04 December 2013

The 13 Best Chesty Puller Quotes | RallyPoint.com

Best Chesty Puller quotes

When it comes to inspirational, motivating, and sometimes controversial military leader quotes, there may be none better than those from Chesty Puller of legendary Marine Corps status.

Chesty Puller is the highest decorated Marine in history, and is the only Marine to receive 5 Navy Crosses, the Navy's highest decoration after the Medal of Honor.

Puller retired from the Marines in 1955 after serving since 1918, and spent the rest of his life in Virginia.

So without further adieu, enjoy the best of Chesty Puller below.

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"Paperwork will ruin any military force."

"You don't hurt 'em if you don't hit 'em."

When an Army captain asked him for the direction of the line of retreat, 
Col Puller called his Tank Commander, gave them the Army position, and ordered: 
"If they start to pull back from that line, even one foot, I want you to open fire on them." 
Turning to the captain, he replied "Does that answer your question? 
We're here to fight."

"The mail service has been excellent out here, and in my opinion this is all that the 
Air Force has accomplished during the war." 
- Chesty Puller in a letter to his wife while in Korea 

"Don't forget that you're First Marines! Not all the Communists in hell can overrun you!" 
- Chesty Puller motivating his men at Chosin Reservoir

"Our Country won't go on forever, if we stay soft as we are now. There won't 
be any AMERICA because some foreign soldiery will invade us and take our 
women and breed a hardier race!"

"Take me to the Brig. I want to see the 'real Marines'."
While on a Battalion inspection.

"We're surrounded. That simplifies the problem."

"All right, they're on our left, they're on our right, they're in front of 
us, they're behind us...they can't get away this time"

"They are in front of us, behind us, and we are flanked on both sides by an 
enemy that outnumbers us 29:1. They can't get away from us now!"

When the Marines were cut off behind enemy lines and the Army had written 
the 1st Marine Division off as being lost because they were surrounded by 22 
enemy divisions. The Marines made it out inflicting the highest casualty 
ratio on an enemy in history and destroying 7 entire enemy divisions in the 
process. An enemy division is 16500+ men while a Marine division is 12500 men.

"They are a damn site better than the U.S. Army, at least we know that they 
will be there in the morning."
When a journalist asked him about being surrounded by 22 enemy divisions

"There are not enough Chinamen in the world to stop a fully armed Marine regiment
 from going where ever they want to go."


  1. "Don't forget that you're First Marines! Not all the Communists in hell can overrun you!"

    - Chesty Puller motivating his men at Chosin Reservoir
    I have always felt that it would convey the meaning of this quote much better if it were written: "Don't forget you're First (Division) Marines! Not all the communist in hell can overrun you!"

    1. IF someone needs it explained to them that the quote refers to the 1st Marine Division, then they wouldn't get it anyway.

  2. The quote refers to Puller's regiment, the 1st Marine Regiment, which he commanded. The 1st Marine Division, which the 1st Marines were part of, was commanded by Gen. O.P. Smith.