• The Marines fought almost solely on esprit de corps, I was certain. It was inconceivable to most Marines that they should let another Marine down, or that they could be responsible for dimming the bright reputation of their Corps. The Marines simply assumed that they were the world's best fighting men.

    Robert Sherrod (2013). “Tarawa: The Incredible Story of One of World War II's Bloodiest Battles”, p.35, Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.