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A MARINE, As Seen BY...

Himself:

A handsome, buff, highly trained professional killer and female idol
who carries a finely honed K-Bar, wears a crisp 8-point cammie cover and is
always on time due to his absolute reliability.

Headquarters Marine Corps:

A drunken, brawling, HMMWV-stealing, woman-corrupting "cumshaw artist"
who wears an unauthorized K-Bar and a squared-away cover.

His Commanding Officer:

A fine specimen of a drunken, brawling, HMMWV-stealing,
woman-corrupting, bull-shitter, with an incredibly accurate rifle, a
finely honed razor
sharp K-Bar and a salty cammie cover.

What OTHERS have said:

Congress:

Marines are overpaid, overrated tax burdens who are indispensable since
they volunteer to go anywhere at any time and kill whoever they're told
to kill, as long as they can drink, brawl, steal HMMWVs, corrupt women and
sing dirty songs while wearing cammies, oversized knives, and really
screwed-up 8-point covers that don't look like the Army's.

Ronald Reagan:

"Some people live an entire lifetime and wonder if they've ever made a
difference in the world. Marines don't have that problem."

General Douglas MacArthur:

". . . these Marines have the swagger, confidence and hardness that
must have been in Stonewall Jackson's Army of the Shenandoah. They remind me
of the Coldstream Guards at Dunkirk." "I have just returned from visiting
the Marines at the front. There is not a finer fighting organization in the
world!"

Admiral Chester Nimitz, US Navy:

....on the Marine Corps' battle for Iwo Jima: "Uncommon valor was a
common virtue"

LtCol T R Fehrenbach, USA:

...in "This Kind of War": "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."

An Anonymous Canadian Citizen:

"Marines are about the most peculiar breed of human beings I have ever
witnessed. They treat their service as if it was some kind of cult,
plastering their emblem on almost everything they own, making
themselves up to look like insane fanatics with haircuts so short as to be
ungentlemanly, worshipping their Commandant as if he was 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 SOBs
I've 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, of the United States Marines with whom I've come in
contact, are the most professional warriors and the finest men I've had
the pleasure to meet."

General "Black Jack" Pershing, USA:

"The deadliest weapon in the world is a Marine and his rifle! "

General Mark Clark, US Army:

"The more Marines I have around the better I like it!"

General Johnson, US Army:

"I can never again see a United States Marine without experiencing a
feeling of reverence."

Richard H. Davis, war correspondent (1885):

"The Marines have landed, and the situation is well in hand."

A Marine Drill Instructor at Parris Island:

"Did you come here just to spoil my beloved Corps, maggot?"

A boot camp weapons coach:

"To a Marine, happiness is a belt-fed weapon."

LtCol Oliver North, USMC (ret):

"The only people I like beside my wife and kids are Marines."

Maj Gen JN Mattis, CG, 1st MarDiv-Iraq:

"You are part of the world's most feared and trusted fighting force.
Engage your brain before you engage your weapon. Share your courage with each
other as we enter the uncertain terrain north of our Line of Departure.
Keep faith in your comrades on your left and right and Marine Air
overhead. Fight with a happy heart and a strong spirit. For the mission's sake,
our country's sake and the sake of the men who carried the Division's
colors in past battles -- who fought for life and never lost their
nerve -- carry
out your mission and keep your honor clean. Demonstrate to the world there
is 'No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy' than a United States Marine."

Eleanor Roosevelt - 1945:

"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
I have ever seen. Thank God for the United States Marine Corps."

An Anonymous US Marine:

"I recently attended a Kansas City Chiefs football game at Arrowhead
Stadium. It was their annual Veteran's Day tribute so members of all
the services were asked to participate in the festivities.

A color guard for the National Anthem was provided by the Buffalo
Soldiers Association. They looked very sharp in their 1800s-era US Army Cavalry
uniforms. Following that, the Navy parachute team put on an impressive
display that brought cheers from the 78,000 football fans in
attendance. Shortly thereafter, we were treated to the truly awesome sight of an
Air Force B-2 Spirit stealth bomber flyover as well as a few other
aircraft. All of these sights -- but especially the B-2 -- were truly
appreciated
by the crowd who let it be known by their cheers.

I expected that was all we would see of the US Military that day. I
thought we would see a high school or college marching band during half-time.
Few watch those shows anyway because they have to go to the head or grab
another beer during the intermission.

Shortly before half-time, however, I looked down on the sidelines near
the end zone and saw the Marine Corps' Silent Drill Team forming up. As the
half-time show started, the players left the field and the announcer
came on the public address system to advise us of the Drill Team's
performance. Many of us Marines have seen these performances in the
past and they're
always awe-inspiring. I didn't expect that the large civilian crowd of
football fans would be as appreciative of the Drill Team as they had
been of the high-tech B-2 or the daring of the Navy parachute team. However,
I was on the edge of my seat. As the Drill Team marched onto the field,
the crowd grew noticeably quieter. Soon, the team was fully into their
demonstration. The stadium was absolutely silent.

From high in the stands' upper reaches where my seats were, I was able
to hear the "snap" and "pop" of hands striking rifles. Both big screen
"Jumbotron" scoreboards displayed close ups of the Marines as they went
through their routine. As they completed their demonstration and lined
up for the inspection, the crowd began cheering as the Marines twirled
their rifles in impossible fashion. Then came the inspection. Again, the
crowd fell silent and watched intently as rifles were thrown, caught,
twirled, inspected and thrown some more. Each well-practiced feat brought a
"wow" or "did you see that?" from those sitting around me.

I sat there in silent pride as I watched my brother Marines exit the
field. A young girl behind me asked her mother a question about how the
Marines learn to do the things they just did. The mother replied, "They
practice long and hard and they're Marines; they're the best."

Semper Fidelis
 

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Seen them once, left me speachless!
 

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That was awesome squidbilly. I wanted to join the marines, but couldnt. One of those things I'll never get to experience.
 
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