"The following was sent to me by former Marine Sergeant, and Vietnam veteran, Sgt Rick Mowles who remembered reading the article back in 1971. He also researched and obtained a copy of the original article.
The article was occasioned by the death of Marine Lt. General Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller USMC (Ret.). The article was from the Roanoke World News, and dated October 12, 1971. My thanks to Rick for bringing the article to my attention, and for providing me a photocopy of the article itself.
The article focuses on Puller's death, his long and varied service to the Marine Corps and his country, his many medals and honors, etc., and his lengthy illness prior to his death.
In addition, the following is quoted from the article. "At one point in his career while serving in Australia, a car broke loose from a ferry on which he was riding and dropped into the water. Puller jumped in and rescued the two occupants. The Australians awarded him their Life Saving Medal--not realizing he couldn't swim a stroke."
The above quoted incident is one that I do not recall having
previously known of. I cannot locate anything of it in either of the
two best references on Puller--i.e., "Chesty," by LtCol Jon T. Hoffman,
USMCR, or, "Marine," by Burke Davis; of course, it might well be in
those books and I just missed it. In addition to the above article, I
am also, however, seeking to find official authentication, of some
kind, for the above, to satisfy my own curiosity.
And now...the rest of the story...
(The following from Jon T. Hoffman, Col USMCR (Ret), author of, CHESTY, The Story of Lieutenant General Lewis B. Puller, USMC, Random House, 2001.)