Puller Of The Marines!
LtGen Lewis B. “Chesty Puller USMC (Ret.) , deceased
The Marine’s Marine, Chesty Puller, is well known for his remarks–short and to the point!
Here are some of the better “quotes” on Puller, I think.
The following Puller remarks, documented by Time magazine interviewing him upon his return from Korea in 1951.
“Last week, after nine months in Korea, weather-beaten Chesty Puller, 52, assistant commander of the ist Division, veteran of the Inchon landing and the Marines’ heroic retreat from the Changjin Reservoir, was back in the U.S. to take over a training command.
Facing the press, he announced that he was under strict orders not to criticize anyone. Then, in his best parade-ground voice, he got off a few observations:”
¶”What the American people want to do is fight a war without getting hurt. You can’t do that any more than you can go into a barroom fight without getting hurt.”
¶Air power can’t live up to some of the things claimed for it. The Air Force does not understand close air support, “does not believe in it,” and “has never practiced it.”
¶”The rifle and the bayonet are still the most important weapons the Army has … I want [the Marines] to be able to march 20 miles, the last five at double time, and then be ready to fight . . .”
¶”Our officer corps have had far too much schooling and far too little service in the field of battle . . . Throw all these girls out of the camps. Get rid of the ice cream and candy. Give ‘em beer and whisky—that’ll help some. Get some pride in them. Tell them they’re men . . .”
¶”Unless the American people are willing to send their sons out to fight an aggressor, there just isn’t going to be any United States. A bunch of foreign soldiers will come over and take our women and breed not only another race of people, but a hardier race of people.”
Time magazine June 4, 1951, “Off The Chest”
The following is from LtCol Jon Hoffman’s new book”Chesty….” Random House, 2001, page 365
“…The colonel put his arm around the platoon leader (who was wearing an NCO’s jacket) and congratulated him: ‘Great work, Sergeant.’ Rickert recognized Devine and pointed out the mistake. Chesty was chagrined; he spat, said only ‘Lieutenant?’ and walked off. Devine, a mustang, was not upset. ‘I knew, as most junior officers around me did, that he preferred sergeants to second lieutenants, but all the same, the junior officers were strong for him too.’ A similar story circulated later about a captain who wanted to obtain a battlefield commission for one of his men because the NCO was ‘better than a sergeant.’ Chesty supposedly replied; ‘Captain, there’s nothing better than a sergeant.’35″
BETTER THAN A SERGEANT?
The following is from Col Alexander’s, “A Fellowship Of Valor” The Battle History Of The U.S. Marine Corps. This book is from the History Channel’s presentation of the same title.THE NCO WEAPON
The command responsibilities routinely given United States Marine NCOs would be entrusted to lieutenants or captains in the Soviet Army. Marine officers recognize the NCO’s special abilities and accord them respect and room to operate on their own. New Marines principally learn Marine Corps values and traditions from their NCOs. It’s why in the heat of battle, with officers dead and units fragmented, Marines have found formidible fighting leadership at any level.That’s why the legendary Colonel Lewis “Chesty” Puller reacted so calmly during the battle for Peleliu’s Bloody Nose Ridge when an excited subordinate reported, “We’ve had such heavy losses we have nothing better than sergeants to lead our platoons!” “Let me tell you something, son,” replied Puller quickly, “in the Marines, there is nothing better than a sergeant!”
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