"Never let technology get in the way of progress" ~ Marine MSgt Gary Grintstead


For a split second I was fearful because I knew I wasn't going to survive, but then I was OK because at least I was going out with a bang.

— Cpl Kyle Carpenter - MOH - answer to question "What's the moment that you feel most fearful on the battlefield and how did you overcome that" 06/16/2014


"I would happily storm hell in the company of these troops ... how strongly they have demonstrated to the world that free men and women can fight like the dickens."  ~  Gen. James "Mad Dog" Mattis


"Demonstrate to the world there is 'No Better Friend, No  Worse Enemy' than a U.S. Marine." ~ Gen. James "Chaos" Mattis

“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

“We go forward with our heads held high, but look back and remember where we come from.” ~ Col. Michael Hudson | 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit

If a recruit can’t shoot, he can’t be a Marine.”  ~ Warrant Office Anthony Carbonari | Parris Island



“The Marine Corps is the military arm of the Navy.” ~ Archibald Henderson, 1834



"You cannot exaggerate about the Marines. They are convinced to the point of arrogance, that they are the most ferocious fighters on earth- and the amusing thing about it is that they are." ~ Father Kevin Keaney |1st Marine Division Chaplain

“One hundred and twenty Marines were detailed to officer a force of twenty-six hundred Haitians.” ~ Maj. Smedley D. Butler, Haiti, 1915
“Where they are going isn’t the Marines’ concern. Their business is to be always ready to go.”  ~  Harper’s Weekly, 1912
“They say ‘you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make them drink.’ In the Marine Corps, you make that horse wish to hell he had.” ~ USMC Drill Instructor


“We will send ships and Marines as soon as possible for the protection of American life and property.”  ~ –President Theordore Roosevelt, 12 Sept. 1906 (Cuba)



“The Marine Corps … took a boy and made him a man.”  –Cpl. Edwin C. Bearss, 1942


“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


“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

"In war, the chief incalculable is the human will." ~ B.H. Liddell Hart

“Uncommon valor was a common virtue.” ~ Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz

"Marines don't know how to spell the word defeat" ~ Gen. James N. Mattis | U.S. Central Command

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

“Success in battle is not a function of how many show up, but who they are.” ~ 27th Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert H. Barrow

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

Band of Brothers
1.  All Marines are entitled to dignity and respect as individuals, but most abide by common standards established by proper authority.
2.  A Marine should never lie, cheat, or steal from a fellow Marine or fail to come to his aid in time of need.
3.  All Marines should contribute 100% of their abilities to the unit’s mission. Any less effort by an individual passes the buck to someone else.
4.  A unit, regardless of size, is a disciplined family structure, with similar relationships based on mutual respect among members.
5.  It is essential that issues and problems, which tend to lessen a unit’s effectiveness, be addressed and resolved.
6.  A blending of separate cultures, varying educational levels, and different social backgrounds is possible in an unselfish atmosphere of common goals, aspirations, and mutual understanding.
7.  Being the best requires common effort, hard work, and teamwork. Nothing worthwhile comes easy.
8.  Every Marine deserves job satisfaction, equal consideration and recognition of his accomplishments.
9.  Knowing your fellow Marine well enables you to learn to look at things “through his eyes,” as well as your own.
10. Issues detracting from the efficiency and sense of well being of an individual should be surfaced and weighed against the impact on the unit as a whole.
11. It must be recognized that a brotherhood concept depends on all members, “belonging” – being fully accepted by others within.>
~ “Band of Brothers” FMFPac concept by LtGen Charles Cooper, late 1970s.

"A Marine on duty has no friends." ~ Marine Corps proverb

"To observe a Marine, is inspirational. To be a Marine, is exceptional." ~ GySgt Charles F. Wolf, Jr.

"This will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave" ~ Elmer Davis (1890-1958)

"The Marines have landed, and the situation is well in hand". ~ Richard Harding Davis, war correspondent (1885)

"Marines are about the most peculiar breed of human beings I have ever witnessed. 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 to ungentlemanly lengths, worshipping their Commandant almost 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 SOB's I have 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 I've come in contact with, are the most professional soldiers and the finest men I have had the pleasure to meet."
~ An Anonymous Canadian Citizen

"I have just returned from visiting the Marines at the front, and there is not a finer fighting organization in the world!" ~ General Douglas MacArthur, US Army

"A ship without Marines is like a garment without buttons." ~ Admiral David D. Porter, USN

"Retreat, hell we just got here!" ~ Captain Lloyd Williams, USMC at the Battle of Belleau Wood WWI

"I've always been proud of being a Marine. I won't hesitate to defend the Corps." ~ Jonathan Winters, comic and Marine

"Every Marine is, first and foremost, a rifleman. All other conditions are secondary." ~ Gen. A. M. Gray, USMC - Commandant of the Marine Corps

"The deadliest weapon in the world is a Marine and his rifle." ~ Gen. John "Black Jack" Pershing, U.S. Army - Commander of American Forces in World War I

"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, U.S. Navy

"Being ready is not what matters. What matters is winning after you get there." ~ LtGen Victor H. Krulak, USMC April 1965

"By their victory, the 3rd, 4th and 5th Marine Divisions and other units of the Fifth Amphibious Corps have made an accounting to their country which only history will be able to value fully. Among the Americans who served on Iwo Island, uncommon valor was a common virtue. " ~ Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, U.S. Navy

"Lying offshore, ready to act, the presence of ships and Marines sometimes means much more than just having air power or ship's fire, when it comes to deterring a crisis. And the ships and Marines may not have to do anything but lie offshore. It is hard to lie offshore with a C-141 or C-130 full of airborne troops." ~ Gen. Colin Powell, U. S. Army Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff - During Operation Desert Storm

"I 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." ~ 1stLt. Clifton B. Cates, USMC - in Belleau Wood, 19 July 1918

"I love the Corps for those intangible possessions that cannot be issued: pride, honor, integrity, and being able to carry on the traditions for generations of warriors past." ~ Cpl. Jeff Sornig, USMC; in Navy Times, November 1994

"We are United States Marines, and for two and a quarter centuries we have defined the standards of courage, esprit, and military prowess." ~ Gen. James L. Jones, USMC (CMC); 10 November 2000

"Don't you forget that you're First Marines! Not all the communists in Hell can overrun you!" Col. Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller, USMC - rallying his First Marine Regiment near Chosin Reservoir, Korea, December 1950

"For over 221 years our Corps has done two things for this great Nation. We make Marines, and we win battles." ~ Gen. Charles C. Krulak, USMC (CMC); 5 May 1997

"They told (us) to open up the Embassy, or "we'll blow you away." And then they looked up and saw the Marines on the roof with these really big guns, and they said in Somali, "Igaralli ahow" which means "Excuse me, I didn't mean it, my mistake"." ~ Karen Aquilar, in the U.S. Embassy; Mogadishu, Somalia, 1991

"Marines I see as two breeds, Rottweilers or Dobermans, because Marines come in two varieties, big and mean, or skinny and mean. They're aggressive on the attack and tenacious on defense. They've got really short hair and they always go for the throat." ~ RAdm. "Jay" R. Stark, USN; 10 November 1995

"The Marines I have seen around the world have the cleanest bodies, the filthiest minds, the highest morale, and the lowest morals of any group of animals I have ever seen. Thank God for the United States Marine Corps!" ~ Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady of the United States, 1945

"We have two companies of Marines running rampant all over the northern half of this island, and three Army regiments pinned down in the southwestern corner, doing nothing. What the hell is going on?" ~ Gen. John W. Vessey Jr., USA, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the assault on Grenada, 1983

"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; Making the Corps, 1997

"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

Marines know how to use their bayonets. Army bayonets may as well be paper-weights." ~ Navy Times; November 1994

"The safest place in Korea was right behind a platoon of Marines. Lord, how they could fight!" ~ MGen Frank E. Lowe, USA; Korea, 26 January 1952