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January 2, 2014

Daniel Daly before charging into battle: "For Christ's sake men—come on! Do you want to live forever?"


If you saw Daniel Daly's small frame behind a desk at the bank where he worked later in life,
you would never have imagined you were looking at one of the most ferocious Marines the American armed forces ever produced.... Daly died in 1937 with full military honors, not living to see the 1942 Destroyer, the USS Daly (DD-519), commissioned in his name. - - 5 of the Fiercest One-Liners in History | Mental Floss HT; Never Yet Melted

Posted by gerardvanderleun at January 2, 2014 9:21 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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The essence of Honor (To do what is right). Dispensed individually by the One, with only a few heeding the call (and those who refused would feel shame after the fact).

Posted by: cond0011 at January 2, 2014 9:57 AM

The Marines at Belleau Wood received the nickname "Teufel Hunden" ("Devil Dogs," or "Hell Hounds") from their German adversaries.

Posted by: Don Rodrigo at January 2, 2014 11:55 AM


Best ever, even beats out, "Nuts."

Posted by: Donald Sensing at January 2, 2014 1:33 PM


Best ever, even beats out, "Nuts."

I'm surprised that the other great Spartan "bon mot," "Molon Lave!" ("Come and Take Them!") didn't make the list.

Posted by: Don Roderigo at January 2, 2014 2:03 PM

The Battle of Belleau Wood; which was renamed "Bois de la Brigade de Marine" ("Wood of the Marine Brigade") in honor of the Marines' tenacity.

And there is another quote:

After Marines were repeatedly urged to turn back by retreating French forces, Marine Captain Lloyd W. Williams of the 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines uttered the now-famous retort "Retreat? Hell, we just got here."

It does seem to be an American thing to give good fighting quotes. Spare words and a scrapper's spirit.

Posted by: Mikey NTH at January 2, 2014 8:03 PM

I wonder if today's fem marines would say the same in the face of fire. Or in the fires of PT.

Posted by: Vermont Woodchuck at January 3, 2014 4:14 AM

Here's another one from Col. David Shoup, the commander of the Marine landing force on Tarawa: "Our casualties heavy, enemy casualties unknown. Situation: we are winning".

Posted by: waltj at January 3, 2014 12:44 PM

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