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Top ten quotes about the US Marine Corps

Updated on March 11, 2012

A Special Group, A Special Breed

It is a rare instance when a group inspires others to make a memorable statement about them. It is an even rarer group which inspires others to make memorable statements about them over any given period of time. But, then there is that Special Group, that Special Breed that has inspired others to make memorable statements about them for the last 236 years.

How is it these few have moved others to make these memorable statements? Maybe a few of those statements made by allies, friends and a few enemies can answer that question.

I have read hundreds of quotes by and about the US Marine Corps over the years. I have assembled here 10 quotes made by enemies of the United States, friends of the United States, US Army and Navy personnel, a former first lady and a President of the United States.

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Number 10 - From the War of 1812

If you know about American history you will know that during the War of 1812 the British burned the city of Washington DC. What you may not know is that during the evacuation of Washington, of the government and the Army, a contingent of Marines and sailors held off the British Army's advance. Although the Marines were finally forced to withdraw, many important items of government were removed from the city before the British entered and burned it.

Because of the valiant effort put forth by the Marines, the commander of the British forces saved the Marine Barracks at 8th and I from the torch. Thus the oldest structure within the city of Washington DC, today, is the home of the Commandant of the Marine Corps.

Number 9 - From the Korean War

At the beginning of the Korean Conflict, the North Korean soldiers were instructed about the different American forces they would face. Although, both Army and Marines essentially wore the same uniform in combat, the Marines wore leggings, the Army did not. The Marines were known as "Yellowlegs". The North Korean soldiers were ordered not to attack the "Yellowlegs" but to attack the US Army instead. Shortly after this was discovered the Marines were ordered to stop wearing their leggings.

Number 8 - Description of a Marine

Many have tried to describe what a Marine is. Admiral Stark may be on to something here.

Number 7 - "Black Jack" Pershing on the Marines

As the United States entered the First World War, the Army was undersized. To increase the manpower and pretty much as an after thought, two regiments of Marines were included in the American Expeditionary Force that was sent to France.

The Marines distinguished themselves in a number of battles. The most famous one is the Battle of Belleau Wood, which afterwards was named in their honor. See my lens Bois de la Brigade de Marine.

General Pershing is known to have made many comments about the Marines under his command. This is just one of them.

Number 6 - Major General Lowe and his experience with Marines in Korea

An interesting comment coming from a US Army General, isn't it?

Number 5 - Understanding Marines

They walk different. They talk different, They act different. Unless you are one or have been on the wrong side of one, you will never understand one.

Number 4 - A world leader's observation

A pretty bold statement coming from the leader of a country with its own fine corps of Marines. The British Royal Marines and the US Marines have fought side by side throughout most of the 20th and 21st Centuries. As brothers in arms I think you will find no stronger bond.

Number 3 - Grenada, 1983

The invasion of the island of Grenada in 1983 was to rescue American citizens and students threatened by the political struggle for power on the island. The Marines, Army, Air Force and Navy all participated in the invasion of the island on October 25, 1983. They faced a force of 1,500 Grenadian soldiers and about 700 Cubans.

Number 2 - The First Lady and her opinion of US Marines

I have not been able to find were or when in 1945 this was said. But, thank you Mrs Roosevelt.

Number 1 - Mr President

'nough said.

President Reagan Speech, April 1984 - About the aftermath of the Beirut Bombing in 1983

President Reagan reads a letter he received from a Jewish Rabbi Chaplin of the 6th Fleet. One of the first on the scene after the bombing of the hotel/barracks at the Beirut Airport in October 1983. The Rabbi talks about what he witnessed as the Marines began to dig out their fellow Marines, soldiers and sailors from under the rubble.

Have you ever met a US Marine no longer on duty? - Someone you did not know was a Marine.

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Do you know a Marine? Do any of these comments apply? - How about one who is no longer in uniform?

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      Tom Braund 1965-1978 

      22 months ago

      Marine Corps training kept me alive as a cop under a "contract." I used it all so that 3 of us, working around the clock, reduced the highest crime beat in the most violent city in the nation to the second lowest crime beat - in 3 months. Since, that beat has never returned to its former evil nature. The ONLY civilian commendation I received was from a group of bandit bikers because they loved truth and I gave it to them. No other cop would enter their building and talk with them as men. Effectively nuts! Semper Fidelis United States!

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      6 years ago

      I'm partial to soldiers myself, being an army veteran and being married to an army veteran, BUT, the quote by Eleanor Roosevelt made me lol

    • BuddyBink profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      @anonymous: That is excellent. Good luck, Semper fi.

    • BuddyBink profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      @sandi_x: Semper fi.

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      6 years ago

      I am actually engaged to a marine wonder full man he and i are high school sweet hearts and man did he stole my heart we are 17 and 19 getting married in japan next summer

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      6 years ago

      Great, Marines are the best soldier

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      6 years ago

      great lense, marine one of the best soldier ever.

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      6 years ago

      I have lots of friends who were in the Marines, and they are all exceptional men!!

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      Michey LM 

      6 years ago

      Great tribute, Thanks for what you did for your country.

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      bensen32 lm 

      6 years ago

      I'm a Marine just stopped wearing the uniform back in 92' but try to stay true to all I learned back then.

      Great lens brother.

    • DLeighAlexander profile image


      6 years ago

      Thank you Buddy for your service as a US Marine and for this great lens giving tribute to the US Marine Corps. I especially enjoyed hearing the many words of wisdom from our former President Reagan. He is my favorite US President.

      And yes, I do know a US Marine. My favorite US Marine is my son-in-law, who refers to me as his 2nd mom. He is currently a Staff Sergeant, recently accepted into the MECEP program and is now doing the 10-week "Officer Candidate School". His class rank is #1. The class did a 9-mile hike last Tuesday and have a 13-mile hike scheduled for next week. Then it's graduation after that.

      In addition to MECEP, he is an expert marksman many times over--4th award expert pistol and 7th award expert rifle. He is a black-belt and teacher of martial arts. Most of the other Marines cringe at his power in this area. Needless to say, I am very proud of him and all he has accomplished so far.

      The Marine Corps Ball is where he asked our daughter to marry him. That therefore is an extra special annual event for them.

      Our family was greatly blessed when our daughter married this exemplary US Marine, who was a Lance Corporal at the time with immediate aspirations of becoming a Corporal and receiving his blood-stripe--(which happened several years ago).

      Again, thank you for spotlighting this outstanding military branch, a group we can never thank enough for their service to the country we love and thank God for.

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      Lee Hansen 

      6 years ago from Vermont

      My middle brother is a retired Marine. He served more than 20 years active duty. He is a Marine through and through. I'm linking this Marine Corps quote lens to my Memorial Day lens.

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      Itaya Lightbourne 

      6 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Great quotes! Well done. :)

    • JEMArtistry profile image


      6 years ago

      My Dad waS a marine in Vietnam. I love quotes 1 and 8! Great Lens!

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      Beverly Rodriguez 

      6 years ago from Albany New York

      Very inspiring lens about the Marines.

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      6 years ago

      I like number 5 the best

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      flicker lm 

      6 years ago

      Wonderful collection of quotes about the Marines! Educational in more than one way.

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      6 years ago

      I am no longer in uniform but Semper Fi

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      Country Sunshine 

      6 years ago from Texas

      My daddy was a Marine... or should I say, still is. He was in Korea. I agree with all the quotes, especially #1. I am proud that I am the daughter of a rough, tough Marine!


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