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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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kris daniel May 29, 2015 at 3:17 pm

I loved reading all the notes on this page. semper fi to my fellow marines and to all my fellow Americans.

I am honored to have served in combat for this great nation. thanks to all of you for allowing me to share my great American experience with you.

i’ll be at the geedunk having a bag nasty and do some lolly-gagging.

Shane N May 10, 2015 at 1:05 pm

To me, becoming a Marine means achiving the highest level of what you can be, while simultaneously giving everything of yourself back to the country. When I was a little kid, 4 and 5 years old, I knew that I was going to join the military, I loved everything about it. My reasons then, while they have changed and matured somewhat, are still fundamentally the same. They aren’t about bonuses or benefits, or parties and girls. While that kind of thing is definantly a great add-on, the real reason for me is to do everything that I can to help and support our great nation and to be a member of the greatest society in the world. The Marine Corps gives you a chance to belong to somthing bigger and greater than you could ever be on your own.

When I was looking at what branches to join, I always ended up speaking with or seeing a Marine Recruiter. I don’t know how or why, it just happed. It didn’t take long for me to realize that they are offering exactly what I wanted from the Military, and that they were the only branch I would be happy with. This is not degrading the other services, but the Marine Corps is without a doubt the best, at everything. The training is harder, the DIs are meaner, the runs are longer, the uniforms look better, and Marines mentally stronger than anyone else in the world. They are the best, and if you have a chance to be one of the best, why on earth would you settle for anything less?

Emmanuel December 20, 2014 at 4:21 am

Hmmmmmm its not easy to say never easy to be a marine its all about loyalty

lizbeth October 27, 2014 at 8:10 pm

well its good

Travis October 22, 2014 at 2:26 pm

I know how it feels I am one

Hank September 9, 2014 at 4:45 pm

FC – I guess while I sit at my desk at work or at home in my living room, I will be thankful for a few things…I am gainfully employed, I’m not homeless, I served in the Marine Corps and that you didn’t. I am happily and willingly brainwashed.

Stephanie July 28, 2014 at 6:27 pm

Lets just get a few things straight FC (commented on bottom of page). First of all the only reason you can say something so thoughtless and vile publicly without getting shot IS BECAUSE OF OUR MILITARY! It is our honorable Marines who fight so that you can say stupid stuff on the internet. Ask one. They want you to have and enjoy the freedom of speech that you apparently abuse on a regular basis. Where do you even get the audacity to make such a statement?! Quite honestly no one cares about your stupid opinions!! You get the freedom to say them and that’s about it. Secondly, your statement about Marines that adopt that saying “..have nothing going for them in life.” actually tell us a lot about you. It tells us that you are a “one man show” a “hotshot” that doesn’t need anybody in life. You are very self focused and judgmental. You don’t know what it is to be part of a team. Heck, you probably can’t define the word. And your statement about being “brainwashed”! Shoot I’m so mad right now………! What you see through your warped eyes as “brainwashed” actually happens to be dedication and loyalty, both of which, you have made clear to us, don’t matter to you. The Marines are completely dedicated to each other and their country. The sickening part is that they are dedicated to you and you don’t give a darn. Rather that sitting at your computer making senseless, stupid, “opinions” why don’t you go out and join the Marines. And when you have finished your thirteen weeks then I’d like to hear what you have to say about dedication and their performance. Next time you are bored and have nothing to do but surf the internet and give your “opinions” why don’t you get off your butt and go serve somebody. Because it is only through service that we can become selfless. I would also like to point out that I am not a Marine. So don’t rest your case against them. I am a proud member of the Air Force. I look up to my brothers and sisters in the United States Marine Corps and I would willingly defend them with my life. Yes we are all in different branches of the military but we are united, we are dedicated, we are committed to our country. And that loyalty my friend, is priceless. “Semper Fidelis!!” and may God bless The United States Marine Corps!

Norberto Aguirre May 28, 2014 at 5:22 am

Are any of these mottos or slogans patented by the Marine Corps.

Chinaski May 1, 2014 at 9:16 pm

@Forever Cold:

So what’s your point?

ron brothers April 6, 2014 at 11:28 pm

they don,t make marines like they use to we were marines in battle and marines on the streets
we had pride in our name usmc till death do us part

L CPL. Stone April 4, 2014 at 3:18 pm

Only Marines can run all the way to hati in just one day. 13 weeks of hell and misery is the price you have to pay to be a Marine. We do not accept the min. requirements.
Ooh rah!

Big Moe February 25, 2014 at 4:46 pm

Hey fc. Why in the world would you come on here and say something so dumb? You really stepped in it. I’ve been out of the Corp for over 40 years and am proud. Very proud. Thats for life.
To all who have served, thank you.
To all my Bro’s…..Semper Fi

SherriFL February 17, 2014 at 9:21 am

I am a Marine Mom to the Corps. I love to tell people, “I grew up a Squid Brat, married a retired Wing Nut, BUT I RAISED A MARINE!!!!!! My email signature says, “Don’t Mess with Me….I Raised a Marine.” and my favorite saying to some folks……”There is only ONE person tougher than a Marine, and that’s his/her momma.” LOL. So proud of My Son, My Marine! The pride I feel for the Marine Corps is something very special, in deed. They are definately one of a kind.

I thank each and every Armed Forces member, past, present, & future, every day for all they do and all they give/gave. I could not serve in the Armed Forces myself, but that didn’t stop me. I did the next best thing…..I have been a nurse with the VA for 31 yrs………………..and I can honestly say I have loved my job, helping veterans, and making a difference in their lives every day of that 31 yrs……I’m not ready to retire yet. Gotta lot of younguns to help…….

Gregory February 5, 2014 at 11:58 pm

I I had many titles, but the one I am most proud of is US Marine. 0331 m-60 machinegunner Grunt Marine, 30 years ago.

Mike H February 3, 2014 at 12:38 pm

My son served three tours (Fallujah x2, Helmand Province x1) and despite him only being 25 yo he firmly believes ONCE A MARINE, ALWAYS A MARINE. He lives up to the standards the Marine Corps instilled in him, so ………………….. he will NEVER forget!

Dennis January 27, 2014 at 3:27 pm


Rick corral January 12, 2014 at 10:55 am

My father was a Leatherneck, God res his soul. South Pacific campaign, Frozen Chosen. Honorable Discharged, and let me tell you there isn’t a day that goes by that I regret the fact that I didn’t join this FINE GROUP OF MEN AND WOMEN!

Semper Fi

Jeffery shafran January 2, 2014 at 7:28 pm

Semperfi vet from the root

Brandon December 20, 2013 at 11:23 pm

My cousin was a Marine, he died in Vietnam you can read his silver star citation, his name is Patrick Riordan. We have traced my family history back to the beginning of the Corps. I come from a long line of fighting warriors and to have some puke say some stupid a#$ stuff like that, man you are not smart! My biggest regret was not serving the beloved Corps. If the Marines would take me today I would gladly sign up to earn the right to wear the uniform and take my place among my ancestors as a United States Marine! My mother pushed college education then to serve, but I would give up all I have now to go back and serve. They live by a higher standard, a higher calling if you will. No matter how crappy the detail, how dire the situation is in combat or civilian life a Marine will always be first to step up or hold the line. Thank you to All who ever wore the uniform and may GOD Bless the United States and may GOD Bless The United States Marine Corps!
If I may Ooh rah!

Dave December 17, 2013 at 11:07 pm

FC, you just couldn’t fit your head in the jar! Brainwashed…

Ok, I was Army, couldn’t help poking a bit of fun good sirs!

That said, it is true, you might actually change services, then you might not be a Marine anymore.

Charles Bryson December 1, 2013 at 10:40 pm

A Marine is forever. Forever Cold doesn’t have it. I’m a Vietnam Marine and damn proud to have earned the title!

Don Caton September 7, 2013 at 10:45 am

“Once a Marine, always a Marine” is not something that is said so much as it is something that is lived. The quintessential Marine prefers NOT to talk but to ACT. “Silence” and “Listen” both have the same letters. One can’t LEARN when their mouth is open. Maybe if “forever cold” could have felt and experienced the core values his uncle lived, perhaps he or she would understand it’s NOT what you say that counts, it’s what you DO … “Mission First.” Not even a Ph.D. degree guarantees you’ve learned anything, only that you’ve “gone through the program.” A Marine has gone through the program.

Kevin Heath August 30, 2013 at 11:23 pm

I served in Vietnam and was wounded….I am not a marine but I was in the Navy. My ship the USS DAVIS DD937 We escorted the aircraft AMERICA to Vietnam and was in their task group. 6 of the marines came aboard to train us how to fire the Red Eye Missile launcher…..never met such a great group of guys…..Forever cold these guys were ready to give their lives for not only their own marines but for all of us including you if you had been around at that time…..Dedicated to what they were doing….you have a right to say what you say and to think the way that you do but no one ever learns how awesome these guys are until they fight along side of you…To you who served as marines or are serving now my hat is off for your guts, courage, and love of country……………….

diane August 27, 2013 at 8:34 am

as the former wife of a “former marine” who then joined the army, I had the priviledge of working on Krabenloch Kaserne and at 7th Corp in Germany. Soldiers in general are a breed apart but Marines, they are special. They go through hell to earn the title and the right to be called Marines and I will always have a special place in my heart for them and all the men and women that serve our country both here and abroad. God bless America, God bless our Armed Forces and God bless the Marines. Semper Fi. Oorah!

Sgt Pip August 17, 2013 at 4:05 pm

Forever Cold. Brainwashed, I readily accept the label. From the day I went through the gates of Parris Island I have been brainwashed with Marine pride and I hope it never dies. The brotherhood of Marines is amazing and they have more heart than any fraternity that has ever existed. Let someone find out you are a former Devil Dog and they look at you different. I have heard “you were in the Marines?” a thousand times and it never gets old. Never do you hear someone perk up when they find out you were in the Air Force, Navy or Army.
But it’s ok for what you say because many Marines gave some and some gave all so you can have an
opinion and speak English when you do.

Leatherneck for Life July 10, 2013 at 11:42 pm

Obviously “Forever Cold” your Uncle who was a Marine had Integrity, Honor, and a set of Balls! Something you have never found or earned if your questioning the Marine Corps fabric and titles. “Once a Marine, Always a Marine.” is alive and strong and has been forever. Maybe you never heard him say it because he didn’t respect you enough? Maybe he just knew it was something you could never understand because you have never earned anything in your life or put honor in front anything? You don’t even respect your Uncle enough to capitalize the word Marine which he is still today, 6 feet under ground. To all Marines living and past, “Semper Fidelis!” Maybe he said that around you? I doubt it!!!

Warren Nichols July 5, 2013 at 9:18 pm

Forever cold… I have a message for you. Only a candy ass that never was there would make a statement like you made about the corps that afforded you the freedoms that you enjoy. I am 90 years old and still a marine. Call me a has been if you will but I declare it`s better tob a has been than a never was. Semper Fi Nick

Jean White June 27, 2013 at 11:36 pm

It is common for any Marine who is a true Marine to use that slogan. (Onced a Marine, always….) Most of us who have served, when asked about being a Marine, acknowledge that even though we may have been discharged or have retired, still consider ourselves Marines. Whether active duty or not, we are members of a brotherhood which cherishes our Corps and its history of which we all participated in creating. Checkout Tripoli, Chapultapec, Belleau Wood, Guadalcanal, Saipan, Tinian, Iwo Jima, Inchon, Chosin, Fallujah, Helmand Province. These are only a few of the places where Marines fought and bled for our Corps and country for 238 years. You can foolishly say that you don’t believe it but history tells that it’s true. And no one can ever take that away from US.

Forever Cold June 12, 2013 at 8:36 pm

I do not believe in the saying, “Once a marine, always a marine. My uncle served in three wars, received four purple hearts and various other medals, and I never heard him say this.

The people I have heard use that saying use it because they have nothing going for them in life. They are either homeless, don’t keep a job or both. Just my opinion but I don’t see how anyone would allow themselves to stay brainwashed like that.

LUCIANO FONTANA April 17, 2013 at 6:24 am

the Whole world loves and admires U.S. Marines, we all owe them a part of our freedom and democracy

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