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The 25 Best Quotes From American Soldiers
Townhall.com ^ | May 29, 2012 | John Hawkins

Posted on 05/28/2012 9:43:05 PM PDT by Kaslin

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"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

41 posted on 05/29/2012 7:52:26 AM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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"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

42 posted on 05/29/2012 7:52:43 AM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: kalee

Placemarker


43 posted on 05/29/2012 7:53:24 AM PDT by kalee (The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: kalee

“We have discovered the enemy and he is us.” pogo


44 posted on 05/29/2012 8:03:07 AM PDT by Broker (Matthew 5:11)
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To: Kaslin

“They couldn’t hit an elephant at this distance”

Last words of Gen. John Sedgwick just before a sniper shot him.


45 posted on 05/29/2012 8:21:50 AM PDT by Only1choice____Freedom (FDR had the New Deal. President 0bama has the Raw Deal.)
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To: Kaslin

In my opinion, this is the best Marine Corps quote ever. It came from a Marine facing the enemy in what was arguably, as any, as grim and desperate fight of the war. They all knew survival was unlikely but they ran at the enemy anyway. Nothing defines leading from the front any better.

Sergeant Jim “Mush” Burdick, one of 12 of 22 surviving sergeants in his 2nd Joint Assault Signal Company, V Amphibious Corps, 2nd Marine Division, Saipan, June, 1944, orders to his remaining Marines as they prepared to counterattack the largest “banzai” attack of WWII:

“Don’t get in front of me.”


46 posted on 05/29/2012 8:42:02 AM PDT by gandalftb (The art of diplomacy says "nice doggie", until you find a bigger rock.)
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To: Kaslin
“Where did all those Indians come from? “ LTC George Armstrong Custer
47 posted on 05/29/2012 10:15:29 AM PDT by Polynikes (Hakkaa Palle)
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To: Eagle9

Thanks for posting the full version of the Sullivan Ballou letter. Ken Burns had an abridged version in his mini-series on the Civil War, and left out some of the best lines.


48 posted on 05/29/2012 10:54:25 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Broker

Sadly that statement has become the reality. :(


49 posted on 05/29/2012 11:04:46 AM PDT by kalee (The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: Wizdum

Wiz, those were different times. No general would ever use such vulgar language in public that he really used. The word “Nuts” was only symbolic. No one would have expected to hear the general in that audio to say, “EFF You”.

I don’t know how old you are. Vulgarities like that would never be used by a general for public consumption. Even Patton’s vulgarities were never publicized to any great extent until after his death.


50 posted on 05/29/2012 12:22:24 PM PDT by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (I wanna start a Seniors' Motor Scooter Gang. Wanna join?)
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Sorry, that story on 'NUTS' has been researched and verified by some noted historians like S.L.A. Marshall.

I prefer to believe the words from the man himself.

51 posted on 05/29/2012 12:41:02 PM PDT by Wizdum (My job is to get you to shoot soda out your nose)
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To: Kaslin

I just think the list is missing one-—advice from Sgt Fowler: “Be prepared, be alert, be polite, be professional-—but be prepared to kill the next person you meet”——it’s how I live my life-——Semper Fi


52 posted on 05/29/2012 1:27:11 PM PDT by cherokee1 (skip the names---just kick the buttz)
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To: LibWhacker

At one time, I had quite a crush on Lazarus Long.


53 posted on 05/29/2012 1:51:56 PM PDT by Melian ("Where will wants not, a way opens.")
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To: Kaslin

bkmk


54 posted on 05/29/2012 2:27:35 PM PDT by Sergio (An object at rest cannot be stopped! - The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight)
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To: rcrngroup

I think that quote has been attributed to several people but you’re obviously a racist for bringing it up /sarc


55 posted on 05/29/2012 4:46:12 PM PDT by TexasSecede79366 (May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen!”)
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To: gandalftb

To #46: My father-in-law, still alive, was at Saipan with the 75th JASCO, Tinian, Bikini Atoll, and then Iwo Jima (the only Army assault company in the Marines’ 3rd assault wave).Took casualties up to 75% of the company. Still driving at 92.

My son’s company’s slogan/flag during OIF was/is “First Forward” and they were, on March 21, 2003.

Left out of the quotes, at least from the movie “Patton” was his comments to the Germans at one tank battle: “You bastards. I read the same book.” (or closely paraphrased)

Patton sure had a way with words, didn’t he. I wish we could clone him today. Colin Powell definitely needs a good cloning.

Words only a few soldiers/people ever heard, from Mike Benge (former USMC; AID officer, Central Highlands, S. Vietnam) while he was a prisoner in the Hanoi Hilton during our Christmas bombings in 1972: Yelling in Vietnamese, he told the guards that they were going to die and that they could go to hell, as the bombs fell on them. As relayed by cellmate Larry Stark, civilian POW.

Mike also had a way with words, and still does. I owe him a pizza.


56 posted on 05/29/2012 5:28:14 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: Kaslin

Sighted sub, Sank same

Scratch one Flattop!

Fire when Ready, Gridley

Damn the Torpedoes! Full Speed Ahead

I have not yet begun to Fight!


57 posted on 05/29/2012 5:44:55 PM PDT by wetgundog (" Extremism in the Defense of Liberty is no Vice")
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To: Mears

bfl


58 posted on 05/29/2012 5:52:58 PM PDT by Mears (Alcohol. Tobacco. Firearms. What's not to like?)
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To: Kaslin

The best one I heard directly came from our USAF drill sergeant, after we had messed up a simple laundry detail.

“You dummies could f*** up a steel ball with a rubber mallet.”

I stood at attention with tears running down my face, trying my damnedest NOT to laugh.


59 posted on 05/29/2012 7:12:21 PM PDT by DNME (A monarch's neck should always have a noose around it. It keeps him upright. — Robert Heinlein)
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To: Kaslin
I was in an infantry company in 1978 had heard at platoon sergeant say to of his men:

“There's nothing wrong with you but your headspace and timing.”

For those that don't know the .50 Cal had to be set using a headspace and timing gage.

60 posted on 05/30/2012 4:32:09 AM PDT by where's_the_Outrage?
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