'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. These are our picks for the units with the coolest unit mottos, along with a brief explanation of what they do. “Whatever It Takes” 1st Battalion, 4th Marines: Stationed at Camp Pendleton, California, 1/4 is an infantry battalion that has been fighting battles since its first combat operation in the Dominican Republic in 1916. US Marines (USMC) Motto The Marine Corps adopted Semper Fidelis as its official motto in 1883 (Semper Fidelis is also the title of the official musical March of the Marine Corps). Marines use an abbreviated verbal version, 'Semper Fi'. “They’re on our right, they’re on our left, they’re in front of us, they’re behind us; they can’t get away.
Epic Battlefield Quotes from Marines. Marines have been some of the most outspoken people in American history. The toughest hardships of war has spawned some of the most epic battlefield quotes from Marines. Yet, these quotes stand as guidance for the present day Marine. By being the timeless voice of our warrior ancestors.
During 1901 the United States was securing many forward operating bases across the Pacific and South America to secure our interest globally. This gave rise to hard-charging motivators from the Philippine Insurrection, the Boxer Rebellion, the Banana Wars, the Nicaraguan Campaign, the Occupation of Haiti, Veracruz, and the war with Spain in Cuba. These battle-hardened Marines would put everything to the test when the United States entered World War I. They would come to be known as “The Old Breed.” The Old Breed shaped the entire ethos of our Marine Corps. These were the men of legends.
During World War II, our Marines saw some of the toughest fighting in the Pacific theater. During the island hopping campaign, Marines proved themselves over and over. There has always been a question in Washington about the necessity of Marines. This question was undoubtedly answered in WWII. Through the blood and sacrifice of Marines on islands like Wake, Tarawa, Guadalcanal, Okinawa, and Iwo Jima.
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Most of our illustrious history can be traced to this timeline. Through Marines like Dan Daly, Smedley Butler, A.A. Cunningham, John A. Legeune, “Chesty” Puller, and John Basilone. These men shaped the very “attitude” of Marines today. When you are walking under the shadow of legends like these men, you are pushed to walk tall. Even after WWII, Marines continued to accomplish great things. The Korean War in the Chosin Reservoir or the landing at Inchon, with Col. “Chesty” Puller at the helm. Later, in the brutal jungle warfare of Vietnam. Even today Marines like General “Mad Dog” Mattis, Kyle Carpenter, and Dakota Myer exemplify the spirit of our Marine forefathers.
Epic Battlefield Quotes of Marines
-“I selected an enormous Marine Corps emblem to be tattooed across my chest. It required several sittings and hurt 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 it will remove it.”
-During a motivational speech to his Marines, “Come on you son’s of bitches! Do you want to live forever?”
Lewis “Chesty” Puller
-When an Army Captain asked Col “Chesty Puller” the which way they were retreating, he pulled his tank commander aside and said,”If they pull back even one-foot from that line, I want you to open fire!” He turned to the Captain and said, “we are here to fight! Does that answer your question?”
-Surrounded by over 22 Chinese Divisions “Chesty” Puller told his men, “They are in front of us, they are behind us, they are flanking us from both sides, and we are surrounded 29:1. This simplifies the problem! No matter where we aim we will hit the bastards! They can’t get away from us now!”
Eugene B. Sledge
-“Your soul may belong to Jesus, but your ass belongs to the Marines”
-“Never fear your enemy, but always respect them”
-“For over 221 years our has done two things for this great Nation. We make Marines and win battles.”
James “Mad Dog” Mattis
-“The first time you blow someone away is not an insignificant event. That said, there are some assholes in the world that just need to be shot.”
-“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”
-“Be polite, be professional, but plan to kill everybody you meet.”
– “No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy”
Epic Battlefield Quotes from Marines
There are many battlefield quotes that will always live on to help mold our ethos. I have personally had many quotes that I used with my junior Marines. One was, “Live hard, or die soft” If my junior Marines didn’t live hard now, when the temptation is to be soft, they would die soft on the field of battle. There have been many more Marine Corps quotes that have come to shape our Corps. Some of them are a mystery in origin, yet have stuck throughout each generation of Marine.
Every Marine in a leadership position, no matter what rank, strives to leave their mark in the Marine Corps. Our community at Devil Dog Shirts recognizes this as a necessity toward perpetuating the warrior ethos. This is why Devil Dog Shirts now offers USMC “Custom Rank T-Shirts” This new design allows you to put in your rank, unit, and a personal quote at the bottom! Having “personalized” unit T-Shirts is an outstanding way to build unit cohesion. My unit would always represent during Battalion functions, because we knew we were the baddest Marines on the block! Ladies and gentleman, this is our way of giving back to our community and family of Devil Dogs.
This USMC Eagle, Globe, and Anchor Shirt epitomizes our struggles in the killing fields across God’s green earth! SEMPER FI!
As US Marines we have always had the privilege, the downright honor, to be placed into battle first. We have always been the first to be called and to enter the fray at the onset of a war or battle and because of this the statement First In First Out slogan has grown over the decades with the United States Marines. Whenever called the US Marines go headway into whatever calls them to do and they do it without far and they do it the utmost of their ability.
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Congratz on joining the Dog Pound!Memorial Day Quotes).Powerful military quotes remind us that freedom does not come for free.
“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.
The 55 Greatest Military Quotes of All TimeThe following military quotes will show you why it is so important to never forget about those to whom we owe our independence and freedom. Even more so, these statements from true patriots under all those who have fallen in service to their country.
Here is our collection of powerful and military quotes
“The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.”
“The only easy day was yesterday.”
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“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.
“We sleep peaceably in our beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on our behalf.”
“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
“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.”
“Heroism doesn’t always happen in a burst of glory. Sometimes small triumphs and large hearts change the course of history.”
“You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don’t ever count on having both at once.”
Robert A. Heinlein
“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
“War must be, while we defend our lives against a destroyer who would devour all; but I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend.”
“We sleep safely at night because rough men stand ready to visit violence on those who would harm us.”
Winston S. Churchill
“Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword obviously never encountered automatic weapons.”
“America without her Soldiers would be like God without His angels.”
“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.”
“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather, we should thank God that such men lived.”
George S. Patton Jr.
“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.”
“It was not about physical strength, Wit reminded himself. It was 90 percent mental, 10 percent physical. That’s what the SEAL instructors were looking for: men and women who could disregard the pleadings of the body. Pain was nothing, sleep was nothing. What was chaffed skin, wrecked muscles, bleeding sores? The body chooses to be sore. The body chooses to be exhausted. But the SEAL mind rejects it. The SEAL mind commands the body, not the other way around.”
Orson Scott Card
“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.”
“The music at a wedding procession always reminds me of the music of soldiers going into battle.”
“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.”
Dwight D. Eisenhower
“I did two things on my seventy-fifth birthday. I visited my wife’s grave. Then I joined the army. Visiting Kathy’s grave was the less dramatic of the two.”
Q casino 3 doors down sc. “There is no honor in sending men to die for something you won’t even fight for yourself”
“I’m fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in.”
George S. McGovern
“She had been proud of his decision to serve his country, her heart bursting with love and admiration the first time she saw him outfitted in his dress blues. „
“Kropp, on the other hand, is a thinker. He proposes that a declaration of war should be a kind of popular festival with entrance-tickets and bands, like a bull fight. Then in the arena, the ministers and generals of the two countries, dressed in bathing-drawers and armed with clubs, can have it out on themselves. Whoever survives the country wins. That would be much simpler and more than just this arrangement, where the wrong people do the fighting”
Erich Maria Remarque
“Hopefully one-day Wars will only be fought in movies. And may the best producer win!”
Stanley Victor Paskavich
“Loyalty to country ALWAYS. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it.”
“A safe army is better than a safe border”
“The reason we call ships ‘she’ is that it costs so much to keep one in paint and powder.”
Chester W. Nimitz
“The military don’t start wars. Politicians start wars.”
William C. Westmoreland
“I am concerned for the security of our great Nation; not so much because of any threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within.”
“There were many, many times thereafter that Don regretted having enlisted – but so has every man who ever volunteered for military service.”
Robert A. Heinlein
“A soldier’s life revolves around his mail. Like many others, I’ve been able to follow my kid’s progress from the day he was born until now he is able to walk and talk a little, and although I have never seen him I know him very well.”
“Only the dead have seen the end of war.”
“We live in a world that has walls and those walls need to be guarded by men with guns.”
“America’s finest – our men and women in uniform, are a force for good throughout the world, and that is nothing to apologize for.”
“There has seldom if ever a shortage of eager young males prepared to kill and die to preserve the security, comfort and prejudices of their elders, and what you call heroism is just an expression of this simple fact; there is never a scarcity of idiots.”
“Soldiers can sometimes make decisions that are smarter than the orders they’ve been given.”
Orson Scott Card
“War is life multiplied by some number that no one has ever heard of.”
“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
“Listen up – there’s no war that will end all wars.”
“And then, when I thought about joining the Air Force, flying seemed like a natural extension of the motorcycling experience. You’re going faster, higher. You’re operating a machine that’s a lot more powerful than you are.”
Duane G. Carey
“No man is a man until he has been a soldier.”
Louis de Bernières
“Do not swallow bait offered by the enemy. Do not interfere with an army that is returning home.”
“It is fatal to enter a war without the will to win it.”
“The day the soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help them or concluded that you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.”
“Have you ever stopped to ponder the amount of blood spilled, the volume of tears shed, the degree of pain and anguish endured, the number of noble men and women lost in battle so that we as individuals might have a say in governing our country? Honor the lives sacrificed for your freedoms.”
Richelle E. Goodrich
“When the rich wage war it’s the poor who die.”
“A command structure that was top-heavy with guys who looked good in uniform and talked right and did well enough not to embarrass themselves, while the really good ones quietly did all the serious work and bailed out their superiors and got blamed for errors they had advised against until they eventually got out. That was the military.”
Orson Scott Card
“Civilians are like beans; you buy ’em as needed for any job which merely requires skill and savvy. But you can’t buy fighting spirit.”
Robert A. Heinlein
“Sometimes you have to pick the gun up to put the Gun down.”
“This is where people misunderstand war. When you attack another country for its resources, you are the pirate. But when you protect your country from the pirates, you are the hero.”
“My centre is giving way, my right is in retreat, situation excellent. I attack.”
“If I charge, follow me. If I retreat, kill me. If I die, revenge me.”
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“War is too important to be left to the generals.”