Class Act

By lex, on February 19th, 2011

Marine Corps General James Mattis is no one’s idea of a soft touch. Just reflect on his speech to the tribal leaders of Fallujah. But it turns out that the warrior monk had a soft spot in his heart on Christmas Day:

Back in 1998, (USMC Commandant General Charles Krulak) was making his final delivery (of holiday cookies) to Marine Corps Combat Development Command headquarters at Quantico when he asked the Marine on duty who the officer of the day was.

“The young Marine said, ‘Sir, it’s Brigadier General Mattis.’”

Krulak thought the Marine had misunderstood him, so he asked again, but he got the same answer.

“I looked around the duty hut and in the back, there were two cots: One for the officer of the day and one for the young Marine. I said, ‘OK, let me cut through all of this: Who was the officer who slept in that bed last night?’

“And the Marine said, ‘Sir, Brigadier General Mattis.’”

At that moment, Mattis walked around the corner.

“So I said to him, ‘Jim, what are you standing the duty for?’ “And he said, ‘Sir, I looked at the duty roster for today and there was a young major who had it who is married and had a family; and so I’m a bachelor, I thought why should the major miss out on the fun of having Christmas with his family, and so I took the duty for him.’ ”

I love this guy.

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9 responses to “Class Act

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  3. CT II Raven

    One of my favorites: “Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.”

    I wonder what Mad Dog’s plan will be facing his confirmation hearings …

    • NaCly Dog

      Mathis: “Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.”

      Senator: Wah, wah, wah, how did you feel when …”

      Mathis: “Senator, your first question sucks. Next question. From someone else.”

      How’s that?

  4. Rob

    You would go to H..l and back for a man like that.

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