Major General Wilbur F. Simlik, USMC Ret.

What is it that makes Marines different? Marines know what it is but can’t quite explain it. To them it is very real and precious—perhaps the defining force in their lives.

"By Dammit, We’re Marines!” comes as close as any book or study I have read in ‘catching’ what it is that makes that difference. It is the personal and unfiltered story of Marines of all ranks and skills in brutal combat. They speak of their loyalty to buddies, the training which changed their perceptions and sustained them, their fierce pride in their Corps, their leaders, and fighting units.

Their stories will most certainly inspire Marines and their families. It will also inspire those who have not worn the globe and anchor. It is a rare and privileged glimpse into the wonderful mystic of what it is that makes that elusive difference.