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AntiTrust
07-23-2004, 05:39 PM
This is more about Marines but I feel it applies to all branches, just change the name to your respective branch. And for those who have never served please pay close attention to what Gen. Patton had to say.

TO BE A MARINE...............................................
Some people think we came from hell, other think we should all go
There. Then there are the wise ones who are glad we are around.
So what does it take to be a Marine? I admit, you have to be a bit
Foolish, a little daring, somewhat adventurous, looking for a challenge
And according to most parents-crazy. Why? Because we are special. We
Train differently, we act differently, we think like no others, we take
Chances where others never would, we do more with less, we are overflowing with pride. We wear our uniform with pride, we hold our heads up high with pride and our families are proud of us. Our country respects us, there are those who are not fond of us and the enemy fears us. So, unless you've been a Marine, no one really understands us or what it takes to be a Marine. We are damn proud to be called "Marine".
You can find a former Marine in all walks of life. People say we're
Dummies, stupid, crazy, obnoxious, animals. They just don't know.
I have met former Marines who are lawyers, doctor, artists, police
captains, business owners and just about any profession you can
Imagine. And every former Marine I have met is just as proud now as when they were in the Corps. Our ways in life and in combat are unconventional, unlike others, daring foolish or rude at times, impetuous, usually tough but always successful. We have been called, "America's 911". We know how to "take it" and we know how to “dish it out". We have gone through boot camp or OCS and became sensitive, caring and loving. Sensitive to what people say about us, caring for our fellow Marine and loving our Corps and country. The men and women of the Marine Corps are highly motivated and held in high esteem by those who love us, hate us and fear us. We have an ego the size of Texas and a history to back it up. No one can ever take that away
From us because we have earned it. When you join the Marine Corps, it's
Because you want to be a Marine. I know. Over the past century, we have been looked down upon, insulted, spat on, rejected, degraded, used, abused, exploited and taken advantage of. We love it! We can take it; that's what makes us a Marine. This special treatment. We are respected and admired by other countries yet not in some social circles in our country. That is just fine because we shall be here, prepared to fight when our country needs us again. And we ask for nothing. That's what it takes to be a Marine. Gen. George S. Patton could not have said it any better when he said, "The highest obligation and privilege of citizenship it that of bearing arms for one's country." If it weren't for these crazy, foolhardy, vulgar, wild, gutsy, braggarts who joined the Marine Corps, we would not have a country, a free country. A free country that allows others to call us names. We have protected this country and died for you. Thank you for that honor.


I have served, would do it again, and to all those who have Semper Fi!

PhinPhan1227
07-23-2004, 05:50 PM
Um...why would General Patton have said this? Patton was Army, through and through. I'm especially sure he wouldn't have said "we" in referring to the Marines.

AntiTrust
07-23-2004, 05:54 PM
Um...why would General Patton have said this? Patton was Army, through and through. I'm especially sure he wouldn't have said "we" in referring to the Marines.

Gen. George S. Patton could not have said it any better when he said, "The highest obligation and privilege of citizenship it that of bearing arms for one's country."

He was speaking of the Armed Forces in general. Sorry it was to confusing for you :goof: j/k

PhinPhan1227
07-23-2004, 05:56 PM
Gen. George S. Patton could not have said it any better when he said, "The highest obligation and privilege of citizenship it that of bearing arms for one's country."

He was speaking of the Armed Forces in general. Sorry it was to confusing for you :goof: j/k

How is this confusing?

"So what does it take to be a Marine? I admit, you have to be a bit
Foolish, a little daring, somewhat adventurous, looking for a challenge
And according to most parents-crazy. Why? Because we are special.

I don't disagree with the speech...just that it was made by Patton.

AntiTrust
07-23-2004, 05:59 PM
How is this confusing?

"So what does it take to be a Marine? I admit, you have to be a bit
Foolish, a little daring, somewhat adventurous, looking for a challenge
And according to most parents-crazy. Why? Because we are special.

I don't disagree with the speech...just that it was made by Patton.

Patton only said the quote "The highest obligation and privilege of citizenship it that of bearing arms for one's country." The rest os this was written by someone else.

PhinPhan1227
07-23-2004, 06:01 PM
Patton only said the quote "The highest obligation and privilege of citizenship it that of bearing arms for one's country." The rest os this was written by someone else.


Ah, thanks for the clarification. It just bugged me to have on of my Army's greats co-opted by the jarheads... :evil:

AntiTrust
07-23-2004, 06:07 PM
Ah, thanks for the clarification. It just bugged me to have on of my Army's greats co-opted by the jarheads... :evil:

Well you do know that General Douglas MacArthur was a fan of the Marines
http://www.military-quotes.com/Macarthur.htm

"I have just returned from visiting the MARINES at the front, and there is not a finer fighting organization in the world!"
- General Douglas MacArthur

PhinPhan1227
07-23-2004, 06:53 PM
Well you do know that General Douglas MacArthur was a fan of the Marines
http://www.military-quotes.com/Macarthur.htm

"I have just returned from visiting the MARINES at the front, and there is not a finer fighting organization in the world!"
- General Douglas MacArthur

MaCarthur was a world class c@ck $ucker. He sacrificed thousands of troops for personal reasons without any military justification. Patton has a reputation for selling his troops lives cheaply, but it's MacArthur who deserves THAT reputation. If Patton is one of my favorites, MacArthur is probably the one US General I wish would have caught a bullet early in the war.

AntiTrust
07-23-2004, 06:56 PM
MaCarthur was a world class c@ck $ucker. He sacrificed thousands of troops for personal reasons without any military justification. Patton has a reputation for selling his troops lives cheaply, but it's MacArthur who deserves THAT reputation. If Patton is one of my favorites, MacArthur is probably the one US General I wish would have caught a bullet early in the war.

Not sure how to respond to that one, My personal favorate would be Gen. Lewis B. " Chesty" Puller. He was by far a elisted mens General.

PhinPhan1227
07-23-2004, 07:10 PM
Not sure how to respond to that one, My personal favorate would be Gen. Lewis B. " Chesty" Puller. He was by far a elisted mens General.

There's a great book on WWII called "A War to be Won". Does a great job of exploring the politics behind the war as well as the motivations behind the major players involved. It gets a touch dry at times, but it's awsome if you want a deeper understanding of the conflict.


http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0674006801/qid=1090624145/sr=ka-1/ref=pd_ka_1/102-0098167-9957704

Kencoboy
07-24-2004, 04:08 AM
Not sure how to respond to that one, My personal favorate would be Gen. Lewis B. " Chesty" Puller. He was by far a elisted mens General.
To those who have not read about this guy - do it. There will probably be no other like him. Absolutely incredible set of nuggets.

muscle979
07-24-2004, 10:32 AM
Marines are alright and all but the army rocks!

muscle979
07-24-2004, 10:33 AM
But I hate deploying so I should have joined the air force. hahaaa

AntiTrust
07-24-2004, 12:01 PM
Marines are alright and all but the army rocks!

Do you know what ARMY stands for?

A= Arn't
R= Ready to be
M= Marines
Y= Yet

hehe, man we all work togather. I have respect for every man or woman that choose to serve this great nation.
Jon

BigFinFan
07-24-2004, 02:28 PM
To put it all in perspective for you:

A salty Navy Chief and a crusty Army First Sergeant are at a bar arguing about who had the tougher career.

"I did 30 years in the Rangers," the SFC declared proudly, "and fought in three of my country's wars. Fresh out of boot camp, I hit the beach at Okinawa, clawed my way up the blood-soaked sand, and eventually took out an entire enemy machine gun nest with a single grenade. As a sergeant, I fought in Korea alongside General MacArthur. We pushed back the enemy inch by bloody inch all the way up to the Chinese border, always under a barrage of artillery and small arms fire. Finally, as a staff sergeant, I did three consecutive combat tours in Vietnam. We humped through the mud and razor grass for 14 hours a day, plagued by rain and mosquitoes, ducking under sniper fire all day and mortar fire at night. In a fire fight, we'd shoot until our arms ached and our guns were empty, then we'd charge the enemy with bayonets!"

Looking straight ahead, the Chief says nothing.

Then after a deliberately long, slow drink, the Chief says, "Yeah, it figures...all shore duty."

PhinPhan1227
07-25-2004, 02:58 AM
To put it all in perspective for you:

A salty Navy Chief and a crusty Army First Sergeant are at a bar arguing about who had the tougher career.

"I did 30 years in the Rangers," the SFC declared proudly, "and fought in three of my country's wars. Fresh out of boot camp, I hit the beach at Okinawa, clawed my way up the blood-soaked sand, and eventually took out an entire enemy machine gun nest with a single grenade. As a sergeant, I fought in Korea alongside General MacArthur. We pushed back the enemy inch by bloody inch all the way up to the Chinese border, always under a barrage of artillery and small arms fire. Finally, as a staff sergeant, I did three consecutive combat tours in Vietnam. We humped through the mud and razor grass for 14 hours a day, plagued by rain and mosquitoes, ducking under sniper fire all day and mortar fire at night. In a fire fight, we'd shoot until our arms ached and our guns were empty, then we'd charge the enemy with bayonets!"

Looking straight ahead, the Chief says nothing.

Then after a deliberately long, slow drink, the Chief says, "Yeah, it figures...all shore duty."


Lol...one thing though...the Army has Basic Training...not Boot Camp. Change that and the fact that Marines went up Okinawa, it's PERFECT!! Just substitute Omaha BEach for Okinawa and Basic for Boot Camp.