The first time I remember hearing about Chesty Puller was when I was 15. I was 15 in 1971 when He passed away. At that time my father managed a 7-11 in northern Virginia. Dad had a young Marine that worked for him part time. It turned out that this Marine was assigned as a pallbearer for Marine funerals. It just so happened he was assigned as one of the pallbearers for General Pullers funeral. He was the one who told me who Chesty Puller was and it was 13 years before I became a Navy Corpsman that went to the green side and has never regretted it.