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The Healing of a Viet Nam Vet - Signed Lewis B. Puller, Jr. Marine Virginian

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 The Healing of a Viet Nam Vet - Signed Lewis B. Puller, Jr. Marine son of Virginia

 Fortunate 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.

 Historical Notes

            Lewis 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.

            Lewis 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.

             Puller 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.

             He 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 Corps.

            He 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).

             Puller 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.

             On May 11, 1994 Puller died due to a self-inflicted gunshot. He and his wife, Linda, had separated in 1991.


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