Forwarded by JayPMarine. Original origin unknown.
The Marine As Seen By Himself: A stout, handsome, highly-trained professional killer and female’s idol, who wears a star sapphire ring, carries a finely honed K-Bar, is covered with crisp cammies, and is always on time due to the reliability of his Seiko diver’s watch.
As Seen By His Wife: A stinking, gross, foul mouthed bum, who arrives home every 6 months or so with a seabag full of filthy utilities, a huge ugly watch, an oversized knife, a filthy hat, and a hard-on.
As Seen By Headquarters Marine Corps: A drunken brawling, HMMWV-stealing, women-corrupting liar with a star sapphire ring, Seiko watch, unauthorized K-Bar, and a screwed up cover.
As Seen By His Commanding Officer: A fine specimen of a drunken brawling, HMMWV-stealing, women-corrupting BS artist, with a star sapphire ring, fantastically accurate Seiko watch, finely honed-razor sharp K-Bar, and a salty cammie cover.
As Seen By Congress: An over-paid, over-rated, tax burden who is, however, indispensable - since he will volunteer to go anywhere, at any time, and kill whoever he is told to kill as long as he can drink, brawl, steal HMMWV’s, corrupt women, kick cats, lie, sing dirty songs, and wear filthy cammies, big sapphire rings, over-sized knives, Seiko watches and really screwed up covers.
As Seen By Ronald Reagan, former President of the United States: “Some people live an entire lifetime and wonder if they have ever made a difference in the world, but the Marines don’t have that problem.”
As Seen By General Douglas MacArthur, U.S. Army: “These Marines have the swagger, confidence, and hardness that must have been in Stonewall Jackson’s Army of the Shenandoah. They remind me of the Coldstreams at Dunkerque. I have just returned from visiting the Marines at the front, and there is not a finer fighting organization in the world!”
As Seen By Admiral Chester Nimitz, U.S. Navy: (of the Marines at Iwo Jima) “Uncommon valor was a common virtue”
As seen By Lieutenant Colonel T. R. Fehrenbach, U.S. Army: (in “This Kind of War”) “The man who will go where his colors will go, without asking, who will fight a phantom foe in a jungle and mountain range, without counting, and who will suffer and die in the midst of incredible hardship, without complaint, is still what he has always been - from Imperial Rome to sceptered Britain to Democratic America. He is the stuff of which legions are made. His pride is his colors and his regiment, his training hard and thorough and coldly realistic, to fit him for what he must face, and his obedience is to his orders. As a legionnaire, he held the gates of civilization for the classical world… today he has been called United States Marine.”
As Seen By An Anonymous Canadian Citizen: “Marines are about the most peculiar breed of human beings I have ever witnessed. They treat their service as if it was some kind of cult, plastering their emblem on almost everything they own, making themselves up to look like insane fanatics with haircuts to ungentlemanly lengths, worshipping their Commandant almost as if he was a god, and making weird animal noises like a band of savages. They’ll fight like rabid dogs at the drop of a hat just for the sake of a little action, and are the cockiest SOB’s I have ever known. Most have the foulest mouths and drink well beyond man’s normal limits, but their high spirits and sense of brotherhood set them apart. And, generally speaking, the United States Marines I’ve come in contact with are the most professional soldiers and the finest men I have had the pleasure to meet.”
As seen by General Pershing, U.S. Army: “The deadliest weapon in the world is a Marine and his rifle!”
As Seen By General Mark Clark, U. S. Army: “The more Marines I have around the better I like it.”