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Top ten quotes about the US Marine Corps
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
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.
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