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, June 15, 2010

Sgt. Charles Taliano -- The Death Of A Marine Icon

Charles (Chuck) Taliano Jr. Sgt T (Rose Garden DI) died in his home in the loving arms of his family Friday 4 June 2010.

Charles (Chuck) Anthony Taliano Jr. was born Cleveland, Ohio 9 May 1945. After having been educated mostly in parochial schools, he left a small community college and enlisted in the Marine Corps in November 1963, and reported for recruit training at Parris Island, South Carolina in February 1964. Upon completion of basic training and advanced infantry training, PFC Taliano was assigned to 2nd Bn 10th Marines , 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune North Carolina. While serving with Hq Battery, 2/10 Supply, he deployed with Division to Santo Domingo, during the Dominican Republic crisis, in May 1965.

Selected for Drill Instructor school, Corporal Taliano completed training and was assigned to Drill Instructor duty, May 1966 at Parris Island. He served with D Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion (same unit he trained with as a recruit) the entire tour, except for a three-month assignment as a drown proofing instructor at the base swimming pool. During April 1968, one of several photos taken of Sergeant Taliano while he was picking up a new Platoon was subsequently used in a Marine Corps recruiting campaign.

"We Don't Promise You a Rose Garden, the Marines are Looking For a Good Men."
has become a collector's item. The Rose Garden Drill Instructor and his recruit image remains popular today. Sergeant Taliano was released from active duty May 1968 and Honorably Discharged from the United States Marine Corps, November 1969, completing his six-year military obligation. During the next thirty-three years, Mr. Taliano held executive sales and marketing positions with several book publishers, including vice-president, sales and marketing Simon & Schuster, Inc., Putnam Publishing Group, E. P. Dutton, Inc., and Grolier Publishing Company. The last six years Taliano was self-employed as an independent contractor in sales and marketing for the publishing and gift product industry. At the end of 2001, Mr. Taliano retired from Publishing, and relocated from New Jersey to the Beaufort, SC area. Mr. Taliano served on the Board of Directors of the Parris Island Historical and Museum Society, and since the end of 2002, he managed the Historical Society Gift Shop.

Chuck was a Life Member of the MCL Yellow Footprint Detachment, Beaufort, SC, a member of the MCL Phillip K. Dorn Detachment, Leonardo NJ, a member of the MODD of the Marine Corps League, a PUFL member of the American Legion and the USMC Drill Instructor Association. Mr. Taliano is survived by his sister Michaelene Taliano of Seven Hills Ohio, two children; daughter, Dr. Kimberly Taliano of Cary, NC and son, Michael Taliano along with daughter-in-law, Danielle and two grandsons, Charles III and Michael James all of Hackettstown, NJ and his former wife, Mercedes Auger of Cary, NC. Family will receive friends on Tuesday, June 8, from 5:30-7:30 at Anderson Funeral Home. A funeral mass will be held on Wednesday, June 9, at 10:30am at The Depot Chapel on Parris Island. Burial will be in Beaufort National Cemetery with military honors. Flowers will be accepted or donations may be made to Multiple Myeloma Foundation, 12650 Riverside Dr., Suite 206, N. Hollywood, CA 91607. Anderson Funeral Home is serving the family. (source The Island Packet  )

God Bless You Sergeant Taliano! 

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