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Quotes - "History of the Marine Corps" - General Holland M. Smith

Quotes - "History of the Marine Corps" - General Holland M. Smith

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A few quotes from US military history
A few quotes from US military history

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*** The following quotes were gathered from 1950s & ‘60s newsreels ***(It can all be heard on the “History of the Marine Corps” DVD set)
“In time of crisis will I lift up a man, and a man is lifted up; then two, then a score. … Each Marine is able to carry out the mission in the sector that he findshimself. … Spontaneity of effort replaces chaos, confusion gives way toachievement.” 
 
~ U.S. Marine General Holland M. Smith,former commanding general – fleet Marine force, Pacific area
GEN. SMITH: “What sends this man to face death? Pride in his country, his principles, inhimself as a man. What sends this exposed American against a hidden enemy? History.He walks in the footprints of Valley Forge, the Little Big Horn, Belleau Woods. Whatsends this man forward when every instinct says ‘wait’? Tradition, his father’s yardstickagainst which he stands to be measured. What sends this man thru enemy fire to rescuea fallen comrade? Esprit de corps, love of his fellow Marine. What inspires this man,imprisoned by treads of the enemy tank to render this service above and beyond? Loveof country, its righteous cause, lessons learned at his mother’s knee. A questionabounds in the land:
Is our military indoctrination too rugged? 
This is your son. War hasbrought him here. War has made him to fight. Will you have him, lean and trained andfit, able to defend himself, or will you, with softness, rob him of confidence and his bestchance for survival? … In victory, we are forgiving. . . . Across a major portion of theworld an iron curtain has descended, and there too this indoctrination of hatred for ourcountry has begun. Now is no time to weaken our own. So let us teach pride in America,for if you weaken it, incentive dies. Teach our history, for if you delete, example is lost.Teach our traditions, for if you omit them, comparison vanishes. Build esprit de corps,for if you soften it the will to win will slip. This must never happen to our country. … Inthe bosom of the earth lie the men. . . but not their spirit. For their magnificent effort,they indicated their desire; their proxy was left in our keeping.” 
NARRATOR: “Behind us stretches the 3-year, 3,000-mile corridor. How hurried thebeginning [of World War 2], how distant the entrance, how valorous the deeds thatleveled the tortuous path, how magnificent the sacrifices that ensured success, howrighteous the intent that lent the impetus, how costly the losses for freedom spent, howremembered the departed, how honored their memories, how vindicated their passing,for in the progress of their relentless course oppression and aggression were put toroute. In the bitter turmoil were republics born. From the wreckage rise the edifices of freed nations. In the administration of the affairs of the conquered enemy nation are ourtrue and unselfish intents displayed for all the world to see. We fought for freedom—nothing more.” 
NARRATOR: “Oppression never changes, or relaxes its intent. … But August 12
th
is a cupof many flavors—we are tasting triumph, victory, satisfaction. We have forgotten thatthe dregs lie at the bottom of the cup. … As the day fades, the sun is like a woman. Shecan scorch you, and nag you, and keep you hot under the collar, but when she preparesto leave you begin to miss her. As the furnace the Koreans call a sun sinks, we preparefor the night. . . . Dawn replaces the night, but not the ‘dead’ of night.
 
… Nature is awoman, and all women are unpredictable.” 
GEN. SMITH: “To the Communists pledges are meant to be broken [as was done at thesigning of the Armistice of the Korean War] – for as Marx indicated, ‘the end justifies themeans’. It is
not 
the American way.” 

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