MIL List your favorite military quotes

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  1. Patch

    Patch New Member

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    Just like the title says. I'll start it off with this one:

    "There is no such thing as a good, bad, or indifferent soldier. To be called a soldier is to be deserving of the highest compliment; it needs no prefix or describing word; it is an absolute, like being dead or alive. There is no halfway measure. You are a soldier or you are not."

    Capt D.E. Pearce, RE
     
  2. Jyokker

    Jyokker The trouser snake is very aggressive. It will corn

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    :rofl::rofl:

    Yea I always enjoy hearing that
     
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    "We aren't retreating, we're just fighting in a different direction!" -- I think Chesty Puller said it.
     
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    :rofl: or

    All 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

    - Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller, USMC
     
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    Gaunt blood for the blood god OT Supporter

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    "In the absence of orders go find something and kill it." --field marshel erwin rommel
     
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    "I better see every swingin' dick Marine here at Zero-seven-hundred in the mornin. If you fuck me I will fuck you!"

    -1st Sgt.
     
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    Talking about Iwo Jima. An Army general said it about the Marines I think.
     
  9. 202 Stroker

    202 Stroker We watch the lightning crack over cane fields ..

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    "Regard your soldiers as your children, and they will follow you into the deepest valleys.
    Look on them as your own beloved sons, and they will stand by you even unto death!"
    - Sun Tzu

    "Also remember that in any man's dark hour, a pat on the back and an earnest handclasp may work a small miracle"
    - Brigadier-General S.L.A Marshall

    "No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country."
    - General George Patton Jr

    "In peace sons bury fathers, but war violates the order of nature, and fathers bury sons."
    -Heroditus, greek historian c. 484-425 B.C.

    "I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity."
    -General Dwight D. Eisenhower
     
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    "Were just here to help you." - Every Navy chief at a DRB
     
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    hurry up and wait

    BOHICA - Bend Over Here It Comes Again
     
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    I know we have a lot more quotes/acronyms out there!

    "Paper-work will ruin any military force"
    - Lieutenant-General Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller

    "You don't hurt 'em if you don't hit 'em."
    - Lieutenant-General Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller

    When an 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." At Koto-ri in Korea
    - Chesty Puller at Koto-ri in Korea
    (From "Marine: The Life of Chesty Puller" by Burke Davis)

    "The mail service has been excellent out here, and in my opinion this is all that the
    Air Force has accomplished during the war."
    - Chesty Puller in a letter to his wife while in Korea

    "Don't forget that you're First Marines! Not all the Communists in hell can overrun you!"
    - Chesty Puller motivating his men at Chosin Reservoir

    "Our 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!"
    -Lt. Gen. Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller, USMC

    "Take me to the Brig. I want to see the "real Marines". "
    Major General Chesty Puller, USMC - while on a Battalion inspection.
    :bigthumb:

    "We're surrounded. That simplifies the problem."
    - Attributed to Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller, USMC
    (I have found three versions of this one)
    The quotes may not be Chesty Pullers,
    but may instead have been said by General O.P.Smith

    "All 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"
    - Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller, USMC

    "They 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!"
    - Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller, USMC
    When the Marines were cut off behind enemy lines and the Army had written
    the 1st Marine Division off as being lost because they were surrounded by 22
    enemy divisions. The Marines made it out inflicting the highest casualty
    ratio on an enemy in history and destroying 7 entire enemy divisions in the
    process. An enemy division is 16500+ men while a Marine division is 12500 men.

    "They are a damn site better than the U.S. Army, at least we know that they
    will be there in the morning."
    - Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller
    when a journalist asked him about being surrounded by 22. enemy divisions

    "there are not enough chinamen in the world to stop a fully armed Marine regiment
    from going where ever they wont to go"
    - Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller
     
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    "It's gonna suck, but you are going to do it"

    "What you fail to understand PFC, is that this is simply mind over matter. I don't mind because you don't matter."

    :bowrofl:
     
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    "There's the way it ought to be and there's the way it is."
     
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    Shale: Did you ever look up the word "mercenary"? It's someone who "works merely for money."
    Joey: Everybody works for money.
    Shale: It's not the money that bothers me; it's the "merely."
     
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    European warfare since the fall of Rome had been dominated by warriors, not soldiers. The two categories are not mutually exclusive, because even modern soldiers try to cultivate warrior virtues such as courage, honor, loyalty, and strength. The difference lies in discipline and cohesion: Soldiers have it, warriors do not. Warriors may fight as part of a large army but in essence they fight alone, seeking one-on-one duels with enemy warriors in order to prove their manhood. They disdain death administered by machines from afar as unchivalric and dishonorable. Soldiers, on the other hand, are supposed to stay in the ranks, follow orders, and do their assigned jobs, no matter how inglorious. They are concerned more with efficiency than with displaying personal prowess. They are in essence cogs in a machine, a concept that would have been utterly alien to the average European of the sixteenth century, whose ideas of military service still derived from the medieval cavaliers - warriors par excellence. - Max Boot
     
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    I like that one...when i came home from meps completing my enlistment my dad played 'Pink Floyd - Welcome to the Machine'...
     
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    War 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. -john stuart mill
     
  19. AE x 11ty

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    Service guarantees citizenship. - Some movie

    War, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing. - Some musician

    Contracted military service = indentured servitude - Some OTer
     
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    It was Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz
     
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    correct.
     
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    lulz. now I'm gonna giggle like a schoolgirl every time I hear somebody mention "Warrior Ethos"
     
  23. scottiemac

    scottiemac It's time to shoot some hot dogs!

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    'Don't get caught.' - General Peter Pace, in repsonse to a question about advancing in a military career.
     
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    more like stories than quotes but meh, i dont care. i lolled.

    Radio Interview with General Reinwald

    This is an exact replication of National Public Radio (NPR) interview between a female broadcaster, and US Army General Reinwald who was about to sponsor a Boy Scout Troop visiting his military installation.

    FEMALE INTERVIEWER: So, General Reinwald, what things are you going to teach these young boys when they visit your base?"
    GENERAL REINWALD: We're going to teach them climbing, canoeing, archery, and shooting."
    FEMALE INTERVIEWER: "Shooting! That's a bit irresponsible, isn't it?"
    GENERAL REINWALD: "I don't see why, they'll be properly supervised on the rifle range."
    FEMALE INTERVIEWER: "Don't you admit that this is a terribly dangerous activity to be teaching children?"
    GENERAL REINWALD: "I don't see how. We will be teaching them proper rifle discipline before they even touch a firearm. "
    FEMALE INTERVIEWER: "But you're equipping them to become violent killers."
    GENERAL REINWALD: "Well, you're equipped to be a prostitute, but you're not one, are you? "

    This is fiction. According to NPR no such interview ever took place. But it's a good story anyway.... :)
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    U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln and the lighthouse

    This is based on an actual radio conversation between a U.S. Navy
    aircraft carrier (U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln) and Canadian authorities
    off the coast of Newfoundland in October, 1995. (The radio
    conversation was released by the Chief of Naval Operations on
    10/10/95 authorized by the Freedom of Information Act.)

    Canadians: Please divert your course 15 degrees to the South to
    avoid collision.

    Americans: Recommend you divert your course 15 degrees to the
    North to avoid a collision.

    Canadians: Negative. You will have to divert your course 15
    degrees to the South to avoid a collision.

    Americans: This is the Captain of a US Navy ship. I say again,
    divert YOUR course.

    Canadians: No, I say again, you divert YOUR course.

    Americans: THIS IS THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER USS LINCOLN, THE SECOND
    LARGEST SHIP IN THE UNITED STATES' ATLANTIC FLEET. WE ARE
    ACCOMPANIED BY THREE DESTROYERS, THREE CRUISERS AND NUMEROUS
    SUPPORT VESSELS. I DEMAND THAT YOU CHANGE YOUR COURSE 15 DEGREES
    NORTH--I SAY AGAIN, THAT'S ONE FIVE DEGREES NORTH--OR
    COUNTER-MEASURES WILL BE UNDERTAKEN TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF THIS SHIP.

    Canadians: This is a lighthouse. Your call.
     

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