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“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

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“A man with a flag in his pack and the desire to put it on an enemy strong point isn’t likely to bug out.”

Col Lewis B. “Chesty“ Puller 1951 to an Army staff officer who, watching Marines raise the flag over Seoul, complained “Marines would rather carry a flag into battle than a weapon.”