Naval War College Review


In the heralded history of the U.S. Ma- rine Corps, Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller oc- cupies a unique position. Long revered as the greatest hero in the Corps, Puller is the only Marine to earn five Navy Crosses. His career spanned thirty-seven years, during which he mastered the en- tire spectrum of warfare, from chasing the guerrilla leader Augusto Sandino in the jungles of Nicaragua to commanding a Marine regiment in the bitter fighting near the Chosin reservoir. Most Marines are familiar with Burke Davis’s 1962 ac- count of Puller’s life, but fellow leather- neck Jon T. Hoffman has produced what is likely to become the definitive biogra- phy of this extraordinary officer.