01 Jun '18, 1am

The Battle of Belleau Wood was brutal, deadly and forgotten, but it forged a new Marine Corps

The Battle of Belleau Wood was brutal, deadly and forgotten, but it forged a new Marine Corps

Col. Albertus W. Catlin stood on a rise in the ground with his field glasses and watched his Marines advance through the waist-high wheat toward the woods 400 yards away. He was closer to the fighting than he should have been and would soon pay the price. But he was a big, cigar-smoking Marine who had been serving aboard the USS Maine when it blew up in Havana harbor in 1898, and he had a Medal of Honor from the fighting at Vera Cruz in 1914. This was June 6, 1918, though, and as his men walked toward the old French hunting preserve of Belleau Wood, they were about to launch a bloody new era in the history of the Corps. Next month marks the 100th anniversary of the largely forgotten World War I Battle of Belleau Wood in northern France. Marines are remembering the landmark, three-week fight with events at home and overseas. The U.S. joined the 'Great War' 100 years ago. Th...

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