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.”
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
Coast Guard cutter Bertholf on a counterdrug patrol in the eastern Pacific Ocean, March 11, 2018. (U.S. Coast Guard/Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Trees
U.S. Coast Guard cutter Bertholf left California on January 20 for a months-long mission in the Pacific to support U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, the largest of the U.S. military's geographic combatant commands.
Coast Guardsmen aboard the Bertholf left Alameda on the 30th day of what is now the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. They left a few days after not getting their first paycheck since that shutdown started and without knowing when the next will come.