Gen. Mattis’ letter to Marines before he led them into battle

Marine Gen. James N. Mattis is a leader and motivator of troops. He understands history, world relations, and his men. The General is a legend among his men and you need to read the personal letter he wrote to his command before battle. Mattis is no stranger to battle, having been engaged many times. He is currently at the top of the list for the job of Secretary of Defense. We will all be the better for him taking the job.

Story as Written By Paul Szoldra for Nordic Business Insider:

James Mattis Wrote Letter Marines Combat.

Marine Gen. James N. Mattis is something of a legend in the US military. Looked at as a warrior among Marines, and well-respected by members of other services, he’s been at the forefront of a number of engagements.

He led his battalion of Marines in the assault during the first Gulf war in 1991, and commanded the task force charging into Afghanistan in 2001. In 2003, as a Major General, he once again took up the task of motivating his young Marines to go into battle.

One day before beginning the assault into Iraq, on March 19, 2003, every member of 1st Marine Division received this letter, written in Mattis’ own hand.

In the letter, he tells them, “on your young shoulders rest the hopes of mankind.” He conveys a sense of staying together and working as a team, writing, “keep faith in your comrades on your left and right and Marine Air overhead. Fight with a happy heart and a strong spirit.”

He finally signs off with the motto of 1st Marines: “No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy.”


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This letter General James Mattis wrote to his Marines is a must read in military history – Business Insider Nordic

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