Lt Gen Lewis “Chesty” Puller was “The Most Decorated United States Marine in American History”. I knew he was from this part of Virginia because I have been driving down General Puller Highway for countless years on my way to our river home. I had assumed the most decorated Marine in history was resting in Arlington Cemetery, but I was wrong. His final resting place is in Christ Church Historical Cemetery, a few miles east of Saluda, Virginia. Upon learning this, I made a point of visiting the cemetery the following day. During my visit, I decided more people should know about our national hero. I returned a couple of days later and shot footage for this video.
All Marines know of Chesty Puller. The first time I heard his name was my first day at OCS at Quantico. And now, 49 years following his death he is still revered by all Marines, current and former. One example is a 66 mile run by Ft Lee Marines to the cemetery each October. For more information, visit: dvidshub.net/image/4807532/fort-lee-marines-honor-chesty-pulller-with-64-mile-run-his-hometown
In 2017, 398 Marines made the run: fortleetraveller.com/news/local_news/hero-s-tribute-nearly-marines-honor-lt-gen-chesty-puller/article_c3bd6a00-b449-11e7-aa70-a7a5f03d67db.html
To learn more about Lt Gen Lewis W. “Chesty” Puller, visit the church’s website: christchurchmiddlesex.com/Chesty-Puller/