The Slogan No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy is the motto and combat philosophy of the 1st Marine Division – nicknamed The Old Breed and sometimes Blue Diamond. Headquartered at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, CA, it is a subordinate unit of the I Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF). The oldest and largest active duty division in the USMC, it boasts a combat-ready force of more than 19,000 men and women. Its multi-role, expeditionary ground combat force is one of three active duty division in the Marine Corps today.
Having fought in World War II, the Korean & Vietnam Wars as well as the Gulf and Iraq Wars, they are a force to be reckoned with. Their primary mission is to serve as the ground combat element (GCE) of the I Marine Expeditionary Force or conduct assault operations, as directed. They are ready to provide the Naval Expeditionary Force (NEF) ground amphibious force entry as well as performing and conducting land operations in any operational environment.
The Slogan is the lifeline for the US Marines. With a Marine as your friend, you have a person who will kill to protect you. With a Marine as your enemy, you have a person who will kill you. The earliest origin of this statement is attributed to the the epitaph of Lucius Cornelius Sulla, famous general and legendary dictator of ancient Rome. His original words…”No friend ever served me, and no enemy ever wronged me, whom I have not repaid in full.” I dont know about you, but I wouldnt want to be on the enemy side of this slogan. Our Marines and every branch of the Armed Forces certainly offer their expertise, their sacrifice and courage throughout their mission and beyond into their life, in their work ethic, and expectations of the rest of us.
Our hats off to our military for your bravery. Vision-Strike-Wear.Com commends our men and women of the United States Marine Corps as well as all the branches of the military serving worldwide.
Additionally, for our Iraqi Veterans, we added a Commemorative United States Military Operation Iraqi Freedom Certificate poster where you can honor your service in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Personalize it by adding in your name, your rank, your personal testimony, your citations and awards, tours you’ve served in, etc. You can also get other military posters and even drink ware with your favorite military design.
Leathernecks. Jarheads. Devildogs. Grunts. Just a few ways over the decades we have described our US Marines. Their undying support to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, America, their brothers and sisters and maintain the honor and integrity of the United States Marine Corps. This year celebrates the 239th Birth of the USMC and should be recognized this November 10th, 2014. They are one year older than the United States and that should mean something! Happy Brithday United States Marine Corps!
How many USMC Slogans, Mottos, and Saying have there been over the years?
As we continue our “salute to service” on our blog, we’ve got a list of popular marine slogans, mottos, and clever sayings just for you. We hope you find them useful and serve as a resource for your custom marine t-shirts or apparel for yourself, fellow marines, or family & friends in support. And be sure to add any of your personal favorites in the comments section.
With the United States Marine birthday tomorrow and Veteran’s Day the very next day we continue our “salute to the troops” on our blog, we have researched several popular USMC slogans, mottos, and sayings that have become known to be associated with our US Marines. Many of these may serve as a resource for adding custom text to your shirts or custom marine t-shirts or apparel for your Marine, family member or friend. One does not frequently think of Marines without a clever saying. Here are a few. It’s America so if you have some fun slogans and comments to add please do so in the comments section below.
-Official USMC Motto
One Mind, Any Weapon!
-Official USMC Motto
A Few Good Men
-Advertisement saying first said by Capt. William Jones in 1779, when he was looking to enlist “A Few Good Men” to serve in the US Marine Corps.
Once a Marine, Always a Marine
-The Official Marine Corps League Motto and known the world over
“Good night, Chesty, wherever you are.”
-A tribute saying out of honor and respect for the most decorated US Marine in history – Chesty Puller – a Marine that earned the Navy Cross 5 times.
“Uncommon valor was a common virtue.”
-Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, U.S. Navy
“Every Marine is, first and foremost, a rifleman. All other conditions are secondary.”
-General Alfred M Gray, USMC – A common thread among the US Marines that before all else they are riflemen first, trained to fight, trained to shoot and trained to be the meanest SOB’s in combat!
The Few. The proud. The Marines.
-Current Marines Advertising Slogan
“The deadliest weapon in the world is a MARINE and his rifle!”
-General Pershing, U.S. Army – Leaves little doubt about the nature of the Marine.
First to Fight
-Adopted slogan from the U.S. Media during WW1, or sometimes often said as First to go, Last to know.
“Marine Corps integrity is doing that thing which is right, when no one is looking.”
-Col. Colin Lampard, USMC
“I can never again see a United States Marine without experiencing a feeling of reverence.”
A Salute to My Father Uncles and Grandfathers on Veterans Day
Though I have not personally served in the military, I humbly reached the rank of Eagle Scout as a youth. As a child and well into adulthood, grew up in the company of military heroes who have shared their stories of sacrifice, insights, memorabilia and instilled in me an immeasurable respect for the fighting men and women of this great country.
My family’s lineage dates back to the 2nd Mayflower’s voyage to the new world that we now know as the United States of America. His heritage includes a considerable share of Iroquois Indian blood and extensive history of defending freedom that begins with the French-Indian and Revolutionary War and includes every call-to-arms to date.
US Revolutionary War- General Washington Crossing the Delaware
I have a great appreciation for all of the efforts his family has contributed to the military which has resulted in allowing all Americans, including myself, the opportunity to attend college, care for our families, and strive for our American Dream.
Needless to say, I was drawn to create military designs and have been doing so for over 20 years. At Vision-Strike-Wear.Com Im lucky to be creating amazing, unique and dare I say, “bad-ass” designs for the military.
VSW asked me to share my family’s military lineage. Below is list of my known ancestors both past and present who have served…
A Salute to My Father, Uncle and Grandfathers on Veterans Day
Military Service on Frost Call’s Mother’s side include:
Served with 28th Division 112th Infantry American Expeditionary Force in World War I
Enlisted August 5, 1917 and Honorably Discharged on May 8, 1919
Enlisted in Co. C 16th Pennsylvania Infantry National Guard in Bradford, PA. and was later trasferred to Company B in Oil City, PA. Had basic training in Augusta, GA. Later was attached to battalion headquarters of the 112th Infantry and was promoted to sergeant of scouts. Known as the “Keystone Division”, the 28th and Sgt Denning participated in the following engagements during World War I.
The division suffered 2,531 battle deaths, 13,746 wounded and 726 captured by the enemy.
Awards and Citations
Distinguished Service Cross
3 Bravery citations
My Grandfather, David Foyle England, served in the 1st Marine Division in Guadalcanal, Cape Gloucester and Peleliu in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater during World War II.
Marine Corps Sgt David Foyle England
Served with 1st Marine Division Asiatic-Pacific Theater World War II
Enlisted January 6th, 1942 and Honorably Discharged on January 24th, 1946
Enlisted in Stockton, NY one month after Pearl Harbor and joined the hard-boiled grunts of the 1st Marine Division. After a grueling 2 months on Guatalcanal eating mullet and rice he contracted malaria. Later as Bomb Disposal Technician, Sgt, England received 2 field commissions for performing duties at great risk to himself disarming all types of unexploded ordnance for both United States and Japanese forces during operations against the enemy on Cape Gloucester, New Britain, handling dangerously sensitive fuses under enemy fire and again in Peleliu Island Palau Group. He volunteered with great risk to his life on many occasions clearing enemy mine fields as well as disposing of numerous unexploded bombs and projectiles most of which were in a highly sensitive condition with no prior knowledge of enemy weaponry.
Guadalcanal, November 11th, 1942 – January 5th, 1943
Cape Gloucester, New Britain, December 26th, 1943 – March 1st, 1944
Peleliu, Palua Group, September 15th, 1944 – October 14th, 1944
Awards and Citations
Presidential Unit Citation w/ Star
Asiatic Pacific Ribbon w/ 3 Stars
Good Conduct Medal
Military Service on Frost Call’s Father’s side include:
My father, Donald Raymond Frost, served in the Navy as an Aviation Machinists Mate, 2nd Class from 1966 to 1970. His service with the Patrol Squadron 44 took him to the North Atlantic Ocean, Norwegian, and North Sea during the Cold War against the Soviet Union.
Navy Aviation Machinist’s Mate 2nd Class Donald Ray Frost
Served with Patrol Squadron 44 in the North Atlantic Ocean, Norwegian, and North Sea during Cold War operations against the Soviet Union Enlisted January 18th 1966 and Honorably Discharged on January 17th 1970 After enlisting, he quickly shipped out to the Navy Great Lakes Training Center in Great Lakes, IL for 2 and half months of boot camp. Afterwards he completed 6 months of “A” School training in NAS Memphis, TN to learn how to maintenance and repair aircraft. After completing his training he was sent to duty station Patrol Squdron 44, ASW, P3A, B Orion’s, NAX Pax River, MD. His deployment stations throughout the North Atlantic and Baltics engaged primarily in maritime patrol, reconnaissance, anti-surface warfare and anti-submarine warfare with P-3 Orions and other aircraft against Soviet submarine and surface ships for the next 2 years in the brutal Arctic circle.
NAS Keflavik, Iceland
My Uncle, Dan Ernest Frost (his father’s brother), who served in the 1st Air Cavalry as an Army Specialist Five during the Vietnam war.
Army Specialist Five Dan Ernest Frost
Awards and CitationsArmy Combat Infantry Badge
Army Bronze Star with Cluster
Army Commendation Medal
Army Good Conduct Medal
Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry (Unit Award)
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
Vietnam Service Medal
Presidential Unit Citation with Cluster
Army Meritorious Unit Commendation
Rifle Markemanship Badge
My Grandfather, Ernest Raymond Frost (on his father’s side), who served with the 3rd Division “Cotton Balers” 7th Army European Theater during World War II from Naples, Southern France, Battle of the Bulge, The Rhine, Colmar Pocket Campaign and Strasbourg, Germany.
Army Private First Class Ernest Raymond Frost
Served with 3rd Division 7th Army European Theater World War II
Enlisted December 17th 1943 and Honorably Discharged on January 31st 1946
On March 25, 1943 he was drafted in the United States Army. He received his basic training in Camp Croft, South Carolina for 17 weeks. He was shipped out with the famous 7th Infantry 3rd Division to Europe. There he saw combat in Italy, France, and Germany from 1944-1945. He participated in the Battle of the Bulge, The Valley of Purple Hearts and many small skirmishes along the way primarily as a scout and sniper. He received the Bronze Star and a Purple Heart with clusters from two wounds received from mortar fire and an anti-tank shell as well as the French Croix de Guerre with palm.
ARDENNES * RHINELAND * CENTRAL EUROPE 1944 – 1945
Wounded France January 25th 1945 and January 30th 1945
Awards and Citations
Purple Heart with cluster
French Croix de Guerre with palm
Presidential Unit Citation
Good Conduct Medal
American Campaign Medal
Army Good Conduct Medal
European-African-Middle East Medal WW II
Victory Medal WW II
Combat Infantry Badge
Numerous video interviews of Ernest Raymond Frost are available on our site. Listen to his first-hand accounts of his military experience during World War II.
Lineage from Frost Calls’ Grandmother, Musette Cobb Frost, wife of Ernest R. Frost:
His Great Uncle, Donald C. Cobb, (his Grandmother Musette’s Brother) was killed in action near the French/Belgium border in 1944.
Army Private First Class Donald C. Cobb
Killed in Action French/Belgium Border 1944
His Great Uncle, Morris Cobb, (his Grandmother Musette’s Younger Brother) served in the U.S. Air Force as Airman Second Class.
Frost Call’s family military lineage dates back to the Revolutionary and French Indian Wars.
Below is a copy of the original Calvary Certification issued for Samuel Richey, a family lineage linked through Frost Call’s Grandmother, Musette (Cobb) Frost’s family.
It states the date of enlistment and specific wars that Samuel Richey (Richie) participated in during the Civil War from 1864 to 1865.
In addition, it is noted that Samuel Richey’s Great Grandfather Richey served under Captain George Washington during both the French Indian Wars (1754 to 1763) and the Revolutionary War (1775 to 1783).
Samuel Richey’s Grandfather also served as Captain in the War of 1812.
Samuel’s brother, Benjamin Richey served for a term of three years in the Civil War under served in COC Reg. 115th Ohio Infantry.
Andrew Gardner, Greatgrandfather of Mrs. Richey, Samuel Richey’s wife, served as Captain of Morgan Riflemen, which served as General Washington’s Body Guard.
Frost Call’s Grandmother, Musette Cobb Frost, is a descendant of Samuel Richey by way of his youngest daughter, Blanche, his Great Grandmother.
Below is a closer look at the text inscribed in the above document:
THIS IS TO CERTIFY
SAMUEL RICHEY (RICHIE)
Enlisted from Alleheny County, State of Pennsylvania, September 9, 1864 and was mustered into the United States Service at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as a Private to server for a term of one year or spring during the war under Captain Guy Bryan and Col. T.F. Rodenbaughm. Company A 18th Regiment Pennsylvania Voluntary Calvary.
The Regiment was attached to Calvary Brigade Army of the Shenandoah and Comrade Richey participated in the following engagements:
* Battle of Opequon Winchester, September 19, 1864 near to Cedarville September 20th,
* Frank Royal September 21st,
* Fishers Hill September 22nd,
* Milford September 22nd,
* Waynesboro September, Near Brock Gap October 6th,
* Toms Brook October 8th & 9th, 1864,
* Cedar Creek November 11th, Newton November 12th,
* Mount Jackson November 22, 1864,
* Expedition to Lacy Springs December 19th to 22nd,
* Duty Winchester till May 1865,
* Scout to Edenburg March 17th to 19th, 1865
The regiment was on duty at Cumberland, Maryland till June 1865. He was honorably discharged June 13th, 1865 at Cumberland, Maryland by reason of close of war.
Memo of Gen. Griffin, Post G.H.R. No. 207, Homestead, Pennsylvania. Samuel Richey, Great grandfather of Comrade Richey served during Revolutionary War also in French and Indian Wars under Captain George Washington. Samuel Richey, Grandfather of Comrade Richey, served as Captain in the War of 1812 with distinction.
Samuel, father of Comrade Richey, enlisted in COC 24th Ohio Infantry and re-enlisted as a veteran for three years.
Benjamin, brother, served in COC Reg. 115th Ohio Infantry and served for a term of three years.
Andrew Gardner, Greatgrandfather of Mrs. Richey, served in Revolutionary War, as Captain of Morgan’s Riflemen, which served as General Washington’s body guard.
Presented by Comrade Richey to his wife Ella and children: James, Samuel, Ella, George, Stella and Blanche.
We were certainly amazed at how well Frost Call has maintained a close tie to his family’s impressive military lineage dating so far back in American history.
Guide To Military Business Ethics How to Navigate Successfully
Guide To Military Business Ethics How to Navigate Successfully. For years now the United States military has adopted an attitude of becoming more business like in its course of doing business whether with government contractors or working with Uncle Zeb’s Snake Oil and Coin company right outside the main gate to their various military bases and installations.
In the course of doing business over the last 7 years I have seen a growth of changes that appear to get rated at what I would define as a C- grade point average in terms of the attitude, honesty and integrity of those who have expressed a desire for products and services spanning from challenge coins to custom unit designs for military shirts and apparel. I am not proud to write this because I love our men and women in uniform but sometimes you have to express yourselves in a way to gain clarity and reach others who feel the same way we do: Integrity and core values need to be taken seriously again!
Where We Have Lost Our Way!
The generation of American we call the “Greatest Generation” were the sons and daughters of the American Depression. They knew and understood sacrifice and what it meant to not know where their next meal would come from. They had to burn their wooden fences to get enough heat into their homes so they would not freeze during the long winter months. They could buy a steak for 5 cents with all the trimmings but the only problem no one had 5 cents. They played outside in the Summer and they learned how simple life could be when its focus was just living without the distractions of television and consumerism, music that had no soul and might as well had been written by a computer, arrogant tattoo wielding sports professionals (when they start acting like professionals maybe we can then start labeling them as such) who are paid insane amounts of money, and were not constantly exposed to thousands of advertising messages on a daily basis. They worked as hard as possible to support their families, when work was available, and they knew that the core responsibility was to the family, their brothers, their sisters, their mothers and fathers. These children grew up to fight against Nazi Germany and the Empire Of Japan and quelled these world usurping foreign governments. And when the fighting stopped and they received their papers to return home they did so and they did the same thing their parents did, they worked, they loved their children and they raised their families.
When this generation of Americans did business they could do so on a handshake!
Where Are The Ethics Today?
Chasing the American Dream in my humble opinion has been shattered! As rough statement as it may sound we have all been giving our marching orders to chase the almighty dollar but in doing so we are losing respect for ourselves because we no longer ask the question “Are we doing it correctly? Are we doing it right? Am I acting morally correct?” Instead these respectable statements they have been replaced with “What do I get out of it?, “I am not going to promise anything!, Let’s take their art and work and send it to someone else and not say a word!, Oh I didn’t know I was copying your art? These morally reprehensible statements show a state of decline in the morality of business ethics in some corners of our military. Why are these questions stated here? Cause they happen and have been the reply to any number of questions often asked when trying to do the best job possible for a military unit coordinator or someone in need of services.
The bigger question as to why some members of our military act or think this way perhaps might be that they do not understand or do not know better. We cannot say for sure but someone needs to have their ass kicked now and again and get back on track acting with integrity verses this shifting of morality to let’s get by or screw them and try and not get caught concept.
Morality and ethics is not a highly populated college set of coursework but for those that missed that day in school here is a simple truth and to stick by this really is all you need.
“Do what you say and say what you do!” Even if the truth is harder than the lie take the high road and accept responsibility for your word and actions and expect the same from others. It is pretty simple.
Again our military has more responsibility than ever to interact with civilian businesses and has to navigate through a quagmire of red time both on their side of the house as well as the rules within the civilian world. Coupled with the desire to make a buck or save a buck and we enter into what has seen recently as the Wild Wild West!
Military units that seek out one company or another from challenge coins to shirts are faced with many obstacles. Who can get the job done? How do I know I am getting a good deal? Am I going to get screwed if I use these guys? How will this look when I get what I ordered?
These are all good and relevant questions. Sadly the person on the other end of an email may or may not know what they are doing, is looking to do whatever it takes to get your money, may not be able to deliver the quality they advertise or cheat by stealing the art and graphics of another company and advertise it as their own. This plus some people who copy off the internet a piece of artwork they like and send to a company who did produce it and ask them to copy opens up another Pandora’s Box and ethical storm of controversy.
Many companies that do not possess integrity will copy any art that comes at them from any direction and could care less if it belongs to someone else. This in simple terms is called stealing! It is also called copyright infringement and don’t think for a second you are harmless and not impacted. You are!
They have no right to produce it and when they accept it and print with it they are putting our military in harm’s way because they will throw you under the bus the first chance they get claiming that you took responsibility of its ownership when you sent it to them in the first place. Believe me its not worth losing a stripe over it, getting gigged or having the IG call you for a sit down.
Working in an ethical manner is easier than it might seem and it really boils down to simple communicating. Be better than the rest and communicate with the business you intend to work with. Ask questions. Learn and work together because collaboration will produce the best results. Below is a short list of time saving ideas for producing the best results when working with outside companies that are interested in working with you.
1. Communicate. Communicate. Communicate!
2. Be prepared to finish what you start.
3. Is it your artwork? If you found it on the internet and it’s not yours then locate the company that produced it. They might turn out to be able to produce what you are after faster and at a reduced cost since the art is already done.
4. Copyright infringement is unethical. Don’t do it. Think about it and then think about it again. Copying some else’s art leads to controversy and pitting two companies against one another and throwing you into the middle of an avoidable situation and setting into motion a series of actions all that result in unpleasantness for all concerned. Don’t put yourself in the middle of a firefight. Avoid it and do the right thing. If you like the art don’t copy it. Ask for permission to use it or ask the company to provide a quote. This is the right thing to do.
5. Cost is one thing but quality is something completely different. Savings does come at a cost. Let’s face it. You want to save money? Sure. But don;t think for a minute that just because you are saving 50 cents on a shirt for your unit it means you are getting a good product. Often it means you will not. You wouldn’t think twice about spending money on a 5 dollar cup of coffee but you will complain about spending 50 cents more on a custom designed military shirt that will last you for years. Think about.
6. Go with quality over cost every time! It is actually less expensive to get quality if it means your fundraising is successful or the likelihood of selling all the items is improved verses having left overs still sitting in a box a year later. Who wants that? No one.
7. Don’t run away with the sketch! Taking the art down the road and stopping all communication with the company you contacted to have work done is unethical. Remember you contacted them and saw value in what they do. Let them complete their work and get it done correctly and above board for you. They are there to help so let them do what you asked them to do. If something comes up and you don’t understand then simply ask questions and communicate!
8. Remember the demands of art and production are not a simple thing. Dates can change, art can take time and really good art can take longer so be patient and keep the lines of communication open!
9. Above all things if your intention is to kick a tire and try something out and you start a project then be prepared to finish it! This isn’t about getting one over on someone else. It isn’t about getting a quality product or getting something for nothing. It is about acting and behaving as adults and working together to get the very best and crossing the finish line together successfully.
Top 5 Kick Ass US Military Memes on the web . How many millions of military memes have been there over the years that feature a witty statement or an over-used a quote?
How do we know this? We don’t… but it must be a really big number!
Here is the Top 5 military memes for your viewing enjoyment and we predict that at least one of them has made your list at one time or another.
5. There comes a time when a man must spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin to slit throats.
4. Those who say that we’re in a time when there are not heroes, they just don’t know where to look.
3. When it was cool to burn draft card, there were still men who remained loyal to their country.
2. From deep within Neptune’s blue
The voices carry of the fallen true
“Cross the lines, conquer your dread
Or join the ranks of Davy Jones’ dead
1. Lord, make me fast and accurate.
Let my aim be true and my hand faster than those who would seek to destroy me. Grant me victory over my foes and those that wish to do harm to me and mine. Let not my last thought be “If only I had my gun”; and Lord if today is truly the day that You call me home, let me die in a pile of brass.