back and tell your Commandant, "Australia's here to stay".
H G Moor, South Africa, 1900 on being asked to surrender.
cannot surrender. I am in command of Australians who would cut my throat
if I did.
C Hore, Elands River, South Africa
Don't be bloody silly, we're Australian.
was asked recently if I ever saw any discrimination in the Army. I
replied that the Australian Army could never be accused of
discrimination. They treat everyone like shit.
soldier (initials KJ)
"Havoc" and let slip the Dogs of War.
Shakespeare ("Julius Caesar")
me, follow me, or get out of my way.
proof of a man is the danger test, It shows him up at his worst, or his
good decision was ever made in a swivel chair.
our individual faith in freedom can keep us free.
tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will
surprise you with their ingenuity.
on you sons of bitches! Do you want to live forever?"
Sergeant Dan Daly, USMC 4 June 1918, France.
only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do
counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight - it's the
size of the fight in the dog.
placed in command - take charge.
my Flag and I will shoot you........but I'll shoot you with a lot of
love, like a good American
Cash, country music singer
battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the
active, the brave
belongs to the most persevering.
time to time, the tree of liberty must be watered with the blood of
tyrants and patriots.
have met the enemy and they are ours!
Oliver Hazard Perry, 1813
are a damn site better than the U.S. Army, at least we know that they
will be there in the morning.
B. "Chesty" Puller
when a journalist asked him about being surrounded by 22 enemy divisions
Country won't go on forever, if we stay soft as we are now. There won't
be any AMERICA because some foreign soldiery will invade us and take our
women and breed a hardier race!
Gen. Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller, USMC
Vedi, Vici (I came, I saw, I conquered)
is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and
degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing
is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is
willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal
safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless
made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.
is cruelty. There's no use trying to reform it, the crueler it is the
sooner it will be over.
surrounded. That simplifies the problem.
B. "Chesty" Puller, USMC Version 1
right, they're on our left, they're on our right, they're in front of
us, they're behind us...they can't get away this time
are in front of us, behind us, and we are flanked on both sides by an
enemy that outnumbers us 29:1. They can't get away from us now!
give in--never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or
petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense.
Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might
of the enemy.
it moves, salute it; if it doesn't move, pick it up; and if you can't
pick it up, paint it.
'eathen in 'is blindness must end where 'e began. But the backbone of
the Army is the non-commissioned man!
are men...most apt for all manner of services and best able to support
and endure the infinite toils and continual hazards of war.
soldier is he whose blood makes the glory of the general.
from Henry G. Bohn
A body of men assembled to rectify the mistakes of the diplomats.
armies are two bodies which meet and try to frighten each other.
people live an entire lifetime and wonder if they have ever made a
difference in the world, but the Marines don't have that problem.
young man who does not have what it takes to perform military service is
not likely to have what it takes to make a living.
me to the Brig. I want to see the "real Marines".
General Chesty Puller, USMC - while on a Battalion inspection.
a wise nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for
the train of the future to run over him.
ship without Marines is like a garment without buttons.
David D. Porter, USN
object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other
bastard die for his.
do not lead by hitting people over the head - that's assault, not
are just as essential in starting a war as soldiers are in finishing it.
vis pacem, para bellum" ("If
you want peace, prepare for war!")
Vegetius Renatus (ca 390 AD)
forget that you're First Marines! Not all the Communists in hell can
Puller motivating his men at Chosin Reservoir
convinced that to be happy means to be free and that to be free means to
be brave. Therefore do not take lightly the perils of war.
usually win the battles and generals get the credit for them.
make war that we may live in peace.
are sometimes won by generals; wars are nearly always won by sergeants
need to learn to set our course by the stars, not by the lights of every
war there is no substitute for victory.
we have a war there is only one thing to do. It must be won. For defeat
brings worse things than any that can ever happen in war.
optimism is a force multiplier.
number of medals on an officer's breast varies in inverse proportion to
the square of the distance of his duties from the front line.
mail service has been excellent out here, and in my opinion this is all
that the Air Force has accomplished during the war.
Puller in a letter to his wife while in Korea
forgive your enemies--nothing annoys them so much.
for something rather than die for nothing.
in the army is like being in the Boy Scouts, except that the Boy Scouts
have adult supervision.
is a time to take counsel of your fears, and there is a time to never
listen to any fear.
is simply the art of making the soldiers fear their officers more than
don't hurt 'em if you don't hit 'em.
Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller USMC
man thinks meanly of himself for not having been a soldier.
is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because
he wants to do it.
sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand
ready to do violence on their behalf.
I recall the Recon Marines ragged, filthy cammie shirted young men in
green paint who move silent like the fog with deadly purpose in their
eyes. Swift, Silent, Deadly. I smile.
Correll, USMC, Retired, Recon Marine
is no victory at bargain basement prices.
dilute the will to win is to destroy the purpose of the game. There is
no substitute for victory.
God of War hates those who hesitate.
will ruin any military force
Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller USMC
pressed on my right. My center is yielding. Impossible to maneuver.
Situation excellent. I am attacking.
Foch, at the Battle of the Marne
a US Army captain asked him for the direction of the line of retreat,
Col Puller called his Tank Commander, gave them the Army position, and
ordered: 'If they start to pull back from that line, even one foot, I
want you to open fire on them'. Turning to the captain, he replied
"Does that answer your question? We're here to fight".
Puller USMC; At Koto-ri in Korea
to war without France is like going deer hunting without your
land without memories is a people without liberty."
General Robert E Lee, the only man in history to be offered the command
of BOTH sides of a war.