What would have Chesty done in the Vietnam War? What would have Chesty done in the Iraq War? Judging from his long career in the Corps, and the many wars he was part of, not loosing any of them, he would have made a difference in the wars I just mentioned. The Korean War was his last. The war was not lost, it was a Mexican standoff. The United States has not won a major war since World War II.
The following is part of the history and life and death of Chesty and his family.
At the outbreak of the Korean War, Puller was once again assigned as commander of the 1st Marine Regiment, with which he made a landing at Inchon on Septembe 15, 1950. In November of that year, Puller earned his fifth Navy Cross for action during the Battle of Chosin Reservoir. It was during that battle when he made the famous quote, "We've been looking for the enemy for some time now. We've finally found him. We're surrounded. That simplifies things." Promoted to Brigadier General and made assistant division commander in January 1951, he completed his tour in Korea in May of that year.
Decorations and honors
Puller was the most decorated U.S. Marine in history and one of only two people to receive the Navy Cross, the Navy's second highest decoration, five times (the other being Navy submarine commander Roy Milton Davenport). With five Navy Crosses and a Distinguished Service Cross, the Army's second highest decoration, Puller received the nation's second highest military decoration a total of six times.
Virginia Montague Evans of Saluda was 16 and Lewis Burwell "Chesty" Puller was 27 when they met at a cotillion in nearby West Point.