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"There is no better friend...
and no worse enemy than a United States Marine."
"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, US Army, outskirts of Seoul, 21 September 1950.
"Come on, you sons of bitches-do you want to live forever?"

- Gunnery Sergeant Daniel Daly, USMC, near Lucy-`le-Bocage
as he led the 5th Marines' attack into Belleau Wood, 6 June 1918.
"Among the men who fought on Iwo Jima, uncommon valor was a common virtue."

- Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, US Navy, 16 March 1945.
"Retreat Hell! We're just attacking in another direction."

- Attributed to Major General Oliver P. Smith, USMC, Korea, December 1950.
"Don't you forget that you're First Marines!
Not all the communists in Hell can overrun you!"

-Col. Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller, USMC rallying his First Marine
Regiment near the Chosin Reservoir, Korea, December 1950.
"The safest place in Korea was right behind a platoon of Marines.
Lord, how they could fight!"

-MGen. Frank E. Lowe, US Army; Korea, 26 January 1952.
"A ship without Marines is like a coat without buttons".

- Admiral David G. Farragut.
"Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they've made a difference.
The Marines don't have that problem."

- President Ronald Reagan.
"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, US Navy; 10 November 1995.
"For over 221 years our Corps has done two things for this great Nation.
We make Marines, and we win battles."

-Gen. Charles C. Krulak, USMC (CMC); 5 May 1997