Two years ago the Commandant of the Marine Corps stood before the graduating class of officers from Quantico. He reminded them of the proud traditions of the Marine Corps. He reminded them of their loyalty to God, country, and Corps. He also reminded them of the great sacrifices made by the men who wore the uniform of a United States Marine and the sacrifice they might ultimately be called on to make.
To each one of the graduates he gave advice derived from countless experiences and situations. All of it was essential to winning in battle. Their life, and the lives of those who were about to serve with them counted on whether or not they remembered the pearls of wisdom they had learned.
Out of all the things he said I only remember one statement absolutely without flaw. I had not intended to memorize it but it made perfect sense. "Never go into an hour long battle with 10 minutes worth of ammunition."