40 Chesty Puller Quotes From The Marine Corps Legend

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Lewis Burwell “Chesty” Puller was a United States Marine Corps officer. Beginning his career fighting guerillas in Haiti and Nicaragua as part of the Banana War.

He later served with distinction in World War II and the Korean War as a senior officer. By the time of his retirement in 1955, he had reached the rank of lieutenant general.

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His nickname “Chesty” came from the legend that he had a false “steel chest.”

Why is Chesty Puller so Famous?

Puller was the most decorated Marine in history, and the only Marine to receive five Navy Crosses.

He was fearless and seemingly indestructible. Puller is always adored by the troops he championed. Puller remains one of most towering figures in American military history.

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Best Chesty Puller Quotes Of All Time

  1. “Hit hard, hit fast, hit often.” – Chesty Puller                                                                                                               
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    chesty puller quotes images

  2. “I want to go where the guns are!”- Chesty Puller

  3. “Pain is weakness leaving the body.”- Chesty Puller                                                                                   
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    famous chesty puller quotes

  4. “Alright you badss, try and shoot me!”- Chesty Puller

  5. “Paperwork will ruin any military force.”- Chesty Puller

  6. “You don’t hurt ’em if you don’t hit ’em.”- Chesty Puller                                                                         
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    quotes from chesty puller

  7. “Excellent, now we can attack in any direction.”- Chesty Puller

  8. “We’re surrounded. That simplifies the problem.”- Chesty Puller                                                         
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    quote chesty puller

  9. “Take me to the Brig. I want to see the ‘real Marines.’” – Chesty Puller

  10. “Retreat! Hell, we’re just attacking in a different direction.” – Chesty Puller

Famous Chesty Puller Quotes Of All Time

Here are some of the motivational lines and quotes that show why Puller is beloved to this day by everyone.

  1. “Those days in the woods saved my life many a time in combat.”- Chesty Puller

  2. “Son, when the Marine Corps wants you to have a wife, you will be issued one.”- Chesty Puller

  3. “Don’t forget that you’re First Marines! Not all the Communists in hell can overrun you!”- Chesty Puller                                                                                                                                     
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    chesty puller quotes

  4. “Where the hell do you put the bayonet?” – (After seeing a flamethrower for the first time) – Chesty Puller

  5. “We’re surrounded. That simplifies the problem of getting at these people and killing them.”- Chesty Puller

  6. “Old breed? New breed? There’s not a damn bit of difference so long as it’s the Marine breed.”- Chesty Puller                                                                                                                                       
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    best chesty puller quotes

  7. “If the Marine Corps expected you to behave, they wouldn’t challenge you with a Good Conduct Medal.”- Chesty Puller

  8. “They are a damn site better than the U.S. Army, at least we know that they will be there in the morning.”- Chesty Puller

  9. “This was no retreat. We found more Chinese behind us than in front of us, so we about-faced and attacked.”- Chesty Puller

  10. “So they’ve got us surrounded – good! Now we can fire in ant direction, those b*****ds won’t get away this time!”- Chesty Puller

  11. “We’ve been looking for the enemy for some time now. We’ve finally found him. We’re surrounded. That simplifies things.” – Chesty Puller, Battle of Chosin

Top Chesty Puller Quotes

  1. “We make generals today on the basis of their ability to write a damned letter. Those kinds of men can’t get us ready for war.”- Chesty Puller

  2. “If we are going to win the next war, in my opinion, 50 percent of the time of training should be allotted to night training.”- Chesty Puller

  3. “There are not enough chinamen in the world to stop a fully armed Marine regiment from going where ever they want to go.”- Chesty Puller

  4. “The mail service has been excellent out here, and in my opinion, this is all that the Air Force has accomplished during the war.”

  5. “We’ve been looking for the enemy for sometime now. We’ve finally found him. We’re surrounded. That simplifies things.”

  6. “Don’t give us none of your aggravation; We had it with your discipline. Saturday night’s alright for fighting, get a little action in.”

  7. “In the Confederate Army, an officer was judged by stark courage alone, and this made it possible for the Confederacy to live four years.”

  8. “If there is a single trait which could make you a true leader… I would have to call it ‘stick-to-it-ive-ness,’. The ability to finish each job begun.”

  9. “They are in front of us, behind us, and we are flanked on both sides by an enemy that outnumbers us 29:1. They can’t get away from us now.”

  10. “I’d like to do it all over again. The whole thing. And more than that – more than anything – I’d like to see once again the face of every Marine I’ve ever served with.”

Chesty Puller Quotes To Inspire You

  1. “They’re on our right, they’re on our left, they’re in front of us, they’re behind us; they can’t get away from us this time.” – (When surrounded by 8 enemy divisions during WW2)

  2. “You were absolutely correct in making him salute you 100 times, lieutenant, but you know that an officer must return every salute he receives. Now return them all, and I will keep count.”

  3. “Our Country won’t go on forever if we stay soft as we are now. There won’t be any AMERICA because some foreign soldiery will invade us and take our women and breed a hardier race!”

  4. “I’ve always believed that no officer’s life, regardless of rank, is of such great value to his country that he should seek safety in the rear … Officers should be forward with their men at the point of impact.”

  5. “If you want to get the most out of your men, give them a break! Don’t make them work completely in the dark. If you do, they won’t do a bit more than they have to. But if they comprehend, they’ll work like mad.”

  6. “What the American people want to do is fight a war without getting hurt. You can’t do that anymore than you can get into a barroom fight without getting hurt… Unless the American people are willing to send their sons out to fight an aggressor, there just isn’t going to be any United States.”

  7. “In the Marine Corps, your buddy is not only your classmate or fellow officer, but he is also the Marine under your command. If you don’t prepare yourself to properly train him, lead him, and support him on the battlefield, then you’re going to let him down. That is unforgivable in the Marine Corps.”

  8. “My definition, the definition that I’ve always believed in, is that esprit de corps means love for one’s own military legion – in my case, the United States Marine Corps. It means more than self-preservation, religion, or patriotism. I’ve also learned that this loyalty to one’s corps travels both ways: up and down.”

  9. “My definition, a definition in the drill books from the time that General Von Steuben wrote the regulations for General George Washington, the definition of the object of military training is a success in battle … It wouldn’t be any sense to have a military organization on the backs of the American taxpayers with any other definition.”

  10. “When the Marines were cut off behind enemy lines and the Army had written the 1st Marine Division off as being lost because they were surrounded by 22 enemy divisions. The Marines made it out inflicting the highest casualty ratio on an enemy in history and destroying 7 entire enemy divisions in the process. An enemy division is 16500+ men while a Marine division is 12500 men.”


Chesty Pullar Fun Facts;

Fast Facts: Lewis B. ‘Chesty’ Puller

  • Known For: One of the most decorated U.S. Marines in history, serving in World War II and Korea
  • Born: June 26, 1898 in West Point, Virginia
  • Parents: Martha Richardson Leigh and Matthew M. Puller
  • Died: October 11, 1971 at the Portsmouth Naval Hospital, Portsmouth, Virginia
  • Education: Virginia Military Institute (1917–1918)
  • Spouse: Virginia Montague Evans (m. November 13, 1937)
  • Children: Virginia McCandlish (b. 1938), twins Martha Leigh and Lewis Burwell Puller, Jr. (b. 1944)

Puller’s most notable appearances in film are in HBO’s The Pacific where he was played by William Sadler, and (perhaps his most iconic representation in American storytelling) in the John Ford documentary about his life Chesty: A Tribute to a Legend narrated by John Wayne.

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