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Lieutenant General "Chesty" Puller was the most decorated U.S. Marine in history and the only Marine to be awarded five Navy Crosses.

August 18-21, 1965 The major part of the US Marines Operation Starlite opens up on the Van Tuong Peninsula, some nine miles southeast of Chu Lai, in terrain that is dominated by sandy flats and broken by numerous streams and an occasional wooded knoll. The Marines engage three battalions in this operation, 3/3, 2/4 and the Special Landing Force 3/7 Marines. The 60th and 80th VC Battalions, part of the 1st VC Regiment, are virtually destroyed. Casualties are 614 VC KIAs and 9 prisoners, M