Originally posted by Flyer
If this is marine of the year, Id hate to think what the rest of them are like.
Perhaps a little research will answer your question.
"Marines are about the most peculiar breed of human beings I have ever witnessed. They treat their service as if it were some kind of cult,
plastering their emblem on almost everything they own, making themselves up to look like insane fanatics with haircuts to ungentlemanly lengths,
worshipping their Commandant almost as if he were a god, and making weird animal noises like a band of savages. They'll fight like rabid dogs at the
drop of a hat just for the sake of a little action, and are the cockiest sons of bitches I have ever known. Most have the foulest mouths and drink
well beyond man's normal limits, but their high spirits and sense of brotherhood set them apart and, generally speaking, the United States Marines
I've come in contact with are the most professional soldiers and the finest men I have ever had the pleasure to meet."
--An Anonymous Canadian Citizen
"The mission of Marine artillery is to kill as many Godless enemy bastards and their subhuman, immoral cohorts as possible with the least expenditure
of munitions and to integrate all supporting fires to restore cave dwelling as an accepted way of life in the former enemy region!"
--A Sign at Ft. Sill, OK.
"'Boots' are new recruits into the United States Marine Corps. During the Vietnam War period these young men were a mixture of volunteers and some
draftees. None were senator’s or congressmen’s sons. Very few were from the upper echelons of American society. Most were from hard working, well
founded, families that believed in something called the "United States of America". These young men had been schooled in a system that started the
day with the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag and the Lords Prayer. Many believed in America and all it promised. Most were patriots.
"Marines are the United States elite military force. There are many specialty forces within the U.S. Military. Navy Seals, Army Green Berets, Army
Airborne and other specialty units comprise the elite forces of U.S. Military. Only the United States Marine Corps stands out as an elite force in and
of itself. MARINE is a word of respect. Whenever this word is used it evokes images of Spartans, exemplary examples of American excellence. The elite
of the elite.
"Marines have a history. They have fought in every major and minor engagement in which the United States of America has ever been involved. Marines
are the Presidents guard. Marines are the best we have to offer as a nation. Marines have a tradition. Marines do not surrender. Marines do not leave
their dead on the battle field. Marines have an honor. Marines die for that honor. Marines are Americans in the highest sense. Marines guard the very
gates of Heaven."
--SGT Bill M. Brower (USMC Oct. 1969 - Oct. 1972)
"The man who will go where his colors go without asking, who will fight a phantom foe in a jungle or a mountain range, and who will suffer and die;
in the midst of incredible hardship, without complaint, is still what he has always been, from Imperial Rome to sceptered Britain to democratic
America. He is the stuff of which legends are made. His pride is his colors and his regiment, his training hard and thorough and coldly realistic, to
fit him for what he must face, and his obedience is to his orders. As a legionnaire, he held the gates of civilization for the classical world...today
he is called United States Marine."
LTCOL FEHRENBACH, USA, in "This Kind of War"
[edit on 2005/8/16 by GradyPhilpott]