In 1989-1990, my parents lived next door to the Col. Russell H. Sutton, USMC. I was visiting them in the summer of 1990, when I noticed the neighbor out mowing his lawn without his shirt on. The number of scars on his body was unreal.
I went inside and asked my dad what happened to him, and in typical Marine fashion, he laughed and said he got shot to doll rags. After a little prying, I found out that Col. Sutton was zipped up in a body bag, although he apparently was not quite dead.
Col. Sutton lost his left eye in that ordeal. Notice the pistol expert badge. I shoot a pistol with both eyes open, maybe General Sutton didn't, but I am still impressed.
For the Marine Corps Birthday Ball, General Sutton has a glass eye with the Eagle, Globe and Anchor on it. Apparently a trickster, he also has a spare eye he often drops in people's drinks.
General Sutton has been awarded the Bronze Star for Valor four times. Considering the scar damage on his torso, I am amazed that he only has two Purple Hearts. In researching General Sutton, I was disappointed at the lack of information available. If anyone knows him, or knows about him, please leave comments. I know his wife was Linda Lee Sutton, of the Virginia Lee's. Her father was a legendary WWI Marine, who I believe retired as a Colonel.