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Marine Corps Recruit Depot. Third Batallion. Platoons 308, 309, and 310.
([1954])

[Marine Corps Recruit Depot],   pp. [4]-[96] ff. PDF (43.3 MB)


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The Creed of the United States Marines
"MY RIFLE"
This is my rifle. There are many like it, but this
one is mine. My rifle is my best friend. It is my
life. I must master it as I must master my life.
My rifle, without me is useless. Without my
rifle, I am useless. I must fire my rifle true. I
must shoot straighter than my enemy who is
trying to kill me. I must shoot him before he
shoots me. I will... . My rifle and myself know
r ~      that what counts in war is not the rounds we
fire, the noise of our burst, nor the smoke we
make. We know that it is the hits that count.
We will hit. . . . My rifle is human, even as I,
AP         because it is my life. Thus, I will learn it as a
brother. I will learn its weaknesses, its strength,
its parts, its accessories, its sights, and its bar-
rel. I will ever guard it against the ravages of
weather and damage. I will keep my rifle clean
and ready, even as I am clean and ready. We
will become part of each other. We will ...
before God I swear this creed. My rifle and
myself are the defenders of my country. We are
the masters of our enemy. We are the saviours
of my life. So be it, until there is no enemy,
but peace!
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