THE iconic Jarhead... Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller. (He got tagged with "Chesty" because of his ramrod posture and a beer keg torso.)
In WWII, he was all over the Pacific, notably at Guadalcanal and Peleliu, one of the bloodiest battles in Marine Corps History. During the Korean War, he was at both the Chosin Reservoir and the landing at Inchon. (At Chosin, his Marines completely surrounded, he said, "Good. Now we can shoot at the bastards from every direction.")
He died, aged 73, on October 11, 1971 in Hampton, Virginia.
Interesting fact: He was a distant cousin of General George S. Patton.
Cool Chesty Puller quote: "Where do you put the bayonet on the damn thing?" (When watching a flame thrower being demonstrated.)
Addendum: In 1944, Puller's younger brother Sam, XO of the 4th Marine Regiment, was killed by an enemy sniper on Guam. His son, Lewis B. Puller Jr. was a Lieutenant with the Marines in Vietnam. While serving with the Second Battalion, First Marines, (2/1) he lost both legs and parts of his hands when he stepped on a mine. Chesty Puller broke down and cried when he saw his son in the hospital.
Good night, Chesty, wherever you are...