Quote of the Week

“My definition, the definition that I’ve always believed in, is that Esprit de Corps means love for one’s own military legion – in my case, the United States Marine Corps. It means more than self-preservation, religion, or patriotism. I’ve also learned that this loyalty to one’s corps travels both ways: up and down.”
-Chesty Puller

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13 thoughts on “Quote of the Week”

  1. Good night “Chesty” wherever you are! General “Chesty” Puller was always my hero! The South always made great Generals!
    Semper Fi!
    Paul W. Annetts-1961-1967/1980-Cuban Missile Crisis & Vietnam

  2. Back during the Korean war, overheard in a conversation as a comment from MSgt. Paul Snyder, Baker Company First Sergeant, AmTracs, giving a PFC advice …”If you was meant to have a wife, they’d have issued you one in Boot Camp!”

    1. I was told that when I was in 2d MTBN in 1973, as my wife was scheduled for surgery the next day. I never forgot that as I dealt with my Marines during my next 17 years.

  3. I had the honor of meeting Chesty at the Marine Corp Ball, Parris Island on 11/10/1967. He had been retired for quite some time and wasn’t in uniform but I recognized him right away, standing at the doorway to the NCO ball. I found the courage to go up to him with a photograph of him and ask “would you sign this for me please”. Being the true gentleman he was when speaking to the ladies, he smiled and said “I would be glad to” and signed it for “a lovely lady and a Marine”. I have it framed and it hangs right under the large print we have of the painting done of him when in uniform. My husband is a retired Gunny, my brother fought in Korea, my uncle fought in the pacific, and my older uncle served with Chesty long ago when Chesty was just a Sargent. Add to this that my sister and her son also served in the Corp, and this is why I often say “we are a Marine Corp family”.

    1. Great story- Dad is a Marine and we live near Paris Island- Dad was wounded near Chosin on November 28, 1950, Dog company I think, Royal British Comandos helped get him help, He spoke of Chesty Puller often.

  4. A Marine develops and carries in every cell his or her bod a 27th set of Chromosomes equal and named Esprit de Corps. Not even to be taken away by death!

  5. A Marine need only look upon his uniform and the eagle, globe, and anchor to feel such Esprit de Corps! It is my belief this feeling is not stronger in any military service, anywhere else in the world!

  6. In was the Guard Officer at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in the late ’50s. Chesty sometimes came down to have dinner with our CO, Col Henry P. Crowe another salty old Marine. One chilly night I was summoned from my quarters to the CO’s. I was in mufti having just returned from shopping. I walked over to the Colonels quarters and found Chesty there. He wanted to known why my sentry was not wearing an overcoat. I assured him there were electric heaters in the booths and steam heat in the gate house and the troops preferred not to wear their overcoats. He assured me they always looked sharp and said “Keep up the good work.”

    1. Great story- Dad is a Marine and we live near Paris Island- Dad was wounded near Chosin on November 28, 1950, Dog company I think, Royal British Comandos helped get him help, He spoke of Chesty Puller often.

  7. My brother and I joined the Marine Corps reserves while still in high school. Great learning experience that has stayed with us for over 60 years. Doing family research I found that two family cousins served in the Marines during WW II. One, a Lt., lost his life on Iwo Jima. The other was wounded on Tarawa.

  8. You refuse to allow the use of a Post Office Box in my address. Guess what my last 2 orders where delivered, by Fedex to the postal service for delivery to my Post Office Box. I have to trick the delvery address that is in your system and put Apt 278 instead of POB other wise the order may be returned.

  9. I was at MCRD, San Diego, in 1971. My mother sent me an article telling me of Chesty Puller’s demise. He went from Private to General in his career. I really never forgot that. And, I always questioned in my heart, what makes a leader.

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