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5 Inspiring Quotes from Marine Corps Legends

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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 

Carlos Hathcock - Marine Corps Legend
Source: Wikipedia.

“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

John Glenn - Marine Corps Legend
Source: Wikipedia.

“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

Hashmark Johnson - Marine Corps Legend
Source: Wikipedia.

“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

Smedley Butler
Source: Wikipedia.

“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

Chesty Puller - Marine Corps Legend
Source: Wikipedia.

“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!

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Comments (8)

  1. Next to marrying my wife of 47 years, enlisting in the Marine Corps in 1954 at age 17 was the smartest thing I ever did. Each of these decisions has paid me dividends for my entire life thereafter.

  2. 11-17-19
    Sgt Grit leUpon graduating from the University of Illinois I enlisted in the Marines, declined an offer to apply for jet fighter pilot school and served in the ranks, eventually making E-5 buck sergeant. My old man screamed and cursed at me when I told him, prior to enlistment, of my intentions to join the Corps. He threatened me and I said I was over 21 and my signature was legal. He was going to set me up with a jeep driver’s job for a general in the East part of the states and I said no, I can diaper myself.
    He was supposed to call me back in two days, but he called in two weeks and I had gone to enlist the next day. When I got in my car I turned on the radio and Semper Fidelis was playing. I said there must be something in the air. On the way there the two lane highway was blocked by a jack knifed semi and the state police turned me back, but I went again the next day and enlisted. The sergeant that handled me was Gunny Sergeant Marine. I did a double take and asked him if he was kidding. He laughed and said, ‘No, that’s my name.’ The Navy doc wasn’t going to let me in because I nearly died at 9 months of age from pneumonia and had one heck of a scar across my back when they cut the side muscle (Latissimusdorsi) & never sewed it back in place after draining my lungs. The poor doc that treated me had his kid in the same ward with the same problem, but his child died. Sulfa saved my life. It was 1939. The Navy doc said I wouldn’t be able to wear a pack. I was on the edge of getting refused so I took a shot and told the doc that I knew the Marines and Boy Scouts were not comparable, but I wore I wore a pack on many hikes in the Scouts and never had a problem. He looked deeply at me and said, “If I let you in I won’t let you out.” I told him, ‘You’ll never hear from me’. And he didn’t. I loved the Marine Corps and I was always in good shape so the physical aspect for me was not bad, but I had a terrible habit of laughing when they screamed and any Marine who reads this knows I paid for it and had it coming. It reminded me of my father who screamed about everything and I was not a problematic kid with drugs, the cops, or my school work. But my DI’s, especially one of my junior DI’s, Jimmy E. McCall from Ashville, NC. kept on me like stink on you know what. 30 years after the Corps I sent him a letter of gratitude, through the Commandant, thanking him for making a man out of me. I would have stayed in, but my old man got sick and my mom could have gotten a Nobel Prize for writing that proverbial Jewish guilt trip letter, saying my father needed me in his business. When my active tour was over I joined the reserve and worked with my father. My drill instructor was nicer to me than he was. It was awful when he’d scream and curse at me in front of customers and employees, but I was a dutiful son and kept on truckin’ until he passed 5 years later and then ran the business and took care of my ex-wife and kids and my Mom who got a terminal disease. I owe the Marines so much I could never repay them. I never saw combat but did whatever they ordered me to do. I have never done anything in my life that brought me more self pride, inner strength and patriotism. God Bless our country, the Corps and all the other men and women in every branch of service who served this unique and great nation. Semper Fi to all my brothers and sisters in our ranks previously and today.
    buzz

  3. Major General Butlers quote caught me off guard. With all the rhetoric, mis-information, and outright lies being spewed by the Democrats and liberal ‘news’ agencies, this quote sums up what should be expected from the law abiding gun owners. And the Democratic presidential candidates should take heed, We will defend our homes…..and the Bill of Rights.

  4. SgtMaj Gilbert “Hashmark” Johnson …………I was stationed at Camp Johnson at Montford Point and had no idea it was named after him .

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