Belleau in Aisne Département, Picardie, France
Belleau Wood Marine Memorial
—Iron Mike —
Bois de la Brigade de Marine
French Sixth Army
on 30 June 1918
In recognition of the courageous action of the 4th United States Marine Brigade in the seizure of this wood in the face of determined German resistance. On 27 May, 1918, the Germans launched a major surprise offensive which crossed the Chemin des Dames and captured Soissons. By 31 May, their armies were advancing rapidly down the Marne Valley toward Paris. The 2nd United States Army Division, of which the 4th Marine Brigade formed a part, was rushed into the deepest point of penetration to assist the French forces in stopping the advance of the enemy. Rapidly occupying defensive positions south and west of Belleau Wood. The 4th Marine Brigade, comprised of the 5th and 6th Marine Regiments and the 6th Machine Gun Battalion, stood firm under unremitting enemy attacks from 1 to 5 June. On 6 June the Marines began a series of attacks which culminated on 25 June with the capture of the entire Belleau Wood area, and the defeat of the German offensive in this sector. May the gallant Marines who here gave their lives for Corps and Country Rest In Peace
Bois de la Brigade de
Marines par le
la VIe Armée française
le 30 juin 1918
Cette plaque commémore la glorieuse action de la 4e Brigade de Marines des Etats-Unis d’Amérique qui s’emparèrent de ce bois, brisant une résistance acharnée des Allemands. Le 27 mai 1918, l’ennemi ayant lancé par surprise une puissante offensive sur le Chemin des Dames s’emparait de Soissons. Le 31 mai, l’armée allemande fonçait sur Paris et sur la vallée de la Marne. Afin d’aider les Troupes françaises, la 2e Division d’Infanterie américaine dont faisait partie la 4e Brigade de Marines fut lancée à l’extrême pointe de l’avance ennemie occupant rapidement des positions défensives au sud et à l’ouest du bois de Belleau. La 4e Brigade, composée des 5e et 6e Régiment de Marines et du 6e bataillon de mitrailleurs tint sous d’incessantes attaques du 1er au 5 juin. Le 6 juin, la 4e Brigade passe à l’attaque et le 25 juin, après une série d’actions héroïques, le bois de Belleau est repris à l’ennemi et l’offensive allemande brisée dans ce secteur. Aux glorieux Marines qui donnèrent leur vie pour leur corps et pour leur Patrie.
Qu’ils reposent en Paix
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
Location. 49° 4.392′ N, 3° 17.456′ E. Marker is in Belleau, Picardie, in Aisne Département. Marker is on Rue Bois Belleau, in the median. Touch for map. The monument/marker is located within the Bois de la Marine reserve immediately south of the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery. Follow the signs from the cemetery to the reserve. Marker is in this post office area: Belleau, Picardie 02400, France.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Belleau Wood USMC Operations Map (within shouting distance of this marker); Belleau Wood USMC Interpretive Panel #1 (within shouting distance of this marker); Belleau Wood USMC Interpretive Panel #2 (within shouting distance of this marker); Belleau Wood USMC Interpretive Panel #3 (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Belleau Wood USMC Interpretive Panel #4 (about 90 meters away); Belleau Wood USMC Interpretive Panel #5 (about 90 meters away); World War I Monument (approx. half a kilometer away in Hauts-de-France); American Aisne-Marne Memorial (approx. 6.8 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Belleau.
More about this marker. This is the only memorial in Europe dedicated solely to the United States Marines.
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia entry for the Battle of Belleau Wood. (Submitted on August 6, 2015.)
2. American Battle Monuments Commission - Belleau Wood. (Submitted on August 12, 2015, by Michael Manning of Woodlawn, Tennessee.)
Categories. • War, World I •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 26, 2015, by Michael Manning of Woodlawn, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 419 times since then and 119 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on August 6, 2015, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. 2, 3. submitted on July 26, 2015, by Michael Manning of Woodlawn, Tennessee. 4. submitted on August 5, 2015, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. 5, 6. submitted on July 26, 2015, by Michael Manning of Woodlawn, Tennessee. 7. submitted on August 6, 2015, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. 8, 9, 10. submitted on July 26, 2015, by Michael Manning of Woodlawn, Tennessee. 11. submitted on August 5, 2015, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. 12. submitted on August 6, 2015, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. 13, 14. submitted on January 11, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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