Meet Gen Mattis. He is currently on the short list of President Trump for the Secretary of Defense. He is a Marine’s Marine. To the point, accurate and will speak his mind. Mainly the reason he was forced out. He scared people. Marines love him.
Marines love him like they love Chest Puller. In fact, perhaps Mattis is the new “Chesty”. Some may argue, and although Gen Mattis isn’t sporting the many, many awards of Chesty Puller, he is in the same cut as Chesty. Who am I fooling, no one will ever be more masculine, heroic, or Gung Ho as Chesty. But, Gen Mattis is a close second.
Quick War story:
I was in Ramadi, Iraq (2004-2005) as a Captain with 2d Marines. I was the Aide de Camp (not a real fun job) but my Sgt Maj and General were kick ass so actually it was a great billet, especially in combat. Gen Mattis was coming to visit my General and arriving in a “safe” LZ. Doesn’t exist in Ramadi.
Sniper threat was constant so I had my gun crews continue to peer out with binos to deter any potential snipers to take a shot as out guys had eyes “out” and would most likely see the shot and would bring holy hell onto the potential sniper.
It would have it as the aircraft landed and we made our way to meet the General, a sniper round struck one of our gun trucks. As I and others began to react and get our VIPs in safe haven, mortars followed. I threw my VIP in the truck (and was quickly counseled on trying not to break his neck as I literally threw him in). There stood Gen Mattis in the middle of the LZ and with numerous Marines ushering him into Hummers, he later stated (when the shit calmed down) “Man I miss this shit”……That’s Gen Mattis. Time for a C-Gar
Retired Marine Gen. James N. Mattis is something of a legend in the US military. Looked at as a warrior among Marines, and well-respected by members of other services, he's been at the forefront of a number of engagements.
And with the 66-year-old retired four-star general having met with President-elect Donald Trump on Saturday to discuss a possible job offer as defense secretary, it's worth looking back on what he was really like in uniform.
He led his battalion of Marines in the assault during the first Gulf war in 1991, and commanded the task force charging into Afghanistan in 2001. In 2003, as a Major General, he once again took up the task of motivating his young Marines to go into battle.
One day before beginning the assault into Iraq, on March 19, 2003, every member of 1st Marine Division received this letter, written in Mattis' own hand. Read more here