Marine Corps welcomes its latest mascot

Chesty XVI is reporting for official Marine Corps mascot responsibility as Lance Cpl. Chesty XV retires.

He’s the sixteenth within the line of English Bulldogs to serve on this capability since World Struggle I, when Marines turned generally known as “satan canines.”

“The English Bulldog is a loyal, tenacious and trustworthy breed, making it the right mascot for the USA Marine Corps,” the Protection Visible Data Distribution Service wrote in a put up concerning the retirement.

Named for Lt. Gen. Lewis “Chesty” Puller, probably the most adorned Marine in historical past, this canine breed has served as Marine mascots since July 1957. Since then, there have been 15 to hold the legendary Marine’s moniker.

“Recruit Chesty XVI just lately started coaching to switch the retiring Lance Cpl. Chesty XV,” in keeping with a press launch.

For now, Chesty XV will assist the younger pup alongside as is custom. He has been serving within the function since 2018, and his predecessor, Chesty XIV, was the mascot for 5 years earlier than that beginning in 2013.

When his coaching is full, Chesty XVI will report back to the Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., and is anticipated to carry out in drill ceremonies and parades with the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon.

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