Chesty Puller was a member of the United States Marine Corps. He began his career battling guerillas in Haiti and Nicaragua during the Banana Wars, and subsequently served as a senior officer in World War II and the Korean War.

He had risen to the rank of lieutenant general by the time he retired in 1955.

Puller holds the record for being the most decorated Marine in American history. He received five Navy Crosses and one Distinguished Service Cross for his service.

Puller ranks second in the nation for citations of the nation’s second-highest military honour for heroism, after Eddie Rickenbacker, with six crosses.

Puller served in the Marine Corps for 37 years before retiring in 1955.

He was born in Virginia and died at the age of 73 in 1971.

Chesty Puller Quotes on Life and Marines

We make generals today on the basis of their ability to write a damned letter. Those kinds of men can’t get us ready for war. ~ Chesty Puller.

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. ~ Chesty Puller.

If we are going to win the next war, in my opinion, 50 percent of the time of training should be allotted to night training. ~ Chesty Puller. 

Take me to the brig. I want to see the real Marines. ~ Chesty Puller.

We’re surrounded. That simplifies the problem. ~ Chesty Puller.

My definition, the definition that I’ve always believed in, is the esprit de corps means love for one’s own military legion-in my case, the United Marine corps… ~ Chesty Puller.

It wouldn’t be any sense to have a military organization on the backs of American taxpayers with any other definition. ~ Chesty Puller.

In the Marine corps, your buddy is not only your classmate or fellow officer, but he is also the marine under your command. If you don’t prepare yourself to properly train him, lead him and support him.. then you’re going to let him down. That is unforgivable in the Marine Corps. ~ Chesty Puller.

Pain is weakness leaving the body. ~ Chesty Puller

Those days in the woods saved my life many a time in combat. ~ Chesty Puller

I want to go where the guns are. ~ Chesty Puller.

You don’t hurt ’em if you don’t hit ’em. ~ Chesty Puller.

Paperwork will ruin any military force. ~ Chesty Puller.

Where the hell do you put the bayonet. ~ Chesty Puller.

I assure you, Virginia, that I, never in my life, have ever made a statement that I like to fight. ~ Chesty Puller.

If you want to get the most out of our men, give them a break! Don’t make them work completely in the dark. If you do, they won’t do a bit more than they have to. But if they comprehend, they’ll work like mad. ~ Chesty Puller.  

In the confederate army, an officer was judged by stark courage alone. ~ Chesty Puller.  

I’ve always believed that no officer’s life, regardless of rank, is of such great value to his country that he should seek safety in the rear…officers should be forward with their men at the point of impact. ~ Chesty Puller.

You were absolutely correct in making him salute you 100 times, lieutenant, but you know that an officer must return every salute he receives. Now return them all, and I will keep count. ~ Chesty Puller.

We’ve been looking for the enemy for some time now. We’ve finally found him. We’re surrounded. That simplifies things. ~ Chesty Puller.

What American people want to do is fight a war without getting hurt. You can’t do that anymore than you get into a barroom fight without getting hurt… ~ Chesty Puller.

Retreat!…we’re just attacking in a different direction. ~ Chesty Puller.

The safest place in Korea was right behind a platoon of Marines. Lord, how they could fight. The Reds told us they were afraid to tangle with the marines and avoided them when they could be located. ~ Chesty Puller.

Hit hard, hit fast, hit often. ~ Chesty Puller.

Don’t forget that you’re First Marines! Not all the communists in hell can overrun you! ~ Chesty Puller.  

Old Breed? New Breed? There’s not a damn bit of difference as long as it’s the Marine breed. ~ Chesty Puller.

The mail service has been excellent out here, and in my opinion, this is all that the Air Force has accompanied during the war. ~ Chesty Puller.

I’ll take care of my men first. Frozen troops can’t fight. If we run out of ammunition, we’ll go to the bayonet. ~ Chesty Puller

Officers should be forward with their men at the point of impact. ~ Chesty Puller.

Son, when the Marine Corps wants you to have a wife, you will be issued one. ~ Chesty Puller.

Our country won’t go on forever if we stay soft as we are now. There won’t be any AMERICA because some foreign soldiery will invade us and take our women and breed a hardier race! ~ Chesty Puller.

There are not enough chinamen in the world to stop a fully armed Marine regiment from going wherever they want to go. ~ Chesty Puller.

They are a damn site better than the US army, at least we know that they will be there in the morning. ~ Chesty Puller. 

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