The National Museum of the United States Marine Corps has installed an 8-foot statue of legendary Marine Lt. General Lewis Burwell "Chesty" Puller to celebrate the Marine Corps most decorated Marine.
Lt. Gen. Puller joined the Marines in 1917, inspired by the United States' involvement in World War I. Although he never fought in that conflict, he did see action in Haiti as a corporal and then in Nicaragua as a 2nd Lieutenant, where he received his both his first and second Navy Cross.
During World War II, now Maj. Puller led the 1st Battalion of the 7th Marine Division, and served throughout the Pacific theater, beginning at Guadalcanal, where he was awarded a Bronze Star, as well as a third and fourth Navy Cross. At Peleliu he was in command of the entire 1st Marine Regiment and a full Colonel, and was awarded his first Legion of Merit.
The Korean War saw Col. Puller still in command of the 1st Marine Regiment, where he made the Landing at Inchon (and was awarded a Silver Star) and led during the Battle of Chosin Resevoir (where he was awarded his fifth Navy Cross). He also received his second Legion of Merit and a Distinguished Service Cross during his time in Korea.
After Korea, Col. Puller was promoted to Major General and Lieutenant General, before retiring in 1955 after suffering a stroke. He passed away on Oct. 11, 1971.
The new statue of Lt. Gen. Puller is being donated by the Marine Corps League and is set to be dedicated on Nov. 12, 2012.