Saluting General Puller

Saluting General Puller

I was assigned to the Marine Barracks at Yorktown, Virginia form 1959 to 1963. While standing guard duty at the Marine gate I had the honor of saluting General Puller on many occasions and allowing him to pass on through to visit our CO. One of our standard “SOP’s” was to notify the CO whenever the General came on station. After his retirement from the Marine Corps General Puller lived in Saluda, VA. This was not far from Yorktown.

As time goes by, I try to read every article about Chesty that I can find. It was indeed a great honor and a privilege to say that I saluted General Chesty Puller, and he returned my salute.

L/Cpl Michael Townsley
USMC 1959/1963

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  • GREGORY PAWLIK

    L/Cpl Townsley – In October 1971 the Marines of NWS Yorktown were called upon to escort the General’s remains to the funeral home in Saluda Virginia, and stand watch over his casket at the church where the Pullers attended. I had the honor of being one of these Marines. Two of us stood stood at parade rest through the night (changing guard every two hours), until the funeral service in the morning. Casket bearers were brought down from 8th& I Barracks in D.C. Dress Blues were not part of the standard issue in those days, so those of us that had Blues were rounded up and inspected prior to selection.


  • andy Birmingham

    As a private just out of Parris Island and ITR at camp Geiger i was assigned 65 days of mess duty at Quantico. Chesty Puller’s son was there in October 67 thru August 68.I remember well the field jacket that winter at the mess hall . it had stenciled on back L.B. PULLER Need less to say there were many comments and we all thought it was pretty cool serving with 2/LT L.B. PULLER.


  • Stephan Robertson – Steve

    MgySgt: The first edition of Marine, signed by “Chesty” was worth approximately $3,500 four years ago. I have an orginal. “Chesty” signed and gave the first of the books to my Grandfather. He and “Chesty” served together for years, so did my father and his brother.


  • ArtyMgySgt

    While stationed at Camp Lejeune in early 1962 our battery GYSGT announced that General Puller would be at the main exchange doing a book signing. Being familiar with his exploits from D.I. training during my recent boot camp training I felt that he was too current to want his book. Anyway over the years as I gained experience as a Marine I pondered how much money I could get if I resold books signed by General Puller, guessing that first editions of the book “Marine” may have cost less then $10.00 a copy in the spring of 1962.


  • Stephan Robertson – Steve

    L/Cpl, You wouldn’t recognize Naval Weapons Station now. In 1973, they tore down the Marine Barricks (Gate 2) and opened a new one at Gate 3 in Skiffs Creek, Named “Puller Hall”. Our entire family was there for the dedication as well as Mrs. Puller. Now Regiment, from Norfolk, FMCS Regiment has moved to Naval Weapons Station and an all new Barricks, HQ’s for the Command and Companies have been built, Armory, etc. Over 1,000 Marines have moved in. Interesting, huh. The Marines for the 1st time, since 1918 outnumber the Sailors there, over 3 to 1. And the House on Mason Row still stands for all the Excutives, including the Colonel and SgtMajor. It is now classified as Historical.


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