Random Marine Corps Quotes

“If officers desire to have control over their commands, they must remain habitually with them, industriously attend to their instruction and comfort, and in battle lead them well.”  ~ Lt. Gen. Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson, 1861

"I can't say enough about the two Marine divisions. If I use words like brilliant, it would really be an under-description of the absolutely superb job they did in breaching the so-called impenetrable barrier. . .Absolutely superb operation, a textbook, and I think it'll be studied for many, many years to come as the way to do it." - General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, USA, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 27 February 1991.

“I’ll never forget them or their spirit. Those boys were burned and bruised. But I never saw a Marine who was beaten.” ~ Navy Flight Nurse Norma Crotty, Iwo Jima

"Why in hell can't the Army do it if the Marines can. They are the same kind of men; why can't they be like Marines." ~ Gen. John J. "Black Jack" Pershing, USA; 12 February 1918

“Where they are going isn’t the Marines’ concern. Their business is to be always ready to go.”  ~  Harper’s Weekly, 1912

“We Marines are truly blessed. We get to enjoy the sweet taste of freedom because we know its price.” ~ John Chipura, USMC

"I come in peace, I didn't bring artillery. But I am pleading with you with tears in my eyes: If you fuck with me, I'll kill you all."  ~ Marine General James Mattis, to Iraqi tribal leaders

Weakness in America - "Our Country won't go on forever, if we stay soft as we are now. There won't be any AMERICA because some foreign soldier will invade us and take our women and breed a hardier race!" ~ LT. GEN. LEWIS "CHESTY" PULLER, USMC

“We found a water pipe, tied the flag to it and put it up. Then all hell broke loose below. Troops cheered, ships blew whistles, some men openly wept.”  ~ Cpl. Charles Lindbergh, flag raising on Iwo Jima


"The raising of that flag on Suribachi means a MARINE CORPS for the next 500 years." - JAMES FORRESTAL, SECRETARY OF THE NAVY