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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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MAJ Joseph Parker
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<p>"Nuts"</p><p><br></p><p>BG Anthony McAuliffe, Acting Commander, 101st ABN DIV to German General Heinrich von Luttwitz, Commander of the 47th Panzer Corps&nbsp;at the siege of Bastogne, when the latter demanded his surrender.</p><p><br></p><p>So concise. So eloquent. So American.&nbsp;So Airborne!</p>
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SPC James Anderson
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"Nuts" Brevity is the key to wit and this quote pretty much nails it.
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@Maj Joseph Parker pure courage!
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SGM Senior Maintenance Supervisor
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SPC James Anderson - Just for the record, that's the official version of what he said. In reality, the word he used was a contraction of firetruck.
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SPC James Anderson
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SGM (Join to see) - SGM Ive never read or heard of any version that strays from the official record? General McAuliffe did not curse and Nuts was part of his daily vocabulary and I do not believe the German officers receiving the reply would have been as confused by, or required clarification of the F-bomb as they did for "Nuts". Well personally I hope the official version is correct, to me its a much better response.
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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:<br><br><span class="st"> “I come in peace. I didn't bring artillery. But I'm pleading with you, <em>with tears in my eyes</em>: <em>If you f*@% with me, I'll kill you all</em>.”</span><br>
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Sgt Daniel Dombrowski - you were lucky Sir thank you for your service
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MAJ (Join to see) - he surely is Sir..he will be rembered in history .I believe his biggest battle is impending
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CPL Leslie Andrews
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I'd walk though hell with a Mogas jacket on if Gen. Mattis was leading the way.
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CPT(P) (Join to see) - I ran out of thumbs Sir. If I could roll back time I would have disobeyed my father and joined the military. My problem would be a prayer to God I could serve under General Matiss
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<p>Never tell people how to do things.&nbsp; Tell them what to do, and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.&nbsp; - GEN George S. Patton</p><div class="pta-link-card"><div class="pta-link-card-picture"><img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/25/Genius_of_Liberty_Dumont_July_Column.jpg/220px-Genius_of_Liberty_Dumont_July_Column.jpg"></div><div class="pta-link-card-content"><div class="pta-link-card-title"><a href="http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Genius" target="_blank">Genius - Wikiquote</a></div><div class="pta-link-card-description">Genius (plural genii or geniuses, adjective ingenious) is a term referring to a person, a body of work, a singular achievement of surpassing excellence, or an essential quality of such things. More th...</div></div><div style="clear: both;"></div><div class="pta-box-hide"><i class="icon-remove"></i></div></div>
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Sir,&nbsp;<div><br></div><div>It seems like Patton had a way of saying the same thing over and over again....but not exactly the same way. One of my favorite quotes of his is almost exactly the same as what you posted:&nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px;">"If you tell people where to go, but not how to get there, you'll be amazed at the results."</span><br style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px;"><br></div><div><br></div><div>I also know that there are many recorded versions of his "You don't wins wars by dying for your country...." quote.</div>
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MAJ Keith Davis
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Great Quote, and a step toward mission command.
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LT Stephen Amiaga
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Love this one! I heard it restated by Casper Weinberger at the graduation of USNA Class of 1984, my cousin Carl's graduation. Prefixed by the phrase, "If you don't ever remember anything else that I or any commencement speaker ever says, remember this..."
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SGT Eric Knutson
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Cpt Miller, that is a quote that should be an entire day in the classroom for every level of leadership in the Military, PLDC all the way to "Charm School" for General Officers in my book
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