My Rifle: The Creed of a US Marine
by Major General William H. Rupertus (USMC,
(written following the attack on Pearl Harbor)
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
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
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!