Could this be the most motivating Marine Corps speech of all time?

Nearly one year ago, I intended to post this speech by Gen. Jim “Mad Dog” Mattis.

But in the stress and worry of closing our business and trying to find employment, I somehow saved the link as a “draft blog post” and never finished writing it.

I crossed its path today and re-reading one year later, the speech touched me as strongly — or stronger — than it did when I first read it.

And even if you’re not a Marine, you can learn some serious lessons from this speech. ESPECIALLY in regards to humility.

Without further delay, here’s the speech: Gen. “Mad Dog” Mattis just gave what may be the most motivating speech of all time.

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

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12 responses to “Could this be the most motivating Marine Corps speech of all time?

  1. “Could this be the most motivating Marine Corps speech of all time?”
    If it isn’t, I don’t know which one is.
    Mattis was one of the legendary “Warrior-Monks”.
    Hellacious fighter with a great brain.
    Pete Pace was another, but don’t recall any others right now.
    Thanks for posting the link. I had not read this before.

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    • Thanks, OG. I need to read more about General Pace. Just seen him in some interviews.

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      • Anonymous

        In the ‘small world’ department, I wrestled against him in High School. He was from Teaneck, which had one of the strongest wrestling programs in the state. We were a first year team and there was a general house-cleaning (58-0).
        He was either a year ahead or behind me, but I misremember which (kind of ‘conflated’ the memory).
        🙂
        OG

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        • Oh my word, OG!!!

          What are the chances of that?! Now that things are slowing down for him, you should write him at some point. I’ll bet he’d love to hear from a Chief Warrant Officer from his hometown that wrestled with him/against him back in the day!

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          • Anonymous

            Stan – I’ve been tempted at times to reach out to some of the guys I knew who later rose to flag rank, but have always shied away. I have seen a few from long ago at receptions/banquets through the years. The guys who were cool back in the 60’s still were, and the A-holes only got worse with time. In my experience, the cool ones far out-numbered those others.
            I’ll think about your suggestion.
            Ready for some cold weather training next week?
            OG

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  2. I think I owe the Marine Corps all, and the Corps owes me nothing, except my loyalty. For we earned the title, above all, we are Marines.

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  3. Great speech. Thanks for finally posting it.

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  4. “So long as our Corps fields such Marines, America has nothing to fear from tyrants, be they Fascists, Communists or Tyrants with Medieval Ideology. For we serve in a Corps with no institutional confusion about our purpose:
    To fight!
    To fight well!”

    Yep. SF.

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