Chesty Puller
Original Author: Unknown
Created: September 1942
Medium: Photograph
Publisher: Wikimedia Commons

Chesty” Puller”

When World War II began, "Chesty" Puller was commanding the 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment at New River (later renamed Camp Lejeune), North Carolina, and was sent with his unit to Guadalcanal in the summer of 1942. Guadalcanal is part of the Solomon Islands, northeast of Australia in the Pacific Ocean. He won his third Navy Cross leading his battalion in defense of the island's Henderson Airfield against an overwhelming force of seasoned Japanese troops.