Son: The Autobiography of Lewis B. Puller, Jr. Published by Grove
Weidenfeld. New York. Stated: “First Edition.” (1991). [3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4]. 389
pages. 9-1/2 inches. Hardcover. Dust jacket. Lightly used. Very good condition.
Inscribed on the title page: “7/27/91
/ To … / Best Wishes! / Lewis B.
Puller” Bookseller’s label inside front dust cover flap: Rizzoli, Duke of
Gloucester Street, Merchant’s Square, Williamsburg, Va.
Burwell Puller, Jr. (August 18, 1945 – May 11, 1994) was an attorney and a
former United States Marine Corps officer who was severely wounded in the
Vietnam War. He won the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography for
his autobiography Fortunate Son.
Burwell Puller Jr. was the son of Lt. General Lewis "Chesty" Puller,
the most decorated Marine in the history of the U.S. Marine Corps. He followed
in his father's footsteps and became a Marine officer.
graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1967. He received orders to
Vietnam in July 1968. In Viet Nam he lost his right leg at the hip, his left
leg below the knee, his left hand and most of his fingers on his right hand.
was medically discharged from the Marine Corps. He was awarded the Silver Star
Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, two Purple Heart Medals,
and the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross for his service in the Marine
campaigned for Congress in 1978 as a Democrat in Virginia but lost in a
landslide with only 28% of the vote against incumbent Republican Congressman
Paul Trible. (Current President of Christopher Newport University).
told the story of his ordeal and its aftermath in his 1991 autobiography: Fortunate Son: The Autobiography of Lewis
B. Puller, Jr., published by Grove Press. The account ended with Puller
triumphing over his physical disabilities and becoming emotionally at peace
with himself. The following year he won the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for Biography
or Autobiography. The title of this autobiography was borrowed from the song
"Fortunate Son" by Creedence Clearwater Revival, which he
gives credit to in the opening pages.
May 11, 1994 Puller died due to a self-inflicted gunshot. He and his wife,
Linda, had separated in 1991.