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U.S. Marine Slogans, Mottos, and Sayings

by Adam Levine

in Slogans & 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.

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).

About the Author - Adam Levine

Adam is a Search Marketing Specialist at CustomInk. He has worked at CustomInk 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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D. Barfield May 4, 2017 at 12:21 am

In reading forever cold comment, (yes, I know I’m late to the party)
But I’m reminded of Ronald Reagan’s quote-
Referring to liberals ,
“It’s not that they are Ignorant,
It’s that they know so much, that isn’t so”-
Not sure if forever cold is indeed a liberal, but the quote definitely applies!

D. Barfield May 4, 2017 at 12:15 am

Warren I love all the rebuttals – but I must say yours is my favorite,
I’ve been out of the Corps for almost 30 years now, but should the need arise , I would gladly pick up a rifle and join my fellow marines in combat ( if they’d take me- ha ha) I’d need to do a bit more PT. But I think any and all fellow Marines-( former) would do the same to protect our nation, our country, our families!
God Bless your sir!
Semper Fi.

D. Barfield May 3, 2017 at 11:58 pm

It’s one shot- one kill,
In other words – don’t fire aimlessly, make every shot count!

D. Barfield May 3, 2017 at 11:57 pm

I believe you are referring to Adapt, Impervise & Overcome, a mantra that is used often in the Marine Corps, to remind Marines that we often have to overcome inferior circumstances to achieve superior results through perseverance and creative problem solving- often doing more with less. These 3 words have served me well throughout years in the Corps and more as a civilian…

Alice Wheeler March 22, 2017 at 3:59 pm

Isn’t there a 3 word motto of the Marines, such as Accept, Improvise, etc? Please help me think of it. Thank you.

Theodore McCain Jr. March 8, 2017 at 9:14 pm

One Shot; two kills/ or one shot Three Kills!!

Theodore McCain Jr. March 8, 2017 at 9:12 pm

“Semper Fidelis”

Meaning ” Always Faithful “

Tex January 17, 2017 at 11:24 am

Improvise, adapt and over come. Marine mantra

Josh T November 9, 2016 at 6:43 pm

“SEMPER FIDELIS” forever cold. That is all I can say, not everyone can earn the title Marine, nor can everyone understand it. After reading all the posts maybe you can see clearly now, past, present and future, no matter what or when, your uncles brothers and sisters came to his defense, we have never met him, but we all know him, that is a family I am proud to be apart of. God bless you and the United States Marine Corps.

Just missed April 9, 2016 at 12:56 am

Hold it… I was a Cival AirPatrol Reserve guy.. 47 y.o. Met Rangers, PJ’s, MARSOC, Walruses and Post office Special Delivery Service…
Never met a tougher operations outfit than ……Amazon.??

Just missed promotion April 9, 2016 at 12:46 am

Yee ain’t a real ‘enlisted’ Jug until yee’ve had 2 art 15’$.
Been a E-3 e-1,2 etc…
Pappy and Chesty, Gunny Half-Cocked…. Ha haa. Haaah.
Parris Island 3088, 1987. 0311
Pcp….over weight… Shin splints.

terri February 24, 2016 at 12:31 pm

well said Stephanie. What gets me is all the people in this country who sit and bash the military and say stupid and hurtful things, they go trough life acting like they are entitled to something and act like fools and always say I can do what I want when I want where I want with who I want and don’t realize or recognize the only reason they can do that is because of every single person who has served in the military. if not for the brave men and women who trained hard, were pushed to the limit, were taught how to be the best Marine, or the best Naval officer, etc so they can selflessly go and fight to give you the right to do exactly that even if it is a stupid waste of time and money, even if it hurts another or makes another person uncomfortable, all these men and women have fought, have bled, who have lost limbs, who have lost their life so you can sit there and act like a stupid, selfish idiot who doesn’t have a loyal or dedicated bone in your body. Instead of bashing them, try thanking them for giving you the freedoms you have and the safety they provide for you and your family

Buddha Bless U August 27, 2015 at 8:35 am

All the saying and slogans are not only the words, these are the true expression of our deep regards to real heroes of life who fight for us.

BT 0331 June 12, 2015 at 8:54 pm

To Forever Cold, I know it has been some time since you took the time to express yourself. As has been mentioned, you only have that right due to those you willingly protect those they do not know, to provide the security, peace and freedom you enjoy. You are a prime example of those that have no respect for the honor you have been given to live in a land where you are free to express yourself and live as you wish. It breaks my heart that I lost good friends while in the Corps and you are still permitted to continue on. I would challenge you to walk up to a Marine and express yourself the same way, you may find that there are some other talents that we “Brainwashed” Marines have not forgotten. Or maybe, you should wake up, and thank those that have suffered to protect you. I might also suggest that you pay the respect your Uncle deserves by know what medals he was awarded, and not refer to them as various other medals. Your Uncle, serving thru multiple wars, sounds like he was true to the Corps and his country, I wonder, have you ever told him that he was Brainwashed, do you express that you feel he has nothing going for him, or maybe, just maybe, when the wolf is at the door, you cower under the bed and cry for help, I wonder, who will come to your aide?

Semper Fi, 0331

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