Posted on Nov 18, 2013
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It could be a quote from a military member or civilian leader about the military, an observation of a citizen, historic figure, or a quote of an adversary about our forces or even more ancient military quotation or observation. Over the years I've seen some great quotes about military personnel, military life, etc... what are some of your favorites? Please share quote and author (or who the quote is attributed to, if known). This should be a great time, so put on your thinking caps, and share your best military quotes/observations and related subjects. Let's have some fun and learn at the same time... see you all in the threads!
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This may be considered treason by my Army comrades but the best quote I can think of is from GEN (Ret.) Mattis USMC: “I come in peace. I didn't bring artillery. But I'm pleading with you, with tears in my eyes. If you f*@% with me, I'll kill you all.”
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SMSgt Billy Cesarano
SMSgt Billy Cesarano
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"A piece of spaghetti or a military unit can only be led from the front end." - George S. Patton
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Sgt Bob Buster Adcock
Sgt Bob Buster Adcock
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Lt Col Gary Odle - Every Marine loves that one!
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Sgt Jim Mullins
Sgt Jim Mullins
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Lt Col Gary Odle - Love General Puller... He also said after being surrounded in the Chosin Reservoir, in Korea, WE got the SOB's now, we can shoot them from any direction.
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Sgt Jim Mullins
Sgt Jim Mullins
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He said, every fox hole should be equipped with a woman and whisky or something like this.
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MAJ Joseph Parker
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"Nuts" BG Anthony McAuliffe, Acting Commander, 101st ABN DIV to German General Heinrich von Luttwitz, Commander of the 47th Panzer Corps at the siege of Bastogne, when the latter demanded his surrender. So concise. So eloquent. So American. Airborne!
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SSG Bob Teachout
SSG Bob Teachout
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"These are My Credentials,"
-BG Charles D.W. Canham, assistant division commander, 8th Infantry Division,

http://www.framingfox.com/thesricreev.html
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SP6 Dick Brighthaupt
SP6 Dick Brighthaupt
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I know "nuts" was PC, But I don't believe he said that, something a little more timely perhaps?
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Lt Col Gary Odle
Lt Col Gary Odle
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Frankly, I'm like the Germans on this one. I don't really get it. By "Nuts" was he saying, "You're nuts"? Or was he like Charlie Brown in the comic strip whenever something bad happened and he would say "Nuts" as his expletive? If I were the Germans, I wouldn't know which way to take this. I would think a simple, "We will not surrender" would have been clearer and more to the point. Part of the reason this statement is so famous is precisely because it lacks clarity.
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SSG Raymond Minze
SSG Raymond Minze
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The story goes; when he received the surrender message, he had just laid down for a quick rest after having been on his feet for days. So when an officer came over to wake BG McAuliffe, the first word out of his mouth was "Nuts". After reading the message calling on him to surrender, it was reported, that he said, what kind of answer should I give the German Commander; a member of his staff said that he thought that the general should say what he said when he was awakened; hence, "NUTS"!
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Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do, and they will surprise you with their ingenuity. - GEN George S. Patton
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CMSgt Bill Eng
CMSgt Bill Eng
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My former boss said, "If you don't have anything to do, don't do it here."
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PO2 Thomas McGraw
PO2 Thomas McGraw
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General Patton said Give me an Army of West Point graduates and I'll win a battle... Give me a handful of Texas Aggies and I'll win a war.
George S. Patton
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CSM Bruce Trego
CSM Bruce Trego
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A great plan of battle never survives the first contact! Be flexible!
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SP6 Dick Brighthaupt
SP6 Dick Brighthaupt
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Plan A is before the battle, Plan B is during the battle.
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