Charge to the Marines before they went into battle

  1. This was the speech given to the 1st Marines before they left Kuwait.

    MARCH 2003
    1st Marine Division (REIN)
    Commanding General's Message to All Hands
    For decades, Saddam Hussein has tortured, imprisoned, raped and
    murdered the Iraqi people; invaded neighboring coutnries without
    provocation; and threatened the world with weapons of mass destruction.
    The time has come to end his reign of terror. On your young shoulders rest
    the hopes of mankind.
    When I give you the word, together we will cross the Line of
    Departure, close with those forces that choose to fight, and destroy them.
    Our fight is not with the Iraqi people, nor is it with members of the
    Iraqi army who choose to surrender. While we will move swiftly and
    aggressively
    against those who resist, we will treat all others with decency,
    demonstrating chivalry and soldierly compassion for people who have
    endured a lifetime under Saddam's oppression.
    Chemical attack, treachery, and use of hte innocent as human
    shields can be expected, as can other unethical tactics. Take it all in
    stride. Be the hunter, not the hunted: never allow your unit to be caught with its
    guard down. Use good judgement and act in best interests of our Nation.
    You are part of the world's most feared and trusted force. Engage
    your brain before you engage your weapon. Share your courage with each
    other as we enter the uncertain terrain north of the Line of Departure.
    Keep faith in your comrades on your left and right and Marine Air overhead.
    Fight with a happy heart and strong spirit.
    For the mission's sake, our country's sake, and the sake of the
    men who carried the Division's colors in past battles - who fought for life
    and never lost their nerve - carry out your mission and keep your honor
    clean.
    Demonstrate to the world there is "No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy" than
    a U.S. Marine.
    J. N. Mattis
    Major General, U.S. Marines
    Commanding
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  2. 23 Comments

  3. by   kmchugh
    Originally posted by Hardknox
    Engage your brain before you engage your weapon.
    But wait! How can they do this? Aren't all our young soldiers brainwashed killers? I distinctly remember someone telling me in another thread that basic training was a brainwashing process.

    Kevin McHugh
  4. by   Mkue
    Originally posted by Hardknox
    Demonstrate to the world there is "No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy" than
    a U.S. Marine.

    J. N. Mattis
    Major General, U.S. Marines
    Commanding
    Semper Fi

    Great speech !
  5. by   Hardknox
    Well if my son is any indication of how you send the army a boy and they send you back a man I say "Vive la brainwashing!"
  6. by   emily_mom
    Wonderful speech! Great way to send them off, reinforce their resolve, and form a tight group!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Kristy
  7. by   mario_ragucci
    If you're going to start talking the power of the Marine Corps, you should also mention Parris Island, South Carolina. This is where the USMC is built. Someone mentioned being brainwashed as killers. From the time you step off the bus and on to the yellow foot prints at zero dark thirty, your brain starts to wash up a little. Gaining superior Oh-Rah discipline you have to represent death because that is fear/respect. Romping, stomping amphibious green monster engages his/her brain that is the most disciplined brain on earth. I was not a Hollywood Marines so I can't tell you about San Diego.
  8. by   rncountry
    Originally posted by mario_ragucci
    If you're going to start talking the power of the Marine Corps, you should also mention Parris Island, South Carolina. This is where the USMC is built. Someone mentioned being brainwashed as killers. From the time you step off the bus and on to the yellow foot prints at zero dark thirty, your brain starts to wash up a little. Gaining superior Oh-Rah discipline you have to represent death because that is fear/respect. Romping, stomping amphibious green monster engages his/her brain that is the most disciplined brain on earth. I was not a Hollywood Marines so I can't tell you about San Diego.

    *******sigh******
  9. by   Furball
    Eeeek! Rn Country...He's the only one I have on ignore. I didn't realize who's quote I was reading until it was too late....lol

    PS Awesome speech!
  10. by   kmchugh
    Originally posted by rncountry
    *******sigh******

    *******ditto******

    Kevin
  11. by   nurs4kids
    Originally posted by mario_ragucci
    If you're going to start talking the power of the Marine Corps, you should also mention Parris Island, South Carolina. This is where the USMC is built. Someone mentioned being brainwashed as killers. From the time you step off the bus and on to the yellow foot prints at zero dark thirty, your brain starts to wash up a little. Gaining superior Oh-Rah discipline you have to represent death because that is fear/respect. Romping, stomping amphibious green monster engages his/her brain that is the most disciplined brain on earth. I was not a Hollywood Marines so I can't tell you about San Diego.
    Funny, Mario, my nephew along with several of his buds ARE Paris Island/ Camp Le June (?sp) Marines. They lack all this "killer' instinct, this "amphibious green monster" persona that you got from the Marines. They DO stand proud and live to defend our rights and freedom. They ARE willing to risk their lives so that some of us can freely lie, embellish and march. They ARE disciplined as discipline is mandatory to succeed (they normally carry this discipline throughout life, btw). THEY DO NOT and are NOT brainwashed to kill.

    Mario,
    We have people over there right now, risking their lives..LOSING THEIR LIVES...Marines..
    please don't disrespect them or attempt to villianize them because they have the guts to do what so many only talk of doing!
  12. by   mario_ragucci
    I didn't say instinct; I say DISCIPLINE. In order to be a Marine, you have to complete MCRD PISC or San Diego. It all comes down to following orders and destroying the enemy, which includes killing. I guess it's okay to talk about hard chargers in a warm and fuzzy kind of way, but for Marines, real FMF Marines, it's not warm and fuzzy pladitudes. At all. Marines have hearts and Marines cry, but Marines are also earth shakers and life takers, and thats the way it is. I guess if you are in the air wing or technical hard charger, then maybe the discipline and stress is not turned up as much because of the difference of function. But if you are a grunt, 0311, or anything attached in support, thats on the ground, you better believe, come support at home or not, politics, religion....nothing diminishes the motivation or spirit of US Marines.
  13. by   rncountry
    Tracy, can you please tell me how to put someone on ignore please? I can't remember.
  14. by   nurs4kids
    lol, helen..
    click on his profile and at the bottom of his profile, you'll see a link that says "add ***** ******* to your ignore list"...

    and then you won't have to read another thing from me

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