Hank Sax's ode to a crusty Devil Dog

"Most of the veterans remembered the battle as if it were yesterday."

Lewis Burwell "Chesty" Puller (June 26, 1898–October 11, 1971)
  • Lewis Burwell "Chesty" Puller (June 26, 1898–October 11, 1971)

“My new digital single ‘Have One More for Chesty’ is dedicated to Chesty Puller, the most highly decorated Marine in history,” says singer-songwriter Hank Sax of his upcoming release. “Modern-day Marines use the phrase ‘Have one more for Chesty’ as a slogan to motivate each other for one more push-up, one more mile on the run, or one more beer.”

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Sax first found out about Chesty Puller while spending nine years (1989–1998) in the U.S. Navy Band, where he rose to the rank of petty officer 2nd class. “After hearing the Marines use this phrase, I looked up Chesty Puller and saw that he fought in the Battle of Peleliu on [the island nation of] Palau.

"I was fortunate enough to go to Palau and play for the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Peleliu, and walked on the shoreline, still littered with bullet casings, where Chesty came ashore. At that time, most of the veterans were very old but still remembered the battle as if it were yesterday.... With tears in their eyes, the Marines recounted the brutal hand-to-hand combat that continued non-stop for two months.”

Sax’s military service in Guam wasn’t nearly so dangerous. “When I showed up, the [Base Realignment and Closure] cuts had taken place and the Navy Band was being closed in Guam, after being in place for decades. Everyone thought we were already closed for business, which led to the band having a lot of days off, or really short days for my entire duty. At the time, I lived on a 25-foot Yamaha sailboat and was scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, and golfing on a rotating daily basis.”

The Texas-bred troubadour, who also teaches sailing on Mission Bay, was originally a sax player, having played with local groups like the Upshots.

“With an extensive theory background, I finally decided to take up piano four years ago. I started with simple Jimmy Buffett songs and, after practicing four to five hours a day, I’m now playing piano and singing as a one-man act.”

Sax drops “Have One More for Chesty” on November 10, a date that also commemorates the establishment of the U.S. Marine Corps in 1775.

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