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"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 ungentlemenly short, worshipping their Commandant almost as it he were a god, and making weird animal noises like a band of savages. They will 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 a man's normal limits. But, their high spirits and sense of brotherhood set them apart and generally speaking the United States Marines I have come in contact with are the most professional soldiers and the finest men I have had the pleasure to meet." ANONYMOUS CANADIAN CITIZEN 1969 %% "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?" General John W. Vessey Jr., United States Army; Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff During the assault on Grenada; 1983. %% "Why in hell can't the Army do it if the Marines can? They're the same kind of men; why can't they be like Marines." General John J. "Black Jack" Pershing, United States Army 12 February 1918 %% "Marines? I see them 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 they're tenacious on the defense. They've got really short hair and they always go for the throat." Rear Admiral "Jay" R. Stark, United States Navy; 10 November 1995 %% "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 said in Somali, 'Igaralli ahow,' which means, 'Excuse me, I didn't mean it, my mistake.'" Karen Aquilar-At the U.S. Embassy; Mogadishu, Somalia; 1991 %% "Marines know how to use their bayonets. Army bayonets may as well be paperweights." Navy Times; November 1994 %% "The United States Marine Corps, with it 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 %% "We are United States Marines, and for two and a quarter centuries we have defined the standards of courage, esprit, and military prowess." General James Logan Jones, United States Marine Commandant of the Marine Corps); 10 November 2000 %% "For over 221 years the United States Marine Corps has done two things for this great nation of ours. We make Marines, and we win battles." General Charles C. Krulak, United States Marine Corps: Commandant of the Marine Corps); 5 May 1997 %% "Gone to Florida to fight the Indians. Will be back when the war is over." Colonel Archibald Henderson, United States Marine Corps Commandant of the Marine Corps-A note pinned to his office door; 1836 %% "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." 1st Lieutenant Clifton B. Cates, United States Marine Commandant of the Marine Corps-In Belleau Wood, France; 19 July 1918 %% "Don't you forget that you're First Marines! Not all the communists in Hell can overrun you!" Colonel Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller United States Marine Corps While rallying the 1st Marine Regiment near the Chosin Reservoir, Korea; December 1950 %% "You'll never get a Purple Heart by staying in a foxhole! Follow me!" Captain Henry P. Crowe, United States Marine Corps; Guadalcanal, New Solomon Islands; 13 January 1943 %% "Come on, you sons of bitches! Do you want to live forever?" Sergeant Major Daniel J. Daly, United States Marine Corps Near Lucy-le-Bocage as he led the 5th Marine Regiment in an attack into Belleau Wood, France; 6 June 1918 Twice awarded the Medal of Honor: Boxer Rebellion; China; 14 August 1900 & Haiti; 17 November 1915 %% "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." Corporal Jeffery Sornij, United States Marine Corps; Navy Times; November 1994 %% "There are only two kinds of people that understand Marines: Marines and those who have met them in battle. Everyone else has a second-hand opinion." Author Unknown %% "Leadership is the sum of those qualities of intellect, human understanding, and moral character that enables a person to inspire and control a group of people successfully." - John A. Lejeune %% "Being ready is not what matters. What matters is winning after you get there." - Lieutenant General Victor H. Krulak %% "You don't hurt 'em if you don't hit 'em." - Lieutenant General Lewis B. Puller %% "Retreat Hell! We're just attacking in another direction." - Major General Oliver P. Smith %% "Goddamn it, you'll never get the Purple Heart hiding in a foxhole! Follow me!" - Captain Henry P. "Jim" Crowe %% "Come on, you sons of bitches-do you want to live forever?" - Gunnery Sergeant Dan Daly %% "Once a Marine, always a Marine!" - MSgt Paul Woyshner %% "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. " - General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, U.S. Army %% "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, U.S. Army %% "Casualties many; Percentage of dead not known; Combat efficiency; we are winning." - Colonel David M. Shoup %% "The deadliest weapon in the world is a MARINE and his rifle!" - General Pershing, U.S. Army %% "Hard pressed on my right. My center is yielding. Impossible to maneuver. Situation excellent. I am attacking!" -Ferdinand Foch %% "We're surrounded. That simplifies the problem!" - General Chesty Puller %% "The more MARINES I have around the better I like it!" General Mark Clarlk, U.S. Army %% "I want you boys to hurry up and whip these Germans so we can get out to the Pacific to kick the shit out of the purple-pissing Japanese, before the Goddamned MARINES get all the credit!" - Lt General George Patton, U.S. Army %% "People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." George Orwell %% "Sometimes it is entirely appropriate to kill a fly with a sledge-hammer!" - Major Holdredge %% "A ship without MARINES is like a garment without buttons." - Adm. David Porter, USN %% "The MARINES have landed and have the situation well in hand!" Richard Harding Davis %% "I can never again see a UNITED STATES MARINE without experiencing a feeling of reverence." - General Johnson, U.S. Army %% "The raising of that flag on Suribachi means a MARINE CORPS for the next 500 years." - James Forrestal, Secretary Of The Navy %% "Teufelhunde! (Devil Dogs)" - German Soldiers, WWI at Belleau Wood %% "So they've got us surrounded, good! Now we can fire in any direction, those bastards won't get away this time!" - General Chesty Puller %% "We have two companies of MARINES running all over this island and thousands of ARMY troops doing nothing!" - General John Vessey, Chairman of Joint Chiefs %% "The safest place in Korea was right behind a platoon of MARINES. LORD, how they could fight!" - Major General Frank Lowe, U.S. Army %% "Panic sweeps my men when they are facing the AMERICAN MARINES." - Captured North Korean Major %% "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!" - General Lewis "Chesty" Puller %% "Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference. The Marines don't have that problem." President Ronald Reagan %% "Marines know how to use their bayonets. Army bayonets may as well be paper-weights." Navy Times, November 1994 %% "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." - General John J. "Black Jack" Pershing, US Army %% "The United States Marine Corps, with it 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 %% "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."- Adm. "Jay" R. Stark, USN %% "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 %% " I wouldn't be here if the MARINES weren't here." -Haitian civilian in Port-au-Prince during a time a civil unrest %% Save Water, Shower With A Marine %% Grunts Can Do Anything %% Marines Always Welcome, Relatives By Appointment %% Good Night Chesty, Wherever You Are %% Marine Sniper -- Visualize World Peace %% 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 %% Be Safe Sleep With A Marine! %% To Boldly Go Where A FEW GOOD MEN Have Gone Before %% Hero's Get Remembered, Legends Live Forever %% 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 %% It Ain't Braggng If YOU Can Do It %% We Deliver More Destruction Overnight Than Those Who Deliver Overnight %% Deadliest Weapon In The World -- A Marine And His Rifle %% If You Weren't There Then Shut Up! %% Marines Never Die -- They Just Go To Hell And Re-Group %% 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 and Women %% Nobody Ever Drowned In Sweat %% Marine Pilots Are Plane People With A Special Air About Them %% I Love The Smell Of Jet Fuel In The Morining -- Marine Aviation %% USMC -- Improvise, Adapt, Overcome %% USMC -- No Promises, No Shortcuts %% USMC -- America's 911 Service %% More Sweat In Peace, Less Blood In War %% USMC Is Part Of The Navy -- The Men's Department %% Do Draft Dodgers Have Reunions? If So What Do They Talk About? %% To Err Is Human, To Forgive Is Divine Neither of Which Is Marine Corps Policy %% Marine Artillery -- The Grunts 24-7, 911 Rescue Battery %% Women Marines -- Fewer and Prouder %% Every Marine Is A Rifleman %% One Shot, One Kill %% Forget Smith and Wesson -- This Property Protected By A US Marine %% When In Doubt Empty The Magazine %% Force Recon -- Penetrates Deeper, Takes Longer And Carries A Bigger Load %% Pain Is Only Temporary, Pride Is Forever %% Where In The Hell Is 29 Palms? %% USMC -- We Do Not Promise You A Rose Garden %% B.A.M. ~ Beautiful American Marine %% Pain Is Weakness Leaving The Body %% Combat Engineers -- When It Absolutely Must Be Destroyed Overnight %% The Marine Corps Doesn't Build Character, It Reveals It %% Not as Lean, Not As Mean, But Still A Marine %% "You earned the title "Marine" upon graduation from boot recruit training. It wasn't willed to you; it isn't a gift. It is not a government subsidy. Few can claim the title; no one can take it away. It is yours forever." Tom Barlett - Leatherneck Magazine %% "Some people spend an entire lifetime wonderng if they made a difference. The MARINES don't have that problem." President Ronald Reagan - 1985 %% "Marines are about the most peculiar breed of human beings I have ever known. They treat their service as if it was some kind of cult, plastering their emblem on almost everythng they own, making themselves up to look like insane fanatics...." by an anonymous Canadian citizen %% 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 a -- Marine %% United States Marine Corps Leader of men, teller of tall tales, legend in his own mind, U.S. Marine extraordinaire, stream fordable, air dropable, beer fueled, water cooled, author, history maker, lecturer, traveler, freedom fighter, defender of the faith. Wars fought, tigers tamed, revolutions started, bars emptied, alligators castrated. Let me win your hearts and minds or I'll burn your damn hut down! %% No Former or Ex Marine here! Just a Marine no longer on active duty. %% "Once A Marine Always A Marine" %% "It's not the stars or bars you have, not what you wear on your sleeve or shoulder, that determines what you are. It's what you wear on your collar- The Eagle, Globe, and Anchor- It is The Title you earned, MARINE That puts you in the Brotherhood of the MARINES. %% "SOME PEOPLE WONDER ALL THEIR LIVES IF THEY'VE MADE A DIFFERENCE. THE MARINES DON'T HAVE THAT PROBLEM." %% "If you enjoy your freedom thank a Vet, but hug a Marine." %% You can take the Marine out of the Corps.. BUT, you can't take the Corps out of the Marine! %% I was that which others did not want to be, I went where others feared to go and did what others failed to do, I asked nothing from those that gave nothing and reluctantly accepted the thought of eternal loneliness should I fail, I have cried, pained and hoped; but most of all I have lived times others would say are best forgotten. At least one day I can be proud of what I was and will ALWAYS be..."A United States Marine!"  

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Lt. Alexander Bonnyman
Marine Corps League
Detachment No. 924
Knoxville, Tennessee

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