Author talk set for Nov. 3

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Book CoverParris Island Historical and Museum Society will present a free author talk at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, at the Community Room of Palmetto Electrical Cooperative at 1 Cooperative Way, Hardeeville. 

Col. Jon T. Hoffman, USMCR, Ret., will share his knowledge on the life of Chesty Puller. 

Lt. Gen. Lewis “Chesty” Puller had an illustrious career spanning decades and including conflicts in Haiti, Nicaragua, Guadalcanal, Peleliu and Korea. He is the most decorated Marine in history, with five Navy Crosses and the U.S. Army Distinguished Service Cross.

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from and ask questions about the man, the myth, the legend who has inspired generations of Marines with his valor in battle, strong leadership, unwavering loyalty to the Corps and memorable quotes.

Hoffman was commissioned in the Marine Corps Reserve in December 1978 and served 30 years as an infantry officer and field historian, including 17 years of active duty. He retired as colonel in 2008. 

He extensively researched Puller, gaining special access to his personal papers as well as his military records. This research culminated with the publishing of his book, “Chesty: The Story of Lieutenant General Lewis B. Puller, USMC.” (New York: Random House, 2001). 

After the talk, Hoffman will be available for book signings. Seating is limited, so reserve seats at chestypullerpihms.eventbrite.com or by contacting 843-228-3198 or office.pihms@gmail.com.

Books will not be available for sale at the venue. For those interested in obtaining a copy of the book, contact the gift shop at 843-228-2166 or email giftshop.pihms@gmail.com.