Our client, the Marine Corps League, brought a long-cherished dream to larger-than-life reality in November with the dedication of a bronze statue of the late USMC Lt. Col. Chesty Puller at the National Museum of the Marine Corps.
Eight feet tall and standing atop granite pedestal, “the Marine’s Marine,” the most-decorated Marine in history, looks out over acres of parking toward the Museum entrance, his right arm extended and pointing to the treasure trove of Leatherneck legacy.
The League has long dreamed of honoring Puller in this fashion. It launched a campaign to sell commemorative bricks to underwrite the cost. In 2012, the League hired famed sculptor Terry Jones to design and cast the monument. It was installed in October and commemorated on Nov. 12, just two days after the Corps’ 237th Birthday.
The January-Fedruary issue of Semper Fi, the Magazine of the Marine Corps League, which we assist the League in publishing, covers the dedication in depth.
The issue also reports on the Corps’ role in U.S. Special Operations, and on a wide-ranging educational program intended to give both enlisted Marines and officers greater professional skills for both war and peacetime operations.