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.
-- The RallyPoint.com team
"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."