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Marines take pride in our heritage. Every Marine knows the Corps’ motto: Semper Fidelis, and we’re all quick to correct someone when they call us soldiers or sailors.
Nobody ever calls us airmen.
This pride in the Corps extends to individual units and shows up in crests, unit coins, nicknames, and in unit mottos.
Here are the 7 most badass Marine Corps unit mottos. Prepare to be motivated.
Balls Of The Corps.
3rd Battalion, 1st Marines, also called “The Thundering Third,” is an infantry battalion stationed at Camp Pendleton, California. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joseph Dunford, was a company commander with the unit in 1978.
With a combat record stretching back to World War I, the Camp Pendleton-based 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines is the most decorated battalion in Marine Corps history. The unit’s motto comes from the Battle of Belleau Wood in World War I. When a French officer told Capt. Lloyd Williams that his unit should retreat from the defensive line he replied: “Retreat? Hell, we just got here!”
Make peace or die.
Another infantry battalion with 5th Marines, the battalion has served in every single major conflict the United States has been involved in since it was formed in 1914.
God fights on the side with the best artillery.
While the motto for 3rd Battalion, 11th Marines is officially “Semper Flexibils,” a play on the Corps motto and meaning “Always Flexible,” the artillery unit’s insignia bears the fitting phrase: “God fights on the side with the best artillery. God fights with Third Battalion.”
The Camp Lejeune, North Carolina-based infantry unit, 1st Battalion, 6th Marines served in World War I at the Battle of Belleau Wood, fought at Guadalcanal and Tarawa during World War II, and served in the Global War on Terror, seeing combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Mors Ex Tenebris: Death From Darkness.
Known as “the bats,” Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242, or VMFA(AW-242), is based at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan. When the unit began fielding F/A-18D Hornets, which specialize in night attacks, this gave way to the motto, “death from darkness.”
Always faithful, always forward.
A fitting motto for the Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, which bestowed the moniker of “Marine Raider” on its subordinate combat units in commemoration of the legendary Marine Raiders of World War II.
HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (Reuters) - U.S. Navy Secretary Richard Spencer said on Friday a Navy SEAL convicted of battlefield misconduct should face a board of peers weighing whether to oust him from the elite force, despite President Donald Trump's assertion that he not be expelled.
"I believe the process matters for good order and discipline," Spencer told Reuters, weighing in on a confrontation between Trump and senior Navy officials over the outcome of a high-profile war-crimes case.
A military jury in July convicted Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher of illegally posing for pictures with the corpse of an Islamic State fighter but acquitted him of murder in the detainee's death. Gallagher also was cleared of charges that he deliberately fired on unarmed civilians.
The Air Force has identified the two airmen killed in a training accident on Thursday as Lt. Col John "Matt" Kincade, 47, and 2nd Lt. Travis B. Wilkie, 23.
Kincade and Wilkie were killed at Vance Air Force Base in Oklahoma during a training mission involving T-38C Talon aircraft, the Air Force said. Two T-38s were training in formation when the incident occurred during the landing phase, according to a press release.
A Marine lance corporal has become the first female Marine in history to graduate the Basic Reconnaissance Course, earning the military occupational specialty of 0321 Reconnaissance Marine.
Lance Cpl. Alexa Barth completed the 12-week course on Nov. 7, said Maj. Kendra Motz, a Marine spokeswoman. Barth previously graduated from the Corps' Infantry Training Battalion-East, earning the MOS of 0311 Rifleman.
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- By day, Arik Rangel works as a U.S. Coast Guard operations specialist third class, but when the spotlight hits, his stage name and personalty -- Arik Cavalli -- takes over.
Rangel, born in San Marcos, Tx., was raised by a single mother with three sisters. He didn't want his mother to have to support him after high school, so he honored her and his country by joining the U.S. Air Force in 2012.
He worked as a senior airman in the Knowledge Operations Management field and was in the Air Force reserves for three years. In 2015, he joined the U.S. Coast Guard as an operations specialist and is currently stationed at Fort Wadsworth.
A new documentary tells the heroic story of the first Marine to earn the Medal of Honor since Vietnam
More than 15 years ago, Marine Cpl. Jason Dunham gave his life to save his fellow Marines on the streets of Husaybah, Iraq when he leaped upon a grenade. In 2007, he became the first Marine since the Vietnam War to be awarded the Medal of Honor.
In the years since his death, his story of courage and sacrifice has been told and re-told. His Medal of Honor citation is read to Marine recruits during the Crucible at boot camp. And his name adorns the USS Jason Dunham, where his dress blue uniform rests in a clear display case on the quarterdeck, a solemn shrine to a young man who gave his life for his brothers in arms.
Now, Marines who served with Dunham are sharing his story in their own words, and a small group of military veterans and film makers are helping them do it as part of The Gift, a crowd-funded documentary film chronicling his life, and legacy.