On Nov. 6, 1942, the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion led by Lt. Col. Evans Carlson, embarked on what became known as the Long Patrol, a 29-day, 151-mile slog across the island of Guadalcanal in pursuit of Japanese forces. It was a successful mission and only 16 Raiders were killed, but according to Oscar Peatross, legendary Marine Gen. Chesty Puller, who commanded the 1st battalion, 7th Marines on Guadalcanal, didn’t think Carlson would be able to pull it off.

“Puller told Carlson, ‘If you send the Marines up there, they’ll never come back,’ Peatross’ stepson, former Marine W. Kemp Norman Jr., said. Peatross was one of Carlson’s Raiders and participated in the Long Patrol. He was a captain at the time.

“My stepfather was always proud of having done something Puller said was impossible,” Norman said.

Peatross was a decorated Marine officer who retired in 1971 as a major general. He earned the Navy Cross for his heroic actions during the Makin Island raid in August 1942 and a Bronze Star for action on Iwo Jima in 1945. He was awarded two Legions of Merit for service in the Korean and Vietnam wars.