General Jim Mattis answers questions in Iraq in 2003. He has served in both Gulf Wars as well as in Afghanistan
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March 4, 2014 2:30 AM EST

General Jim “Mad Dog” Mattis is among the most revered top brass of the U.S. Marine Corps, and apparently he’s something of an expert orator too.

At a recent award dinner at the Marine Corps University Foundation he was awarded the Semper Fidelis Award, honoring a leader exemplifying high principles and dedicated service.

The 63-year-old subsequently addressed the crowd for what the Marine Times is saying might be the “most motivating speech of all time.”

Read some highlights below and judge for yourself.

Oorah!

[The Marine Times]

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