Whether in the U.S. Marine Corps. Navy, Army, Air Force or Coast Guard, the American military branches have exemplified patriotism, bravery and resilience—and have made the ultimate sacrifice for the Land of the Free. Check out these quotes about being in the US Military, directly from leadership figures who fought in WWII.
Quotes About Being In The US Military (Spoken From WWII Leaders)
“We are determined that before the sun sets on this terrible struggle our flag will be recognized throughout the world as a symbol of freedom on the one hand, of overwhelming power on the other.” – George C. Marshall, Chief of Staff
“Sure, we want to go home. We want this war over with. The quickest way to get it over with is to go get the bastards who started it.” – General George S. Patton
“No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country.” – General George S. Patton
“Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory and our interests are in grave danger. With confidence in our armed forces, with the unbounding determination of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumph, so help us God.” – President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in his address to Congress after the attack on Pearl Harbor
“To have the United States at our side was to me the greatest joy. Now at this very moment I knew the United States was in the war, up to the neck and in to the death. So we had won after all! … Hitler’s fate was sealed. Mussolini’s fate was sealed. As for the Japanese, they would be ground to powder.” – Prime Minister Winston Churchill (after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor)
“Americans love to fight. All real Americans love the sting of battle.” – General George S. Patton
“Don’t fire until you can see the whites of their eyes.” – Major James Devereux (the Battle of Wake Island, 1941)
“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather, we should thank God that such men lived.” – General George S. Patton
“They have given their sons to the military services. They have stoked the furnaces and hurried the factory wheels. They have made the planes and welded the tanks. Riveted the ships and rolled the shells.” – President Franklin D. Roosevelt (addressing women’s contributions to WWII)
“It is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech. It is the soldier, not the organizer, who gave us the freedom to demonstrate. It is the soldier who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag.” – Father Dennis Edward O’Brien, USMC
Have you heard any other quotes about being in the US Military from veterans in our armed forces? Let us know!
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