Random Marine Corps Quotes

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

"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.

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

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

"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

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

"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

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

"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

"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