- April 21, 2009
Everybody loves a winner…
My reputation as a PT stud in the battalion is well documented. We do a lot of Crossfit and my times and numbers tend to be better than the other Marines and Sailors we workout with. However, each person has their strengths and weaknesses and I don’t always get the best of everyone.
Not that I’m out of shape mind you; just not as finely tuned as I was before. If I told you I was out of shape right now, you’d laugh me to scorn. Sure, training at Mojave Viper for six weeks and eating the way we did was not helpful. Not working out during all the pre-deployment madness wasn’t any good either. But those are just convenient excuses.
This is not acceptable! Not for America’s 1stSgt. I cannot allow these younger wolves to snap at my heels like this.
But do you want to know a secret?
Marines hate losing more than we love winning. Write it down because it’s true.
We have two companies of Marines running rampant all over the northern half of this island, and three Army regiments pinned down in the southwestern corner, doing nothing. What the hell is going on?
Gen. John W. Vessey Jr., USA, Chairman of the the Joint Chiefs of Staffduring the assault on Grenada, 1983
We hate losing General; that is what is going on.
Don’t you forget that you’re First Marines! Not all the communists in Hell can overrun you!
Col. Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller, USMC rallying his First Marine Regiment near Chosin Reservoir, Korea, December 1950
Chesty hated losing too.
I have only two men out of my company and 20 out of some other company. We need support, but it is almost suicide to try to get it here as we are swept by machine gun fire and a constant barrage is on us. I have no one on my left and only a few on my right. I will hold.
1stLt. Clifton B. Cates, USMCin Belleau Wood, 19 July 1918
Lt Cates held because the alternative was unacceptable.
The bended knee is not a tradition of our Corps.
General Alexander A. Vandergrift, USMCto the Senate Naval Affairs Committee, 5 May 1946
Why? Because bending the knee is for losers!
The taste of other people’s dust is bile in my mouth; with chunks in it. The proper care and feeding plan of America’s 1stSgt has been re-implemented. The intensity of my PT sessions has been cranked up to new levels of ferocity. My body has been brutalized during the last ten days and I deserve it.
I WILL beat you. Yes I will.
America’s 1st Sgt.