Slogans & Sayings

U.S. Marine Slogans, Mottos, and Sayings


Marine Hugging Family - Semper Fi
As we continue our “salute to service” on our blog, we’ve got a list of popular marine slogans, mottos, and clever sayings just for you. We hope you find them useful and serve as a resource for your custom marine t-shirts or apparel for yourself, fellow marines, or family & friends in support. And be sure to add any of your personal favorites in the comments section.

U.S. Marine Slogans, Mottos, and Sayings

    Semper Fi
    -Official USMC Motto

    Once a Marine, Always a Marine
    -Official Marine Corps League Motto

    The Few. The proud. The Marines.
    -Current Marines Advertising Slogan

    First to Fight
    -Adopted slogan from the U.S. Media during WW1

    “The deadliest weapon in the world is a MARINE and his rifle!”
    -General Pershing, U.S. Army

    A Few Good Men
    -Advertising saying coined by Capt. William Jones in 1779, when he was looking to enlist “A Few Good Men” to serve in the Corps.

    “Every Marine is, first and foremost, a rifleman. All other conditions are secondary.”
    -General Alfred M Gray, USMC

    “Uncommon valor was a common virtue.”
    -Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, U.S. Navy

    “Marine Corps integrity is doing that thing which is right, when no one is looking.”
    -Col. Colin Lampard, USMC

    “I can never again see a United States Marine without experiencing a feeling of reverence.”
    -General Johnson, U.S. Army

    “Good night, Chesty, wherever you are.”
    -Tribute saying in honor of the most decorated Marines in history – Chesty Puller – who was awarded the Navy Cross 5 times (the most ever).


Adam is a Search Marketing Specialist at Custom Ink. He has worked at Custom Ink for more than 8 years, and helps contribute to the blog with fun content that helps inspire people. And with puns. Lots and lots of puns.

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