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Quotes by Chesty Puller

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Wikipedia Summary for Chesty Puller

Lewis Burwell "Chesty" Puller (June 26, 1898 – October 11, 1971) served as a United States Marine Corps officer. Beginning his career fighting guerillas in Haiti and Nicaragua as part of the Banana Wars, he later served with distinction in World War II and the Korean War as a senior officer. By the time of his retirement in 1955, he had reached the rank of lieutenant general.

Puller is the most decorated Marine in American history. He is one of two United States servicemen to be awarded five Navy Crosses (Roy M. Davenport) and one Army Distinguished Service Cross. Puller's six crosses are next in number to the seven times Eddie Rickenbacker received the nation's second-highest military award for valor.

Puller retired from the Marine Corps in 1955, after 37 years of service. He lived in Virginia and died in 1971, at age 73.

Quote: I want to go where the guns are! by author Chesty Puller overlaid on photo of photo of author Chesty Puller with quote

I want to go where the guns are!


Quote: The mail service has been excellent out here, and in my opinion this is all that the Air Force has accomplished during the war. by author Chesty Puller overlaid on photo of photo of author Chesty Puller with quote

The mail service has been excellent out here, and in my opinion this is all that the Air Force has accomplished during the war.


Quote: Take me to the Brig. I want to see the real Marines. by author Chesty Puller overlaid on photo of photo of author Chesty Puller with quote

Take me to the Brig. I want to see the real Marines.


Quote: So they've got us surrounded, good! Now we can fire in any direction, those b*****ds won't get away this time! by author Chesty Puller overlaid on photo of photo of author Chesty Puller with quote

So they've got us surrounded, good! Now we can fire in any direction, those b*****ds won't get away this time!


Quote: Paperwork will ruin any military force. by author Chesty Puller overlaid on photo of photo of author Chesty Puller with quote

Paperwork will ruin any military force.


Quote: Pain is weakness leaving the body. by author Chesty Puller overlaid on photo of photo of author Chesty Puller with quote

Pain is weakness leaving the body.


Quote: In the Confederate Army, an officer was judged by stark courage alone, and this made it possible for the Confederacy to live four years. by author Chesty Puller overlaid on photo of photo of author Chesty Puller with quote

In the Confederate Army, an officer was judged by stark courage alone, and this made it possible for the Confederacy to live four years.


Quote: In the Marine Corps, your buddy is not only your classmate or fellow officer, but he is also the Marine under your command. If you don't prepare yourself to properly train him, lead him, and support him on the battlefield, then you're going to let him down. That is unforgivable in the Marine Corps. by author Chesty Puller overlaid on photo of Chesty Puller quote: In the Marine Corps, your buddy is not only your classmate or fellow officer, but he is also the Marine under your command. If you don't prepare yourself to properly train him, lead him, and support him on the battlefield, then you're going to let him down. That is unforgivable in the Marine Corps.- black text on quotes background

In the Marine Corps, your buddy is not only your classmate or fellow officer, but he is also the Marine under your command. If you don't prepare yourself to properly train him, lead him, and support him on the battlefield, then you're going to let him down. That is unforgivable in the Marine Corps.


Quote: What the American people want to do is fight a war without getting hurt. You can't do that any more than you can get into a barroom fight without getting hurt... Unless the American people are willing to send their sons out to fight an aggressor, there just isn't going to be any United States. by author Chesty Puller overlaid on photo of Chesty Puller quote: What the American people want to do is fight a war without getting hurt. You can't do that any more than you can get into a barroom fight without getting hurt... Unless the American people are willing to send their sons out to fight an aggressor, there just isn't going to be any United States.- black text on quotes background

What the American people want to do is fight a war without getting hurt. You can't do that any more than you can get into a barroom fight without getting hurt... Unless the American people are willing to send their sons out to fight an aggressor, there just isn't going to be any United States.


Quote: I've always believed that no officer's life, regardless of rank, is of such great value to his country that he should seek safety in the rear... Officers should be forward with their men at the point of impact. by author Chesty Puller overlaid on photo of photo of author Chesty Puller with quote

I've always believed that no officer's life, regardless of rank, is of such great value to his country that he should seek safety in the rear... Officers should be forward with their men at the point of impact.


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