Captain Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller, USMC, whom I had first encountered as my instructor at Marine Corps Basic School in Philadelphia in 1937-38, had actively sought combat assignments.
In World War II and the Korean Conflict, he continued to advance in rank and to add three more awards of the coveted Navy Cross to the two he wore at that time. He had been considered by all Marines to be the Corps’ greatest hero,
Now, to his dismay, he had fought his last fight. He was however to be caught up in other controversies.