A Marine Toast

There once was the love of a beautiful maid

And the love of a staunch, true man

And the love of a baby, unafraid

All have existed since time began

But the eternal love

The love of all loves

Even greater than love for mother

Is the infinite, passionate, tender love

Of one drunken Marine for another


Here’s to you, and here’s to me, best of friends we’ll ever be, but if we ever disagree, then fuck you, here’s to me.


Here’s to cheating, stealing, fighting, and drinking;
If you cheat, may you cheat death;
If you steal, may you steal a woman’s heart;
If you fight, may you fight for a brother;
If you drink, may you drink with me.


To women, wives, and lovers: may they never meet.


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  • Eric Vogl

    I fucked in the East
    I’ve fucked in the west
    I’ve fucked the ugliest
    and I’ve fucked the best
    I’ll never be happy
    I’ll never be free
    until I’ve fucked the Marine Corps
    like the Marine Corps fucked me.

  • Mike Gilbert

    I found this toast in a book of toasts in ’71 when I was at Marine Security Guard School, Henderson Hall, Arlington, Va. I’ve used it many time but this is the first time I’ve seen it anywhere else. Where did you find it?