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Rifle Creed

My Rifle: The Creed of a US Marine
by Major General William H. Rupertus (USMC, Retired)

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 that what counts in this 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, 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 barrel. I will ever guard it against the ravages of weather and damage as I will ever guard my legs, my arms, my eyes and my heart against damage. I will keep my rifle 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 saviors of my life.

So be it, until victory is America’s and there is no enemy, but peace!

The US Marine Rifle Creed was written by Major General William H. Rupertus following the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941


2 Comments for this entry

  • Barbara Emmons

    I just want to say Thank You to all our Marines! May His light shine on you and may He watch over and protect you while you are in harms way.

    I pray for our troops everywhere daily and I wear red as part of the gratitude campaign every Friday, without fail.

    I would just like you to know that I am most proud of Our Marines, when it absolutely positively has to be done overnight…The U.S. Marine Corp. May God Bless each and every one of you. My thougts and prayers will always be with you.

  • Katrina

    I am always fighting for every arm branch ,so that those of you who might come out wounded would- have a place top call their own.

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