Happy 238th birthday to the greatest, most lethal fighting force the world has known since the Spartans, our United States Marine Corps. It is fitting that both the Spartans and our Marines don the color scarlet. From this ol’ soldier here are some quotes appropriate to remember this day:
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
The Marines I have seen around the world have the cleanest bodies, the filthiest minds, the highest morale, and the lowest morals of any group of animals I have ever seen. Thank God for the United States Marine Corps!
Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady of the United States, 1945
The safest place in Korea was right behind a platoon of Marines. Lord, how they could fight!
MGen. Frank E. Lowe, USA; Korea, 26 January 1952
Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But the Marines don’t have that problem.
Ronald Reagan, President of the United States; 1985
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.
RAdm. “Jay” R. Stark, USN; 10 November 1995
I come in peace, I didn’t bring artillery. But I am pleading with you with tears in my eyes: If you f**k with me, I’ll kill you all.
Marine General James “Mad Dog” Mattis, to Iraqi tribal leaders
Semper Fidelis, Ooh Rah!