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Crest
USS Lewis B. Puller (ESB 3)

Ship's Crest


SHIELD: Sable, issuant from a demi-globe of the first lined Or, a phoenix Argent arising from flames Proper.
CREST: Issuant from a wreath Or and Sable, a crosslet fitched Azure (Dark Blue) voided Argent, surmounted by the U.S. Marine Corps insignia Proper.
MOTTO: On a tripartite scroll Gules, doubled Or, the inscription “COURAGE LEADERSHIP DUTY” in Gold letters.
SUPPORTERS: Behind the shield, a U.S. Marine Corps noncommissioned officer sword and Officer’s Mameluke in saltire, points downward, Proper.

Symbolism 


SHIELD: Gold and scarlet allude to the Marine Corps in which General Puller served for over 30 years.

Black symbolizes the determination of the crew of USS LEWIS B. PULLER (ESB 3). The shield represents the crest of the first ship named for Lewis B. Puller, a missile guided frigate, the FFG-23. The demi-globe alludes to General Puller’s long military career and service in many parts of the world. The phoenix rising out of its own ashes is symbolic of excellence and rejuvenation and captures General Puller’s fighting spirit, alluding to his many battle encounters where he continually placed himself in the thick of enemy fire and rose to fight again.

CREST: The crosslet represents the five Navy Crosses awarded to the General and is colored to symbolize the ribbon of the medal. The insignia recalls the original Eagle, Globe and Anchor (EGA) which was used during General Puller’s career. The EGA is the official insignia of the Marine Corps. The globe signifies the Corps’ readiness to serve in any part of the world, and the anchor acknowledges the naval tradition.

MOTTO: Red is the color signifying courage, reflective of the motto, “COURAGE LEADERSHIP DUTY.”

SUPPORTERS: The U.S. Marine Corps noncommissioned officer and officer Mameluke swords denote that General Puller served in both capacities during his august military career.

SEAL: The coat of arms as blazoned in full color on a white oval field within a dark blue designation band, edged with a gold chain border and bearing the name “USS LEWIS B. PULLER” at top and “ESB 3” at base.

 

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