Yet I wait and watch them while they eat;
The wait is over, their meal is done.
I watch their movement, the wind, the sun.
Slow, steady pressure,
I aim, I squeeze;
Pause for a moment, a passing breeze.
My crosshairs steady,
My trigger cold,
I feel the recoil and watch him fold.
They begin to scream and open fire,
Bodies twist in razor wire.
The mission accomplished,
I grab my gear.
I'll clean my rifle in the rear.
-anonymous Marine Scout-Sniper
Warriors always have great debates about the merits of the weapons they
carry. It doesn't matter though because it comes down to this-----
Caliber, actions, ammo capacity are for naught.
It doesn't matter what gun you brought,
'cause it's the only gun you got.
So when the battles going to to start,
The solution is to shoot them first,
and shoot them allot!
(anonymous Dept of Justice)
"Eagerness for combat is an asset for a soldier, dangerous for a commander, and criminal for a politician."
- The Misty Motto
War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things; the decayed and
degraded state of moral and patriotic feelings, which thinks that nothing
is worth war, is much worse.
A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight; nothing he cares
about more than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature who has no
chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men
(John Stewart Mill)
- If I die and go to Heaven and someone I hate ends up in Heaven, than am I really in Heaven?" (R)
- If you can run a 6-minute mile, ya got 4 minutes. GO!! (Mike Hoeft 7th ID LRSD Sniper Team Leader)
- We dig the foxholes - and die in. (unknown German Feldwebel of WW I.)
- "Morte certa, Hora incerta" (Translation = Dead is certain, just the hour is unknown.)
- He choose to be out of grace, where obedience brought no honor.
- The Guards die, and don't surrender.
- Learning by pain, motivation by horror. (Motto of the German infantry) (I'd be proud, if you'd display this (partly anonymous) quotes. I'm a German mountain infantry, so my English is almost gibberish. I'd ask you to correct it. I were glad, if you'd mention my name: Thomas Hahn.)
- No man who refuses to bear arms in defense of his nation can give a sound reason why he should be allowed to live in a free country" T. Roosevelt sent by CL Hiatt ll
- "Facimus et Frangimus".....(We make and we break)
- "Time spent in recon is seldom wasted..."
- "If there's time to get it wrong, there is sure as hell time to get it right." (sent in by Jody E.)
- The only thing I feel when I kill is the recoil from my rifle. (Michael H. Tactical Response Unit Sniper)
- "Still if you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed, if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not so costly, you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all of the odds against you and only a precious chance for survival. There may be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no chance of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves." ( Winston Churchill sent by CO1911)
- Where there is peace - there once was blood (Kane)
- One Vision - One Purpose, The Technology of peace (Kane)
- the answer to your question is yes.....
if we have taught you how not to be seen and they saw you, you will most probably die...and yes if you die we will be mildly displeased, and yes we will re-mark your test scores as a fail.... (drpepper (quote from Australian Army Instructor)
- I WILL PERSIST
I will persist until I succeed. I was not delivered unto this world in defeat, nor does failure course in my veins.
I am not a sheep waiting to be prodded by my shepherd, I am a lion and I refuse to walk, to talk, to sleep with the sheep.
I will hear not those who weep and complain, for their disease is contagious. Let them join the sheep.
The slaughterhouse of failure is not my destiny.
I will persist until I succeed.
The prizes of life are at the end of each journey not near the beginning, and it is not given unto me to know how many steps are necessary in order to reach my goal.
Failure I may still encounter at the thousandth step, yet success hides behind the next bend in the road.
Never will I know how close it lies unless I take another step. If that is of no avail I will take another and yet another.
In truth one step at a time is not that difficult.
Of all the creatures who live on God's green earth,
of all those that spawn, lay eggs or that give birth,
from the human, the lion, the tiger or even the bear,
there is one thing that all God's creatures share.
They will all move away from the sound of the gun.
There is but one that will move toward it and not run.
That one, that singular creature, wears a human face.
He brings both misery and joy to the human race.
So who is the one who goes toward the sound of the gun?
When all other creatures, man or beast, turn and run?
It is the warrior, that's who! And he's like no other creature.
No, no other creature on the face of the earth bears that feature.
But there are two kinds of warriors, the good and the bad.
Two kinds of warriors that make us happy or sad.
At a distance, you may think that both kinds look alike.
But inside, the warriors are as different as day and night.
To one, it's an opportunity to take advantage or to subject.
To the other, it's a feeling of duty. It's a need to protect.
Yes, the two kinds of warriors are different throughout.
It's the wolf and the sheepdog that I'm talking about.
The majority of people are kind, no harm would they bring.
They are good people who always try to do the right thing.
They are as the sheep in the field, going about their daily lives,
trying to better themselves and others as opportunities arise.
The wolf roams the edges of the field, feeding on the sheep.
When he catches one not looking,he sinks his teeth in deep.
He rips and tears their life apart, causing mayhem and disaster,
not caring about the pain he brings or the pain he will leave thereafter.
He looks for the old, the lame or the weak, before moving in to make his
He'll run in packs, no honor has he, his soul is ugly, his thinking ill.
The wolf, a pirate and predator, is feared by everyone who roams the field.
All except for the sheepdog who tries to keep order and carries a shield.
The sheep seldom think about the sheepdog, their lives busy with other things.
But they like knowing that he's there, they like the security he brings.
His duty is to protect the sheep and fight the wolf, even to the loss of his
And he prays God will understand his inner scars that came from all the
So when next you see a police motorcade for yet another fallen sheepdog
go by, say a prayer for those that follow him, they'll all have a tear in
Protecting the sheep and fighting the wolves is a duty the sheepdog feels
in his heart.
May he rest in God's grace, in a heavenly place, may his memory never
Officer Samuel Jeppsen
Inspired by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, and the three most recent valley
killed in the line of duty.
Officer James Snedigar #312, Officer Goelet Beuf #6896, Officer Skip Fink
Dedicated to the men and women who risk their lives in Law Enforcement,
and to the family and friends they leave behind
- If war is the answer, then the question must have been stupid