114 years ago today- A Marine...

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  1. bruno

    bruno Retired Staff Member

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    on June 26 1898; A Marine Legend was born in West Point VA. LTG Chesty Puller - was one of the true icons of American Military History. A VMI man who left to join the Marine Corps as he didn't want to miss out. My opinion- the US could use a few more guys like Chesty Puller- in the Military for sure but in all walks of life. He did not stop to think about all of the reasons he couldn't accomplish the mission- instead- leading from the front , he drove his Marines to accomplish the impossible and had no time for those who didn't. The Marines like to talk about the Campaigns in the Pacific as the their everlasting symbols- but truthfully- I think that where they truly performed above and beyond was in Korea in 1950/51. The Army between WW2 and Korea had turned itself into a collection of badly trained "Garritroopers" and for the first year of the war performed abysmally, with the nadir coming during the retreat from North Korea. The Marines on the other hand demonstrated what hard training and good leadership really is capable of doing- it's probably not too strong to say that they saved Korea in the Naktong River lines around Pusan. More phenomenal- The retreat from the Chosin Reservoir - where Chesty Puller led the 1st Marines as part of the First Marine Division (under Maj Gen OP Smith another legend: "We're not retreating- we're just attacking in a different direction!") out thru 22 Chinese Divisions - is an epic battle.
    Happy Birthday Chesty Puller- from one Brother Rat to another with a sense of awe!

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    flieger83 Super Moderator Moderator

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    We were taught at USAFA that "Chesty" had so many Navy Crosses because he "p*ssed off" so many senior folks..they would NEVER allow a recommendation for the Medal of Honor to go forward.

    Don't know how true that is but he was held to US as an outstanding exemplar of leadership.

    Steve
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    USAFA '83
     
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    bruno Retired Staff Member

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    TPG- you may be interested in this transcript of an interview with Col Dabney that is in the VMI archives. He was an interesting man in his own right: http://www.vmi.edu/uploadedFiles/Archives/Adams_Center/DabneyWH/DabneyWH_interview.pdf
    "Good night Chesty, wherever you are"
     
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    114 years ago today....

    Guys,

    Just wonderful posts. And you all are to be commended, as well. You have made a sacrifice to defend freedom and liberty and there is a cost a very expensive cost. And sometimes you pay for it with your lives. Thanks, so very much.

    God Bless to you all, RGK
     
  5. DevilDog

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    I have heard that too.

    I joke with my son (C2C at USAFA) that they should have made Gen. Puller the Exemplar of their class. I always joke with him that he should get the new Doolies to vote for Chesty Puller to be their Exemplar. My son always shoots back, that he was not Air Force, I always retort that he was the greatest war leader this country ever had.

    I guess you can say Chesty Puller is my hero if a man that is 52 years old can have a hero. I have been to his grave site to pay my respect, I have read books about him. The one thing all these kids at the academies should learn from General Puller was to treat the enlisted with respect, and that the NCO's know what they are talking about.

    God Bless you Chesty Puller, Happy Birthday, and good night Chesty, wherever you are!
     

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