“Don’t you forget that you’re First Marines! Not all the communists in Hell can overrun you!”
Col. Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller, USMC, rallying his First Marine Regiment near Chosin Reservoir, Korea, December 1950
A Marine’s Marine, Lieutenant General Lewis Burwell “Chesty” Puller (June 26, 1898 – October 11, 1971) was a United States Marine Corps general officer and one of the most decorated members of the Marine Corps. He is one of only two men (and the only Marine) to be awarded five Navy Crosses. He fought guerrillas in Haitiand Nicaragua, and participated in battles of World War II and the Korean War. Puller retired from the Marine Corps in 1955 and spent the remainder of his life living in Virginia.
His eight-foot-tall bronze sculpture perched atop an overlook in Semper Fidelis Park brought to completion by the generosity of Leaguer’s and others in buying commemorative bricks to fund it.
In 2013 the Treasure Valley Detachment joined the Marine Corps League to support the statue of Chesty by buying a brick, here identified is the text and location of the brick.
In 2013 another TVD member also bought a brick it’s information is also listed.
(Any members who have bought bricks should contact the web Sgt for that information to also be listed.)
The page from Semper Fi magazine offering the bricks which are placed in the Marine Corps League section of the walk.
“Not a bad idea, he growled, a Marine with a flag in his pack and the desire to run it up on an enemy position isn’t likely to bug out!”
Col Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller to an Army staff officer who, watching Marines raise the flag over Seoul complained. “Ever since that flag raising picture on Iwo Jima got published. I am convinced you Marines would rather carry a flag into battle than a weapon.”