Chesty Puller

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Birthday
26, 1898
Birthplace
West Point, VA
Death Date
Oct 11, 1971 (73)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
26, 1898
Birthplace
West Point, VA
Death Date
Oct 11, 1971 (73)

About

United States Marine Corps commander who earned five Navy Crosses for his service in World War II and the Korean War.

Before Fame

He grew up in Virginia and spent his youth idolizing the renowned Civil War General, Stonewall Jackson. He briefly attended the Virginia Military Institute and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps as soon as he could.

Trivia

He was portrayed by actor William Sadler in the acclaimed HBO miniseries, The Pacific.

Family Life

His son, Lewis Burwell Puller, Jr., suffered serious injuries while serving as a Marine in Vietnam.

Associated With

He was a distant relative of the decorated U.S. Army General, George S. Patton. Both Puller and Patton served in key battles of World War II.