Marines

“Freedom is not free, but the U.S. Marine Corps will pay most of your share.”
Ned Dolan

“We signed up knowing the risk. Those innocent people in New York didn’t go to work thinking there was any kind of risk.”
Pvt. Mike Armendariz-Clark, USMC

“I have just returned from visiting the Marines at the front, and there is not a finer fighting organization in the world!”
General of the Armies Douglas MacArthur, September 21, 1950 Korea

“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!”
First Lady of the United States Eleanor Roosevelt, 1945

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

“We are United States Marines, and for two and a quarter centuries we have defined the standards of courage, esprit, and military prowess.”
Gen. James L. Jones, USMC, November 10, 2000

“The deadliest weapon in the world is a Marine and his rifle.”
Gen. John Pershing, US Army Commander of American FOrces in WWI.

“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, November 10, 1995

“For over 221 years our Corps has done two things for this great Nation. We make Marines, and we win battles.”
Gen. Charles C. Krulak, USMC, May 5, 1997

“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 Sornij, USMC, in Navy Times, November 1994

USAF vs USMC

Recently, a Marine Corps Harrier Squadron was invited to attend the annual Air Force Red Flag exercised at Nellis Air Force Base, NV. This is one of the USAF’s big exercises where they test Combined Arms employment of tactical air assets. The USAF F-15 pilots showed up on the ramp with dozens of rear echelon airman types and tons of equipment such as Ground Power Units, Accessory Power Units, Hummers, Trucks, Air Conditioners, etc. The Marines appeared ready to operate in a combat environment and showed up with only their Harriers. The Air Force commander commented to the Marine commander: “Where is all your support stuff? Geezz, you guys really are just Grunts that know how to fly.”

Not wanting to disappoint the Air Force commander, the Marine commander got an idea of his own to carry on the comment. He talked to his First Sergeant and later that night, the First Sergeant had his Marines make up bayonet studs on hose clamps. You see, there is a Pitot tube sticking out of the nose of a Harrier. In the late hours of darkness, the First Sergeant had the clamp with the bayonet stud tightened onto the Pitot tubes of each Harrier.

The next morning, the Air Force pilots fell out on the ramp in front of their F-15s. The Marine pilots fell out on the other side of the ramp in front of their Harriers. Each Marine pilot had on his deuce gear with a bayonet in the scabbard. The USAF commander ordered his pilots to “man your planes.” The USAF ground crews by the dozens scrambled to their trucks, APU’s, GPU’s, etc. and the pilots ran to their planes.

The Marine commander ordered his Marines to “Fix Bayonets.”

Each pilot ran to the front of their Harrier and fixed his bayonet on the stud attached to the Pitot tube. The Marine commander then ordered “CHARGE” and the Marines jumped in their Harriers, dusted airborne, and flew off. The Marine commander turned to the USAF commander and said; “Now that is what we Marines consider Close Ground Support.”