Eagles On His Shoulders

I was in Japan on a train headed for a camp that had belonged the Japanese during WW2. I was trying to open a bottle of Japanese whiskey and who comes walking through the train, Col. Puller. He looked right at me struggling with a cork, I thought “Oh sh-t”. Nothing happened.

The next time, after I had been placed in his regiment, the 1st in Korea, I walked into a shower unit and there was this guy chewing on a cigar, taking a shower. I didn’t remember who he was when he said, “Hi.” We finished about the same time and were getting dressed when I saw the Eagles on his shoulders. There was another time I ran into Colonel Puller, this the last time was when he turned the line around at chow on Thanksgiving. Pvt’s first Pfc’s next and Officers last.

I don’t believe there was anyone who wouldn’t have followed him to h-ll because he would have gotten us back. I am very proud that I met and served under “Chesty” Puller.

Cpl. J. R. Morris 1051995
First replacement Korea 1950

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12 thoughts on “Eagles On His Shoulders”

  1. Don’t know if they do it anymore, but when I went thru boot camp in 1962, the last words out of our mouth before lights out was: “Good night Chesty Puller where ever you are.”

    1. They still say it. I was in platoon 258 in 62 n my grandson was in 1031 in 2013. He told me he said it every nite.

        1. I’ve been out for a while, but when times are tough for me or a loved one, I say it and thank him for being a marine


  3. Had the honor this summer to visit the grave site of Gen. Puller with fellow members of Delta 1/5 RVN. We paid our respects as we should and hoisted a toast in his honor. Beautiful setting and wonderful feeling. Semper Fi.

  4. When ever I see some person walking a bull dog that reminds me of Chesty ! The mascot of the Marine Corps I always call the dog Chesty and explain to the owner why i called the dog Chesty and tell them about General Puller of the USMC.

  5. I was part of the burial detail for General Puller along with Marines of Marine Barracks Naval Weapons Station Yorktown Virginia in 1971. The General and his wife used the base PX and when he passed away the Marines at the barracks that had dress blues were tasked with standing watch at the funeral home and at the church before the burial. Two Marines stood at parade rest at his casket through the night at the church until the funeral service. All that participated had a letter entered into their service record book acknowledging their service.

  6. H.Q. Battery, 11th Marines, Vietnam. Aug. 1968. The first Comm. NCO I worked under was MSgt. Mitchell. He, too, had the distinction of serving under/with Puller.

    “Top” Mitchell had enlisted in our Corps in early 1942, at age 16, he told us.
    After his Para Marines unit was beat up on Tulagi, during Guadalcanal invasion, they were sent to “The Canal” to flesh out units of 1st Marine Division. Mitchell earned a Silver Star for actions on Edson’s Ridge fight.MSgt. Mitchell was in Puller’s unit after being pulled back to Australia for recovering, re-quipping, and replacement troops.

    Returning from liberty to his bivouac fifteen minutes late one night, young Mitchell went before Puller who assigned him one week in the brig, bread and water!!

    Truly they were The Old Breed. It was an honor to have served under Top Mitchell, who was partly shaped by future General Puller.

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