“An atheist could not be as great a military leader as one who is not an atheist.” Thomas H. Moorer (1912 to 2004) Thomas Hinman Moorer was a US Navy admiral, chief of naval operations (1967-70) and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1970-74) during the Vietnam War. A naval aviator in World War… Read More
“Hit hard, hit first, hit often.” Admiral Halsey (1882 to 1959) William Frederick Halsey, Junior, also known as Bull Halsey, was a US naval commander who led vigorous campaigns in the Pacific theatre during World War II. He was a leading exponent of warfare using carrier-based aircraft and became known for his daring tactics.
“A military man can scarcely pride himself on having ‘smitten a sleeping enemy’; it is more a matter of shame, simply, for the one smitten.” Admiral Yamamoto Isoroku (1884 to 1943), speaking about Pearl Harbour in 1942 Yamamoto, original name Takano Isoroku, was a Japanese naval officer who conceived of the surprise attack on the… Read More
“The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war.” Hyman George Rickover (1900 to 1986) A US Admiral and engineer who developed the world’s first nuclear-powered engines and the first atomic-powered submarine, the USS Nautilus, launched in 1954. He then went on to supervise plans for harnessing nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.… Read More
“…the basic principles of the military services are unchangeable. Courage and candor, obedience and comradeship, love of fatherland and loyalty to the state: these are ever the distinguishing characteristics of the soldier and sailor. Building character through intelligent training and education is always the first and greatest goal.” Erich Raeder (1876 to 1960) Erich Johann… Read More
“We’ve got no place in this outfit for good losers. We want tough hombres who will go in there and win!” Another variation: “The navy has no place for good losers! The navy needs tough sons of bitches who can go out there and win!” Admiral Jonas Ingram (1887 to 1952) Jonas Howard Ingram was… Read More
“Moderation in war is imbecility.” Admiral John Fisher (1841 to 1920) John Arbuthnot Fisher was born in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) and entered the Royal Navy at the age of 13, joining the Victory at Portsmouth on 12 June 1854. He served in the Crimean War (1859 to 1860), saw action at Alexandria (1882), appointed… Read More