should call an adulterous liar exactly what he is � a criminal.'
MAJ. SHANE SELLERS
Navy Times column
will do anything you tell them as long as they know you love them."
the book, Dunk's Almanac, by Maj. Gene Duncan USMC Ret.
Tribute To All Old China Marines
is an excerpt from a speech by King Henry The Fifth which he gave to his
men before the battle of Agincourt on October 15, 1415 which is followed
by my version of the same as a tribute to all my comrades who were China
Marines at one time or another.
few, we happy few, we band of brothers, for he today that sheds his blood
with me shall be my brother. Be he ne'er so vile' this day shall gentle
his condition; and gentlemen in England now abed shall think themselves
accursed they were not here.
Shakespeare, "Henry the Fifth"
on the same by an old China Marine, 1st Separate Engineer Bn., Tientsen/Peking
few, we happy few, we band of brothers; for we who would have gladly shed
our blood for each other we should be called brothers; and as the years
pass and we recall memories of those days when we were together it should
bring a smile to our faces to just remember how it was; and if men alive
today who were not there with us could only know what they missed surely
they would think themselves accursed they were not there.
is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force! Like fire, it is a dangerous
servant and a fearful master,"
Kind of Marines"
Marines are about
the most peculiar breeed of human beings
I have ever witnessed. They treat their service as if it were some kind
of cult, plastering their emblem on almost everything they own, making
themselves up to look like insane fanatics with haircuts to ungentlemanly
lengths, worshipping their Commandant almost as if he was 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 SOB's I have 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 I've
come in contact with, are the most professional soldiers and the finest
men I have had the pleasure to meet.
Anonymous Canadian Citizen
big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to take everything
you have ....The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty
decreases." ..... Thomas Jefferson
WWII and Korea
There are only
two groups of people who know U.S. Marines:
south of the airfield the Fifth Division post office opened. Captain Leslie
W. Babbin of Lynn, Massachusetts, was the postmaster. He was forty-three,
the father of five children and a Purple Heart veteran of Chateau Thierry.
Despite surf and beachmasters, he got his equipment ashore on D-Day. Six
sailors with a stretcher helped him carry it inland. Then they took the
stretcher away for another use. Babbin got out a shovel and began "enlarging
the post office."
Jima by Richard F. Newcomb, 1965, Holt, Rhinehart, and Winston
the beginning of a change, the Patroit is a scarce man and brave, hated
and scorned. When his cause succeeds however, the timid join him, for then
it costs nothing to be a Patriot." ........Mark Twain
characterizes what these pages are all about. The United States Marine
Raiders. The word from the Chinese means literally "Work Together," but
has been corrupted to mean some thing less.
Raiders understood the meaning of the word and lived out "work together"
in training and combat. However, they would define it another way, "lookout
for the man on your right and the man on your left." They realized there
was nothing of more importance in any life situation and it remains deeply
ingrained in their character today."
free man shall ever be de-barred the use of arms. The strongest reason
for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is as a last resort
to protect themselves against tyranny in government.
And when he gets
To Saint Peter
he will tell:
"One more Marine
"I've Done My
Time In Hell."
Struggle for Guadalcanal,
of U.S. Marine Corps Operations in WWII, Vol.1
a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it
expects what never was and never will be.
night on Guadalcanal in October, 1942, he held off a Japanese assault with
two machine guns and a pistol, hauling his own ammunition. His Medal of
Honor was the first won by an enlisted Marine in World War II...'I'm justa
plain soldier, I want to stay one,' he had said, turning down a commission...."
the book, Iwo Jima, by Richard Newcomb, Holt, Rinehart and Winston 1965
There had been
last-minute reinforcements, a battalion of U.S. Army troops which fought
its way through the enemy with heavy losses. Its colonel reported to Puller
"Take your position
along those hills and have your men dig in."
"Yes sir. Now
where's my line of retreat?"
became slow and hard: "I'm glad you asked me that. Now I know where you
stand. Wait one minute." He took a field telephone and called his tank
commander. The Army officer listened to the Marine order:
"I've got a new
outfit," Puller said. He gave its position in detail. "If they start to
pull back from that line, even one foot, I want you to open fire on them."
He hung up the telephone and turned to the Army officer:
"Does that answer
the book: Marine! The Life of Lt.Gen. Lewis B. (Chesty) Puller USMC (Ret.)
-- Usually a young, long-haired, bearded, Marine-hatin'
with certain medical skills who would go through the very
of Hell to get to a wounded Marine."
the book, Green Side Out, by Maj. Gene Duncan USMC Ret.
"Lewis, is there
anything you'd wish for, now that it's all over?"
"Well, I'd like
to do it all over again. The whole thing."
"And more than
that -- more than anything -- I'd like to see
once again the
face of every Marine I've ever served with."
the book: Marine! The Life Of Lt. Gen. Lewis B. (Chesty) Puller
people live their entire lifetime and wonder if they have ever made a difference
to the world, but MARINES don't have that problem."
For two weeks
Puller had commanded the rear of the First Marine Division, cut off in
the Chosin resevoir region by hundreds of thousands of Chinese Communist
troops. The Colonel was visiting a hospital tent where a priest administered
last rites to Marine wounded when a messenger came:
"Sir, do you know
they've cut us off? We're entirely surrounded."
"Those poor bastards
," Puller said. "They've got us right where we want 'em. We can shoot in
every direction now."
the book: Marine! The Life Of Lt. Gen. Lewis B. (Chesty) Puller USMC (Ret.)
can shock the shit troops,
you can't shit the shock troops!
Wonder It Couldn't Fly!
I was stationed at
a location not named , it was common for pilots to get their required flight
time by flying from one location to another. Well (and this was years ago)
on the east coast they did not have Coors (long before Coors Lite or any
Lite beer). Anyhow in this type of old jet they flew from this base the
airwingers figured out how to stow 10 (if I remember right) cases of beer.
Well it went down coming back and fortunately the pilot survived without
any serious injury. The jet crashed into a farmer's field, evidently an
"old timer" and didn't hurt anybody except the environment. But to this
day I remember that the word I got he said when he went to survey the damage
was "No wonder the ##### thing couldn't fly, it was made out of beer cans!"
Flag On Suribachi!
the flag was up. Six men raised it: Schrier, Platoon Sergeant Ernest I.
Thomas Jr, Sergeant Henry O. Hansen, Corporal Charles W. Lindberg, Private
First Class James R. Michels, and the Crow Indian, Private Charlo. This
was the flag raising on Iwo Jima that thrilled the troops. The one that
thrilled the world was still to come, nearly two hours later."
the sandy terrace below, tired men wept in their foxholes, unshaven men
on the beaches thumped each other on the back and shouted. Across the ships,
whistles, horns, and bells rang out."
near the base of Suribachi, a few feet from the surf, a man said, 'This
means a Marine Corps for the next 500 years.' He looked like any other
Marine, but he was Secretary of the Navy Forrestal. Chance placed him on
the beach just as the flag went up..."
The Book, Iwo Jima, by Richard F. Newcomb, 1965, Holt, RhineHart&Winston
people are no longer maggots.
Today you are
Marines. You're part of a brotherhood.
on, until the day you die,
wherever you are,
every Marine is your brother.
Most of you will
go to Vietnam. Some of you will not come back.
But always remember
this: Marines die,
that's what we're
But the Marine
Corps lives forever.
And that means
YOU live forever!
in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best stage, is
but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one."
hate to see either of the two words above
especially by Marines.
let's get it right!
"* By the time
of Wake's capture, more civilians worked and fought beside the military.
Commander Cunningham noted in his book that the number of such civilians
cited by name by the military survivors of Wake totals 312. That includes
only those whose names could be recalled. However, the fact remains that
the majority of the civilians did not participate in the fighting
and also refused to do any construction work to aid in the defense. They
hid in the scrub during the entire siege. It was largely because of this
experience that the navy organized the famous Sea-Bees (construction battalions)
which were trained both to build and to fight."
the book, Wake Island, The Heroic Gallant Fight, by Duane Schultz, 1978
on, my friends, to the Constitution and to the Republic for which it stands.
do not cluster and what has happened once in 6,000 years, may not happen
on to the Constitution, for if the American Constitution should fail, there
will be anarchy throughout the world."
Daniel Webster, 1851
nation of well informed men who have been taught to
and prize the rights which God has given them
be enslaved. It is in the region of ignorance that tyranny begins." -Benjamin
that haunts me from 50 years ago. Does it you?
THE DI's CALL
I can hear his voice from across the years
and it beckons
me back again,
on his field of long ago,
the deck from way back then.
His haunting song
never leaves my head,
his voice, demanding
The cadence and
rhythm echoes on.
The cadence of my DI's call.
Once you've heard
his voice and song
and the sound
of pounding heels.
You always hear
it coming back, across some distant fields.
you Marines that went before.
or bounce or fall.
hear from long ago,
are the sounds
of the DI's call.
(The above from H-3-5 News, Jan99)
Puller had another cousin who would become a famous soldier: George S.
The book, Marine! The Life Of Chesty Puller, 1962, by Burke Davis