Chesty XVI reports for the official Marine Corps mascot as Lance Cpl. Chesty XV is retiring.
He is the 16th in line of English Bulldogs to serve in this capacity since World War I, when the Marines became known as the “Devil’s Dogs”.
“The English Bulldog is a loyal, tenacious and faithful breed, making it the perfect mascot for the United States Marine Corps,” wrote the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service in a retirement article. .
Named for Lt. Gen. Lewis “Chesty” Puller, the most decorated Navy in history, this canine breed has served as the Navy’s mascot since July 1957. Since then, 15 have carried the legendary nickname of the Marine.
“Recruiting Chesty XVI has recently begun training to replace retired Lance Cpl. Chesty XV,” according to a press release.
For now, Chesty XV will help the young pup as tradition dictates. He has held the position since 2018 and his predecessor, Chesty XIV, was the mascot for five years prior to that starting in 2013.
Upon completion of training, Chesty XVI will report to Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C., and is expected to perform in drill ceremonies and parades with the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon.
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