General Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller: A Marine First, Last and Always

“Old breed? New breed? There’s not a damn bit of difference so long as it’s the Marine breed,” General Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller.

 

It’s hard to find a single individual who perfectly embodies all that the Corps represents. After all, the standards that the Marine Corps holds its people to are very high. However, there are those few individuals who have sometimes met and even exceeded those expectations. Such an individual was the late General Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller. Puller led a life of distinction and service to the country that few individuals ever have. We honor his memory and his commitment to the Corps that was at the very center of who he was by offering this short biography of the man.

Lewis Burwell was born in West Point, Virginia on June 26, 1898. He was the grandson of a confederate veteran and a second cousin to General George S. Patton. In 1917 he enrolled in the Virginia Military Institute but left to enlist in the First World War. By 1924, he received his commission as a second lieutenant. He saw battle in Haiti, during WWII and Korea. His decoration and awards include:

  • First Navy Cross citation

  • Second Navy Cross citation

  • Third Navy Cross citation

  • Fourth Navy Cross citation

  • Fifth Navy Cross citation

  • Distinguished Service Cross citation

All of these have earned him the distinction of being the most decorated Marine in history. Puller would eventually retire from the Marine Corps in 1955 after having served for 37 years. He lived in Virginia for the remainder of his life with his wife Virginia Montague Evans. Gen Puller died on October 11, 1971 at the age of 73. He was buried in Saluda, in Middlesex County. As a sign of their respect to the general, Marines at Parris Island end their day by saying, “Good night Chesty Puller, wherever you are!”

Yes, General Puller represented the Marine Corps better than most inviduals. We salute his memory and honor his sacrifice. Our Marine Corps clothes also honor the spirit of the Marines as do our other Marine Corps items for sale. We know that our customers wear with pride each item we sell for what they stand for and for the men and women who sacrificed in order to build the reputation of the Marines.

Tips to Choosing the Perfect Gift

When it comes to gift giving our site has a major advantage over other online sites. That advantage is that the people who shop here already know they are visiting a site whose products coincide with their loved one’s interest. They know that the person they are choosing a gift for is dedicated to the Corps and its ideas. That’s the advantage. The disadvantage is that choosing just the right can still be challenging. That’s because we have Marine Corps items for sale that cover many categories from clothing, to books, to knives, etc. So that you can purchase the perfect gift for the Marine in your life, we offer you a few tips.

  • Make a list with the kinds of things the person is interested in specifically. For example, a videophile might prefer one of our DVDs over some other gift.

  • Ask that person what they This is not very subtle but it is an effective way to ensure your gift will please the receiver.

  • Follow the person: Pay attention to what items they regularly view and what they say to other friends about their wants and needs.

  • Ask for suggestions from mutual friends or family members: Ask other loved ones what gifts the receiver enjoyed getting in the past.

We have all heard the saying that it is “better to give than to receive.” This is true of course but it is best when the person you give a gift to truly appreciates that present and the thought behind it. Keep this in mind when buying that special person in your life one of our USMC gifts and both you and he/she will better appreciate the present you select.

Marine Corps Marathon 2017

Physical fitness is one of the cornerstones of being a Marine. Without it a rigorous defense of our nation and our nation’s interest would be impossible. That is why the Corps and we support activities and events that promote physical fitness and that generate goodwill between the community and the Marine Corps. An event that is designed to do this is the Marine Corps Marathon which is being held on October 21, 2017. (A lottery for the event begins on March 22. The registration fee is $160.) Runners from more than 50 countries will be participating. If you are someone who is interested in marathon running and the Marine Corps, we advise that you register early for the event. A full calendar of events is here. There will even be special Kids Run event for children 5-12 one October 21, 2017. (This will be a one mile run only.) Active duty registration begins on March 2, 2017.

As we’ve said, we support any event that makes physical well-being a cornerstone of a well rounded life. For our part, our Marine Corps items for sale and our Marine Corps hats for sale are a way for those who do and have served to further demonstrate their pride in the Corps. We have a wide variety of ball caps that are not only attractive but that also have the Marine Corps emblem embossed on them and that also keep the sun out of your eyes while you run. No one who has ever served can ever fail to recognize the importance of staying fit. Now, let’s hope for strong community support at this and similar events.