Once a Marine Always a Marine

May 31, 2010 at 11:41 am (Holidays and Special Events Posts)

It’s Memorial Day, What can a Marines daughter do but write about the Marines. Here are some quotes by and from Marines, some sayings and some pictures to help us remember the fallen by making us laugh too.

Marine Sniper — You Can Run But You Can’t Hide

What Part of Marine Don’t you Understand

We Don’t Care How You Do It In The Navy

To Boldly Go Where A FEW GOOD MEN Have Gone Before

“Marines are about the most peculiar breed of human beings I have ever witnessed. They treat their service as if it were 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 were 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 sons of bitches 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, the United States Marines I’ve come in contact with are the most professional soldiers and the finest men I have ever had the pleasure to meet.” –An Anonymous Canadian Citizen

“The safest place in Korea was right behind a platoon of MARINES. Lord, how they could fight!” – US Army Major General Frank Lowe

“They’re on our left, they’re on our right, they’re in front of us, they’re behind us…They won’t get away from us this time!” – USMC Gen “Chesty” Puller

“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

“I want you boys to hurry up and whip these Germans so we can get out to the Pacific to kick the s**t out of the purple-pissing Japanese, before the Godda**ed MARINES get all the credit!”
-Lt General George Patton, US Army 1945

“Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference. The Marines don’t have that problem.” -Ronald Reagan

“Marines don’t die. They go to hell to regroup.”

“The deadliest weapon in the world is a Marine and his rifle.”

A Marine was deployed to Afghanistan. While he was there he received a letter from his girlfriend. In the letter she explained that she had slept with two guys while he had been gone and she wanted to break up with him. AND, she wanted pictures of herself back. So the Marine did what any squared-away Marine would do. He went around to his buddies and collected all the unwanted photos of women he could find. He then mailed about 25 pictures of women (with clothes and without) to his girlfriend with the following note: “I don’t remember which one you are. Please remove your picture and send the rest back.”

“U.S MARINE CORPS is Part of the Navy, the MEN’S DEPARTMENT…”

Marine Mom: I may look harmless, but I raised a Marine.

Scout Sniper: You can run, but you’ll die tired.

When It Absolutely, Positively Must Be DESTROYED Overnight — Call The USMC

Heaven Won’t Take Us and Hell Is Afraid We’ll Take Over

There Are Two Types of People: MARINES and Those Who Wish They Were

For Those Who Fought For It,
Freedom Has A Flavor The Protected Will Never Know


The Impossible Is Done With The Lord’s Help And A Few Good Men

Ever wonder why the Marines don’t have a football team like the Army, Navy or Air Force?
We’re here to protect a country, not a quarterback

Women Marines — Fewer and Prouder

Force Recon — Penetrates Deeper, Stays Longer
And Carries A Bigger Load

Pain Is Only Temporary, Pride Is Forever

USMC — We Do Not Promise You A Rose Garden

And On The Seventh Day When GOD Rested,
We Overran His Perimeter And Stole The Globe,
We Stole The Eagle From The Air Force,
The Anchor From The Navy,
The Rope From The Army,
And Have Been Protecting Our Shores Ever Since.

The US Air Force Chief-of-Staff would never be called — Airman
The Chief-of-Naval Operations would never be called — Sailor
The Commanding General of The US Army would never be called — Soldier
BUT the Commandant of the Marine Corps would be proud to be called — Marine

Marines Pull Duty In Heaven, Who Else Would God Trust

Marines Only Fear God, No Others

Unless You’re Dead, You’re Not A Former Marine

We’re Marines, We took Iwo Jima
Baghdad ain’t shit, Gen. Kelly, USMC

America, Home of the Free Because of the Brave

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

I have just returned from visiting the Marines at the front, and there is not a finer fighting organization in the world!
Gen. Douglas MacArthur, USA; Korea, 21 September 1950

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 the Joint Chiefs of Staff; during the assault on Grenada, 1983

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

Come on, you sons-of-bitches! Do you want to live forever?
GySgt. Daniel J. “Dan” Daly, USMC; near Lucy-`le-Bocage as he led the 5th Marines attack into Belleau Wood, 6 June 1918

Gone to Florida to fight the Indians. Will be back when the war is over.
Col. Archibald Henderson, USMC (CMC); in a note pinned to his office door, 1836


Here are some sayin’s from Marines to Marines:

When you have secured an area, don’t forget to tell the enemy.

Never draw fire, it irritates everyone around you.

           No combat ready unit ever passed an inspection.

           No inspection ready unit ever passed combat.

Fortify your front and you’ll get your rear shot up.

If your sergeant can see you, so can the enemy.

Anything you do can get you shot, including nothing.

Whenever you lose contact with the enemy, look behind you.


1 Comment

  1. cherie le clare said,

    Reading this has put a smile on my face this morning. I’m still laughing at the quote form the Marine Mom: I may look harmless but I raised a Marine. Lots of witty and ironic comments here.

    Fabulous blog. Thank you!

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