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Lieutenant General Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller

 Lewis Burwell "Chesty" Puller (June 26, 1898 – October 11, 1971) was a United States Marine Corps lieutenant general and one of the most decorated members of the Marine Corps. Puller is the only Marine and one of two US servicemen to ever be awarded five Navy Crosses. He fought guerrillas in Haiti and Nicaragua, and participated in battles of World War II and the Korean War. Puller retired from the Marine Corps with 37 years service in 1955 and spent the remainder of his life living in Virginia.

Puller received the second highest U.S. military award six times: five Navy Crosses and one U.S. Army Distinguished Service Cross. He was the second of two US servicemen to ever receive five Navy Crosses; US Navy submarine commander Roy Milton Davenport was the first to receive five Navy Crosses.

 

Puller's military awards include:

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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 Indies clasp
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 Médaille militaire Nicaraguan Presidential Medal of Merit w/ Diploma Nicaraguan Cross of Valor with Diploma
7th row Korean Order of Military Merit, Eulji Cordon Medal Order of the Cloud and Banner with Special Cravat[15] Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation United Nations Service Medal for Korea

 

Lt. Gen. "Chesty" Puller was a native of the Middle Peninsula having been born in West Point and lived in Saluda.  He was also a parishioner of Christ Church Parish and is buried in our historic cemetery next to his wife Virginia Montague Evans. 

Every year, on or around the Marine Corp birthday (November 10th), Marines from Fort Lee and the Naval Weapons Station York Town run in relays from Fort Lee and from Gloucester Point to Christ Church Parish to honor Lt. Gen. Chesty Puller and to celebrate the Marine Corp birthday.  Below are YouTube videos of two these runs:

 

 

 

Chester Puller Remembered - 2019

by Charlie Bradshaw

Lt Gen Lewis “Chesty” Puller was “The Most Decorated United States Marine in American History”. All Marines know of Chesty Puller. The first time I heard his name was my first day of OCS at Quantico. And now, 50 years following his death he is still revered by all Marines, current and former. I knew he was from this part of Virginia because I have been driving down General Puller Highway for many years on my way to our river home. I had assumed the most decorated Marine in history was resting in Arlington Cemetery, but I was wrong. His final resting place is in Christ Church Parish Historical Cemetery, a few miles east of Saluda, Virginia. Upon learning this, I made a point of visiting the cemetery the following day. During my visit, I decided more people should know about our national hero. I returned a couple of days later and shot footage for this video. Enjoy and Semper Fi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Annually, usually around Veterans Day and/or the Marine Corp birthday Marines for Fort Lee and York Town will run in relays for their bases to Christ Church Parish to pay their respects to the General.  Below are videos of just a few of these "Puller Runs" and ceremonies Honoring this Nations most decorated Marine.

November 9, 2013

Bravo FAST Company

Naval Weapons Station, York Town, Virginia

          October 24, 2014

          Marines from Fort Lee Virginia 

October 14, 2017

Memorial Ceremony in Honor and Remembrance of 

Lt. General Lewis Burwell "Chesty" Puller