Marine Corps Quotes

“I can never again see a UNITED STATES MARINE without experiencing a feeling of reverence.” GEN. JOHNSON, U.S. ARMY

“There are only two kinds of people that understand Marines: Marines and those who have met them in battle. Everyone else has a second-hand opinion.” Unknown

“Uncommon valor was a common virtue.”
Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz

“Panic sweeps my men when they are facing the AMERICAN MARINES.”

“The MARINES have landed and have the situation well in hand!”

If I had one more division like this First Marine Division I could win this war.
General of the Armies Douglas McArthur in Korea,
overheard and reported by Marine Staff Sergeant Bill Houghton, Weapons/2/5

Do not attack the First Marine Division. Leave the yellowlegs alone. Strike the American Army. Orders given to Communist troops in the Korean War;
shortly afterward, the Marines were ordered to not wear their khaki leggings.

The Marine Corps is the Navy’s police force and as long as I am President that is what it will remain. They have a propaganda machine that is almost equal to Stalin’s.
Harry S. Truman

“The deadliest weapon in the world is a MARINE and his rifle!”

“People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.” GEORGE ORWELL

“A ship without MARINES is like a garment without buttons.” ADM. DAVID PORTER, USN

“The more Marines I have around, the better I like it.”
General Clark, U.S. Army

“No one can say that the Marines have failed to do their work in handsome fashion.”
Major General Hagood, U.S. Army

“There is no military body in our country of higher efficiency than the Marine Corps.
They take great pride in their profession. They never let things slack a bit.”
Rear Admiral C.M. Wilslow, U.S. Navy

“They’re on our right, they’re on our left, they’re in front of us, they’re behind us;
they can’t get away from us this time.”
Chesty Puller, USMC, Chosin Reservoir, Korean War

Old breed? New breed? There’s not a damn bit of difference so long as it’s the Marine breed. Chesty Puller, USMC

“Marine Corps integrity is doing that thing which is right, when no one is looking”
Col. Colin Lampard, USMC

Every Marine is, first and foremost, a rifleman. All other conditions are secondary
General A. M. Gray, USMC

Ensure that no Marine who honorably wore the eagle, globe and anchor is lost to the Marine Corps family. General James L. Jones Jr., Commandant of the Marine Corps

“They (Marines) have given us our only real fight.” Commanding Officer of the British, War 0f 1812

“The American Marines are terribly reckless fellows… they would make very good storm troopers.” Unidentified German officer at Belleau Wood

The US Air Force Chief-of-Staff would never be called — Airman
The Chief-of-Naval Operations would never be called — Sailor
The Commanding General of The US Army would never be called — Soldier
BUT the Commandant of the Marine Corps would be proud to be called a —
United States Marine

“Marines know how to use their bayonets. Army bayonets may as well be paper-weights.” Navy Times; November 1994

“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

“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

“My only answer as to why the Marines get the toughest jobs is because the average Leatherneck is a much better fighter. He has far more guts, courage, and better officers… These boys out here have a pride in the Marine Corps and will fight to the end no matter what the cost.” 2nd Lt. Richard C. Kennard, Peleliu, World War II

“It’s a funny thing, but, as years go by, I think you appreciate more and more what a great thing it was to be a United States Marine… People will tell me what a shame it was I had to go back into the service a second time, but I’m kinda glad I did.. Besides, I am a U.S. Marine and I’ll be one till I die.” Ted Williams

117 responses to “Marine Corps Quotes”

  1. Ssgt. Carmona USMC says:

    failure isnt a option, u must earn to adapt and overcome it!!!

  2. Recruit Caleb Edgerton says:

    If everyone was a Marine there would be nothing left for anyone to achieve.

  3. Corey says:


  4. Gary Lee says:

    There is not a day that goes by that I do not remember the most important things I learned in the Marines, Honor, integrity, fortitude. Always protecting the ones that need it, doing the right thing at all times and never pick on the weak. Something I wished the civilian world would learn.

    Once a Marine, Always a Marine.

    Former LCPL Melvin G.L.

  5. Sgt. Dickson USMC says:

    You sleep at night, beacuse a Marine has his Rifle

  6. Cpl Jacob L. Brown USMC 2000-2004 says:

    My favorite quote is from General Mattis after the invasion of Iraq.
    Talking to tribal leaders he said ” I come in peace. I brought no artillery. I’m pleading with you, with tears in my eyes: but if you fuck with me I will kill you all.” That shows the true spirit of a Marine. Fight with you head first before you fight with your weapons. Semper Fidelis. No better friend, no worse enemy.

  7. Sgt. Austin USMC says:

    Ya know I have been in Iraq and I have been in Afghanistan. I have received medals and served with the finest the military has to offer. At home i see all these people talk about how we shouldnt be over there in the war and were losing too many men. Let me tell you something if I was not hurt I would still be over there fighting right next to my brothers because out there, there is no right and wrong there is only do and dont. I respect and love full heartedly every marine that has ever had the priveldge of serving. SEMPER FI

  8. SSgt Cole, J.C. says:

    “I am not crazy, I’m just a Marine!”

    GySgt Bufkin, R.D. 2009

  9. david sidney kimbrough 2nd says:


  10. Damian Glass says:

    i respect every single one of the marines in the world there the ones who made me want to join

  11. cpl ben lobitz says:

    in my opinion there are 2 types of people in the world. marines and those who wish they were marines.semper fi to all my brothers they were the best years of my life.

  12. Private 1st Class MacBride says:

    Women Marines – Even fewer and Even Prouder Semper Fi to all the other female Marines out there.

  13. SSGT Sil Martinez USMC says:


  14. Lt.Steve Wilkins (USMC) says:

    I am a stone cold terrorist killer and I aint backin’ down!!

  15. Recruit says:

    I’ve always been told there’s three rules to being successful

    1- motivation
    2- Hydration
    3- Joining the United States Marine Corp.


  16. Larry Ryan, USAF Retired says:

    We called them Jarheads, we called them leathernecks, we called them devil dogs. And when we needed help, we called them. To my fellow veterans, those of you that chose the United States Marine Corps, SEMPER FI and THANK YOU!

    Larry Ryan, Viet Nam era Draft Dodger
    ( I enlisted! )

  17. SSGT. Van Epps says:

    “It’s a funny thing, but, as years go by, I think you appreciate more and more what a great thing it was to be a United States Marine… People will tell me what a shame it was I had to go back into the service a second time, but I’m kinda glad I did.. Besides, I am a U.S. Marine and I’ll be one till I die.” Ted Williams

    honestly this is one i will have to agree with

  18. Venning Morrison says:

    I just want to thank ALL Marines who are serving and those who have served. I wouldnt know anything about what you men and women do. But I thank and support you. All of you. Just two more years until I can join you’re sacred family.

  19. Janet MacNeill says:

    Freedom worth celebrating is worth defending.

  20. SSGT Steve Mizelle USMC says:

    The reason we have the Army,Navy,Air Force and Coast Guard is because not everybody can be a Marine.

  21. Mary Knopes USMC says:


  22. LCPL Whitten USMC says:

    “To know that, whether in life or death, you belong to the greatest brotherhood in the world is an honor only Marines will ever know.” -LCPL Whitten, USMC

  23. GySgt A. H. Fenwick USMC (retired) says:

    If everybody could be a Marine, it would not be the U.S. Marine Corps, where every formation is a parade, every paycheck a fortune, and every meal a feast! I LOVE the Marine Corps!

    Semper Fi till I die!
    God Bless the Marine Corps

  24. lt col michael slick says:

    god made the world in 7 days on the 8’th day the marines hit the field and its been ours ever day after that. Never surender never retreat always move forward. semper fi we do or die no man left behind.

  25. There are a lot of Marine Corps quotes out there, but my favorite is one that isn’t often seen, nor heard. Maybe I like this because at my age I’m probably a ruined marine.

    “I would rather have a Marine, even a ruined Marine, than anything in the world when there are chips down. And we have chips down now.”
    –Ernest Hemingway

  26. PVT. Caleb D. Edgerton says:

    Within my few months that I have been a Marine I have realised that we may not always like each other we may even despise each other but I would be glad and confident to go into battle with everyone one of them because we are Marines we take care of our own.

  27. Pfc Arana USMC says:

    When the only reply needed is an Oorah.

  28. There are 3 kinds of people in this world…
    Those who don’t do sh!t
    Those who don’t give a sh!t
    Those who make sh!t happen, guess which one Marines are?

    It doesn’t matter what you say, it’s what you can prove.

    Marines Improvise, Overcome & Adapt… it’s the only way to survive!

    “Some people work an entire lifetime and wonder if they ever made a difference to the world. But the Marines don’t have that problem.” R. Reagan

  29. COG OF WAR says:

    Semper Fi Hoo-RAH GET SOME

  30. Tony Jeffers says:

    I am currently sixteen years old. I have been literally counting the days til I can become a United States Marine since I was eleven years old. It will be the happiest day of my life.

  31. There can be no America without the U.S. Marine Corps.

  32. Sgt. GS Cody USMC says:

    Still get those goose bumps after 18 years in civilian life as we did marching across that parade deck. It’s the greatest honor and feeling of being part of the baddest hard core group of finely tuned human beings in the world a UNITED STATES MARINE. To all my brother’s and sister’s out there defending our heritage GODSPEED

  33. Recruit Kris Wilson says:

    Ready to fight, ready to kill, ready to die but never will! Semper Fi!

  34. Wade Cromer former Cpl usmc says:

    The only down side to being a Marine is no matter how you explain ( even brakeing it down barney status) what it is we do or did the only other people that will ever understand is those that were there. No matter how much you hear your family say they understand they never will. And speaking from my own time in Iraq never let anyone try to make you feel guilty for comeing home alive. Its those of us that made it home alive that are the ones to keep the memory of the Marines we lost over there.
    So to all of the Marines before me thank you. For all the feuture Marines welcome to the family.

    All gave some some gave all to those los past and preasent you will never be forgotten.
    Semper Fi

  35. Jim Mack - Persian Gulf War (1991) says:

    Never does a day go by that I remember with pride that I was/am a Marine. And to Wade Cromer, you are absolutely correct.

  36. d. winter says:

    After I become a Marine there will only be one problem; What more can I accomplish? Becoming a Marine seems to me like the pinacle of success.

    Semper Fi Hoo-RAH GET SOME

  38. Pvt. Mitchell says:

    I’ve only just graduated. Boot camp and learned the history and the magnitude of the
    Importance of the comradery I have out myself into. Even just after boot camp at Paris island I found friends that only hope to know for life. There hasn’t been any time so far that I’ve regretted a bit of it and I look forward to everyday I get to be with the corps. Thank you all for your service and let’s get some!!

  39. John Rhodes says:

    wow== !!!!!! I joined the Corps in’65 — left in ’68 — took off the uniform and kept on marching —wow— wowow0wowowowowoow !!!!! I miss it – BUT == I am intelligent and mature enough to know I could not do it again – one time is enuf – one time- you only have enuf strength and life in you to do it right the first time and the ONLY time –sure! I want to do it again BUT I can’t – it was too hard and too great to do it once —-I never got over it- never recovered—- I am still marching in my mind – or wishing i could- I never recovered – the feelings after a twenty mile force march or 4 mile run on the Parade deck – were fabulous- I tried sooo hard to duplicate that in civilian life but could not !!!!! ouch !!! I tried so hard but was unsuccessful in duplicating the feelings I had in the corps on Parris Island – when I left the island for lejeune I remember saying to myself–” I am going to miss this place ” I am going to miss it- and I have – all of my remaining life will be spent on the bench !!!!!!!! ouch !!!! semper Fi- John Rhodes

  40. Logan Lande says:

    This is one of the reasons I’m going to join the Marine Corps. Only 6 more years tell I’m 18 then I’m joining and I’m gonna work my ass off

  41. CPL BARTULLA says:


    I didn’t ask your opinion before I joined.
    I don’t care what your opinion is now.
    You are however, more than welcome to express it
    since I have given you the freedom to do so.
    Your Welcome.

  42. JR Fassett says:

    I’m 16yrs old, I’ve been waiting to join the Marines since i was 13. They ask me why be a Marine? I tell them I want a challenge, and I want to become an Elite few that call themselves Marines. I got 1 more year until I’m officially accepted into the brother hood.

    Thank you United States Marines for fighting, Cant wait to be fighting by your side.

  43. Poolee Harlan says:

    There is no such thing as a dead hero

  44. G-Ranger says:

    I served for 9 years and got out, ive been out for 5 years… Im ready to get back in the fight. Time to see the recruiters. Im sooo tired of hearing “bring our troops home” Youo know what i say.. If you don’t want to stand behind your marines, feel free to stand in front of them.” I know when i joined i didn’t sign the damn contract to sit at home playing in the dessert. Kill em all let god sort them out!!!!

  45. A. Lucas says:

    I have one thing to say. The title of U.S. Marine is Earned not givin. Semper Fi

  46. cpl eugene sanchez usmc 1988-1996 says:

    if everyone could get in they would call us the army

  47. Cpl Nigel Khan says:

    You can sleep safely in your bed tonight. I don’t need a bed just God and my brother Marines. So enjoy your freedoms because they were paid and protected by the sacrifice of a Marine. A Marine who sacrificed all his tomorrows for your today. So sleep soundly tonight knowing that the gates of heaven is protected by United States Marines.

  48. Recruit says:

    The Marines take your god givin rights and give them back to you as privelages.

  49. LCpl Tyler J. Idland says:

    After reading all quotes, comments, and gratitude, it stregthens my pride. I have been to Iraq. I have missed birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, and the birth of my daughter this last January. Currently I am serving in Kuwait for a year, then a year in Afghanistan, then three in Germany. There will be more Birthdays, anniversaries, and celebrations i will miss. But you know what. I wouldn’t change anything for the world. That is what it is all about.

    God, Country, Corps… let the rest fall in to the rear.

    A Marine doesn’t think about the mistakes that he maid. The people that he will miss. The medals he will receive, or the congradulations he will get. Marines don’t like to boast about their adventures, terrors, nightmares.

    Marines only think about the man to the right and left of him on the line. A Marine doesn’t think about how he is going to make it home, but how he will get those brothers of his home alive. Unselfishness, the best part of the buckle. God Bless the Marine Corps

    For where else in the world would you get the chance to do the shit we do..


  50. R.G. Fowles says:

    Eleanor Roosevelt was correct, “Marines have the cleaniest bodies, the filthiest minds, the highest morale, and the lowest morals of any group of animals I have ever seen”.

    My legacy: Captain USMC, CO C/1/9 RVN 65/66. DiBoChet (The Walking Dead)

  51. Marine in the making says:

    Since I was five I have wanted to be a marine. I was recently confronted by a marine corps recruiter and at the age of fourteen they attempted to recruit me. With a smile from ear to ear I said sir as soon as I can I’m joining the corps. I can’t wait for the island.
    Semper Fi
    God bless the united states marines

  52. Courtney Harris says:

    I graduated high school 2 years ago, and planned on joining the USMC. I told my dad and he freaked out because I’m his only daughter and since I’m a girl, he said that I wouldn’t be able to handle it. Now, I’m 21 and I want to join even more. I tried to go to college and focus on something else, but it’s not working. Joining the Marines is the only thing that I want to do with my life. I know that it’s going to be the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but I know that it’s going to be worth it. I am pretty nervous about basic training because I am kinda shy, but this is what I really want. If anyone has any advice or anything about being joining and being in, that would be greatly appreciated!

  53. I’ve always been proud of being a Marine. I won’t hesitate to defend the Corps. 1984-1988

  54. The American Shocktrooper says:

    Marines are not light, medium, or heavy infantry…we are simply amphibious…..Semper Fi

  55. Dave Gardner says:

    To: Courtney Harris

    “Do what you feel in your heart to be right- for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

    I fully understand your father’s concerns. We (parents, individuals) make decisions based on what we feel is best for us. But when we have children, we wish to protect them (and ourselves, actually) from pain (pain of the heart as parents.)

    I joined the Marine Corps in 1968 after graduation from High School to do my fair share in Vietnam. I envisioned that I would become one of those images we saw on TV every night back then; Marines walking through rice paddies, taking fire and returning fire. Instead, the Commandant sent me to Paris, France. Go figure. There’s more to the story than that but the point is, you can never be sure where you’ll wind up in the Corps. I entered a Private and retired as a Chief Warrant Officer (W3) in 1991 shortly after returning from Solid Shield, Gulf War. Oh, I did get to Vietnam but had to use a “back-door” method to get there.

    Best of luck and Semper Fidelis.

  56. James Coll says:

    Semper Fi DO or Die !!

  57. Gysgt. James sims says:

    Semper fi

  58. Sean Willis says:

    “There are only two kinds of people that understand Marines: Marines and the enemy. Everyone else has a second-hand opinion.” Gen. William Thornson, U.S. Army

    Just helping you guys update your information

    Semper Fidelis

  59. PFC Boyd says:

    i’ve been in for almost a year and so far i love the corps.

    @courtney: it will be difficult but i know a few marines who are female that are probably harder than i am, you will do fine in boot camp, the main thing to remember is never to do more or less than what you’re told because they always have a jacked up way of doing things. also:when in doubt shout it out, if you’re ever over by camp lejune within the next few months feel free to hit me up. my first names nathan

  60. L-cpl Latten says:

    i am proud to have served in the United States Marine Corps. it has been the best experience of my life, and i will proudly take up arms whenever the call to duty arises. Semper fi

  61. LcCPL J. KLEVEN says:


  62. Crowder says:

    These quotes are quite incredible. I ship out for Boot Camp on November 7th and absolutely could not be more excited. As a 17 year old female just out of high school i know this road is going to be full of trials and hardships (to say the least) but i know i have an incredible support team behind me all the way. I can’t wait until i step onto those yellow footprints and absolutely cannot wait until i graduate and earn the title U.S. MARINE!!!!

    Semper Fi

    Poole Crowder

  63. John says:

    My uncle is marine, active during the days of the Vietnam war. First lieutenant, I couldn’t be any prouder to call myself his nephew. SEMPER FI

  64. All I can say is GOD BLESS AMERICA and and the United State’s Marine Corp’s! I am currently 16 year’s old and will be enlisting to be a Marine next year on my 17th birthday, hell of a birthday present get to sign off as a Marine I can’t wait it is going to be great. I am in my High school’s MCJROTC program and it is awesome I love it it’s the only class I walk into actually fully prepared and smiling from ear to ear lol, I can’t wait to have the title of U.S Marine. Anyone who can or is willing to give me any helpful advice of what I should expect I would appreciate the help you can add me on Facebook my name is Deven Dunseith. Or email me at…,, Thank’s, Semper Fi!

  65. Stephanie T. says:

    My boyfriend recently left for the Island the day after we graduated highschool. I’ve never seen him so happy. I couldn’t even be sad when i hugged him goodbye because he was so excited. Im so proud of him. The Marine Corps is a big family I am proud to be apart of. You all are amazing people.

  66. Mariha Maez says:

    @ Courtney,
    my best advice to you would to do what you know is right, what feels right! Im enlisting myself now in August,i’ve been working on my paperwork since April, im only 18 && fresh out of high school but like you its all ive ever wanted! I am currently attending PT @ my recruiting station && its amazing!! it gives me a small taste of the real thing && I get to compete w/the boys! There are very few Marines, but there are even fewer Female Marines! Your father may not be to excepting at first, i know mine wasnt, but in the end he’ll be extremely proud of you && your decision! So good luck && hopefully you’ll also decide to join!

  67. LCpl Turner says:

    Ill say this there will be nothing you will be prouder of than earning the title no better friends that you will make, and experience that only the Marine Corps can give you Remember this life is about making decisions and i can promise even getting injured in the Marine Corps you will never be just another person you will always be a Marine till the end of time nothing else in the world can say that everything else is i used to be this or used to be that but a Marine isnt just for the time served your names will be somewhere in history until there is no more world

  68. jim clinkscales says:

    all i can say is “SEMPER FI”,,thank you for the quotes

  69. kay garron says:

    @ courtney,
    i went into the corps in 1990 just outta high school, 20 years ago. boot camp was awful at first. i was scared and alone, but 3 months later i was a US MARINE. i served in the gulf war. being a marine is the best thing in my life. i married a marine. my kids want to be a marine. my best friend just outta boot camp (yeah hes a bit younger than me). being a female marine has been the best thing in my entire life. nothing (except my son) has ever compared to it. go for it. dont give up.

  70. Forrest B. Knox says:

    Peace is nothing more than a sick joke. Man will fight to kill each other till the end of time. It is put in stone by the laws of life that in order to live another must die. Thats why we Marines are here, to make sure that we live, and the rest die.

    -Forrest B. Knox

  71. PFC Gentile says:

    I just got out of mos school and havent even been in a year and also i am a reservist in Indiana. But i coudlnt be happier for joining the corps and everyone i know couldnt have more respect for me joining. It is the greatest feeling you will ever have when your drill instructors place that Eagle, Globe, and Anchor in your hand after the crucible. These quotes are what motivated me through training and still motivate me to assist those who are waiting to go to Boot Camp right now. OORAH, and SEMPER FIDELIS

  72. Cpl Briggs says:

    The day I shipped out for MCRD San Diego my recruiter said to me “The only muscle it takes to be a Marine is heart.” I tell you today that no truer words have ever been spoken. I had to leave the Corps when I was found to have a heart defect that nearly killed me.

  73. cole ferris says:

    Well I’m hitting up the island in exactly 2 weeks from today and I can’t wait!! Highly motivated and ready to go and serve my country with the best fighting force known to man! Semper fi

  74. james coll says:


  75. Isaac Page says:

    Just returned from my second Afghan deployment. I love being a Marine. Semper Fi to all those that came before me, and welcome aboard to all those that come after.

  76. Poolee Josh Cuevas says:

    I love reading these qoutes!!god knows I’ve read em 20x before but they are always inspiring to have the chance to part of such a respected brotherhood is truely exciting! I ship less than one week after I graduate high school and know it won’t be easy but I will make it out a U.S Marine!and somhow be connected the actions of men whose valor inspured theses above qoutes.that’s probably why I never botherd to walk into any other recruiting other branch I feel commands such respect,tradition, and fighting spirit as does the United States Marine Corps.that being said I’m a realist and like my recruiter said “shits gonna suck at times,but there’s those moments that make you love being a Marine,you can’t get that anywere else. .and that is why I can never do that shit(be a civilian”

  77. SEMPER FI ..Very proud to serve my country and have the title of a US MARINE till the day I die ..The Few ,The Proud , The Marine’S

  78. Jake Warhus says:

    My oldest son graduates from boot in a week I can’t begin to explain how proud of him i am. A month later my number two son will graduate from boot and my number three son wants to join as soon as he finishes out school. I am looking foreword to going to watch them on the paraded deck. Im so proud they made this decision to become united states marines. I know thay have a new family now that will watch over them and protect them as they do the same. Marines you are in are prays always. Semper Fi.

  79. Amy Coletta says:

    @courtney and others…My son is three weeks into boot camp and I am bursting with pride at his decision. Being a Marine is the only thing he wanted to do out of high school, and I can tell that as tough as boot camp is, he is in his zone. I envy that he’s barely 18 and so content in the decision he made about his future. I feel as if I’ve gained a brand new group of family members, and it’s a wonderful feeling.
    Semper Fi.

  80. Sgt Danny Faircloth says:

    Advice to all Poole’s and other Future Marines. It’s not a game. It is a way of life! Get ready. Your Drill Instructors will stomp a mud hole in you and walk it dry! They are the toughest SOB’s on the planet! However you must remember they were in the same place your are right now. So have that inward smile knowing they went through the same hell that you are about to undertake.


    Sgt. Danny Faircloth

  81. I enlisted in 1977 the best move I ever made at the age of 21 and now my daughter wants to join at the age of 23. To all those young men and women who really don’t know what they want to do in life take that step…. Oooohray… Semper Fidelis

  82. USMC Engineer says:

    I’ve been in for 2 years, been on 2 MEU’s and Im in Afghan right now. Love the Corps and love these quotes. Rah!

  83. bowman says:

    For those came before and the ones who will serve proudly after. I am honored to have served as a Marine and respect those who have fulfilled the duty to protect, and honor the United States Marine Corps. Happy Birthday Marines! – Cheers! May your sacrifice be never forgotten!

  84. Raidcrasher says:

    I entered the Corps in 1964 and was discharged in 1970. To those questioning whether or not to join,dont let others influence your decision. It is a decision that will change your life forever -for the better. There is no downside to being a marine. I will always have unfaltering loyalty to the Corps. Semper Fi.

  85. Poolee Baez says:

    I leave for boot camp in July. I cannot wait I am completely motivated these quotes make me want the title that much more. My favorite quote is by General James Mattis “I come in peace. I did not bring artillery, but I’m pleading with you with tears in my eyes: if you fuck with me I’ll kill you all. He said that to the iraqis. 236 years of tradition. Semper Fidelis.

  86. Cpl Childers says:

    As I look back at my life now, I often think what it would be like to still be in the Corps. I did 4 yrs from 92-96. I would have over 19 years in at this time and close to retiring. My dad was a Marine in Vietnam. My mom kept his uniforms in their closet and I recall putting on my pops Alphas and playing outside when I was around three or four. I always knew I was going to be a Marine someday just like my him. Every Marine has a reason to join the Corps! Mine was to be like my father. Even though my dad didn’t ever talk about the war to me, I still heard stories from other relatives. Being a Marine made my dad what he was then and what he still is today. I have lived in my fathers footsteps and I will never regret the path I took in life, well maybe only regret was not retiring from the Corps. However, the Marine Corps is not for everyone. I would not just recommend anyone to join. I actually inspired some young people to join other branches of service. Marin Corps Basic Training is the most physically and mentally demanding experiences that one will most likely every go through in life. That said,all Marines have been done it. Once a Marine has earned that title, they become part of family like no other!!!

  87. Jaci says:

    Semper Fi!
    it is a GREAT honor to have my only bby brother be a US MARINE! god bless all the United States Marines! vets active & inactive duty! honorably discharged! my prayers & heart are w/ you all!!!

  88. Herbert Broadus Hazzard, Sr. says:

    May God Blessings and Peace be upon all Marines. In May 1982 I joined the Marine Corps because it looks fun, make college money and they had the coolest uniforms. After August of 1982 they created highly motivated, truly dedicated, romping stomping USMC till I die. My Country, Brothers of the Marine Corps in what ever country you are in fighting for this Country we all love FREEDOM.

    Never tell a Marine “IT CANNOT BE DEFEATED”! remember “THE BATTLE OF BELLEAU WOODS”. URAH!

  89. stp72011 says:

    My best friend is a marine. He finished the island and is doing something in Florida now. He’s my hero and my marine. I have never seen him so confident in his life. He has some things to figure out yet but I am So proud of him. His trips always feel long but I am dreading deployment. There is no better feeling knowing he’s home to watch after me but I feel safer at night knowing I have a marine. Its a long rocky road but my marine is worth it.. semper fi!!

  90. ray says:

    The day my son told me he wanted to join the marines was one of the proudest days of my life. God Bless America!!

  91. Kirsta Anderson says:

    My son had wanted to be a Marine since he was 2008 he graduated high school and went in the Marines and I couldnt be more proud of him then I was to see him in his dress Blues..He served in Afghanistan for 7 months and is now on a navy ship somewhere near Spain..He is my hero God Bless the UNITED STATES MARINES!!

  92. Kenny says:

    Hey if you any one here is 14 email me I’m 14 and Joining in 2015 once I’m 17 and senior. We might be on sane bus going to the island. Email me please

  93. TJB says:

    the frist thing everyone always ask me is if i know the number of marines that die a year. I look them dead in the eye and laugh and say. Marines dont die they simply pick up there gun and march threw the gates of hell to regroup and prepare for there next mission.

    Semper Fi (do or die)

  94. Brian says:

    I notice a lot of youngens on this website that aspire to become Marines. All i have to say is that i served four years as a Machine Gunner and i am now a college student. I miss the Marine Corps everyday of my life and i miss the TRUE friends you make when you wear that uniform everyday. No matter what i accomplish in this life i will NEVER be more proud of the fact that i served with 1st Battalion 5th Marines and i am a MARINE.

  95. The Proud says:

    This is such an awesome experience to be a brother of a us marine i am now a freshman in high school and looking forward to enlist my senior year, been wanting to do it ever since my brother joined, i believe its the greatest thing that has ever happened to him and made me the most proud brother in the world
    -Semper Fi

  96. Vanessa says:

    Going to bootcamp June 18th 2012.WILL walk out in September a MARINE.
    Semper Fi

  97. MAC says:

    I’ve been in the Marine Corps for coming on 4years now and still have a year left on contract. I haven’t nor would have learned all the things I have since I have been in. The marine Corps teaches young adults how to become leaders and mentors, and how to adapt to different situations at a moments notice. Now my choice is to decide whether I should leave the Marines and find a new path or if I shall re enlist for four years. Either way I am proud of all that the Marines before me and after me accomplish day in and day out no matter the MOS they hold, becasue we all know many people don’t even do the job they signed up for all the time.

  98. Reuben says:

    2006-2010 I will always be a Marine!!

  99. booksbenji says:

    LCPL J. KLEVEN, Son, U hit the nail on it head. Solid advice to the FNG. Y’all know what that means, if U don’t y’all find out in a quick stepand maybe not that. Gunner Garder, I salute U, that was my wish 2 become a Gunner. They have the most respect from all ranks. This for you Gunner: “God made Warrant Officers to give the junior enlisted Marine someone to worship, the senior enlisted Marine someone to envy, the junior officer someone to tolerate, and the senior officer someone to respect.”
    –Fiction and Fact From Dunk’s Almanac

    My fav quote and best ya’ll read it well because this is yr life now, UNDERSTOOD MARINES:
    “The man who will go where his colors go without asking, who will fight a phantom foe in the jungle and mountain range without counting, 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 legions are made. … His pride is in his colors and his regiment, his training hard and thoroughly, and coldly realistic, to fit him for whatever he must face. … And his obedience is to his orders. He has been called UNITED STATES MARINE.”
    Ben Weihrich
    Texican by Birth
    MARINE by Choice
    USMC ’69 – ’75
    Graduate of Saigon “U”

  100. booksbenji says:


    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.

    From the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli
    We will fight our country’s battles in the air, on land and sea
    First to fight for right and freedom
    And to keep our honor clean
    We are proud to claim the title of United States Marines

    If the Army and the Navy ever look on Heaven’s scenes
    They will find the gates are guarded by United States Marines”

    –SGT Bill M. Brower (USMC Oct. 1969 – Oct. 1972)



  101. Mandi says:

    I can honestly say that joining the Marine Corps was the absolute hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life. But it is the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done also. I will always be a Marine. No one can take that away from me.

  102. Pvt. Ryan says:

    Nothing more motivating than standing in front of the Iwo Jima memorial right after the Crucible hike and receiving the title United States Marine. Semper Fi!

  103. Dylaina says:

    I loved reading these quotes. Semper Fi!!!!
    Im a really petite girl. Around 5’1and 1/2 and the Marine Corps is my calling. If there is any advice you coukd give me before I get to go to bootcamp pleasedo email me at I should offically be recruited by next year. And get to leave that summer if everything keeps going like it is. Ill be freshout of highschool.
    Semper Fi

  104. Capt Michael Halpin USMC Ret says:

    “You cannot exaggerate about the Marines. They are convinced to the point of arrogance, that they are the most ferocious fighters on earth – and the amusing thing about it that they are…You should see the group that is about me as I write – dirty, bearded, their clothing food-spattered and filthy – they look like the castoffs of creation, yet they have a sense of loyalty, generosity, even piety greater than any men I have ever known. These rugged men have the simple piety of children. You can’t help loving them, in spite of their language and their loose sense of private property. Don’t ever feel sorry for a priest in the Marines. The last eight weeks have been the happiest and most contented of my life.” Father Kevin Keaney, U.S. Navy, Chosin Reservoir, Korea

  105. Rachel says:

    I’m still in high school but ever since I iwas in 5th grade I wanted to be a Marine. My brother-in-law is a Marine and he has really inspired me. He has supported me in a lot of things that I do, but he was not thrilled when I told him that I wanted to join the Corps after high school. I know it will be toughbut I see it as an honor to serve this country. I just want someone to support me in my decision to join the Marines.

  106. isaiah tomlins says:

    Im 16 years old and ive wanted to be a marine sense i can remember ive been to parris island for 4 days and stayed in the old barracks and saw what marines do and i cant be more excited to become a marine

  107. Marine At Eighteen says:

    I have wanted to serve since i saw the twin towers fall i am fifteen now I may be a female but that just means I will have to work harder to earn respect. These qoutes are awesome! Thank you to all who have served and are serving and are going to serve I respect you all! thank you for your service!

  108. Kaitlyn McKinley says:

    Only recently did I start looking into the Marines. My boyfriend was going in for Infantry and I wanted to make sure I knew exactly what he was going to be doing. Except now, I’m in love with the Corps and that is all I want for my career. Ever since 3rd grade, I’ve been told by people that I will never amount to anything. That I’m not good enough. That I never will be. So in Jr. High I started looking into the National Guard. I was a long way from graduating high school and didn’t pay too much attention to it, other than it payed for college.I knew Aaron was looking into the Army because his mom is in the Army, but I was scared. I was a typical girlfriend. Doesn’t want my “love” to go off and leave me here. As we got older, he decided on Marine Corps and wanted to do Infantry. Well, I couldn’t change his mind and so I started looking into it. Making sure I knew what he would be doing at boot camp. how long he’d be gone. that type of thing. well I started reading about their history and morals and decided that that is what I wanted for my life. So I started talking to a recruiter (much to my fathers dismay, because he is army). Me and the boyfriend broke up shortly after that and my long time supporting of everthing boyfriend now tells me that I won’t make it. Well, I’m here to say that now one of my goals is to prove to him, my family, my friends, and all those who told me I would never amount to anything that I CAN do something and I WILL be something. I will be a United States Marine. and that is all I want to be.

  109. jonathan says:

    sometimes it is entireley appropite to kill a fly with a sludge hammer!

  110. Jason Droptiny says:

    The Marines do not want people who are easily diswaded.

  111. SGT USMC says:

    “All gave some, Some Gave All”
    I was a 6 Generation Marine! I was a Special Forces Marine for 5 years and on my second enlistment i reenlisted while serveing in Iraq dureing the battle of Fallujah! I unfortunatly am medically retired, but reading all these moto quotes gives me Honor to know we some older and the up and comeing Marines! Semper Fi to my fellow brother and sisters and those of you actually going to take the challenge DONT LET US DOWN, KEEP THE MARINE CORPS TRADITION AND VALUES ALIVE!!
    Miss you brother always in my heart
    7th generation US Marine

  112. Bob Martin says:

    was in the Marine Corps from 1965-1970,was lucky to go to Vietnam with 3/4, and enjoyed evey minute,scared but great brothers to work with…now live in England in the Marine Corps League Detachment 1088,London,lived the rules of the Marine Corps all my adult life….I am very proud to have been a U.S.MARINE,IN ACTIVE DUTY and now a veteran of the Marine Corps League in England,and very good friends with the Royal Marines of Great Britian..God Bless the United States Marine Corps…

  113. constance says:

    I sent a letter to the Marine Corps they said I was too young so I am going to join the marines in 6 years.

  114. constance says:

    I will be a United States Marine. and that is all I want to be. If you have any advice please email me at thanks

  115. constance says:

    I will be a United States Marine. and that is all I want to be. If you have any advice please email me at thanks

  116. Lt. Col. Casey says:

    marked the place my brother died in Iraq with
    this sign

    rest your head down low brother
    you fought the good fight like no other
    all your men and all their guns
    round the clock just like the sun
    slept on rock right from day one
    no sheets no shower no shave
    he fights he sleeps he prays
    his fellow man he felled
    theirs villages he shelled
    all for us he laid it down
    still smiling at us six feet down
    the last words on his fading breath
    please let my son be a leatherneck
    we all know that he ain’t dead
    its like he said…
    marines don’t die
    they go to hell and regroup!

  117. GySgt Noel W. Epke(Ret) says:

    Old joke, meant to be deragatory but once YOU add the punch line it comes alive and lets the world what America alreay knows:

    Joke-What sound does shit make when it hits the fan? Ma-ring

    Ini response, its not the sound shit makes when it hits the fan, but who America calls When the shit hit the fan-MARINES. OhRah and Semper Fi my pups. live long…NE