"This is my Machine"


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bogie
January 16, 2006, 10:37 AM
I was in the St. Louis History Museum yesterday, and in the WWII section, there was a poster with the words to "This is my Machine," about the war effort, etc.

It was an obvious take on "This is my Rifle." Does anyone know where I can get a copy of one, or even just the words?

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Sergeant Sabre
January 16, 2006, 11:31 AM
It's called The Rifleman's Creed and was written by Major General W. H. Rupertus, USMC. I still remember my entire recruit platoon lying on our racks at the position of attention in a squad bay on MCRD San Diego. When the on-duty Drill Instructor would give the command "Pray!", we would all recite it from memory. That was always the last thing we did before lights-out. I still get goosebumps when I read it.

There are many little variations on it. If you do a Google search for "Rifleman's Creed", you'll see that many renditions slightly change the words. This is the one that I remember:

The Rifleman's Creed

This is my rifle. There are many like it but this one is mine. My rifle is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life.

My rifle, without me is useless. Without my rifle, I am useless. I must fire my rifle true. I must shoot straighter than my enemy who is trying to kill me. I must shoot him before he shoots me. I will....

My rifle and myself know that what counts in this war is not the rounds we fire, the noise of our burst, nor the smoke we make. We know that it is the hits that count. We will hit...

My rifle is human, even as I, because it is my life. Thus, I will learn it as a brother. I will learn its weakness, its strength, its parts, its accessories, its sights and its barrel. I will forever guard it against the ravages of weather and damage. I will keep my rifle clean and ready, even as I am clean and ready. We will become part of each other. We will...

Before God I swear this creed. My rifle and myself are the defenders of my country. We are the masters of our enemy. We are the saviors of my life...

So be it, until victory is America's and there is no enemy, but Peace...

Amen.

bogie
January 16, 2006, 12:08 PM
Uh, right. I know that one.

I shoot benchrest, which is a heavily machinist-dependent sport, and I'd like to find/recreate the "this is my machine" poster for a few of the guys - the thing showed the heroic machinist working on a lathe making parts to defeat the axis powers... This thing was about the support effort back home, not the guys carrying the rifles... Someone _had_ to work for Winchester, you know?

Sergeant Sabre
January 17, 2006, 11:35 AM
Oh, I see. You were looking for a copy of the "machine" version.

I thought ya meant something else...

Wiley
January 17, 2006, 06:26 PM
Didn't find it here:

http://history1900s.about.com/library/photos/blyindexww2posters.htm

But you might ask them about it.

Great posters BTW.

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