Tag: Military

Quotes March 13, 2020

“There is nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer.”
Gen. James H. Doolittle
 
 
 
 
“No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation.”
Gen. Douglas MacArthur
 
 
 
 
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
John Quincy Adams
 
 
 
 
“This will remain the land of the free so long as it is the home of the brave.”
Elmer Davis
 
 
 
 
“When the will defies fear, when duty throws the gauntlet down to fate, when honor scorns to compromise with death — that is heroism.”
Robert Green Ingersoll
 
 
 
 
“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.”
President John F. Kennedy
 
 
 
 
“The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his.”
Gen. George S. Patton
 
 
 
 
“No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.”
James Allen
 
 
 
 
“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.”
Joseph Campbell
 
 
 
 
“The brave die never, though they sleep in dust: Their courage nerves a thousand living men.”
Minot J. Savage
 
 
 
 
“America without her Soldiers would be like God without His angels.”
Claudia Pemberton
 
 
 
 
“War is too important to be left to the generals”
Georges Clémenceau
 
 
 
 
“What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight — it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”
Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower
 
 
 
 
“For what avail the plough or sail, or land or life, if freedom fail?”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
 
 
 
 
“The patriot’s blood is the seed of freedom’s tree.”
Thomas Campbell
 
 
 
 
“I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.”
Nathan Hale

 
 
 
 
“These fallen heroes represent the character of a nation who has a long history of patriotism and honor — and a nation who has fought many battles to keep our country free from threats of terror.”
Michael N. Castle
 
 
 
 
“Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.”
Winston Churchill, 1940
 
 
 
 
“True patriotism isn’t cheap. It’s about taking on a fair share of the burden of keeping America going.”
Robert Reich
 
 
 
 
“America is hope. It is compassion. It is excellence. It is valor.”
Paul Tsongas

Quotes February 28, 2020

“We’re like America’s little pit bull. They beat it, starve it, mistreat it, and once in a while they let it out to attack somebody.”
Evan Wright, Generation Kill: Devil Dogs, Iceman, Captain America, and the New Face of American War
 
 
 
 
“Is killing a known terrorist wrong? I ask this, did the terrorist allow any of his victims quarter? No, then allow him no quarter, and hoist the black flag.”
T.R. Wallace
 
 
 
 
“The Japanese fought to win – it was a savage, brutal, inhumane, exhausting and dirty business. Our commanders knew that if we were to win and survive, we must be trained realistically for it whether we liked it or not. In the post-war years, the U.S. Marine Corps came in for a great deal of undeserved criticism in my opinion, from well-meaning persons who did not comprehend the magnitude of stress and horror that combat can be. The technology that developed the rifle barrel, the machine gun and high explosive shells has turned war into prolonged, subhuman slaughter. Men must be trained realistically if they are to survive it without breaking, mentally and physically.”
E.B. Sledge, With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa
 
 
 
 
“Question the answers, I repeated every class. Reevaluate your conclusions when the evidence changes.”
Craig M. Mullaney, The Unforgiving Minute: A Soldier’s Education
 
 
 
 
“Every citizen should be a soldier. This was the case with the Greeks and Romans, and must be that of every free state.”
Thomas Jefferson
 
 
 
 
“What do I want now? I want to be treated with the respect I deserve in the current VA system and not be retraumatized. I want the men who did this to me to be punished and if that isn’t possible, I want reassurance what happened to me will never ever happen to another woman in the Armed services. I want some restitution of the damage I have.”
Diane Chamberlain, Conduct Unbecoming: Rape, Torture, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from Military Commanders

Quotes November 22, 2019

“I believe in post-traumatic growth,” Jones said. “That means you go through tough and difficult situations and on the back end through recovery, you learn strength.”
Joey Jones, USMC Retired
 
 
 
 
I’m not here because I’m a great soldier. I’m here because I served with great soldiers.”
Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta
 
 
 
 
Medal of Honor belongs to every man and woman who gives us the freedom today to be able to hold our flag and hold our heads up high and say we have the greatest country in the world. And that goes with the men and women in the past, and the men and women of today, and the men and women of the future. As long as Mike Thornton lives, that medal will always stand for all them. Not for me. Not for what I’ve done, but for what I was trained to do and what they have been trained to do to give us our freedom today.
Michael E. Thornton, Retired Navy SEAL
 
 
 
 
I’ve always felt that if I am deserving of the Medal of Honor, there are many, many others who are. I felt a little bad receiving it, so I received it on behalf of the fellows, because there’s no such thing as a single-handed war. There’s always a support group, and if you didn’t have people who supported you, you couldn’t fight a war.
Daniel Inouye, WWII US Army 42nd Infantry Regiment
 
 
 
 
“Our most important resource is our people. We have a responsibility to take care of our people, their families and the communities where we serve.”
Bob McMahon, retired United States Air Force major general, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Sustainment

Quotes October 18, 2019

“We will modernize, we will remain the most lethal fighting force in the world. We will take care of each other as family. We will remain ready, and when called upon, we will win.”
Army Secretary Ryan D. McCarthy
 
 
 
 
Wisdom we know is the knowledge of good and evil — not the strength to choose between the two.
John Cheever,
writer
 
 
 
 
”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
 
 
 
 
”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
 
 
 
 
“No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he be vigilant in its preservation.”
Gen. Douglas MacArthur
 
 
 
 

“Do me a favor, okay? Tell my parents that I fought well today. And tell them that I… that I… that I fought hard.”
Mark Bowden, Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War
 
 
 
 
“I wanted that future officer to weigh decisions with a supple mind and to be comfortable with nuance and uncertainty. ”
Craig M. Mullaney, The Unforgiving Minute: A Soldier’s Education
 
 
 
 

“Take your time.
Stay away from the easy going.
Never take the same way twice.

Gunny Arndt’s rules for successful reconnaissance; Guadalcanal 1942”
GYSGT Charles C. Arndt
 
 
 
 
“What you don’t know going in is that when you come out, you will be scarred for life. Whether you were in for a week, a month, or a year—even if you come home without a scratch—you are never, ever going to be the same.

When I went in, I was eighteen. I thought it was all glory and you win lots of medals. You think you’re going to be the guy. Then you find out the cost is very great. Especially when you don’t see the kids you were with when you went in. Living with it can be hell. It’s like the devil presides in you. I knew what I sighed up for, yes, and I would do it again. But the reality of war—words can’t begin to describe it.”
William Guarnere

Quotes September 27, 2019

“There is no such thing as a secure system.”
Lisa Porter, the deputy undersecretary of defense for research and engineering
 
 
 
 
“Recovering from losing limbs it’s an exercise in how often you can swallow you pride and still feel like a human.
Mary Dague (Army EOD Combat Vet)
 
 
 
 
“I had a lot of friends who didn’t make it back,” he said in the release. “And even more who did make it back, but then couldn’t win the battle with themselves after the war.”
Shawn Campbell,
former Army staff sergeant, combat medic
 
 
 
 
“I left a piece of my soul that will always rightfully belong in the desert.”
M.B. Dallocchio, The Desert Warrior
 
 
 
 
“They [442nd Regimental Combat Team] did more than defend America. They helped define America at its best…Rarely has a nation been so well served by a people it has so ill-treated.”
President Bill Clinton, quoted in Honor Before Glory

Quotes September 20, 2019

“The Japanese fought to win – it was a savage, brutal, inhumane, exhausting and dirty business. Our commanders knew that if we were to win and survive, we must be trained realistically for it whether we liked it or not. In the post-war years, the U.S. Marine Corps came in for a great deal of undeserved criticism in my opinion, from well-meaning persons who did not comprehend the magnitude of stress and horror that combat can be. The technology that developed the rifle barrel, the machine gun and high explosive shells has turned war into prolonged, subhuman slaughter. Men must be trained realistically if they are to survive it without breaking, mentally and physically.”
E.B. Sledge, With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa
 
 
 
 
“I suddenly felt like the Grinch feels when he discovers what Chrismas is all about. 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 Right Words at the Right Time Volume 2: Your Turn!
 
 
 
 
“We had it drilled into us time and time again: ‘If someone above you falls, grip tightly to the vertical rope and cradle that person in your arms until help can get to you.’…If someone fell down on me I swear I would have bitten him on the ass and would keep on biting until he got off onhis own.”
C.S. Crawford, The Four Deuces: A Korean War Story
 
 
 
 
“What do I want now? I want to be treated with the respect I deserve in the current VA system and not be retraumatized. I want the men who did this to me to be punished and if that isn’t possible, I want reassurance what happened to me will never ever happen to another woman in the Armed services. I want some restitution of the damage I have.”
Diane Chamberlain, Conduct Unbecoming: Rape, Torture, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from Military Commanders

Quotes June 21, 2019

Army food: the spoils of war
Unknown
 
 
 
 
No Joke: Only one word can be spelled from USMC & that’s what we rid this world of: scum.
The meaning of MARINES: Marines Are Respected Individuals Needed Everywhere Serving OooooRah!
Roger D. Stewart
 
 
 
 
You manage things; you lead people. We went overboard on management and forgot about leadership. It might help if we ran the MBAs out of Washington.”
Rear Adm. Grace Murray Hooper
 
 
 
 
“A leader is a dealer in hope.”
Napoleon Bonaparte
 
 
 
 
“My own definition of leadership is this: the capacity and the will to rally men and women to a common purpose and the character which inspires confidence.”
Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery
 
 
 
 
“The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.”
“People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives.”
“Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.”
President Theodore Roosevelt
 
 
 
 
“A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.”
“Never give an order that can’t be obeyed.”
“There is no security on this earth, there is only opportunity.”
Gen. Douglas MacArthur
 
 
 
 
“Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.”
“You don’t lead by hitting people over the head–that’s assault, not leadership.”
“We succeed only as we identify in life, or in war, or in anything else, a single overriding objective, and make all other considerations bend to that one objective.”
President Dwight Eisenhower
 
 
 
 
“Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.”
“Be willing to make decisions. That’s the most important quality in a good leader.”
“A leader is a man who can adapt principles to circumstances.”
“If everybody is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.”
Gen. George Patton
 
 
 
 
“Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.”
Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf
 
 
 
 
“Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.”
“Experts often possess more data than judgement.”
Gen. Colin Powell
 
 
 
 
“You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end — which you can never afford to lose — with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be.”
“What we need for leaders are men of the heart who are so helpful that they, in effect, do away with the need of their jobs. But leaders like that are never out of a job, never out of followers. Strange as it sounds, great leaders gain authority by giving it away.”
Vice Adm. James Stockdale
 
 
 
 
“We need to learn to set our course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship.”
Gen. Omar Bradley
 
 
 
 
“Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak and esteem to all.”
President George Washington
 
 
 
 
“My rule is: If you meet the weakest vessel, attack. If it is a vessel equal to yours, attack. And if it is stronger than yours, also attack.”
Stepan O. Makarov, Russian Admiral
 
 
 
 
“Onward we stagger, and if the tanks come, may God help the tanks.”
Col. William O. Darby, US Rangers

Quotes June 07, 2019

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.
Any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction: ‘I served in the United States Navy.
John F. Kennedy
 
 
 
 
The brave die never, though they sleep in dust: Their courage nerves a thousand living men.
Minot J. Savage
 
 
 
 
If there is not the war, you don’t get the great general; if there is not a great occasion, you don’t get a great statesman; if Lincoln had lived in a time of peace, no one would have known his name.
Theodore Roosevelt
 
 
 
 
Bravery is being the only one who knows you’re afraid.
Colonel David Hackworth
 
 
 
 
From time to time, the tree of liberty must be watered with the blood of tyrants and patriots.
Thomas Jefferson
 
 
 
 
Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak, and esteem to all.
George Washington
 
 
 
 
Brave men rejoice in adversity, just as brave soldiers triumph in war.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
 
 
 
 
The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.
Thomas Paine
 
 
 
 
America without her Soldiers would be like God without His angels.
Claudia Pemberton
 
 
 
 
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
 
 
 
 
A safe army is better than a safe border.
B.R. Ambedkar
 
 
 
 
We live in a world that has walls and those walls need to be guarded by men with guns.
Aaron Sorkin
 
 
 
 
No man is a man until he has been a soldier.
Louis de Bernières
 
 
 
 
Sometimes you have to pick the gun up to put the Gun down.
Malcolm X
 
 
 
 
War is too important to be left to the generals.
Georges Clémenceau
 
 
 
 
It doesn’t take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.
General H. Norman Schwarzkopf
 
 
 
 
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
 
 
 
 
The veterans of our military services have put their lives on the line to protect the freedoms that we enjoy. They have dedicated their lives to their country and deserve to be recognized for their commitment.
Judd Gregg
 
 
 
 
The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.
G.K. Chesterton
 
 
 
 
The military might of a country represents its national strength. Only when it builds up its military might in every way can it develop into a thriving country.
Kim Jong-un
 
 
 
 
We sleep safely at night because rough men stand ready to visit violence on those who would harm us.
Winston S. Churchill
 
 
 
 
It is a proud privilege to be a soldier – a good soldier … [with] discipline, self-respect, pride in his unit and his country, a high sense of duty and obligation to comrades and to his superiors, and a self-confidence born of demonstrated ability.
George S. Patton Jr.
 
 
 
 
Freedom is never free.
Anonymous

Quotes May 31, 2019

If a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.
Martin Luther King Jr.
 
 
 
 
To command is to serve, nothing more and nothing less.
Andre Malraux
 
 
 
 
The soldier is the Army. No army is better than its soldiers. The Soldier is also a citizen. In fact, the highest obligation and privilege of citizenship is that of bearing arms for one’s country.
George S. Patton Jr.
 
 
 
 
We sleep peaceably in our beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on our behalf.
George Orwell
 
 
 
 
I can imagine no more rewarding a career. And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of pride and satisfaction: ‘I served in the United States Navy.
John F. Kennedy
 
 
 
 
Heroism doesn’t always happen in a burst of glory. Sometimes small triumphs and large hearts change the course of history.
Mary Roach
 
 
 
 
Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword obviously never encountered automatic weapons.
Douglas MacArthur
 
 
 
 
Only our individual faith in freedom can keep us free.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
 
 
 
 
I don’t know what effect these men will have upon the enemy, but, by God, they terrify me.
The Duke of Wellington
 
 
 
 
If you find yourself in a fair fight, you didn’t plan your mission properly.
David Hackworth
 
 
 
 
No guts, no glory.
Major Gen. Frederick C. Blesse
 
 
 
 
This country has not seen and probably will never know the true level of sacrifice of our veterans”. As a civilian, I owe an unpayable debt to all our military. Going forward let’s not send our servicemen and women off to war or conflict zones unless it is overwhelmingly justifiable and on moral high ground.
Thomas M Smith
 
 
 
 
Out of every one hundred men, ten shouldn’t even be there, eighty are just targets, nine are the real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle. Ah, but the one, one is a warrior, and he will bring the others back.
Heraclitus
 
 
 
 
It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather, we should thank God that such men lived.
George S. Patton Jr.
 
 
 
 
Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.
Winston Churchill
 
 
 
 
Who dares, wins. Who sweats, wins. Who plans, wins.
British Special Air Service (SAS)
 
 
 
 
Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste death but once.
William Shakespeare
 
 
 
 
Fortune favors the brave.
Terence
 
 
 
 
What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight—it’s the size of the fight in the dog.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower
 
 
 
 
Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.
Alexander Hamilton
 
 
 
 
Soldiers can sometimes make decisions that are smarter than the orders they have been given.
Orson Scott Card, Enders Game
 
 
 
 
I am not afraid of an Army of lions lead by a sheep; I am afraid of sheep lead by a lion.
Alexander the Great
 
 
 
 
The Army is the true nobility of our country.
Napoleon
 
 
 
 
The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.
Albert Einstein
 
 
 
 
Those who give up essential liberties for temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
Benjamin Franklin

Quotes May 24, 2019

“We try to stay this side of dirt for as long as we can,” Shaw said. “The more active you are, the healthier you will be.”

“I live for the day, today is all I’ve got. Tomorrow is going to be brand new and you have no idea what it’s going to bring.”

Rep. Laddie Shaw, R-Anchorage, 70, is a retired Navy SEAL
 
 
 
 
No good decision was ever made in a swivel chair.
George S. Patton
 
 
 
 
“The most dangerous people in the world are not the tiny minority instigating evil acts, but those who do the acts for them. For example, when the British invaded India, many Indians accepted to work for the British to kill off Indians who resisted their occupation. So in other words, many Indians were hired to kill other Indians on behalf of the enemy for a paycheck. Today, we have mercenaries in Africa, corporate armies from the western world, and unemployed men throughout the Middle East killing their own people – and people of other nations – for a paycheck. To act without a conscience, but for a paycheck, makes anyone a dangerous animal. The devil would be powerless if he couldn’t entice people to do his work. So as long as money continues to seduce the hungry, the hopeless, the broken, the greedy, and the needy, there will always be war between brothers.”
Suzy Kassem
 
 
 
 
“The Japanese fought to win – it was a savage, brutal, inhumane, exhausting and dirty business. Our commanders knew that if we were to win and survive, we must be trained realistically for it whether we liked it or not. In the post-war years, the U.S. Marine Corps came in for a great deal of undeserved criticism in my opinion, from well-meaning persons who did not comprehend the magnitude of stress and horror that combat can be. The technology that developed the rifle barrel, the machine gun and high explosive shells has turned war into prolonged, subhuman slaughter. Men must be trained realistically if they are to survive it without breaking, mentally and physically.”
E.B. Sledge, With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa
 
 
 
 
“What do I want now? I want to be treated with the respect I deserve in the current VA system and not be retraumatized. I want the men who did this to me to be punished and if that isn’t possible, I want reassurance what happened to me will never ever happen to another woman in the Armed services. I want some restitution of the damage I have.”
Diane Chamberlain, Conduct Unbecoming: Rape, Torture, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from Military Commanders
 
 
 
 
“We had it drilled into us time and time again: ‘If someone above you falls, grip tightly to the vertical rope and cradle that person in your arms until help can get to you.’…If someone fell down on me I swear I would have bitten him on the ass and would keep on biting until he got off onhis own.”
C.S. Crawford, The Four Deuces: A Korean War Story
 
 
 
 
“What you don’t know going in is that when you come out, you will be scarred for life. Whether you were in for a week, a month, or a year—even if you come home without a scratch—you are never, ever going to be the same.

When I went in, I was eighteen. I thought it was all glory and you win lots of medals. You think you’re going to be the guy. Then you find out the cost is very great. Especially when you don’t see the kids you were with when you went in. Living with it can be hell. It’s like the devil presides in you. I knew what I sighed up for, yes, and I would do it again. But the reality of war—words can’t begin to describe it.”
William Guarnere