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.
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.