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Lieutenant General Lewis Burwell “Chesty” Puller USMC Zach Asbury Sct. 002 28 February 2008
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Lieutenant General Lewis Burwell “Chesty” Puller is among the most remembered and honored Marines in United States Marine Corps (USMC) history. With 52 separate decorations, Lt. General Puller proved gallantry, bravery, and courage throughout it years of service. Included in his decorations are five Navy Crosses, the Navy’s second highest decoration, and a Distinguished Service Cross, the Army’s second highest decoration. Although the USMC was long in existence before Lt. General Puller, he greatly influenced the development of the Marine Corps today through his fierce fighting, self-sacrifice, and love of the Marine Corps. Born in West Point, West Virginia, on 26 June 1898, grew up hunting, fishing, and many other activities in the woods according to Alvin Rivera, USMC. His family had quite a military history. According to leathernecks.com, his second cousin was General George S. Patton, United States Army, and his grandfather fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War. When Lt. General Puller graduated High School, he enrolled in the Virginia Military Institute in 1917.
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