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In honor of Lt. General Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller

Photo by Tom Chillemi

A Marine Corps detachment from Ft. Lee ran a 66-mile relay from Petersburg to Christ Episcopal Church in Middlesex County last Thursday to honor Lt. General “Chesty” Puller who is buried in the church cemetery.

Photo by Tom Hardin

Puller is the most decorated Marine in the 237-year history of the U.S. Marines, which was founded on November 10, 1775.

Puller was born in West Point in 1898 and retired to Saluda. He died in 1971.

Also, a cadre of U.S. Marines from Yorktown ran from the Coleman Bridge at Gloucester Point to Christ Episcopal Church on Saturday.

Marines laid wreaths at the gravesites of Lt. Gen. “Chesty” and Virginia Puller. Father Paul Andersen, rector of Christ Church, was the keynote speaker. The Middlesex High School band provided the music and a reception followed in the parish hall.

posted 11.14.2012

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