Pete and Lisa Chartier 2003Sergeant Peter J. Chartier, An Excellent Example

“Some people wonder all their lives if they've made a difference. The Marines don't have that problem.” - Ronald Reagan

Marines Code Of Conduct


The Articles of the Code of Conduct


I am an American, fighting in the forces  which guard my country and our way of life.  I am prepared to give my life in their defense.


I will never surrender of my own free will.  If in command, I will never surrender the members  of my command while they still have the means to resist.


If I am captured I will continue to resist  by all means available.   I will make every effort to  escape and to aid others to escape.   I will accept  neither parole nor special favors from the enemy.


If I become a prisoner of war, I will keep  faith with my fellow prisoners.   I will give no  information nor take part in any action which might  be harmful to my comrades. If I am senior, I will  take command.   If not, I will obey lawful orders of  those appointed over me and will back them in every way.


When questioned, should I become a prisoner  of war, I am required to give name, rank, service  number, and date of birth.    I will evade answering  further questions to the utmost of my ability.  I will make no oral or written statements disloyal to  my country or its allies or harmful to their cause.


I will never forget that I am an American,  fighting for freedom, responsible for my actions,  and dedicated to the principles which made my country  free.   I will trust in my God and in the  UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.