Now, in the Navy you have got to have ships and good guns; but if you have not got anything else, the ships and the guns are worthless. You have got to have a man behind the guns, the man in the engine room. That is what counts; that is what made the difference at Manila and Santiago. There was a difference in the ships, too; but the great difference was in the men. And no kind of patent device on board any ship will take the place of cool, intelligent, and hearty courage in the officers and enlisted men. So, exactly as you need in war the man behind the gun, you need in peace the man behind a plough, the man at the machine. It is on him that our success ultimately depends.
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