Semper Fidelis Devil Dogs!
Marines’ First Crucible: Belleau Wood
The Battle for Belleau Wood by Frank Schoonover. Image courtesy of http://www.mca-marines.org via Google Images.
Written By Linda D. Kozaryn
BELLEAU, France, June 18, 1998 – For military historians and battlefield buffs, the wheat fields and farm villages here are rich in the details of heroic attacks, untold sacrifices and ultimate victory. For others, especially the U.S. Marine Corps, this is hallowed ground, a sacred place of pilgrimage.
American, French and German military men and women come here to honor fallen brethren. They also come so that those who fought and died live on in the hearts and minds of those who follow.
Silently, they visit the American cemetery, where white crosses and Stars of David mark 2,289 graves, 250 for unknown service members, and the names of 1,060 missing men adorn the wall of…
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