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PFC D.J. Starr Honored as Top Grad
September 25, 2013
PFC D.J. Starr, center, is the recipient of the "Chesty" Puller Recruit Company Honor Graduate Award and takes a group photo with BGen Lori E. Reynolds, commanding general, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, Eastern Recruiting Region, left, and SgtMaj Gary W. Buck, depot sergeant major, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, Eastern Recruiting Region.
Photo by PFC Alex Kouns.
"Chesty" Puller's legacy of leadership continues to inspire today's generations of new Marine recruits.
The Marine Corps Association & Foundation provides the "Chesty" Puller Recruit Company Honor Graduate Award for each graduating company at the Parris Island and San Diego Recruit Depots.
PFC D.J. Starr was recognized with the award at the August 16, 2013, Kilo Company graduation for 3d Recruit Training Battalion, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island.
The "Chesty" Puller Recruit Company Honor Graduate Award is presented to the Marine of each graduating company who demonstrated the highest potential for future leadership and responsibility in the Marine Corps.
Approximately 90 recruit training companies graduate each year and one recruit honor graduate is selected from each company.
LtGen Lewis Burwell "Chesty" Puller was one of the most decorated U.S. Marines in history, and is the only Marine to be awarded five Navy Crosses. He received the nation's second highest military decoration a total of six times. In addition to the five Navy Crosses, he was also awarded the United States Army Distinguished Service Cross. Puller started his USMC career as an enlisted man at MCRD Parris Island. He saw service throughout the Banana wars, fought and commanded in the bloodiest battles of WWII and Korea, including walking out of the Chosin Reservoir as Commanding Officer of 1st Marines.
The heirloom trophy is specially designed by sculptor Mark Byrd, a Marine veteran and a Vietnam veteran. Chesty is depicted in the statue from a famous photograph during the Korean War. The "Chesty" Puller Recruit Company Honor Graduate Award, other honor graduate awards and awards for all the Marine Corps' formal schools are presented through the MCA&F Marine Excellence Awards Program. Each year MCA&F gives awards to recognize nearly 9,000 deserving Marines and provides about 97 percent of all awards distributed in the Corps outside the USMC awards system.
The "Chesty" Puller Recruit Company Honor Graduate Award photo.
Photo by Ron Lunn.
My Name is Sergeant Major Juan. M. Hidalgo, Sergeant Major of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) out of Camp Pendleton, CA. Sergeant Major (Ret.) Frank Pulley is one of my mentors and is someone that I have a tremendous amount of respect for. The MCA and SgtMaj Pulley do a phenomenal job in helping us recognize our Marines and Sailors and they continually demonstrate that they are always more than ready to support; anytime...Anyplace! And on behalf of the entire 13th MEU, I thank you very much!
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