C. Carwood Lipton: [Voiceover, during Speirs' rush across enemy lines in Foy] At first the Germans didn't shoot at him. I think they couldn't quite believe what they were seeing. But that wasn't the really astounding thing. The astounding thing was, after he hooked up with I Company, he came back.
Warren Muck: I swam the across the Niagara once.
Alex Penkala: [Sarcastically] Yeah.
Warren Muck: I swear. On a bet.
George Luz: What, in a barrel?
Warren Muck: No... God! I didn't go over the falls, George. I swam across the river.
George Luz: I don't know.
Warren Muck: Ten miles up from the Falls. I tell ya that current is damn strong...
Alex Penkala: Oh yeah.
Warren Muck: Must have carried me at least two miles down stream before I made it across. But, I got across. Now personally, I didn't think it was all that stupid. But my mom and my sister Ruth... they gave me all kinds of hell.
George Luz: Yeah I bet, Muck.
Warren Muck: So did Faye.
George Luz: Ah... sweet Faye Tanner.
Warren Muck: Shut it, George.
Alex Penkala: Well, they had a point. You're an idiot.
SSgt. William 'Wild Bill' Guarnere: What the hell you doin' back here?
SSgt. Joseph Toye: Had to make sure you were on top of things.
SSgt. William 'Wild Bill' Guarnere: Yeah, I'm on top of things. Tied me own boots once last week. All by meself.
Capt. Ronald Speirs: Well, go ahead and ask me.
C. Carwood Lipton: Ask you what, sir?
Capt. Ronald Speirs: The stories about me. You want to know if they're true, right? You know the funny thing about stories like that? Everyone always says they heard it from someone who was there. Then if you ask that person, they say *they* heard it from someone who was there, and so on. I bet if you went back 2,000 years, you'd find a bunch of centurions standing around talking about how Tertius lopped the heads off of some Carthaginian prisoners.
C. Carwood Lipton: Well, sir, maybe they kept talking about it because they never heard Tertius deny it.
Capt. Ronald Speirs: Well, maybe that's because Tertius knew there was some value to the men thinking he was the meanest, toughest son of a bitch in the whole Roman legion.