1st Marine Div General's Message to all hands

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  1. noklue3

    noklue3 Member

    Dec 26, 2002
    Found on the web:

    MARCH 2003
    1st Marine Division (REIN)
    Commanding General's Message to All Hands

    For decades, Saddam Hussein has tortured, imprisoned, raped and
    murdered the Iraqi people; invaded neighboring coutnries without
    provocation; and threatened the world with weapons of mass destruction.
    The time has come to end his reign of terror. On your young shoulders rest
    the hopes of mankind.

    When I give you the word, together we will cross the Line of
    Departure, close with those forces that choose to fight, and destroy them.
    Our fight is not with the Iraqi people, nor is it with members of the
    Iraqi army who choose to surrender. While we will move swiftly and
    against those who resist, we will treat all others with decency,
    demonstrating chivalry and soldierly compassion for people who have
    endured a lifetime under Saddam's oppression.

    Chemical attack, treachery, and use of the innocent as human
    shields can be expected, as can other unethical tactics. Take it all in
    stride. Be
    the hunter, not the hunted: never allow your unit to be caught with its
    guard down. Use good judgement and act in best interests of our Nation.

    You are part of the world's most feared and trusted force. Engage
    your brain before you engage your weapon. Share your courage with each
    other as we enter the uncertain terrain north of the Line of Departure.
    Keep faith in your comrades on your left and right and Marine Air overhead.
    Fight with a happy heart and strong spirit.

    For the mission's sake, our country's sake, and the sake of the
    men who carried the Division's colors in past battles - who fought for life
    and never lost their nerve - carry out your mission and keep your honor
    Demonstrate to the world there is "No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy" than
    a U.S. Marine.

    J. N. Mattis
    Major General, U.S. Marines

    End Quote

    All the best to them and the others....

  2. Blackhawk

    Blackhawk Member In Memoriam

    Dec 24, 2002
    OOO RAH! :D
  3. general

    general Member

    Mar 23, 2003
    Safely tucked into the shadow of NORAD
    "Letter to all Hands:

    My dad - USMC -retired, sent me this today....
    The United States Marines... You gotta love 'em!

    Following letter was received by Marines of the 1st Marine Division from
    its Commanding General as they prepares to go back to Iraq -- its speaks
    well of the 82d Airborne Division and speaks well of the esprit of
    America's Armed Forces --

    "Letter to all Hands:

    We are going back in to the brawl. We will be relieving the magnificent
    Soldiers fighting under the 82nd Airborne Division, whose hard won
    successes in the Sunni Triangle have opened opportunities for us to exploit. For the last year, the 82nd Airborne has been operating against
    the heart of the enemy's resistance. It's appropriate that we relieve

    When it's time to move a piano, Marines don't pick up the piano bench- we
    move the piano. So, this is the right place for Marines in this fight,
    where we can carry on the legacy of Chesty Puller in the Banana Wars in
    the same sort of complex environment that he knew in his early years.
    Shoulder to shoulder with our comrades in the Army, Coalition Forces and
    maturing Iraqi Security Forces, we are going to destroy the enemy with
    precise firepower while diminishing the conditions that create
    adversarial relationships between us and the Iraqi people.

    This is going to be hard, dangerous work. It is going to require patient,
    persistent presence. Using our individual initiative, courage, moral
    judgment and battle skills, we will build on the 82nd Airborne's

    Our country is counting on us even as our enemies watch and calculate,
    hoping that America does not have warriors strong enough to withstand
    discomfort and danger. You, my fine young men, are going to prove the
    enemy wrong - dead wrong. You will demonstrate the same noncompromising spirit that has always caused the enemy to fear America's Marines.

    The enemy will try to manipulate you into hating all Iraqis. Do not allow
    he enemy that victory. With strong discipline, solid faith, unwavering
    alertness, and undiminished chivalry to the innocent, we will carry out
    this mission. Remember, I have added, "First, do no harm" to our
    passwords of "No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy." Keep your honor clean as we gain information about the enemy from the Iraqi people. Then, armed
    with that information and working in conjunction with fledging Iraqi
    Security Forces, we will move precisely against the enemy elements and
    crush them without harming the innocent.

    This is our test - our Guadalcanal, our Chosin Reservoir, our Hue City.
    Fight with a happy heart and keep faith in your comrades and your unit.
    We must be under no illusions about the nature of the enemy and the
    dangers that lie ahead. Stay alert, take it all in stride, remain sturdy,
    and share your courage with each other and the world. You are going to
    write history, my fine young Sailors and Marines, so write it well.

    Semper Fidelis

    J.M. Mattis Major General U.S. Marines

    [Just realized this is my 400th post.. fitting really]
  4. cheygriz

    cheygriz member

    Dec 28, 2002
    High up in the Rockies
    Semper FI General Mattis!
  5. PATH

    PATH Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    Rockland, New York
  6. cdbeaver

    cdbeaver Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Tekamah, Nebraska
    If that letter was really written by the First Marine Division commander, then that is one gentleman I would follow anywhere . . . and I really dislike marines.
  7. Al Norris

    Al Norris Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Rupert, ID.
    "No Better Friend....


    ....No Worse Enemy"

    [1st MarDiv Slogan]

    OOO RAH!
  8. mountainclmbr

    mountainclmbr Member

    Oct 25, 2003
    On top of a mountain in Colorado

    If I were to find a magic lantern and get only one wish...I think I would wish that all communists, socialists and various leftists would live for eternity under Saddam Hussein.
  9. BowStreetRunner

    BowStreetRunner Member

    Mar 25, 2003
    North Florida
    nice letters :)
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