Happy 236th birthday to the United States Marine Corps. The finest fighting force in the world. Since my father is a USMC Colonel, I have grown up loving the Corps. So Semper Fi, and enjoy these quotes about the few, the proud, the Marines.
Freedom is not free, but the U.S. Marine Corps will pay most of your share. -Ned Dolan
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
A Marine is a Marine. I set that policy two weeks ago – there’s no such thing as a former Marine. You’re a Marine, just in a different uniform and you’re in a different phase of your life. But you’ll always be a Marine because you went to Parris Island, San Diego or the hills of Quantico. There’s no such thing as a former Marine. – General James F. Amos, 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps
The United States Marine Corps, with its 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
I have just returned from visiting the Marines at the front, and there is not a finer fighting organization in the world! –General of the Armies Douglas MacArthur; Korea, 21 September 1950
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
We are United States Marines, and for two and a quarter centuries we have defined the standards of courage, esprit, and military prowess. –Gen. James L. Jones, USMC (CMC); 10 November 2000
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
The deadliest weapon in the world is a Marine and his rifle. –Gen. John “Black Jack” Pershing, U.S. Army, Commander of American Forces in World War I