Chesty retired from the United States Marine Corps 55 years ago on October 31, 1955. At that time I had served the Corps 13 years and about half of that time, Chesty was my commanding officer. Chesty selected the Camp Lejeune Staff NCO Club for his retirement party. I attended the party and said goodbye to him for the last time.
In July of that year, the general embarked for a two-year tour of duty at the Marine Barracks, Pearl Harbor. Returning in June 1928, he served at San Diego, California, until he joined the Nicaraguan National Guard Detachment that December. After earning his first Navy Cross in Nicaragua he returned to the United States in July 1931, to enter the Company Officers Course at the Army Infantry School, Fort Benning, Georgia. He completed the course in June 1932, and returned to Nicaragua the following month to begin the tour of duty which brought him his second Navy Cross.