" Pershing, US Army:
"The man who will go where his colors go without asking, who will fight a
in a jungle or a mountain range, and who will suffer and die in
the midst of incredible hardship, without complaint,
is still what he has
always been, from Imperial Rome to sceptered Britain to democratic America.
He is the
stuff of which legends are made. His pride is his colors and his
regiment, his training hard and thorough and coldly
realistic, to fit him for what he must face, and his obedience is to his orders. As a legionnaire, he held the gates
of civilization for the classical world today he is called United States Marine."
"Marines are about the most peculiar breed of human beings I have ever
They treat their service as if it was some kind of cult, plastering their emblem on almost everything they own, making
themselves up to look like insane fanatics with haircuts so short as to be ungentlemanly, worshipping their Commandant
as if he was a god, and making weird animal noises like a band of savages. They'll fight like rabid dogs at the drop of a
hat just for the sake of a little action and are the cockiest SOBs I've ever known. Most have the foulest mouths and
drink well beyond man's normal limits, but their high spirits and sense of brotherhood set them apart and, generally
speaking, of the United States Marines with whom I've come in contact, are the most professional warriors and the finest
men I've had the pleasure to meet."
"The deadliest weapon in the world is a Marine and his rifle!
General Mark Clark, US Army:
"The more Marines I have around the better I like it!"
"I can never again see a United States Marine without experiencing a
feeling of reverence. "
Harding Davis, war correspondent (1885):
"The Marines have landed, and the situation is well in hand."
Roosevelt - 1945:
"The Marines I have seen around the world have the cleanest bodies, the
minds, the highest morale, and the lowest morals of any group I
have ever seen. Thank God for the United States Marine Corps."
(Her son, James Roosevelt, was XO of 2ndRaider Bn on Maikin Island
later commanded 4thRaider Bn. He retired
from the USMCR as a BGen)