April 26, 2010

In Defense of the United States of America

April 23, 2010
HONOR) Platoon 1043

Private PW Martuneac, MOS: Infantry

“The raising of that flag on Suribachi means a Marine Corps for the next five hundred years.” (James Forrestal, Secretary of the Navy; 23 February 1945).

“Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don’t have that problem.” (Ronald Reagan, President of the United States; 1985)

“Marines I see as two breeds, Rottweilers or Dobermans, because Marines come in two varieties, big and mean, or skinny and mean. They’re aggressive on the attack and tenacious on defense. They’ve got really short hair and they always go for the throat.” (RAdm. “Jay” R. Stark, USN; 10 November 1995)

“The United States Marine Corps, with its fiercely proud tradition of excellence in combat, its hallowed rituals, and its unbending code of honor, is part of the fabric of American myth.” (Thomas E. Ricks; Making the Corps, 1997)

“We are United States Marines, and for two and a quarter centuries we have defined the standards of courage, esprit, and military prowess.” (Gen. James L. Jones, USMC (CMC); 10 November 2000)

United States Marine Corps


  1. Thank you, Private Martuneac, for your service to our country.

    You have every reason to be proud today and we are proud of you.


  2. I remember when I joined the US Army. It was a profound moment to take the pledge to defend the USA from all enemies, foreign and domestic. Congratulations and thanks to you and your soldier.

  3. Jan/Stephen:

    Thanks for those kind remarks. I'll share them with Peter later today.


  4. We try to thank every veteran or present soldier defending our country, & your son is another we want to add to our list. Thank you, Peter & may the Lord bless you.

  5. David:

    Pete just read your comment and asked that I extend his appreciation to you.


  6. I was told by a member in my church that his brother was one who held that flag up. He told me that a lot of people think it was 5 marines there, but it was actually one from each branch of service... one marine, one Army, one Navy, one Coast Guard, etc.

  7. Bro. Lou,

    I greatly appreciate your son's service & his kindness. God Bless. We'll also pray for him.