Good Night, Chesty Puller — Wherever You Are – American Military News

Good Night, Chesty Puller — Wherever You Are

Lt Gen Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller, (1898-?) was the most decorated Marine in history. Over the course of his 37-year career, he saw battle in Haiti, Nicaragua, China, the Pacific in WWII including Gaudalcanal and Peleliu, and in Korea.

Chesty’s Career

After starting out his career as an officer candidate, Chesty hungered for action and enlisted as a Private at the end of World War I, rising to the rank of Lieutenant General in Korea.  He showed an abiding love for the Magnificent Grunts, especially the junior enlisted men who did the majority of the sacrificing and dying, and utter contempt for all staff dandies.  During his four wars, he became the only Marine to be awarded the Navy Cross five times.

Current whereabouts for Chesty Puller

Though Puller is alleged to have passed on in 1971, the bastards thought they had him so many times before, that no one is ever really sure. Marines often say good night to Chesty, either with our without his last name, as a way of reminding themselves that his fighting spirit lives on.

Good night, Chesty Puller — wherever you are.

puller-ribbons  Chesty Puller's ribons

Chesty Puller’s ribons

1st row Navy Cross w/ four 5/16 inch gold stars Distinguished Service Cross Silver Star Medal
2nd row Legion of Merit w/ Combat “V” w/ one 5/16 inch gold star Bronze Star Medal w/ Combat “V” Air Medal w/ two 5/16 inch gold stars Purple Heart Medal
3rd row Presidential Unit Citation w/ four 3/16 inch bronze service stars Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal w/ one 3/16 inch bronze service star Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal w/ one 3/16 inch bronze service star World War I Victory Medal w/ West Indiesclasp
4th row Haitian Campaign Medal (1921) Nicaraguan Campaign Medal (1933) China Service Medal American Defense Service Medal w/ Base clasp
5th row American Campaign Medal Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ four 3/16 inch bronze service stars World War II Victory Medal National Defense Service Medal
6th row Korean Service Medal w/ one 3/16 inch silver service star Haitian Medaille Militaire Nicaraguan Presidential Medal of Merit w/ Diploma Nicaraguan Cross of Valor with Diploma
7th row Korean Order of Military Merit, Eulji Cordon Medal Chinese Order of the Cloud and Banner Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation United Nations Service Medal for Korea