Quotes / Band of Brothers

"I cherish the memories of a question my grandson asked me the other day when he said, "Grandpa, were you a hero in the war?"
Grandpa said "No…but I served in a company of heroes."
Richard Winters, quoting a letter he received from Sergeant Mike Ranney

"I was no longer a shuddering speck of existence, alone in the darkness; - I belong to them and they to me; we all share the same life; we are nearer than lovers, in a simpler, harder way; I could bury my face in them, in these voices, these words that have saved me and will stand by me."
Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front

"And Crispin Crispian shall ne’er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered-
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And gentlemen in England now-a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day."
William Shakespeare, Henry V

"Men, it's been a long war, it's been a tough war. You've fought bravely, proudly for your country. You're a special group. You've found in one another a bond, that exists only in combat, among brothers. You've shared foxholes, held each other in dire moments. You've seen death and suffered together. I'm proud to have served with each and every one of you. You all deserve long and happy lives in peace."
German General, Band of Brothers

"The greatest accolade you can get is from your comrades in arms."
— Officer of the cruiser USS San Francisco receiving cheers from sailors watching his ship put in for repairs with 26 15-inch shell holes from the "Cruiser Night Action" on the first night of the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal, in which American ships engaged a superior Japanese force at close range in near-total darkness, in a confused and brutal contest often described as "a knife fight in a phone booth." During the battle, San Francisco spent several minutes dueling the battleship HIMS Hiei at point-blank range, nearly colliding as the two ships pounded eachother. The following morning, the US fleet had held the line and San Francisco was still (barely) floating and underway, while the Japanese were scattered and Hiei was a drifting inferno to be finished off by American dive bombers from the island.