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Marines make a difference both in peace, during war

by ROGER GREGORY / Contributing Writer
| February 7, 2024 1:00 AM

From a book, "Salute to the Armed Forces, Tell It to the Marines," here are some famous quotes from people about the Marines.

"We are not retreating, hell, we are just attacking in a different direction." (General Oliver Smith, retreat from Chosin Resovoir, Korea, 1950)

"The deadliest weapon in the world is a Marine and his rifle." (General Pershing, World War II)

"Once a Marine, always a Marine" (Credited to Master Sgt. Paul Woyshner)

"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, wife of President Roosevelt, World War II)

"Retreat, hell!, We just got here." (Captain Lloyd Williams, U.S. Marine Corps)

And lastly …

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


Roger Gregory is a Vietnam veteran and business owner in Priest River. He served in the 1st Infantry Division.

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