Lieutenant General Lewis Burwell "Chesty" Puller (1898 – 1971) was a retired general officer of the USMC. Lt. Gen. Puller is one of the most, if not the most, decorated combat Marine in Marine Corps history. He is the only Marine to be awarded five Navy Crosses.During his career, he fought guerrillas in Haiti and Nicaragua, and participated in some of the bloodiest battles of WW II and the Korean War. Puller retired from the Marine Corps in 1955, spending the rest of his life in Virginia.
This photo was made at the beginning of 1943, just as Easy Co. 506th members were graduating from jump school. They still wear the GHQ Reserve SSI. Left to right: Johnny Martin, Angelo Dukelis, Albert Blithe, Bill Guarnere, unk., and Burton Pat Christenson-photo courtesy of the Christenson family
The real Band of Brothers: Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, US 101st Airborne Division