IN MEMORY OF A GREAT LADY

From BGen Bob Clements, USAF (Ret)

There are some heroic women who live more quiet lives as they support a husband who did great things for our nation. Virginia Puller is one of those women. In all likelihood you don't even know who she is, specifically because she didn't march around, or hold press conferences, engage in politics or court the media.

Virginia Montague Evans Puller, the widow of U.S. Marine Corps hero LtGen Lewis Burwell “Chesty” Puller, died at her home in Saluda. She was 97. A funeral service is scheduled for Saturday at Christ Church in Middlesex County, where her husband was buried 35 years ago.

Virginia Montague Evans was 29 when she married then-Marine Capt. Lewis Burwell Puller in Saluda. The new Mrs. Puller followed her husband while he served in China, Hawaii and across the United States. During World War II and the Korean War, she returned to Saluda and raised their children - Virginia, and twins Martha and Lewis Jr. - while “Chesty” Puller burnished his reputation as a courageous Marine. During his military career, he earned the Navy Cross a record five times.

The Navy Cross is the Corps' second-highest decoration behind the Medal of Honor.

Semper Fi, Mrs. Puller and God Bless you for being one of those courageous military wives who help keep this country free.