Lieutenant General Victor Harold "Brute" Krulak was one of the most important officers in the history of the Marine Corps. And, as far as can be determined, he was the smallest. He stood 5'4" and 120 pounds, a size that, as a Naval Academy plebe, earned him the derisive nickname of "Brute." The nickname stuck but over the years it came to engender deep respect. Krulak was one of those legendary Marine officers about whom apocrypha and legend swirled, a man who always had an influence far out of proportion to his rank. He was a man who changed the course of history.
When he was in Shanghai in 1937, he received advanced word of a proposed amphibious landing by the Japanese. Along with a young naval officer, and flying the American flag, he boldly sailed a tug boat into the middle of the Japanese landing force, taking pictures of the drop bow landing craft. A few years later, as a member of General Holland Smith's staff at Quantico, it was Brute Krulak who made sure that Andrew Jackson Higgins installed a drop bow on his landing craft.