Lewis Burwell "Chesty" Puller,
whose barrel chest and blunt manner inspired his nickname, was a thirty-seven-year
veteran of the United States Marine Corps who rose to the rank of lieutenant general.
The most-decorated Marine in history, he earned five Navy Crosses, the U.S. Navy's
second-highest decoration, for fighting in Nicaragua, at Guadalcanal and in New
Guinea during World War II (1939–1945), and at the Chosin Reservoir during the
Korean War (1950–1. . .
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