Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller

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“Paper-work will ruin any military force”

“You don’t hurt ’em if you don’t hit ’em.”

“The mail service has been excellent out here, and in my opinion this is all that the Air Force has accomplished during the war.”

“Don’t forget that you’re First Marines! Not all the Communists in hell can overrun you!”

“Our Country won’t go on forever, if we stay soft as we are now. There won’t be any AMERICA because some foreign soldiery will invade us and take our women and breed a hardier race!”


When an Army captain asked him for the direction of the line of retreat, Col Puller called his Tank Commander, gave them the Army position, and ordered: “If they start to pull back from that line, even one foot, I want you to open fire on them.” Turning to the captain, he replied “Does that answer your question? We’re here to fight.” At Koto-ri in Korea


“Take me to the Brig. I want to see the “real Marines”. ”

“We’re surrounded. That simplifies the problem.”

“They are in front of us, behind us, and we are flanked on both sides by an enemy that outnumbers us 29:1. They can’t get away from us now!”


When the Marines were cut off behind enemy lines and the Army had written the 1st Marine Division off as being lost because they were surrounded by 22 enemy divisions. The Marines made it out inflicting the highest casualty ratio on an enemy in history and destroying 7 entire enemy divisions in the process. An enemy division is 16500+ men while a Marine division is 12500 men.

“They are a damn site better than the U.S. Army, at least we know that they will be there in the morning.”


When a journalist asked him about being surrounded by 22 enemy divisions:
“There are not enough chinamen in the world to stop a fully armed Marine regiment from going where ever they want to go”

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