Ooh rah, Semper Fi and Happy Birthday

Happy 238th birthday to the greatest, most lethal fighting force the world has known since the Spartans, our United States Marine Corps. It is fitting that both the Spartans and our Marines don the color scarlet. From this ol’ soldier here are some quotes appropriate to remember this day:

Why in hell can’t the Army do it if the Marines can? They are the same kind of men; why can’t they be like Marines?
Gen. John J. “Black Jack” Pershing, USA; 12 February 1918

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

The safest place in Korea was right behind a platoon of Marines. Lord, how they could fight!
MGen. Frank E. Lowe, USA; Korea, 26 January 1952

Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But the Marines don’t have that problem.
Ronald Reagan, President of the United States; 1985

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 for the throat.
RAdm. “Jay” R. Stark, USN; 10 November 1995

I come in peace, I didn’t bring artillery. But I am pleading with you with tears in my eyes: If you f**k with me, I’ll kill you all.

Marine General James “Mad Dog” Mattis, to Iraqi tribal leaders

From the halls of Montezuma, to the shores of Tripoli, they have fought our county’s battles in the air, on land, and sea. They are the first to fight for right and freedom. And they have stood to keep our nation’s honor clean. They have proudly earned the title of United States Marines.

Semper Fidelis, Ooh Rah!

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      • OK butt cheese. I did my time in the infantry (Viet Nam). It took three marine boots to kick my trach tube wearing self and long arm cast to beat my ass in DC. They knew I had been there because I left one childless and broke one’s jaw. The other sneaked up behind me. At any rate it was fun for all of us. Their mistake: they were fresh out of boot camp and I was fresh out of the jungle. I also served with a provisional unit of Army and Marines. FYI Cheese boy I am retired crazed ‘Nam vet. E-9. I like to poke fun at Marines.

      • I graduated from German High School. In German, you can string two words together to make a new one – not sure which combinations actually make it into the dictionary. It’s one word – Teufelhunde. From Teufel = devil, and Hund = dog. From a hostile witness, this is the greatest compliment. God bless our Marines.

  1. May the unaware, ignorant, unknowing, unconscious, heedless, unmindful, oblivious, in-cognizant, unsuspecting, uninformed, unenlightened, unwitting, indolent, lazy, idle, slothful, loafing, do-nothing, sluggardly, shiftless,lackadaisical, languid, under-active, inert, sluggish, lethargic,torpid, by-standing, know little / speak much, politicians leave the defense of our nation to those who are not afraid of offense and care nothing for the capriciousness of fan worship and political correctness.

  2. Happy Birthday Marines. I am retired Army and I say HOOAH!!! I always wondered why Marines can’t say HOOAH instead of OORAH.

  3. FOR MY BROTHER IN LAW VERNON MILLS & MY GOOD FRIEND DAVID PERSHON (PURPLE HEART NAVY CORPSMAN W/1/9 VIETNAM 1968) 2 OF THE BEST MARINES I HAVE HAD THE HONOR TO CALL MY N ARMS. DOUG SINKKING USN 1972-1976

  4. Well said. A great way to describe my late husband. He was a Vietnam vet. And a great dad to our girls. BTW, I’ve seen it said that Marines don’t die, they just go back to hell and regroup. Well fellas, your wives and girlfriends did it all before you. Who do you think cleaned up the place before you got there? Semper Fi. Marines are a breed apart. Proud of all of you.

    • MA’AM, WE THANK YOU FOR THE FIELD DAY, THE DECK IS SPOTLESS, THE RACKS MADE TIGHT, FOOTLOCKERS PERFECT, HOWEVER OVER ON THIS WINDOW THERE,S A BIT OF DUST, MA’AM!!!!!!

  5. There is another quote you should add from a well deserving Marine, “All it takes is all you’ve got.” Ssgt Christopher Antonik.

  6. THE HEALING*

    Long ago, in the Age of Aquarius, there was a war. A war which divided
    father against son, brother against brother, friend against friend. A
    war which left mothers, wives, sweethearts in tears and questions in
    their hearts. Some of those brothers, friends fathers and sons came
    home whole, others missing limbs, and those who came home in a gray
    coffin, and still others who are still missing.

    Time has passed, as time does, and the wounds from that war has slowly
    healed not completely though. The people still remember the hurt, the
    anger, the grief, and the terror of that war. The nation had tried to
    forget the war because that war was never won and the nation was
    disgraced by that war. The warriors who came home faced and felted
    empathy, ridicule, hopelessness, nightmares, fear and terror.

    These dishearten warriors tried to distanced themselves from that war,
    but they could not. The war drew them like a moth to a flame. So with
    courage and faith these grunts, flyers, radiomen, medic’s, docs,
    nurses, cap’t’s, swabjocks, jarheads, doggies, chopper jocks, all kinds
    of rank and file, hippies, dissenters, draftdodgers, went to the people
    of that nation seeking to heal those wounds caused by the war.

    Without the capital of the capitol, but with clout of the powers to be
    behind the seats of government, these warriors made their dream and the
    nation’s come true in the fall of ’82. Together with courage and
    compromise, the “WALL” is a reality today.
    The fathers, mothers, sweethearts, brothers, sisters, friends, foes,
    strangers came to see, touch, cry, rejoice when they saw or did not see
    a name on the the “WALL”. Friends were made and reunited wounds healed,
    goodbyes were said, unspoken words were spoken, and things of love were
    left.

    The hippies and hawks became one, the glorifiers and the demeanors are
    silenced by the “Blackness Of The Wall”.

    No Shame No Glory

    Just a celebration of heroes

    Respectfully Submitted
    Ben Weihrich, Jr.
    USMC ’69-’75
    Proud Grad of “Saigon U”

  7. My son should have never joined the Marines. To my dying day I will wish he had chosen another career. He has served honorably but his times in Iraq and Afghanistan have made him a person we do not know. It has cost our family dearly.

    • Karen, I am so sorry for the loss of your son’s personality/being. I don’t know the right words… These young men went through hell, and are expected to come back to life in the States and re-group. Your son is a warrior, and a person that we can all look at and respect. Unfortunately there is a very dear price that is paid by the people who answer the call. God Bless you and your family. Semper Fi, I hope your son finds peace,

  8. One of my favorite quotes is from an old 70’s Leatherneck Magazine article, ending with “Marines are damned if they do and damned if they don’t, so they might as well do as they damned well please! This they usually do!” Oooh-Rahhh! USMC E-5 ’75-’78

  9. Now that was a “real compliment” comming from a “real warrior”, Colonel Allen West, United States Army, (retired). As a “Old Corps Marine”, and retired law enforcement investigator, I want to say “Thank you Sir”, for your long and distinguished military service to this country, and also, for your continued fearless leadership in the political arena of civilian life! God bless you and your “continued mission” of serving this great country and those who also love it! “Semper Fi” Colonel West!

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