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Marine Legend Honored(Heads Up, Devil Dogs, Chesty Puller remembered!)
Times-Dispatch ^ | Nov 16, 2007 - 12:08 AM | LAWRENCE LATANE III

Posted on 11/23/2007 8:11:39 PM PST by kellynla

WEST POINT -- World War I ended days after he enlisted, and his request for active duty in Vietnam in 1966 was denied on account of his age -- after all he was 68.

But, Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller was a force to be reckoned with in every other war and armed conflict between those times. Long before he retired as a lieutenant general, he had become a Marine Corps living legend.

Yesterday, a grateful hometown honored its hero, remembered that he is the only Marine ever to receive five Navy Crosses for bravery and expressed thanks that he was on our side.

"We owe him more than we can every repay," said Mayor Jim Hudson, one of three speakers who helped commemorate a new Virginia historical highway marker in Puller's honor.

"How meaningful it is that a man of his stature lived amongst us," Del. Harvey B. Morgan, R-Middlesex, said when he took his turn on the podium at West Point High School, where several hundred people had gathered.

"He was a true icon," added retired Marine Lt. Gen. Ron Christmas, president of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation.

Puller fought in Nicaragua and also saw expeditionary service in China and Haiti. He and his men endured a relentless Japanese assault on Guadalcanal in World War II. In Korea, as commander of the 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division, he repelled brutal attacks from surrounding Communist troops that vastly outnumbered the American forces.

"All right," Puller was said to declare as he summed up the bleak situation, "they're on our left, they're on our right, they're in front of us and they're behind us. . . . They can't get away this time!" They didn't. The Marines destroyed seven of the enemy divisions.

"Today's Marines learn about Chesty Puller in boot camp," said Marine veteran Ernest Lutz, who drove two hours in pouring rain yesterday from his home in Chesapeake to pay respects.

Puller died in 1971 while living in Middlesex County.

The highway marker will be placed on state Route 33 in West Point, where Puller lived before enrolling at Virginia Military Institute.

It took a Marine's wife to spearhead the drive to install the marker. Jessica Drake's husband, Maj. Chad Drake, is serving in Iraq. Prior to their marriage 13 years ago, Jessica Drake had done her research by reading Puller's memoir and a biography.

"I thought they'd prepare me as a Marine wife," she said. What it did was cause her to revere Puller as much as any Marine, she said.

Drake was surprised to find no historical marker honoring Puller as she drove through West Point last December. When she got home, she contacted the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, which oversees the historical marker system, and the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, which co-sponsored the sign.

"America's great men come from small towns," Jessica Drake said. "West Point is small-town America -- they grew a great man."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: chestypuller; marinecorps; semperfi; usmc

1 posted on 11/23/2007 8:11:41 PM PST by kellynla
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To: kellynla

This post and others make me so Proud to be an American!!

God Bless our Military!!


2 posted on 11/23/2007 8:14:13 PM PST by PROCON
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To: kellynla

In Korea, Puller commander of the 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division

My dad was in Puller’s 1st Marine Div. in the Korean War at the Frozen Chosen and the Inchon Landing


3 posted on 11/23/2007 8:17:24 PM PST by SoCalPol (Duncan Hunter '08 Tough on WOT & Illegals)
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To: kellynla

Great post! BUMP!

“Chesty Puller said it first, only blood can quench our thirst!”


4 posted on 11/23/2007 8:17:41 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: freema; SandRat; NormsRevenge

ping


5 posted on 11/23/2007 8:18:00 PM PST by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: All

Here is the link to the actual article in the paper with a picture of the memorial. I tried to post the picture of the memorial but couldn’t for some reason.

http://webmail.aol.com/31361/aol/en-us/Mail/get-attachment.aspx?uid=1.19391274&folder=New+Mail&partId=10


6 posted on 11/23/2007 8:21:35 PM PST by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: SoCalPol
"Today's Marines learn about Chesty Puller in boot camp,"

So did Platoon 2076 in 1966....Chesty and a zillion others (the USMC is blessed with a ton of legendary members...). The amount of "classroom" time surprised me as a young boot.

7 posted on 11/23/2007 8:22:11 PM PST by ErnBatavia (...forward this to your 10 very best friends....)
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To: kellynla
From Korea:

" Yes Sir, we are surrounded, we have the enemy right where we want them."

Oh, if only we had a dozen like him today!

8 posted on 11/23/2007 8:29:43 PM PST by Candor7 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Baghdad_(1258))
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To: kellynla

Was Chesty Puller’s son KIA in Nam?


9 posted on 11/23/2007 8:30:50 PM PST by Doc91678 (Doc91678)
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To: ErnBatavia

My dad saw Puller several times while in the Korean War.
Still talks about him.

I live a few miles from MCRD, San Diego

Have more than a few relatives in the 1st Marine Div. now who have served in Iraq


10 posted on 11/23/2007 8:31:41 PM PST by SoCalPol (Duncan Hunter '08 Tough on WOT & Illegals)
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To: ErnBatavia

‘Good night Chesty Puller, wherever you are.’

The last phrase uttered every night at lights out for Platoon 1065, PI, 1982.

Semper Fi.


11 posted on 11/23/2007 8:32:06 PM PST by WVRockDJ
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To: Doc91678

He lost both legs and part of an arm. He committed suicide in 1994. His widow remarked that he should be remembered as a casualty of the war, because he never recovered.


12 posted on 11/23/2007 8:38:07 PM PST by Stonewall Jackson (The Hunt for FRed November. 11/04/08)
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To: kellynla

“So they’ve got us surrounded, good! Now we can fire in any direction, those b*****ds won’t get away this time!”
CHESTY PULLER, USMC


13 posted on 11/23/2007 8:44:26 PM PST by Grimmy (equivocation is but the first step along the road to capitulation)
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To: WVRockDJ
In the military fiction novel Good Friday, the amphibious assault ship that is the primary US warship in the book is named the USS Puller in honor of Chesty. Sadly, she does not survive the heavy fighting in the Persian Gulf.
14 posted on 11/23/2007 8:49:05 PM PST by Stonewall Jackson (The Hunt for FRed November. 11/04/08)
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To: kellynla

15 posted on 11/23/2007 8:53:26 PM PST by Donald Rumsfeld Fan (NY Times: "fake but accurate")
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To: Doc91678

“Was Chesty Puller’s son KIA in Nam?”

No, He survived Nam, losing both his legs & most of his hands from a landmine but later committed suicide in 1994.


16 posted on 11/23/2007 8:53:35 PM PST by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: kellynla; ontap; Allegra; carlr; wallcrawlr; Tatze; TrueKnightGalahad; blackie; Larry Lucido; ...
Re: ... he is the only Marine ever to receive five Navy Crosses for bravery...

It always get me me when this is said about Chesty, because he also won a Distinguished Service Cross, the Army's second highest decoration! Puller is the only one who ever received the nation's second highest military decoration a total of six times.

If there was ever any American fighting man that deserved the Medal of Honor, it is Chest Puller.

17 posted on 11/23/2007 9:01:02 PM PST by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: Doc91678

No, his son was gravely wounded though.From what I remember his son killed himself some years back. Terrible shame too.


18 posted on 11/23/2007 9:02:24 PM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Defeat liberalism, its the right thing to do for America.)
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To: PROCON
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19 posted on 11/23/2007 9:02:59 PM PST by Candor7 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Baghdad_(1258))
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To: Candor7

I look into the mans eyes and see love of country!!

Thanks for the Post!!


20 posted on 11/23/2007 9:08:14 PM PST by PROCON
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To: Stonewall Jackson

In 1982, my father and I took a launch from a dock in Santa Barbara to the frigate USS Puller that was anchored offshore. The Navy was giving tours of the ship to members of the public. It was a long wait on the dock, because one of the launches broke down, but it was worth the wait to tour this fine ship.


21 posted on 11/23/2007 9:40:26 PM PST by july4thfreedomfoundation (Life's a bitch, so don't vote for one on November 4, 2008!)
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To: Candor7

We do . The only problem is we have a bunch of pussilanimous scumbag politicians in the Congress who have no principles to support our military! G_D Bless and Save America!


22 posted on 11/23/2007 9:55:05 PM PST by Jan Hus
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To: kellynla
You need to be logged in to an AOL account to view that. The actual article in the Times Dispatch doesn't include a picture.
23 posted on 11/24/2007 12:59:27 AM PST by A.A. Cunningham
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To: kellynla; 1stbn27; 2111USMC; 2nd Bn, 11th Mar; 68 grunt; A.A. Cunningham; ASOC; AirForceBrat23; ...

Ping


24 posted on 11/24/2007 5:04:06 AM PST by freema (Proud Marine Niece, Daughter, Wife, Friend, Sister, Aunt, Cousin, Mother, and FRiend)
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To: Doc91678

No, he was not. He steped on a land mine and lost both of his legs. Later he wrote a book on his life & then he tragically took his own life. He could not live wit the pressure of being “Chesty’s” son.


25 posted on 11/24/2007 5:39:10 AM PST by TMSuchman (American by birth, Rebel by choice, Marine by act of GOD!)
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To: PROCON

26 posted on 11/24/2007 5:46:47 AM PST by fontman
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To: chesty_puller

Ping-a-ling


27 posted on 11/24/2007 9:07:28 AM PST by Erasmus (My simplifying explanation had the disconcerting side effect of making the subject incomprehensible.)
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To: kellynla

Personal awards include:

* 5 Navy Crosses;
* Army Distinguished Service Cross;
* Army Silver Star Medal;
* 2 Legions of Merit with Combat "V";
* Bronze Star Medal;
* 3 Air Medals;
* Purple Heart.

His other medals and decorations include 5 Presidential Unit Citations.

Semper Fi ...
28 posted on 11/24/2007 9:33:33 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: kellynla

He was related to Patton wasn’t he?


29 posted on 11/24/2007 9:54:40 AM PST by Swiss
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To: Swiss

“He was related to Patton wasn’t he?”

distant relative


30 posted on 11/24/2007 10:03:24 AM PST by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: kellynla

Then it is true. God keeps putting Marines in his divisions.
God Love them all.


31 posted on 11/24/2007 1:46:27 PM PST by Doc91678 (Doc91678)
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