Quotes June 17, 2022

“There are only two kinds of people that understand Marines: Marines and the enemy. Everyone else has a second-hand opinion.”
Gen. William Thornson
“Hell, these are Marines. Men like them held Guadalcanal and took Iwo Jima. Bagdad ain’t shit.”
Marine Major General John F. Kelly
“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
“I have just returned from visiting the Marines at the front, and there is not a finer fighting organization in the world.”
General of the Armies Douglas MacArthur
“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
You’ll never get a Purple Heart hiding in a foxhole! Follow me!”
Capt. Henry P. Crowe, USMC
“Marines are built through the ethos of struggle and sacrifice.”
Gen James Jones
“There was always talk of esprit de corps, of being gung ho, and that must have been a part of it. Better, tougher training, more marksmanship on the firing range, the instant obedience to orders seared into men in boot camp.”
James Brady
“The bended knee is not a tradition of our Corps.”
General Alexander A. Vandergrift
“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
“The American Marines have it [pride], and benefit from it. They are tough, cocky, sure of themselves and their buddies. They can fight and they know it.”
General Mark Clark
“A ship without Marines is like a garment without buttons.”
Admiral David D. Porter
“It is friendship, and something beyond friendship, that binds the Marine Corps together.”
“If I charge, follow me. If I retreat, kill me. If I die, revenge me.”