How Chesty Puller Earned his 5 Navy Crosses

Chesty Puller is one of my all time favorite Marines in History. One look at this guy and immediately you know he is somebody not to be trifled with! This devil dog’s career spans decades of conflict over several continents. A Modern Day Spartan… A True Warrior, A True Marine. A Man built for the times. -SF


“You can’t Hurt em’ if you Don’t Hit em'” -Lt. General Lewis Burwell “Chesty” Puller, USMC

By Michael Lane Smith

Chesty Puller became the most decorated U.S. Marine by earning five Navy Crosses. Here’s how he did it.

Lewis Burwell “Chesty” Puller, born in the 19th century, fought in the heaviest fighting of the 20th century, and is now a legend in this century. The most decorated Marine to ever wear the uniform, and also the most beloved, Puller left a mark on the Marine Corps that would define its culture for years to come.

Over his nearly four decades of service, Puller earned many commendations for what he did in combat, most notably the Silver Star, Distinguished Service Cross, and five Navy Crosses.

Here is how he earned those Navy Crosses.

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