It’s time to celebrate another important birthday. The Marine Corps, like the Navy, turns 244 years old this year. The Marine Corps’ birthday is recognized as November 10, 1775, when the Continental Congress developed an official plan to use Marines in a mission involving Britain.
In honor of this momentous occasion, let’s take a look at five inspiring quotes from legends in the United States Marine Corps’ history.
1. Carlos Hathcock
“The most deadly thing on a battlefield is one well-aimed shot.”
One of America’s greatest snipers, Hathcock has been credited with more than 90 confirmed kills and has set several marksmanship records. He’s also won his fair share of long-shooting competitions against thousands of other snipers.
2. John Glenn
“We are more fulfilled when we are involved in something bigger than ourselves.”
Famous for being the first American to orbit the earth, Glenn was also a distinguished Marine, having flown 122 combat missions and earning several awards, medals and honors.
3. Gilbert “Hashmark” Johnson
“As I look into your faces tonight, I remember the youthful, and sometimes pained expressions at something I may have said … But I remember something you did. You measured up, by a slim margin perhaps, but measure up you did. You achieved your goal. That realization creates within me a warm appreciation of you and a deep sense of personal gratitude.”
Earning his nickname because of all his service stripes, Johnson actually served in the Army, Navy and Marine Corps. He was one of the first African-Americans in the Corps, as well as one of its first hard-nosed drill instructors and sergeant majors.
4. Smedley Butler
“There are only two things we should fight for. One is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights.”
A two-time recipient of the Medal of Honor, Butler was a Major General known for this bravery in the heat of battle. He led troops in several different combat scenarios.
5. Lewis “Chesty” Puller
“Don’t forget that you’re First Marines! Not all the Communists in hell can overrun you!”
One of America’s most decorated warriors, Puller became renowned for his exploits with the Marines during World War II and the Korean War.
Who are you favorite Marines? Let us know in the comments below. Semper Fi!