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Who is the Ultimate Marine’s Marine?

Who is the Ultimate Marine's Marine? Each day, we’ll compare two Marine Corps legends across three categories: Service (actions while in uniform), Legacy (how their service continued to impact the Corps and the world) and Motivation (esprit de corps and overall badassery). The Marines Blog will judge initial rounds internally and guest writers will take over for the final rounds. Be sure to make your voice heard by voting in our simultaneous fan bracket here on the Marines Facebook page, or tweet your thoughts with the hashtag: #UltimateMarine.

Who is the Ultimate Marine’s Marine? Each day, we’ll compare two Marine Corps legends across three categories: Service (actions while in uniform), Legacy (how their service continued to impact the Corps and the world) and Motivation (esprit de corps and overall badassery). The Marines Blog will judge initial rounds internally and guest writers will take over for the final rounds. Be sure to make your voice heard by voting in our simultaneous fan bracket here on the Marines Blog. Share your opinion on our Facebook page, or tweet your thoughts with us @usmc using the hashtag: #UltimateMarine

ViewBracketWho’s the best? It’s a question that’s existed for as long as there have been Marines. The inquiry may be overly vain, borderline arrogant, but the Marine Corps is a service that prides itself on being made up of the elite of the elite. It only makes sense for its members to want to identify the baddest of the bunch. At the rifle range we want to know who shot the best. After a physical fitness test we want to know who scored the highest. Who’s stronger, smarter, tougher?

But not all characteristics are quantifiable — and there’s more to being a Marine than acing tests. If I were to tell you, you’re getting a new join, and all I said was, “He’s a hell of a Marine,” you would know exactly what I meant. You can be smart and go far. You can be strong and do great things. But, if you’re a “Marine’s Marine,” there’s no limit to what you can achieve in the Corps.

Here at the Marines Blog, we’re attempting to identify the ultimate “Marine’s Marine” with a tournament of legends — a Marine’s “March Madness” if you will. The competitors will go head-to-head in three categories: Service, Legacy and Motivation. Whoever wins more categories goes on to the next round.

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Selecting a winner is a difficult endeavor, one that is also extremely subjective. We’ve narrowed the tournament down to 16 names, and we’re sure we’ll get grief for names left out. While there has been no shortage of heroes from recent conflicts (Maj. Zembiec, Sgt. Maj. Kasal, Sgt. Peralta, Sgt. Meyer, Cpl. Dunham …), each competitor in the tournament must have left the Corps more than 20 years ago for us to account for the legacy category.
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Each day, two Marine Corps heroes will go head-to-head, culminating with the final round April 11. We’ll judge the first round here at the Marines Blog, each round after that will be guest-judged. Even if you don’t agree with our selections, your vote still counts in our simultaneous fan tournament.

Let’s look back at the Marines who’ve shaped our Corps and select the ultimate Marine’s Marine.

Round One

Daly vs Lejeune

Foss vs Hulbert

Diamond vs Gray

Basilone vs Johnson

Puller vs Barnum

Hathcock vs Mawhinney

Vittori vs Glenn

Butler vs Davis

Round Two

Daly vs Foss

Diamond vs Basilone

Puller vs Hathcock

Glenn vs Butler

Final Four

Daly vs Basilone

Puller vs Butler

The Ultimate Marine’s Marine

Daly vs Puller

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  • http://www.facebook.com/jmcdinsmore Jeffrey Dinsmore

    Couple of inexplicable matchups in the overall bracket (the astronaut made the
    second round? Huh?), but it ended the way it should. Mrs. Puller once
    said to her husband: “…after all you’ve done for the Corps, and all
    the recognition you get is an ugly dog at 8th and I!!).” Chesty would be
    satisfied with the results of this bracket…and would probably insist
    the SgtMaj deserved it more. Which is why he wins it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bob.beebe.9 Bob Beebe

    Every one of these Marines are not just a part of the Marine Corps legacy, they are a part of our American legacy. So says an old “Doc”

  • Rick Powers

    I served with him in 3rd Recon in Okinawa 74-75. he was a 45 year old Captain back then and could still max the PFT. He also promoted me meritoriously to Sgt. He’s been my personal hero since then. One hell of an example of a Marine.

  • http://www.facebook.com/josh.grove.923 Josh Grove

    Absolutely! I met this Marine once and will never forget it. A memorial dedicated to him stands in front of the courthouse, in the town I now call home. He was one of those Marines that inspired me to join. Although our first encounter was less than pleasant, I loved every minute of it and ended up joining the beloved Corps. I wish I could reach out to him and properly explain his impact on me. It was an honor to be chewed out by such an example of a Marine.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1203215508 Blake Wilson

    Chesty wins all brackets, even the ones he’s not in. Done.

  • RJ

    Daly
    Foss
    Gray
    Basilone
    Puller
    Hathcock
    Vittori
    Butler

  • http://www.facebook.com/Gunnyusmcret Thomas Glenn Hill

    DALY !!!

  • Mike Bolen

    I got to go for Hathcock, time for a new Chesty!

  • Norman Crowe

    Daly, Foss, Gray, Basilone, Puller, Hathcock, Glenn and Butler.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gunner.baker.5 Gunner Baker

    Butler v Puller / Basilone v Daly / White Feather v Glenn /Foss v Boyington .
    butler daly Hathcock Boyington my choices SF Gunz

  • http://marines.dodlive.mil Marine Corps Production

    Although we love Gen. Mattis, each competitor in the tournament must have left the Corps more than 20 years ago.

  • Rick Powers

    Col. Wes Fox. USMC Ret. CMH was a Marines Marine. Pvt to Col., see Marine Rifleman 43 yrs in the Corps.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=549503552 Steve Flynn

    Daly
    Foss
    Diamond
    Basilone
    Puller
    Hathcock
    Glenn
    Butler

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=549503552 Steve Flynn

    You forgot General Mattis who is without a doubt this generations Chesty Puller

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dylan-Kroll/100001681967451 Dylan Kroll

    Daly, Foss, Gray, Basilone, Puller, Mawhinney, Glenn, and Butler.

  • Guest

    Daly (tough)
    Hulbert
    Gray (Really Tough!)
    Basilone
    Puller (c’mon)
    Hathcock (Mawhinney got a bad seed)
    Vittori
    Butler

    I’d pick Butler all the way through, but we all know Chesty’s going to win.

  • Terry Mahoney

    AM Gray v Lew Diamond is the only one I’m having trouble with, but in the end, Gen Gray has to have it for me. Mustang Commandant, and humble to boot. To me, he is Mattis with a filter.

    Daly
    Hulbert
    Gray
    Basilone
    Puller (seriously?)
    Hathcock (Close, but no cigar, Mawhinney would have one elsewhere)
    Vittori (Returned to unit AFTER MOH actions)
    And Smedley Darlington Butler, who would be my overall personal pick.

    We all know Chesty is going to win, and I wish they hadn’t put him on there, just made it a race for second place. ;-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1356717070 Matt Wall

    Kind of unfair to have Daly vs Lejeune in the 1st round. They both should #1 seeds.