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This Day (Toughest Marine Edition)

June 26th, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe · 2 Comments

On this day in 1898, Lewis Burwell Puller—known forever as Chesty—was born in West Point, on the Northern Neck. The most-decorated Marine in history, he earned five Navy Crosses, the U.S. Navy’s second-highest decoration, for fighting in Nicaragua, at Guadalcanal and in New Guinea during World War II (1939–1945), and at the Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War (1950–1953).

IMAGE: A poster romanticizing Chesty Puller uses the cover image of Marine! The Life of Chesty Puller (1962) by Burke Davis.

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  • 1 Susan Coleman // Jun 26, 2012 at 10:35 am

    Lewis B. Puller, Jr., Chesty’s son, won the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for his autobiography, Fortunate Son. It is the best book on the impact of Vietnam that I have ever read. It chronicles Puller, Jr.’s life as the son of the most decorated marine in history, as well as his life as he attempted to recover physically and emotionally after he tripped a booby-trapped howitzer in ‘Nam. Sadly he took his own life two years later.

  • 2 Brendan Wolfe // Jun 26, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Susan, You’re right — it’s a tough and poignant book, made all the more so by his suicide.

    The Pentagon, meanwhile, reports 154 soldier suicides in the first 155 days of 2012.


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