It’s a HISTORY MYSTERY!
The theme for this year’s column is “Famous People Born in Virginia.” You are invited to submit your guess as to the identity of the person pictured in each issue. Correct entries will be placed in a drawing and the winner announced in an upcoming issue. The winner will receive $25.00.
Deadline is June 20.
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HISTORY MYSTERY ENTRY FORM
Our March-April History Mystery subject was Lt. Gen. Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller (1898-1971). Born in West Point, Puller grew up listening to stories of the Civil War told by his relatives. He attended Virginia Military Institute but left to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War I. Afterwards, he attended the USMC’s non-commissioned officer school and Officer Candidates School in Quantico. Puller served as a lieutenant in Haiti and Guatemala fighting guerillas. He led Marines in some of the bloodiest battles of World War II, including Guadalcanal and Peleliu. He was the commander of the 1st Marines in the Korean War. During his service career, Puller was awarded five Navy Crosses and one Army Distinguished Service Cross. He served for 37 years and retired in 1955. Puller is known for his motto, “lead by example.” He is the most decorated Marine in American history.
Congratulations reader Wayne Whitmore of Bridgewater, our $25 winner!