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HumaneWhen the ones you loved see within your soulHumane by DrewCross
Past dying skin of transgressions
A reflection truncates your being
As you succumb false progressions
Behold the insult of humankind, the
Fish whose ocean be green envy
And waves of still coagulate crashing
Down life's comfortable entry
The sickening taste of this husk I no
Longer wish to sample, force fed
Sinew and promise of acquired taste
For right in mankind taste blessed
If not for sweet tolerance may I cast
The shell away, but perhaps pain
Has value through weak flesh in scars, in hopes
Of life through this physical grain
Pain Transcends Slow DeathThe light switch is now off, a clap of soundPain Transcends Slow Death by DrewCross
Like a round or artillery
A friend's final screams caught in c-wire, back
From the dead haunting eerily
But strong, worse than before, distorted
By mind over matter, returns
The beating of an abusive other
You remember bruises and burns
The switch is one unexpected in a
Room with no safe corners or doors.
Where was the beacon, a torch much needed
Where this blindness be killing floor?
Yet no sanctuary tonight, rather
The harasser, here again and
Approaching in pitch black, the insurgent
Smell of gunpowder, blood and sand
Hands sweaty gripping nothing, I wish to
Tell you this monster in the room
Can be defeated, but no way can there
Be another within the gloom
Alone with sounds, feelings but not senses
To trust, just lost and drowning in
Nothing but emulation of the mind;
A hell for no committed sin
You'll continue to burn, violated,
Ridiculed, raped, and heartbroken
Until the light returns, or perhaps one
Only need their eyes to open
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, First Lady of the United States, 1945
Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don't have that problem.
Ronald Reagan, President of the United States; 1985
The safest place in Korea was right behind a platoon of Marines. Lord, how they could fight!
MGen. Frank E. Lowe, USA; Korea, 26 January 1952
There are only two kinds of people that understand Marines: Marines and the enemy. Everyone else has a second-hand opinion.
Gen. William Thornson, U.S. Army
A Marine is a Marine. I set that policy two weeks ago - there's no such thing as a former Marine. You're a Marine, just in a different uniform and you're in a different phase of your life. But you'll always be a Marine because you went to Parris Island, San Diego or the hills of Quantico. There's no such thing as a former Marine.
General James F. Amos, 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps
I have just returned from visiting the Marines at the front, and there is not a finer fighting organization in the world!
General of the Armies Douglas MacArthur; Korea, 21 September 1950
This was the first time that the Marines of the two nations had fought side by side since the defence of the Peking Legations in 1900. Let it be said that the admiration of all ranks of 41 Commando for their brothers in arms was and is unbounded. They fought like tigers and their morale and esprit de corps is second to none.
Lt Col. D.B. Drysdale, Commanding
41 Commando, Chosen Reservoir, on the 1st Marine Division
The deadliest weapon in the world is a Marine and his rifle.
Gen. John "Black Jack" Pershing, U.S. Army
Commander of American Forces in World War I
Do not attack the First Marine Division. Leave the yellowlegs alone. Strike the American Army.
Orders given to Communist troops in the Korean War;
shortly afterward, the Marines were ordered
to not wear their khaki leggings.
They (Women Marines) don't have a nickname, and they don't need one. They get their basic training in a Marine atmosphere, at a Marine Post. They inherit the traditions of the Marines. They are Marines.
LtGen Thomas Holcomb, USMC
Commandant of the Marine Corps, 1943
If I had one more division like this First Marine Division I could win this war.
General of the Armies Douglas McArthur in Korea,
overheard and reported by Marine Staff Sergeant Bill Houghton, Weapons/2/5
Every Marine is, first and foremost, a rifleman. All other conditions are secondary.
Gen. A. M. Gray, USMC
Commandant of the Marine Corps
The Marines have landed and the situation is well in hand.
Attributed to Richard Harding Davis (1864-1916)