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6.6.08

Belleau Wood Teufelhunden

Today, June 6th 2008, marks the 90th anniversary of the U.S. Marine Corps' historic attack on the German Army near Château-Thierry on the Paris-Metz Road just east of Paris. It was in these forests, known as Belleau Wood but renamed after the battle by the French as Bois de la Brigade de Marine (Woods of the Marine Brigade), that Marines came to be known as Teufelhunden: Devil Dogs.

My grandfather (seen here with grandma, also a Marine!) served years later in the 6th Marine Regiment, one of two regiments that comprised the 4th Marine Brigade at Belleau Wood. All Marines in the 5th and 6th Regiments may wear the fourragère, a braided-rope award worn on the left shoulder that has been used to honor distinguished units since Napoleon.

Semper Fidelis!

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2 Comments:

At 7/6/08 06:08 , Anonymous marsha said...

I love these old photos showing men and women that served in the armed forces. A great majority of the men in my family served...and some of the women..me and my sister included.

 
At 7/6/08 10:02 , Blogger deichmans said...

Marsha, Thx for writing -- and for your and your family's service! Good luck with your job search.

 

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