"I have only two men out of my company and twenty 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, USMC (Belleau Wood, 19 July 1918)
"Casualties many; Percentage of dead not known; Combat efficiency, we are winning."
--Colonel David M. Shoup, USMC (Tarawa, 21 November 1943.)
“We are fighting, but the Marines keep coming. We are shooting, but the Marines won’t stop.”
--Intercepted radio transmission (Battle of Fallujah, Iraq, 2004)