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!