This is my rifle, this is my gun.
November 11, 2008 8:55 AM Subscribe
This is my rifle.
posted by mattbucher (133 comments total)
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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 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 any 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 weakness, its strength, its parts, its accessories, its sights and its barrel
. I will keep my rifle clean
and ready, even as I am 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 Rifleman's Creed
was written by Maj. Gen. William H. Rupertus
, one of the most interesting figures of the Pacific Theater. Rupertus lost his wife and children to scarlet fever in China and never recovered from the tragedy. As he led the 1st Marine Division at the Battle of Pelelieu
and other pacific battles, he continued to battle depression. Yesterday his beloved Marine Corps celebrated their 233rd birthday