To celebrate the 246th birthday of the United States Marine Corps we are highlighting some of the colloquialisms and sayings used by the Marines as well as a few quotes that illustrate the Marine Corps attitude and accomplishments.
I would be remiss not to start with:
The battle cry, affirmation, catch all phrase of the United States Marine Corps. It means “Yes”, it means “Let’s Go” and “Go Get Em”!
A play on the motto “Semper Fidelis” (Latin for Always Faithful), Semper Gumby illustrates the flexible and often changing nature of the job/lifestyle.
(Tuefel Hunden): Nickname, earned by the Germans, given to Marines who fought at the Battle of Belleau Wood in June 1918.
Here are a few quotes about Marines and the Marine Corps:
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
I love the Corps for those intangible possessions that cannot be issued: pride, honor, integrity, and being able to carry on the traditions for generations of warriors past. Cpl. Jeff Sornig, USMC; in Navy Times, November 1994
You cannot exaggerate about the Marines. They are convinced to the point of arrogance, that they are the most ferocious fighters on earth- and the amusing thing about it is that they are. Father Kevin Keaney, 1st Marine Division, Chaplain, Korean War
Marines I see as two breeds, Rottweilers or Dobermans, because Marines come in two varieties, big and mean, or skinny and mean. They’re aggressive on the attack and tenacious on defense. They’ve got really short hair and they always go to for the throat.
RAdm. “Jay” R. Stark, USN; 10 November 1995
“We’re surrounded. That simplifies the problem.” Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller. Battle of Chosin Reservoir – December 1950
What is your favorite Marine Corps phrase or quote? Share in the comments along with a birthday shout out!
Happy Birthday wherever you are!
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