This blog is for Communication among Marines and people interested in the Marines. The 10 is for Communications. The Photo above is Marble Mountain, Danang, Vietnam.

Jan 28, 2012

Marine Quotes



"Being ready is not what matters. What matters is winning after you get there." (Lieutenant General Victor H. Krulak, USMC, April 1965.)

"You don't hurt 'em if you don't hit 'em." (Lieutenant General Lewis B. Puller, USMC, 1962.)

"Retreat Hell! We're just attacking in another direction." (Attributed to Major General Oliver P. Smith, USMC, Korea, December 1950.)

"Goddam it, you'll never get the Purple Heart hiding in a foxhole! Follow me!"(Captain Henry P. "Jim" Crowe, USMC, Guadalcanal, 13 January 1943.)

"Come on, you sons of bitches-do you want to live forever?" (Attributed to Gunnery Sergeant Dan Daly, USMC, Belleau Wood, June 1918.)

"Once a Marine, always a Marine!" (MSgt Paul Woyshner, a 40-year Marine, is credited with originating this expression during a taproom argument with a discharged Marine.)

"I can't say enough about the two Marine divisions. If I use words like brilliant, it would really be an under-description of the absolutely superb job they did in breaching the so-called impenetrable barrier. . .Absolutely superb operation, a textbook, and I think it'll be studied for many, many years to come as the way to do it." (General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, USA, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 27 February 1991.)

"I have just returned from visiting the Marines at the front, and there is not a finer fighting organization in the world." (General Douglas MacArthur, USA, outskirts of Seoul, 21 September 1950.)

"Casualties many; Percentage of dead not known; Combat efficiency; we are winning." (Colonel David M. Shoup, USMC, Tarawa, 21 November 1943.)

"The deadliest weapon in the world is a MARINE and his rifle!"
GEN. PERSHING, US.ARMY

"Hard pressed on my right. My center is yielding. Impossible to maneuver. Situation excellent. I am attacking!"
FERDINAND FOCH

"We're surrounded. That simplifies the problem!"
CHESTY PULLER, USMC

"The more MARINES I have around the better I like it!"
GEN. MARK CLARK, U.S. ARMY

"I want you boys to hurry up and whip these Germans so we can get out to the Pacific to kick the s**t out of the purple-pissing Japanese, before the Godda**ed MARINES get all the credit!" Lt General George Patton, US Army 1945

"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf." GEORGE ORWELL

"Sometimes it is entirely appropriate to kill a fly with a sledge-hammer!"
MAJ. HOLDREDGE

"A ship without MARINES is like a garment without buttons."
ADM. DAVID PORTER, USN

"The MARINES have landed and have the situation well in hand!"
RICHARD HARDING DAVIS

"Casualties many; Percentage of dead not known; Combat efficiency: we are winning!"
COL. DAVID M. SHOUP, USMC

"I can never again see a UNITED STATES MARINE without experiencing a feeling of reverence."
GEN. JOHNSON, U.S. ARMY

"The raising of that flag on Suribachi means a MARINE CORPS for the next 500 years."

JAMES FORRESTAL, SECRETARY OF THE NAVY

"Come on, you sons of b*****! Do you want to live forever?"
GySgt. DANIEL DALY, USMC

"We're not retreating, Hell! We're just attacking in a different direction!"
GEN. OLIVER SMITH, USMC

"I have just returned from visiting the MARINES at the front, and there is not a finer fighting organization in the world!"
GEN. DOUGLAS MACARTHUR, U.S. ARMY

"Teufelhunde! (Devil Dogs)"
GERMAN SOLDIERS, WW1 at BELLEAU WOOD

"So they've got us surrounded, good! Now we can fire in any direction, those b*****ds won't get away this time!"
CHESTY PULLER, USMC

"We have two companies of MARINES running all over this island and thousands of ARMY troops doing nothing!"
GEN. JOHN VESSEY, CHAIRMAN OF JOINT CHIEFS

"Retreat hell! We just got here!"
CAPT. LLOYD WILLIAMS, USMC

"The safest place in Korea was right behind a platoon of MARINES. LORD, how they could fight!"
MAJ. GEN. FRANK LOWE, U.S. ARMY

"Panic sweeps my men when they are facing the AMERICAN MARINES."
CAPTURED NORTH KOREAN MAJOR

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

"Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference. The Marines don't have that problem."
PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN, 1985

"There are only two kinds of people that understand Marines: Marines and those who have met them in battle. Everyone else has a second-hand opinion."  Unknown

WE STOLE THE EAGLE FROM THE AIR FORCE, THE ANCHOR FROM THE NAVY AND THE ROPE FROM THE ARMY.
ON THE SEVENTH DAY WHILE GOD RESTED, WE OVERRAN HIS PERIMETER, STOLE THE GLOBE AND WE'VE BEEN RUNNING THE WHOLE SHOW EVER SINCE.

WE LIVE LIKE SOLDIERS, TALK LIKE SAILORS, AND SLAP THE HELL OUT OF BOTH OF THEM.

WARRIORS BY DAY, LOVERS BY NIGHT, PROFESSIONALS BY CHOICE, AND MARINES BY THE GRACE OF GOD.






Jan 26, 2012

Leadership Traits

Choosing our Commander in Chief is very important.  We should consider much more then how well they debate. Evaluating them on the same criteria that we evaluate a Marine may be helpful in choosing the next leader of the free world.


Our leadership standards below:


BEARING 

Definition. Creating a favorable impression in carriage, appearance, and personal conduct at all times. 
Significance. The ability to look, act, and speak like a leader whether or not these manifestations indicate one's true feelings. Some signs of these traits are clear and plain speech, an erect gait, and impeccable personal appearance. 
Example. Wearing clean, pressed uniforms, and shining boots and brass. Avoiding profane and vulgar language. Keeping a trim, fit appearance. Keeping your head, keeping your word and keeping your temper.

COURAGE 

Definition. Courage is a mental quality that recognizes fear of danger or criticism, but enables a Marine to proceed in the face of it with calmness and firmness. 
Significance. Knowing and standing for what is right, even in the face of popular disfavor, is often the leader's lot. The business of fighting and winning wars is a dangerous one; the importance of courage on the battlefield is obvious. 
Example. Accepting criticism for making subordinates field day for an extra hour to get the job done correctly.

DECISIVENESS 

Definition. Ability to make decisions promptly and to announce them in a clear, forceful manner. 
Significance. The quality of character which guides a person to accumulate all available facts in a circumstance, weigh the facts, choose and announce an alternative which seems best. It is often better that a decision be made promptly than a potentially better one be made at the expense of more time. 
Example. A leader who sees a potentially dangerous situation developing, immediately takes action to prevent injury from occurring. For example, if he/she sees a unit making a forced march along a winding road without road guards posted, he/she should immediately inform the unit leader of the oversight, and if senior to that unit leader, direct that proper precautions be taken.

DEPENDABILITY 

Definition. The certainty of proper performance of duty. 
Significance. The quality which permits a senior to assign a task to a junior with the understanding that it will be accomplished with minimum supervision. This understanding includes the assumption that the initiative will be taken on small matters not covered by instructions. 
Example. The squad leader ensures that his/her squad falls out in the proper uniform without having been told to by the platoon sergeant. The staff officer, who hates detailed, tedious paperwork, yet makes sure the report meets his/her and his/her supervisor's standards before having it leave his desk.

ENDURANCE

Definition. The mental and physical stamina measured by the ability to withstand pain, fatigue, stress, and hardship 
Significance. The quality of withstanding pain during a conditioning hike in order to improve stamina is crucial in the development of leadership. Leaders are responsible for leading their units in physical endeavors and for motivating them as well. 
Example. A Marine keeping up on a 10-mile forced march even though he/she has blisters on both feet and had only an hour of sleep the previous night. An XO who works all night to ensure that promotion/pay problems are corrected as quickly as humanly possible because he/she realizes that only through this effort can one of his/her Marines receive badly needed back-pay the following morning.

ENTHUSIASM 

Definition. The display of sincere interest and exuberance in the performance of duty 
Significance. Displaying interest in a task, and an optimism that it can be successfully completed, greatly enhances the likelihood that the task will be successfully completed. 
Example. A Marine who leads a chant or offers to help carry a load that is giving someone great difficulty while on a hike despite being physically tired himself, encourages his fellow Marines to persevere.

INITIATIVE

Definition. Taking action in the absence of orders. 
Significance. Since an NCO often works without close supervision, emphasis is placed on being a self-starter. Initiative is a founding principle of Marine Corps Warfighting philosophy. 
Example. In the unexplained absence of the platoon sergeant, an NCO takes charge of the platoon and carries out the training schedule.

INTEGRITY 

Definition. Uprightness of character and soundness of moral principles. The quality of truthfulness and honesty. 
Significance. A Marine's word is his/her bond. Nothing less than complete honesty in all of your dealings with subordinates, peers, and superiors is acceptable. 
Example. A Marine who uses the correct technique on the obstacle course, even when he/she cannot be seen by the evaluator. During an inspection, if something goes wrong or is not corrected as had been previously directed, he/she can be counted upon to always respond truthfully and honestly.

JUDGMENT 

Definition. The ability to weigh facts and possible courses of action in order to make sound decisions. 
Significance. Sound judgment allows a leader to make appropriate decisions in the guidance and training of his/her Marines and the employment of his/her unit. A Marine who exercises good judgment weighs pros and cons accordingly to arrive at an appropriate decision/take proper action. 
Example. A Marine properly apportions his/her liberty time in order to relax as well as to study.

JUSTICE

Definition. Giving reward and punishment according to the merits of the case in question. The ability to administer a system of rewards and punishments impartially and consistently. 
Significance. The quality of displaying fairness and impartiality is critical in order to gain the trust and respect of subordinates and maintain discipline and unit cohesion, particularly in the exercise of responsibility as a leader.
Example. Fair apportionment of tasks by a squad leader during all field days. Having overlooked a critical piece of evidence which resulted in the unjust reduction of a NCO in a highly publicized incident, the CO sets the punishment aside and restores him to his previous grade even though he knows it will displease his seniors or may reflect negatively on his fitness report. (Also an example of courage.)

KNOWLEDGE 

Definition. Understanding of a science or an art. The range of one's information, including professional knowledge and an understanding of your Marines. 
Significance. The gaining and retention of current developments in military and naval science and world affairs is important for your growth and development. 
Example. The Marine who not only knows how to maintain and operate his assigned weapon, but also knows how to use the other weapons and equipment in the unit.

LOYALTY 

Definition. The quality of faithfulness to country, the Corps, and unit, and to one's seniors, subordinates, and peers. 
Significance. The motto of our Corps is Semper Fidelis, Always Faithful. You owe unswerving loyalty up and down the chain of command: to seniors, subordinates, and peers. 
Example. A Marine displaying enthusiasm in carrying out an order of a senior, though he may privately disagree with it. The order may be to conduct a particularly dangerous patrol. The job has to be done, and even if the patrol leader disagrees, he must impart confidence and enthusiasm for the mission to his men.

TACT 

Definition. The ability to deal with others without creating hostility. 
Significance. The quality of consistently treating peers, seniors, and subordinates with respect and courtesy is a sign of maturity. Tact allows commands, guidance, and opinions to be expressed in a constructive and beneficial manner. This deference must be extended under all conditions regardless of true feelings. 
Example. A Marine discreetly points out a mistake in drill to a NCO by waiting until after the unit has been dismissed and privately asking which of the two methods are correct. He/she anticipates that the NCO will realize the correct method when shown, and later provide correct instruction to the unit.

UNSELFISHNESS

Definition. Avoidance of providing for one's own comfort and personal advancement at the expense of others. 
Significance. The quality of looking out for the needs of your subordinates before your own is the essence of leadership. This quality is not to be confused with putting these matters ahead of the accomplishment of the mission. 
An NCO ensures all members of his unit have eaten before he does, or if water is scarce, he will share what he has and ensure that others do the same. Another example occurs frequently when a Marine receives a package of food from home: the delicacies are shared with everyone in the squad. Yet another form of unselfishness involves the time of the leader. If a Marine needs extra instruction or guidance, the leader is expected to make his/her free time available whenever a need arises.


Many Marines remember these traits with the acronym 
JJ DID TIE BUCKLE

Justice
Judgement

Dependability
I nitiative
Decisiveness 

Tact
I ntegrity
Enthusiam 

Bearing 
Unselfishness
Courage
Knowledge
Loyalty
Endurance 




Jan 15, 2012

Cpr. Ira Hayes, WWII Marine



I am chosing to Highlight a Veteran whos country failed him at a time that he needed those around him the most to recognize his needs. This mans life is so perfectly immortalizied by Johnny Cash by the "Ballad of Ira Hayes". Never forget the men whom may have survived the battle but ultimatly where casualties of the War with in themselves.

Jan 12, 2012

Black Box Generated View of Hudson Plane Landing



 Very gripping computer generation from the black boxes of Captain Sully's Hudson River landing, worth the seven minutes. He is one cool customer ... 


My friend Sandy Schuessler Wright tracks animal / plane accidents. This aircraft was taken down by birds in the engine. 


Thanks to Vietnam Vet Marine Air Controller Rick Cleland for sharing.


An interesting side note. My cousin in South Dakota was talking to her brother in Japan on Skype so they were looking at each other on their computer screens. He then got a call on Skype from a friend in New York so the three of them were viewing each other on a conference call. The friend had a great view of the Hudson River and he saw the airplane heading down. So he turned his laptop around and my cousins watched the landing live in South Dakota and Japan.  A high tech world.


Jan 10, 2012

Standing on the Corner



photo

Manning the Corner

Cpl. Josh Williams, a supply clerk assigned to an Afghan police mentoring team, provides security alongside Afghan policemen in Zaranj, Nimroz province, Afghanistan, Dec. 30, 2011.
(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Bryan Nygaard)

United States Marine Corps Official Page's photostream





Jan 6, 2012

Colonel Byron Hill in Leatherneck Magazine




Byron Hill in Vietnam - Then and Now

Nice article in Leatherneck Magazine about Colonel Byron Hill. The article discusses his actions in 1967 when then Lieutenant Hill won the Silver Star, and about the actions of him and his platoon members now helping handicapped Vietnamese children.

Well done, Byron.

Semper Fi



He Is a Real Water Walker


Running With A Splash

Marines and other athletes who work out on a regular basis often experience burnout and possible injury. Breaking up normal workout regiments with cross-training exercises, like swimming, can offer relief for overworked muscles and joints. For many Marines, the thought of swimming laps may not be appealing. What they may fail to realize is there are a plethora of fitness opportunities at the pool other than swimming laps that can aid in increased fitness levels, assist with muscle mass, and decrease the chances of injury while providing much needed muscle recovery.


Jan 1, 2012

Happy New Year


Powerful Images of 2011

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The 45 Most Powerful Images of 2011 from Buzzfeed:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/the-most-powerful-photos-of-2011

May 2012 be a more peaceful year around the world.

Happy New Year one and all.

Semper Fi