USS Lewis B. Puller Commissioning

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Brig. Gen. Frank Donovan, commander task force (CTF) 51, reads a letter at the commissioning ceremony for the USS Lewis B. Puller (ESB 3) from the ship’s sponsor, Martha Puller Downs.

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  1. Stephen_T_Mason
    Stephen_T_Mason Aug 21, 2017

    1980, as an intern with Rep. (NV) Jim Santini, there was a gathering of V(various, vested or very)IP's in a meeting room in the Rayburn House Office Building. As a commissioned officer in the USMC completing a degree in political science from UN-Reno, I was included. One attendee, possibly an honored guest as the POW-MIA Memorial Day was up for its second year of authorization, was Lewis Burwell Puller Jr. And also attending was Robert Hilliard Barrow, Commandant of the Marine Corps. Having served in Vietnam in 1968 as a scout/interpreter (3 month short course Vietnamese DLIWC), Lewis and I had some common ground and exchanged a few quips. Well, this prompted CMC Barrow to pull me aside while I was making the rounds afterwards. Lewis was keeping an eye on me every now and then, and his gaze followed us to a quasi-secluded window area. Bending slightly the Commandant asked, "Who the hell are you?" Out of the corner of my eye, I had attended aerial observer school at MCAS New River, I saw Lewis half smile. If his spirit is present at the commissioning, I imagine he would have a similar smile.

  2. bulldurham48
    bulldurham48 Aug 23, 2017

    Fantastic, named after a true Marine hero. So why and who authorized the naming of a US Carrier after a living US Senator who's only military claim to fame is being a surviving POW. He was not even awarded a medal for outstand conduct or leadership as a prisoner. Why? Bet it had to do with him being a Senator and on the money committee., not for his service to the Navy. Actually though no ship could be named after a living person, had to be deceased an a war hero.

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