No Better Friend: Kindness in Kabul Is Worth Remembering

On the eve of the invasion of Iraq, General James’ Mad Dog,’ Mattis issued a letter to the troops of the 1st Marine Division. Mattis limited his message to one page and wanted something his Marines could carry with them. It acted as the commander’s intent as well as a bit of motivation for those headed into the fight. I think everyone should read the letter, but it’s the end of the letter that has since become a part of the Marine Corps culture. At its conclusion, Mattis signs off with, “Demonstrate to the world there is ‘No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy’ than a U.S. Marine.

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