Friday, February 10, 2006

Virginia Puller to be buried today

Wife and rock of Lt. General Chesty Puller should be honored. Her husband has been honored many times. He won the Navy Cross a record 5 times. His wife was the one person who allowed him the latitude to do the heroics that he did, time and time again. I honor the service of all men and women who voluntarily serve in the military of their respective free countries. I have particular afinity and reverence for those who serve under my flag, the US flag. There are many reasons for people who share my view to hold particular reverence for US Marines. I have had close personal relationships with men from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and Merchant Marines. All were, without exception, good men that I was proud to call a friend. At the end of the day wars are won on the ground by men with rifles and guts. For that calling, there is not now, nor has there ever been, a better breed of man than a US Marine. I offer as supporting documentation a list of quotes sites about the Marines.


and a few of my favorites:

"The deadliest weapon in the world is a MARINE and his rifle!"

Every Marine is, first and foremost, a rifleman. All other conditions are secondary.
Gen. A. M. Gray, USMC
Commandant of the Marine Corps

Freedom is not free, but the U.S. Marine Corps will pay most of your share.
Ned Dolan

"The Marines I have seen around the world have the cleanest bodies, the filthiest minds, the highest morale, and the lowest morals of any group of animals I have ever seen. Thank God for the United States Marine Corps!" Eleanor Roosevelt

"We're surrounded. That simplifies the problem!"

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

"A ship without MARINES is like a garment without buttons."

For over 221 years our Corps has done two things for this great Nation. We make Marines, and we win battles.
Gen. Charles C. Krulak, USMC (CMC); 5 May 1997

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

By their victory, the 3rd, 4th and 5th Marine Divisions and other units of the Fifth Amphibious Corps have made an accounting to their country which only history will be able to value fully. Among the American who served on Iwo Island, uncommon valor was a common virtue.
Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, U.S. Navy

"I have just returned from visiting the MARINES at the front, and there is not a finer fighting organization in the world!"

Marines I see as two breeds, rattlers or Doberman, because Marines come in two varieties, big and mean, or skinny and mean. They're aggressive on the attack and tenacious on defense. They've got really short hair and they always go for the throat.
radon. "Jay" R. Stark, USN; 10 November 1995

"The safest place in Korea was right behind a platoon of MARINES. LORD, how they could fight!"

The Marine Corps has just been called by the New York Times, 'The elite of this country.' I think it is the elite of the world.
Admiral William Halsey, U.S. Navy

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 that they did in breaching the so-called 'impenetrable barrier.' It was a classic- absolutely classic- military breaching of a very very tough minefield, barbed wire, fire trenches-type barrier.
Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, U. S. Army
Commander, Operation Desert Storm, February 1991

You cannot exaggerate about the Marines. They are convinced to the point of arrogance, that they are the most ferocious fighters on earth- and the amusing thing about it is that they are.
Father Kevin Keaney
1st Marine Division Chaplain
Korean War

We signed up knowing the risk. Those innocent people in New York didn't go to work thinking there was any kind of risk.
Pvt. Mike Armendariz-Clark, USMC; Afghanastan, 20 September 2001
As reported on page 1 of the New York Times

and my personal favorite quote about the Marines from a non-marine:

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

And the most appropriate of the famous Marine quotes for today:
"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

I highly suspect that Mrs. Puller could have told the unkown author that there was indeed a third group. Those who really knew them, loved them, encouraged them and made it possible for them to be who they are.

Semper Fi, Virginia Puller
Tell the General and the Good Lord we said Thanks


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