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Good Night, Chesty Puller — Wherever You Are

Good Night, Chesty Puller -- Wherever You Are
June 02, 2014

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 rowNavy Cross w/ four 5/16 inch gold starsDistinguished Service CrossSilver Star Medal
2nd rowLegion of Merit w/ Combat “V” w/ one 5/16 inch gold starBronze Star Medal w/ Combat “V”Air Medal w/ two 5/16 inch gold starsPurple Heart Medal
3rd rowPresidential Unit Citation w/ four 3/16 inch bronze service starsMarine Corps Good Conduct Medal w/ one 3/16 inch bronze service starMarine Corps Expeditionary Medal w/ one 3/16 inch bronze service starWorld War I Victory Medal w/ West Indiesclasp
4th rowHaitian Campaign Medal (1921)Nicaraguan Campaign Medal (1933)China Service MedalAmerican Defense Service Medal w/ Base clasp
5th rowAmerican Campaign MedalAsiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ four 3/16 inch bronze service starsWorld War II Victory MedalNational Defense Service Medal
6th rowKorean Service Medal w/ one 3/16 inch silver service starHaitian Medaille MilitaireNicaraguan Presidential Medal of Merit w/ DiplomaNicaraguan Cross of Valor with Diploma
7th rowKorean Order of Military Merit, Eulji Cordon MedalChinese Order of the Cloud and BannerRepublic of Korea Presidential Unit CitationUnited Nations Service Medal for Korea