Quotes From USMC Gen. Chesty Puller

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  1. Trip_Wire

    Trip_Wire RIP

    Here is a link to a site where quotes from this famous US Marine General. One of my favorites:

    Korea:

    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?

    2nd best quote (IMHO):

    "Paper-work will ruin any military force"
    - Lieutenant-General Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller

    http://www.military-quotes.com/chesty-puller.htm
     
  2. I like this one

    "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
     
  3. Trip_Wire

    Trip_Wire RIP

    Some of my other favorite military quotes.:

    "American soldiers in battle don't fight for what some president says on T.V., they don't fight for mom, apple pie, the American flag...they fight for one another."
    - Lt. Col. Hal Moore

    "The reason the American Army does so well in wartime, is that war is chaos, and the American Army practices it on a daily basis."
    - from a post-war debriefing of a German General

    "I'd rather go down the river with seven studs than with a hundred shitheads"
    - Colonel Charlie Beckwith (Vietnam SF Fame)

    "The Sergeant is the Army."
    - Dwight D. Eisenhower 1972

    "Battles are sometimes won by generals; wars are nearly always won by sergeants and privates."
    - F.E. Adcock, British classical scholar

    "War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself."
    - John Stuart Mill English economist & philosopher (1806 - 1873)

    General George S. Patton (One of my favorites!)

    "Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way."
    - General George Patton Jr

    "May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't."
    - General George Patton Jr

    "Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men."
    - General George Patton Jr

    "I am a soldier, I fight where I am told, and I win where I fight."
    - General George Patton Jr

    "Few men are killed by the bayonet, many are scared by it. Bayonets should be fixed when the fire fight starts"

    - General George Patton Jr, "War as I knew it" 1947
    "I'd rather have a German Division in front of me than a French one behind."
    - General George S. Patton Jr


    "No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making
    the other poor dumb bastard die for his country."
    - General George Patton Jr

    "Just drive down that road, until you get blown up"
    - General George Patton Jr, about reconnaissance troops

    "There is one tactical principal which is not subject to change. It is to use the means at hand to inflict the maximum amount of wounds, death and destruction on the enemy in the minimum amount of time."
    - General George S. Patton Jr.

    "War is an art and as such is not susceptible of explanation by fixed formula"
    - General George Patton Jr

    "If a man does his best, what else is there?"
    - General George Patton Jr

    "Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom."
    - General George Patton Jr

    "If everyone is thinking alike, someone isn't thinking."
    - General George Patton Jr

    "Infantry must move forward to close with the enemy. It must shoot in order to move.... To halt under fire is folly. To halt under fire and not fire back is suicide. Officers must set the example"

    - General George Patton Jr "War as I knew it" 1947
    "All men are timid on entering any fight. Whether it is the first or the last fight, all of us are timid. Cowards are those who let their timidity get the better of their manhood."

    - General George Patton Jr, "War as I knew it" 1947
    "Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory."
    - General George Patton Jr

    "Courage is fear holding on a minute longer."
    - General George Patton Jr

    "Pressure makes diamonds."
    - General George Patton Jr

    "If you can't get them to salute when they should salute and wear the clothes you tell them to wear, how are you going to get them to die for their country?"
    - General George Patton Jr

    "Do your damnedest in an ostentatious manner all the time."
    - General George Patton Jr

    "Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity. "
    - General George Patton Jr

    "Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack."
    - General George Patton Jr

    "We want to get the hell over there. The quicker we clean up this Goddamned mess, the quicker we can take a little jaunt against the purple pissing Japs and clean out their nest, too. Before the Goddamned Marines get all of the credit."
    - General George S. Patton, Jr

    (addressing to his troops before Operation Overlord, June 5, 1944)
    "Sure, we want to go home. We want this war over with. The quickest way to get it over with is to go get the bastards who started it. The quicker they are whipped, the quicker we can go home. The shortest way home is through Berlin and Tokyo. And when we get to Berlin, I am personally going to shoot that paper hanging son-of-a-bitch Hitler. Just like I'd shoot a snake!"
    - General George S. Patton, Jr

    (addressing his troops before Operation Overlord, June 5, 1944)
    "Make your plans to fit the circumstances."
    - General George S. Patton, Jr

    "Moral courage is the most valuable and usually the most absent characteristic in men."
    - General George S. Patton, Jr

    "Take calculated risks."
    - General George S. Patton, Jr

    "There's a great deal of talk about loyalty from the bottom to the top. Loyalty from the top down is even more necessary and is much less prevalent. One of the most frequently noted characteristics of great men who have remained great is loyalty to their subordinates."
    - General George S. Patton, Jr

    "You're never beaten until you admit it."
    - General George S. Patton, Jr

    "It is only by doing things others have not that one can advance."
    - General George S. Patton, Jr

    "A pint of sweat will save a gallon of blood."
    - General George S. Patton, Jr

    "All glory is fleeting."
    - General George S. Patton, Jr

    "A leader is a man who can adapt principles to circumstances."
    - General George S. Patton, Jr

    "Success demands a high level of logistical and organizational competence."
    - General George S. Patton, Jr

    "Perpetual peace is a futile dream."
    - General George S. Patton, Jr

    "The highest obligation and privilege of citizenship is that of bearing arms for one's country."
    - General George S Patton, Jr 

    "It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived."
    - General George S. Patton, Jr

    "The test of success is not what you do when your on top. Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom."
    - General George S. Patton, Jr

    "If I win I can't be stopped! If I lose I shall be dead."
    - General George S. Patton, Jr

    "Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity."
    - General George S. Patton, Jr

    "Audacity, audacity, always audacity."
    (English translation of the French Proverb)
    - General George Patton Jr's Favorite Saying
    "Magnificent! Compared to war all other forms of human endeavor shrink to insignificance.
    God help me, I do love it so!"
    - General George Patton Jr

    "A good plan executed today is better than a perfect plan executed at some indefinite point in the future."
    - General George Patton Jr

    "Fixed fortifications are monuments to the stupidity of man."
    - General George Patton Jr

    "Go forward until the last round is fired and the last drop of gas is expended...then go forward on foot!"
    - General George Patton Jr

    "It is the unconquerable nature of man and not the nature of the weapon he uses that ensures victory."
    - General George Patton Jr

    "If you are going to win any battle, you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do... the body is never tired if the mind is not tired."
    -General George S. Patton

    "You must do your damdest and win."
    -General George S. Patton
     
  4. If you ask Chuck Norris what time it is, he always says, "Two seconds 'til." After you ask, "Two seconds 'til what?" he roundhouse kicks you in the face.
     
  5. Trip_Wire

    Trip_Wire RIP

    meiktilaman:

    Your point was? :?
     
  6. - Classic Chuck
     
  7. None really i just thought it was funny

    don't take yourself to seriously fella!

    Dwight Eisenhower:
    Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.


    So the important thing in a military operation is victory, not persistence.”
    Sun Tzu

    “It is better to have a lion at the head of an army of sheep, than a sheep at the head of an army of lions”
    Daniel Defoe

    “Look at an infantryman's eyes and you can tell how much war he has seen”
    William Henry

    These better than OC Delta's!!
     
  8. Trip_Wire

    Trip_Wire RIP

    meiktilaman:

    I just couldn't figure out what it had to do with the tread.Yes, its funny, but IMHO has no connection to this tread, does it?
     
  9. Absolutely none Trip i was just persusing Arrse and a Chuck Norris site at the same time so thought i would put one of Chucks quotes in!

    Variety is the spice of life after all!
     
  10. Trip_Wire

    Trip_Wire RIP

    meiktilaman:

    Whatever! :roll:
     
  11. America STRONG!!!!

    I think that point may have already been made T_W
     
  12. Mind over matter, if you don't mind it doesn't matter.
     
  13. Goodnight me, wherever I am!
     
  14. "We are surrounded. That means we can shoot in all directions."

    Chesty during the Korean war.