| In writing this monograph I thought of the men on both sides who fought
at Tuluvu. Some suffered hardship then and some suffered tragedies later.
Some had sons who tried to live up to their legacy in later wars. Thus,
I remember Lewis Burwell Puller, Jr. of Virginia, “fortunate son”
of Lt. Gen. Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller who won his fourth Navy
Cross at Cape Gloucester. Though we had only limited professional contacts,
Lew Puller and I were contemporaries as attorneys in the U.S. Department
of Defense in the late 1980’s, he as a staff attorney in the DoD Office
of General Counsel and I as General Counsel of the Defense Advanced Research
Projects Agency. Lew served as a Marine officer during Viet Nam. He became
a lawyer only after suffering traumatic combat injuries. Later he won the
Pulitzer Prize and became “Author in Residence” at George Mason
University. Lew Puller (1945-1994) R.I.P.