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U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific

In Any Clime and Place

Historic base housing turns 100

By Pfc. Erik Estrada | U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific | September 18, 2013

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Kumu hula(hula instructor) Makua Kalani Apana, the instructor for the Iroquois Point Elementary School, places a lei on Lt. Gen. Terry G. Robling, commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, Sept. 15. The students performed a traditional hula as part of the centennial ceremony for Marine Corps Officers’ Quarters here. The three Renaissance-style, single-family homes, including the “Chesty Puller House,” were completed in 1913.

Kumu hula(hula instructor) Makua Kalani Apana, the instructor for the Iroquois Point Elementary School, places a lei on Lt. Gen. Terry G. Robling, commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, Sept. 15. The students performed a traditional hula as part of the centennial ceremony for Marine Corps Officers’ Quarters here. The three Renaissance-style, single-family homes, including the “Chesty Puller House,” were completed in 1913. (Photo by Pfc. Erik Estrada)


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Marine Officers’ Quarters One, also known as the “Chesty Puller House,” serves as the home for the commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific. Lt. Gen Terry G. Robling, commander of MarForPac, and his wife, Cathe Robling, hosted a ceremony Sept. 15 to celebrate the centennial of the historic house.

Marine Officers’ Quarters One, also known as the “Chesty Puller House,” serves as the home for the commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific. Lt. Gen Terry G. Robling, commander of MarForPac, and his wife, Cathe Robling, hosted a ceremony Sept. 15 to celebrate the centennial of the historic house. (Photo by Pfc. Erik Estrada)


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Gunnery Sgt. Brad Rehrig, Drum Major for the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Band, stands in position during the centennial ceremony for the “Chesty Puller House” here, Sept. 15. Lt. Gen. Terry G. Robling, commander of MarForPac, and his wife, Cathe Robling, hosted the ceremony as a way to honor historic neighborhood.

Gunnery Sgt. Brad Rehrig, Drum Major for the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Band, stands in position during the centennial ceremony for the “Chesty Puller House” here, Sept. 15. Lt. Gen. Terry G. Robling, commander of MarForPac, and his wife, Cathe Robling, hosted the ceremony as a way to honor historic neighborhood. (Photo by Pfc. Erik Estrada)


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Students from Halau Ulumahiehie O’eo Kalani dance the ancient hula kahiko, during the centennial ceremony for the “Chesty Puller House” and neighboring homes, Sept. 15. Lt. Gen. Terry G. Robling, commander U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific hosted a ceremony in honor of the centennial of the historic neighborhood.

Students from Halau Ulumahiehie O’eo Kalani dance the ancient hula kahiko, during the centennial ceremony for the “Chesty Puller House” and neighboring homes, Sept. 15. Lt. Gen. Terry G. Robling, commander U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific hosted a ceremony in honor of the centennial of the historic neighborhood. (Photo by Pfc. Erik Estrada)


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Marine Officers’ Quarters One, also known as the “Chesty Puller House,” serves as the home for the commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific. Lt. Gen Terry G. Robling, commander of MarForPac, and his wife, Cathe Robling, hosted a ceremony Sept. 15 to celebrate the centennial of the historic house.

Marine Officers’ Quarters One, also known as the “Chesty Puller House,” serves as the home for the commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific. Lt. Gen Terry G. Robling, commander of MarForPac, and his wife, Cathe Robling, hosted a ceremony Sept. 15 to celebrate the centennial of the historic house. (Photo by Pfc. Erik Estrada)


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Sgt. Maj. William R. Sweet, Sergeant Major of Headquarters and Service Battalion, U.S. Marine Forces, Pacific, talks to Uniform Pageant Marines at the “Chesty Puller House” here, Sept. 15. The Marines were dressed in the different uniforms that had been worn throughout the home’s 100-year history.

Sgt. Maj. William R. Sweet, Sergeant Major of Headquarters and Service Battalion, U.S. Marine Forces, Pacific, talks to Uniform Pageant Marines at the “Chesty Puller House” here, Sept. 15. The Marines were dressed in the different uniforms that had been worn throughout the home’s 100-year history. (Photo by Pfc. Erik Estrada)


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Cpl. Brian Navin, a trumpet player for the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Band, marches out to play “First Call,” a courtesy signal prior to the ceremony, Sept. 15. Lt. Gen. Terry G. Robling, MarForPac commander, and his wife, Cathe Robling, hosted a centennial ceremony for the “Chesty Puller House” and neighboring homes, which were completed in 1913.

Cpl. Brian Navin, a trumpet player for the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific Band, marches out to play “First Call,” a courtesy signal prior to the ceremony, Sept. 15. Lt. Gen. Terry G. Robling, MarForPac commander, and his wife, Cathe Robling, hosted a centennial ceremony for the “Chesty Puller House” and neighboring homes, which were completed in 1913. (Photo by Pfc. Erik Estrada)


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JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR – HICKAM, Hawaii --

The former Marine Barracks Pearl Harbor Officers’ Quarters, which includes the historic home affectionately known as the “Chesty Puller House,” celebrated their centennial here, Sept. 15.

The Puller House is one of the three homes on Russell Avenue constructed in 1913, and was one of the first permanent structures on Naval Base Pearl Harbor and was part of Marine Barracks Pearl Harbor, the oldest Marine garrison in the state.

Unique in Hawaii for its Italian Renaissance style, the Puller House earned its nickname from former resident Lt. Gen. Lewis “Chesty” Puller, who lived there from 1948 to 1950 while he was a colonel in command of Marine Barracks Pearl Harbor.

“A real Marine hero, larger than life, legendary to those who have followed his footsteps,” Lt. Gen. Terry G. Robling, commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific, and current resident of the Puller House, said of the iconic Marine, expressing an appreciation of the home’s history.

Prior to the general’s remarks, the MarForPac Band kicked off the ceremony by playing a march, the “Circus Galop,” by John Philip Sousa, followed by a prayer from Rev. Ed Sproat, a traditional Hawaiian minister (or “kahu”) who blessed the grounds in both English and native Hawaiian.

The ceremony concluded with children from Halau Ulumahiehie O’eo Kalani, based out of Iroquois Point Elementary School hula academy performing hula kahiko, an ancient form of hula.

While the kahu and hula dancers gave attendees a glimpse of Hawaiian tradition, pageant Marines played a role in telling the story of Marine Corps history, wearing uniforms that had been in the Marine Corps over the neighborhood’s 100-year history.

“Our history and traditions define us and guide us, and we guard and protect them, and that’s another good reason to celebrate the (centennial) of these homes tonight,” said Robling.

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