Recruit Honor Grad Awarded
"Chesty" Puller's legacy of leadership continues to inspire today's generations of new Marine recruits.
The Marine Corps Association & Foundation awards the "Chesty" Puller Recruit Company Honor Graduate Award to each graduating company at the Parris Island and San Diego Recruit Depots.
Pfc R.J. Lash was recognized with the award at the Jan. 11, 2013 Company Lima graduation for 3d Recruit Training Battalion, Marine Corps Recruiting 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 the most decorated U.S. Marine 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, and in addition to the five Navy Crosses he was also awarded the United States Army Distinguished Service Cross.
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 11,000 deserving Marines and provides about 97 percent of all awards distributed in the Corps outside the USMC awards system.
Pfc R.J. Lash, center, holds the “Chesty” Puller Recruit Company Honor Graduate Award during graduation. He is pictured with BGen Lori Reynolds, Commanding General, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island/Eastern Recruiting Region, left, and SgtMaj Gary W. Buck, depot sergeant major, right. Photo Credit by Cpl Rodion Zabolotniy.
The “Chesty” Puller Recruit Company Honor Graduate Award. Photo Credit by Ron Lunn.