Near Saluda in Middlesex County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Tomb of Puller
Erected 1972 by Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission. (Marker Number N-49.)
Location. 37° 36.5′ N, 76° 32.783′ W. Marker is near Saluda, Virginia, in Middlesex County. Marker is at the intersection of General Puller Highway (Virginia Route 33) and Christchurch Drive, on the left when traveling east on General Puller Highway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Saluda VA 23149, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Scottish Factors Store (approx. 1.2 miles away); Christ Church (approx. 1.2 miles away); Rosegill (approx. 1.8 miles away); Urbanna Creek (approx. 2 miles away); Opiscopank (approx. 2 miles away); The Backyard Garden Was Essential Prettyman’s Rolling Road (approx. 2.4 miles away); A Hub For Commerce (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Saluda.
Also see . . . Lieutenant General Lewis B. Puller, USMC. “Lieutenant General Lewis B. ‘Chesty’ Puller was a colorful veteran of the Korean War, four World War II campaigns, and expeditionary service in China, Nicaragua, and Haiti. He was the only Marine to win the Navy Cross five times for heroism and gallantry in combat. A Marine officer and enlisted man for 37 years, General Puller served at sea or overseas for all but ten of those years, including a hitch as commander of the ‘Horse Marines’ in China. Excluding medals from foreign governments, he won a total of 14 personal decorations in combat, plus a long list of campaign medals, unit citation ribbons and other awards. In addition to the Navy Crosses, the highest honor the Navy can bestow, he holds its Army equivalent, the Distinguished Service Cross.” (Submitted on January 29, 2010, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.)
1. Chesty Puller in Marine Corps Culture
A common incantation in Marine Corps boot camp is to end one’s day with the declaration, “Good night, Chesty Puller, wherever you are!”
In Marine recruit training and OCS cadences, Marines chant “It was good for Chesty Puller/And it's good enough for me” — Chesty is symbolic of the esprit de corps of the Marines.
Chesty is loved by enlisted men for his constant actions to improve their lot. Puller insisted upon good equipment and discipline; once he came upon a second lieutenant who had ordered an enlisted man to salute him 100 times for missing a salute. Chesty told the Lieutenant: “You were absolutely correct in making him salute you 100 times Lieutenant, but you know that an officer must return every salute he receives. Now return them all.”
While on duty in Hawaii and inspecting the armory, Puller fined himself $100 for discharging a .45 caliber pistol, although the charge for his men was only $20.
— Submitted January 29, 2010, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.
Categories. • Military • War, Korean •
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