Tag: Military

Quotes February 22, 2019

A compliance with the minutiae of military courtesy is a mark of well-disciplined troops.
We are all members of the same great family … On social occasions the formality of strictly military occasions should be relaxed, and a spirit of friendliness and goodwill should prevail.
MajGen John A. Lejeune
 
 
 
 
We’re not accustomed to occupying defensive positions. It’s destructive to morale.
LtGen H. M. “Howlin’ Mad” Smith, Iwo Jima, 1945
 
 
 
 
Don’t you forget that you’re Marines- First Marines! Not all the communists in hell can overrun you!
Col Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller, rallying his 1st Marines near Chosin Reservoir, Korea, December 1950
 
 
 
 
The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.
Douglas MacArthur
 
 
 
 
Here’s a news flash: No soldier gives his life. That’s not the way it works. Most soldiers who make a conscious decision to place themselves in harm’s way do it to protect their buddies. They do it because of the bonds of friendship – and it goes so much deeper than friendship.
Eric Massa
 
 
 
 
But to the fighting soldier that phase of the war is behind. It was left behind after his first battle. His blood is up. He is fighting for his life, and killing now for him is as much a profession as writing is for me.
Ernie Pyle
 
 
 
 
All you have to do is hold your first soldier who is dying in your arms, and have that terribly futile feeling that I can’t do anything about it… Then you understand the horror of war.
Norman Schwarzkopf
 
 
 
 
I come from the slums; I come from a hard background; I come from a poor family; and I was a soldier.

I learned about life before I went into the theater, which is why I’ve been so happy. I was a soldier.
Michael Caine
 
 
 
 
There’s nothing like being a soldier for confidence or learning your limits or enduring utter humiliation.
Guy Davenport
 
 
 
 
When you join the army, you are asked to lay down your life for your country. That is a tremendous oath to take. In return, a good country should offer that soldier every possible means it can to allow that soldier to stay alive and, upon return, healthy – both mentally and physically.
Michael Winter

Quotes February 08, 2019

Since I first joined the Marines, I have advocated aggressiveness in the field and constant offensive action. Hit quickly, hit hard and keep right on hitting. Give the enemy no rest, no opportunity to consolidate his forces and hit back at you.
LtGen H. M. “Howlin’ Mad” Smith 1949
 
 
 
 
The future success of the Marine Corps depends on two factors: first, an efficient performance of all duties to which its officers and men may be assigned; second, promptly bringing this efficiency to the attention of the proper officials of the government, and the American people.
MajGen John A. Lejeune, 13th CMC
 
 
 
 
Come on you sons of bitches! Do you want to live forever?
Gunnery Sergeant Dan Daly 1918 France.
 
 
 
 
“For the first time in a long time, I felt like I had a purpose being in the Navy. It wasn’t about money and rank or prestige. It was about raising the flag. We do what we do because no one else can or will do it. We fight so others can sleep at night. And I had forgotten that.”
Timothy Ciciora
 
 
 
 
“The reason we call ships ‘she’ is that it costs so much to keep one in paint and powder.”
Chester W. Nimitz
 
 
 
 
“Battles are won by slaughter and maneuver. The greater the general, the more he contributes in maneuver, the less he demands in slaughter.”
Winston S. Churchill

Quotes February 01, 2019

We had generals who were admirals and admirals who wanted to be generals. Generals acting as admirals are bad enough, but it was the admirals who wanted to be generals who imperiled victory among the coral islands.
LtGen H. M. “Howlin’ Mad” Smith 1949
 
 
 
 
I selected an enormous Marine Corps emblem to be tattooed across my chest. It required several sittings and hurt me like the devil, but the finished product was worth the pain. I blazed triumphantly forth, a Marine from throat to waist. The emblem is still with me. Nothing on earth but skinning will remove it.
MajGen Smedley D. Butler
 
 
 
Be kindly and just in your dealings with your men. Never play favorites. Make them feel that justice tempered with mercy may always be counted on. This does not mean a slackening of discipline. Obedience to orders and regulations must always be insisted upon, and good conduct on the part of the men exacted. Especially should this be done with reference to civilian inhabitants of foreign countries in which Marines are serving.
MajGen John A. Lejeune, 13th CMC 1920
 
 
 
 
“Today we say goodbye to a proud warrior. As we leave, each of us will take our members of [the USS]Midway with us… you guys were the ‘Magic.’ It was a privilege to sail with you.”
John Schork
 
 
 
 
“War is the greatest evil Satan has invented to corrupt our hearts and souls. We should honor our soldiers, but we should never honor war.”
Dean Hughes

Quotes January 18, 2019

“Never give in–never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”
Winston Churchill
 
 
 
 
“I admire men of character, and I judge character NOT by how men deal with their superiors, but mostly how they deal with their subordinates, and that, to men, is where you find out what the character of a man is”. General H. Norman Schwartzkopf
 
 
 
 
“Experience proves that the man who obstructs a war in which his nation is engaged, no matter whether right or wrong, occupies no enviable place in life or history. Better for him, individually, to advocate “war, pestilence, and famine,” than to act as an obstructionist to a war already begun… The most favorable posthumous history the stay-at-home traitor can hope for is–oblivion.”
U.S. Grant
 
 
 
 
Contemplate the mangled bodies of your countrymen, and then say ‘what should be the reward of such sacrifices?’ Bid us and our posterity bow the knee, supplicate the friendship and plough, and sow, and reap, to glut the avarice of the men who have let loose on us the dogs of war to riot in our blood and hunt us from the face of the earth? If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animated contest of freedom — go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen!
Samuel Adams
 
 
 
 
I leave this rule for others when I’m dead, Be always sure you’re right–then go ahead.
Davy Crockett
 
 
 
 
“People ask ‘Why is there war?’ They might as well as ‘Why is there a rock?’ War has always been here and always will be here. It was here before man, the ultimate art awaiting the ultimate practitioner.”

“It makes no difference what men think of war, said the judge. War endures. As well ask men what they think of stone. War was always here. Before man was, war waited for him. The ultimate trade awaiting its ultimate practitioner. That is the way it was and will be. That way and not some other way.”
Cormnc McCarthy
 
 
 
 
War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.
John Stuart Mill, English economist & philosopher (1806 – 1873)
 
 
 
 
“God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion. The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions, it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty… And what country can preserve its liberties, if it’s rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to the facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.”
Thomas Jefferson
 
 
 
 
Never in the history of the world has any soldier sacrificed more for the freedom and liberty of total strangers than the American soldier.
Zell Miller (D) Georgia 2004
 
 
 
 
“Fuck ’em! Grease ’em!”
Unknown 2/160th pilot to his gunners on seeing the enemy lighting fires on mountain tops trying to triangulate their position.

Quotes January 11, 2019

Where is the prince who can afford so to cover his country with troops for its defence, so that ten thousand men descending from the clouds might not, in many places, do an infinite deal of mischief before a force could be brought together to repel them?
Benjamin Franklin, 1784
 
 
 
 
The secret of the Paratrooper’s success can be summed up in three words; comradeship, esprit de corps & efficiency.
Major Rudolf Böhmler, German paratrooper in WW2, Cassino.
 
 
 
 
Close combat, man to man, is plainly to be regarded as the real basis of combat.
Carl Von Clausewitz
 
 
 
 
When they say “special operations“, they are not kidding: these people are special. From an operational standpoint, physiological standpoint, they can do things that nobody else can do.
Dennis Grahn, Senior Research Scientist, Stanford University, in the National Geographic’s TV documentary Fight Masters: Special Forces
 
 
 
 
“It is war that shapes peace, and armament that shapes war.”
Thomas Fuller
 
 
 
 
“A private who loses a rifle suffers far greater consequences than a general who loses a war.”
LT. COL. Paul Yingling, 3rd Armored Cavalry
 
 
 
 
“One cannot wage war under present conditions without the support of public opinion, which is tremendously molded by the press and other forms of propaganda.”
General Douglas MacArthur
 
 
 
 
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again. Who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause. Who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.
Theodore Roosevelt
 
 
 
 
Praise be to the LORD my Rock,
who trains my hands for war,
my fingers for battle.
Psalm 144:1 Bible (NIV)
 
 
 
 

You have never lived ’til you’ve almost died. For those who fight for it, life has a flavor the protected will never know.
Unknown

Quotes December 28, 2018

To command is to serve, nothing more and nothing less.
Andre Malraux
 
 
 
 
Who dares, wins. Who sweats, wins. Who plans, wins.
British Special Air Service (SAS)
 
 
 
 
Soldiers can sometimes make decisions that are smarter than the orders they have been given.
Orson Scott Card, Enders Game
 
 
 
 
War is too important to be left to the generals.
Georges Clémenceau
 
 
 
 
This will remain the land of the free so long as it is the home of the brave.
Elmer Davis
 
 
 
 
Word to the Nation: Guard zealously your right to serve in the Armed Forces, for without them, there will be no other rights to guard.
John F. Kennedy
 
 
 
 
A safe army is better than a safe border
B.R. Ambedkar
 
 
 
 
We must never forget why we have, and why we need our military. Our armed forces exist solely to ensure our nation is safe, so that each and every one of us can sleep soundly at night, knowing we have ‘guardians at the gate.
Allen West

Military December 19, 2018

By Matthew Cox: US Officials Send Mixed Messages on Withdrawal of Troops from Syria
 
 
 
 

By Alex Riggins: Brother of Suspect in Fatal Shooting of Good Samaritan Navy Sailor Arrested
 
 
 
 

By Howard Altman: Retired Marine Colonel Is 5th Vet Suicide at Bay Pines VA Campus Since 2013
“I bet if you look at the 22 suicides a day you will see VA screwed up in 90%,” wrote Turner, who was well-known and well-respected in military circles. “I did 20+ years, had PTSD and still had to pay over $1,000 a month health care.”

Turner’s death marked the fifth time since 2013 that a veteran has taken his life at Bay Pines. There were more suicides there during those five years than at the rest of the VA hospitals in the state combined. There were none at the James A. Haley VA Medical Center in Tampa.
 
 
 
 

By Christopher Woody, Business Insider: Norway Releases Footage From Inside Frigate That Sank After Getting Rammed By Tanker
 
 
 
 
By Andrew Dys, The Herald (Rock Hill, S.C.): Felon Stole Army Grenade Launcher Through Unlocked Door In Thanksgiving Day Heist
A convicted felon jumped a fence and stole a grenade launcher, rifles and other weapons from an Army National Guard armory in Lancaster that had an unsecured door, prosecutors said.

Brandon Shane Polston, 33, of Lancaster, was identified as the thief in the Thanksgiving Day 2017 heist of the weapons. He later traded them for drugs and money, said Assistant U.S Attorney for South Carolina Stacey Haynes.

Polston was sentenced Friday to 10 years in federal prison.
 
 
 
 
By Jared Keller: Antifa Idiots Allegedly Beat Up Two Mexican-American US Marines While Calling Them ‘Nazis’

Military November 23, 2018

By Matthew Cox: Marines Want Biometric Sensors for Tracking Troops’ Hydration, Fatigue
 
 
 
 
By James Barber: What’s Your Favorite Thanksgiving Military Memory?

Quotes November 16, 2018

Soldiers usually win the battles and generals get the credit for them.
Napoleon Bonaparte
 
 
 
 
A soldier is he whose blood makes the glory of the general.
Henry G. Bohn
 
 
 
 
The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.
Douglas Macarthur
 
 
 
 
Soldiers, when committed to a task, can’t compromise. It’s unrelenting devotion to the standards of duty and courage, absolute loyalty to others, not letting the task go until it’s been done.
John Keegan
 
 
 
 
With courage and character, American soldiers continue to put themselves on the line to defend our freedom, and so many have paid the ultimate sacrifice.
Dan Lipinski
 
 
 
 
One doesn’t become a soldier in a week – it takes training, study and discipline.There is no question that the finest Army in the world is found in the United States.
Daniel Inouye
 
 
 
 
Every soldier thinks something of the moral aspects of what he is doing. But all war is immoral and if you let that bother you, you’re not a good soldier.
Curtis LeMay
 
 
 
 
Soldiers willingly, sometimes foolishly, risk their own lives to keep their comrades out of enemy hands.
Alex Berenson
 
 
 
 
Everyone knows what can happen to soldiers who are in front line units.
Richard Engel
 
 
 
 
A handful of soldiers is always better than a mouthful of arguments.
Georg C. Lichtenberg
 
 
 
 
Any soldier worth his salt should be antiwar. And still there are things worth fighting for.
Norman Schwarzkopf
 
 
 
 
Being a soldier, fighting for this country, is neither Republican nor Democrat.
Max Cleland
 
 
 
 
There’s something about an American soldier you can’t explain. They’re so grateful for anything, even a film actress coming to see them.
Marlene Dietrich
 
 
 
 
The courage of a soldier is found to be the cheapest and most common quality of human nature.
Edward Gibbon
 
 
 
 
Soldiers are men…most apt for all manner of services and best able to support and endure the infinite toils and continual hazards of war.
Henry Knyvett

Quotes October 19, 2018