Military Directory: The "Chesty" Puller Files

Lewis Burwell "Chesty" Puller, is America's Most Decorated Marine.

Puller, a distant cousin to U.S. Army General George S. Patton, was a United States Marine Corp Lieutenant General.

Chesty Puller remains a well known figure in Marine Corps folklore, with both true and exaggerated tales of his experiences being constantly recounted in the U.S. Marine Corps.

A common incantation in Marine Corps boot camp is to end one's day with the declaration, "Good night, Chesty Puller, wherever you are!" Another common encouragement is "Chesty Puller never quit!" In Marine recruit training and OCS cadences, Marines chant "It was good for Chesty Puller/And it's good enough for me".

Chesty is symbolic of the esprit de corps of the Marines. Also, the recruits sing "Chesty Puller was a good Marine and a good Marine was he." Marines, while doing pull-ups, will tell each other to "do one for Chesty!"

Chesty is loved by enlisted men for his constant actions to improve their lot. Puller insisted upon good equipment and discipline; once he came upon a second lieutenant who had ordered an enlisted man to salute him 100 times for missing a salute. Chesty told the lieutenant, "You were absolutely correct in making him salute you 100 times lieutenant, but you know that an officer must return every salute he receives. Now return them all."

While on duty in Hawaii and inspecting the armory, Puller fined himself $100 for discharging a .45 caliber pistol, although the charge for his men was only $20. His sense of fair play was legendary.

Chesty's daughter-in-law, "Toddy", continued this legacy of selfless service in Virginia politics - and, of course, everyone is familiar with her heroic US Marine husband (and Chesty's son) Lewis Burwell Puller, Jr., the author of the 1992 Pulitzer Prize winner "Fortunate Son".

"Good night, Chesty, wherever you are!"

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