Lewis Puller enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1918 at the age of twenty. That day he and the Corps formed a bond that would forever link them together in history. "Chesty" received his nickname for his barrel chest, but he became a legend in his own time while serving valiantly in Haiti, Nicaragua, the Pacific during WW2, and Korea. His record of earning five Navy Crosses for valor has never been matched, nor has his place in Marine Corps history as one of the finest combat officers ever. Good night, Chesty Puller, wherever you are!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The Pacific -- Episode One

The first episode of HBO's The Pacific came out on Sunday, what did you guys think? I loved it! There wasn't much about Chesty Puller in the episode, but it captured my interest and I can't wait for next week's episode.

If you didn't watch, Chesty Puller (played by actor William Sadler) was in a few scenes, here is the breakdown.

The first time we see Lt. Colonel Puller he is briefing his Non-coms shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Sgt. John Basilone is among the men being briefed, he is one of the three main characters in the series and is played by actor Jon Seda. Puller always loved his enlisted men and they loved him in return. Puller tells the men, " The Uniform that you wear, the globe and anchor emblem that you have earned will make the difference between the freedom of the world and it's enslavement."

He tells them that the Japanese will be their enemy in this war, but they weren't counting on one thing -- The United States Marine Corps!

This part of the show gave me a small window into the reason Chesty Puller was such a great leader. Hell, I wanted to go fight the Japanese and it's over 60 years later.

Chesty also tells his men, "Never-mind Europe, the Nazis, and Mussolini. Hitler is not going to be our job. Not until they can't whip them without out us!"

This is good television.

Below is a clip from next weeks show.


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