Random Marine Corps Quotes


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


"We had a war to win and a world to make safe for democracy." — Pvt. Elton E. Mackin, 1918

"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

"So they've got us surrounded, good! Now we can fire in any direction, those bastards won't get away this time!" - CHESTY PULLER, USMC

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

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

“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

"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." - Lieutenant General Victor H. Krulak, USMC, April 1965

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