Every year, E3 arrives to inform us of all the incredible gaming hardware and software coming in the near future. It’s an excellent chance for companies like Nintendo and Microsoft to showcase what they’re working on and get fans excited for their products, and this year’s exhibition was as amazing as always. We learned so much!
Breath Of The Wild 2 In Development
It’s been several years since Nintendo released Breath of the World, and the developer excited us at E3 by announcing a sequel is in the works. A short cinematic revealed the next game is probably going to be much creepier than the last, and may even see the return of Ganondorf in a skeletal form.
A Look At Project Scarlett
We’re nearing the start of the next generation of consoles, so, unsurprisingly, Microsoft used E3 as an opportunity to tease their upcoming system. Although we didn’t get to see much of Project Scarlett, we did learn about some of the specs. We were also gifted a release window of Holiday 2020.
Final Fantasy VII Remake Is Coming
For years, there have been rumors of a Final Fantasy VII remake. Well, E3 put any doubt to rest by showing footage from the upcoming release. The game looks every bit as epic as we’d hoped, so we’re confident it will do justice to the original. Players can expect the first part of the remake to arrive in March 2020.
The Wii Is Alive
Perhaps the biggest shock of E3 was that the Wii is still alive and kicking. Despite Nintendo devoting their entire presentation to the Switch, it seems there are still games being made for the family console. Just Dance 2020 will be launching on the system this fall because apparently Ubisoft really loves the Wii.
That should be enough to keep us going until the next E3.
“Chesty” Puller: The Most Decorated Marine In American History
We thought we’d shed some light on one of the most decorated and beloved American heroes of the last century – Lewis Burwell Puller, better known in the military world as “Chesty” Puller. If it wasn’t for people like him, The United States of America might look very different today. Having come from humble beginnings in West Point, Virginia, young Puller always wanted to follow in his ancestors’ footsteps and defend his country. Many people in his family served in major American wars such as the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. It’s quite amazing just how far Puller’s legacy still goes until this very day. Join us as we explore the remarkable story of “Chesty” Puller, one of the most decorated Marines in American history.
Marines Still Sing His Name Today
In honor of Veteran’s Day, we thought it was only fitting to shed some light on one of the most decorated marines in U.S. history – “Chesty” Puller.
From his humble roots in West Point, Virginia to fighting in some of the biggest wars in human history, Chesty Puller was one of the bravest military figures of American history. Here is the remarkable true story of one of American’s greatest heroes whose name is still sung by U.S. Marines today.
Where It All Began
Lewis Burwell “Chesty” Puller’s remarkable story began all the way back in 1898, in West Point, Virginia.
From as early as he could remember, Puller was deeply passionate about the military and it made sense that he hailed from a place that shared the same name as one of America’s most important military academies. Despite losing his father when he was just 10, Puller had many role models during his formative years. All of those Civil War stories would inspire him to make his own history…
Not An Easy Start
By the time that he was in his teens (1916), Puller was hell-bent on becoming part of the military. This would begin with the goal of serving the U.S. Army in the Border War.
However, his widowed mother was adamant that he didn’t fight and even so, Puller was too young at the time. This was the first setback of Puller’s early life. However, the young man was hell-bent on finally getting a break, and it wouldn’t be long before he did…
The year after he failed to enlist into the army, Puller finally got a chance to make his dream come true when the Virginia Military Institute came knocking on his door.
Seeing that the world was in the thick of the First World War, Puller wanted to travel overseas, “go where the guns are” and defend his country. Soon enough, he joined the United States Marine Corps and began training at a boot camp at South Carolina’s Parris Island. However, he was about to get a rude awakening…
Despite getting a chance to train with the marines and getting one step closer to fighting for his country, Puller’s dream would be postponed.
Yes, he managed to graduate as a second lieutenant towards the end of the decade. However, he was about to get some bad news when it was announced that the Marines would see some cutbacks. This was due to the fact that the war was now over. The military simply didn’t need so many numbers. But he kept pushing nonetheless…
The Calm Before The Storm
Despite the mixed emotions of being surplus to requirements due to the Great War’s end, Puller wasn’t walking away from the military.
He signed up as a corporal as soon as he got the chance, joining the Gendarmerie d’Haiti. President Woodrow Wilson had deployed a paramilitary police to supervise the politically unstable country. Not only did Puller operate here for five years, but he also served as a trainer shortly after, while also traveling to Nicaragua to fight insurgents.
First Navy Cross
It was during this transitional phase that Puller finally received his first medal for his bravery and service – his very first Navy Cross.
After successfully leading the Nicaraguan National Guard in a victory over the Sandinista rebels, Puller was given his cross, the first of five. Apparently, Puller had organized “five successful engagements against superior numbers of armed bandit forces…with the result that the bandits were in each engagement completely routed with losses of nine killed and many wounded.”
Call Me Chesty
Many American history enthusiasts have wondered why Puller had the nickname “Chesty.” Well, it turns out that the story is pretty simple.
Not only did he have a pretty robust appearance, but Puller’s men made up stories about him. One urban legend was that a group of Haitian bandits had cut out his chest with machetes, before Puller had the area replaced with steel. “Chesty yells commands up and down the line. You can hear him for miles,” some of his men also claimed.
By the time the 30s came around, Puller was now one of the most respected marines around. Despite training back at Fort Benning, Georgia for a 12-month long Company Officers Course, “Chesty” would soon be ordered to return to Nicaragua.
Amazingly, it only took the marine a week to lead his men to victory once again over a group of Sandinista rebels. Now that he had thoroughly established his authority in this part of the world, Puller was ready for a new challenge…
Little Trouble In Big China
Chesty Puller’s next mission saw him travel across the world to China, where he would protect Beijing’s American diplomatic service with a group known as the China Marines.
Despite things being fairly lowkey for a couple of years, the shroud of World War II was looming over Puller and his men. When asked what would happen if the U.S. were roped into the war, he simply said, “I’ll take my battalion and fight my way the hell back to Frisco.”
Under Siege In The Pacific
Surely enough, World War II was in full effect and the Japanese ended up bombing Pearl Habor. This signaled Puller’s first involvement in the war, in which he and his men would travel to Guadalcanal in the South Pacific.
It was here where they would be engaged in a six-month battle with the belligerent forces. Although the battalion faced major losses from the hands of the Japanese, Puller’s intelligently signaled a U.S. Navy destroyer to lead a defense and save him and his men.
The Holy Trinity
After displaying extreme bravery, vigilance, and intelligence all at once to save so many of his men, Puller would be awarded his third Navy Cross.
However, that wasn’t the best part. The night that he received the medal, Puller led his battalion in an intense, stormy battle that stretched for over a mile. They gave their absolute everything, tooth and nail, to defend a military air base that they had seized from the Japanese a year ago. But what would happen?
With the Japanese launching their fiercest attack so far, Puller knew that his men would need to dig deeper than ever if they were going to win this battle.
Three long hours went and when everything was said and done, the U.S. had held onto the base. Although they had lost 70 men, the Japanese had taken a much more severe hit, losing a staggering 1,400. Although the Marines credited Puller for the victory, it would come at a huge cost…
“Evacuate Me, Hell!”
Although Puller and his men would eventually come out of the siege victorious, it wasn’t so clear-cut. In fact, Puller had come out of the battle with multiple injuries to his leg after being hit with shrapnel.
However, Puller’s reaction when a doctor advised him to evacuate was absolutely priceless. “Evacuate me, hell! Take that tag and label a bottle with it. I will remain in command!” he said. The Marine Corps Times famously published the quote, which was just one of Chesty’s many “Pullerisms.”
After spending so much time defending themselves while under siege, it wouldn’t take long before Puller decided to flip the script and become the aggressor during his time in the Pacific.
Despite falling under attack once again from the Japanese during the Battle of Cape Gloucester, Puller initiated a counteroffensive and completely overwhelmed the enemy. As a result, he earned his fourth Navy Cross. However, Puller was on the verge of experiencing a loss the likes of which he had never faced before…
He Lost His Little Brother
In what has been described as one of the most violent battles in the history of the Marines, Puller led a 1st Marine Regiment in a battle on Peleliu.
Although he would receive his first Legion of Merit award, Puller experienced the deepest emotional pain of his life when his younger brother, Samuel D. Puller, was gunned down by a sniper in Guam. He returned home with very mixed emotions. Nevertheless, this wouldn’t be the last major war that Puller took part in…
The People’s Marine
Chesty cared deeply about his men and despite being ranked higher than them, he wanted to be their equal in virtually every way.
This meant that he’d eat whatever they ate and take part in the same past times too. Puller also made sure that any of his men who were in the hospital would receive a letter saying the following: “The officers and men of the 1st Battalion, Seventh Marines, recall with pride the part that you played in our success against the enemy.”
Although there is no doubt that Chesty has become something of a legend as time has passed, his reputation during the time of his service was also huge.
At one point, Sergeant Leopold Jupiter described Chesty as the ideal Marine. “On Guadalcanal where heroes are made, I have found a man whom many call ‘the perfect soldier,'” he said. “I picture my perfect soldier to be an inspiring leader of men, a fighting fool, a kind and tolerant officer, and above all, a fearless warrior.”
Chesty In Korea
Although he lost his brother and had been severely injured during his time in the Pacific, Puller took little time off before leading the Infantry Training Regiment base in Jacksonville.
With time, the lieutenant would have new missions to attend to and had no interest in slowing down. It was if the man was addicted to defending his country. In June 1950, when the Korean War began, Chesty was hellbent on leading another major victory for the U.S. military.
The Ultimate “Pullerism”
Chesty Puller said many radical things that have since become some of the most iconic quotes in U.S. Marine history.
These quotes are known today as “Pullerisms” and arguably his most memorable one came when Puller led the First Marine Regiment to South Korea in 1950. On one fateful day, when he was surrounded by enemy troops and said the following: “All right, they’re on our left, they’re on our right, they’re in front of us, they’re behind us…they can’t get away this time.”
The Most Decorated Marine
Another “Pullerism” that Chesty once said was “it takes a lifetime to become a good officer.” And while there was plenty of truth to this, it was amazing how much Puller had achieved in such a short space of time.
With five Navy Crosses, an Army Distinguished Service Cross and many others to his name, Chesty is officially the most decorated Marine in American history. Despite this, many felt that Chesty should’ve been awarded the highest American honor, the Medal of Honor.
It Runs In The Family
Although “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” isn’t a Pullerism, it certainly applies, as far as Chesty is concerned.
The lieutenant’s son, Lewis Burwell Puller Jr., also became a Marine, serving in the Vietnam War. Amazingly, both the father and son had both came from a long line of important figures in the military world. They descended from Lewis Burwell who had served as a colonel during the American Revolutionary War. Also, Chesty’s grandad fought during the Civil War.
There is no denying that Chesty Puller is still one of the biggest inspirations in the Marine world until this very day.
The current mascot of the Marine Corps is a bulldog called “Chesty Pullerton.” Also, Puller’s name is often sung by Marines around the world, with some even wishing him good night when they go to sleep. There is also a group of Marines based in Fort Lee, Virginia that runs a 66-mile-long pilgrimage to the Puller’s grave every year.