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American cemetery - Belleau Woods, France. Where over 2000 regulars and Marines who gave their lives in the victory at Chateau Thierry and Belleau Wood, sleep the last sleep. American cemetery - Belleau Woods, France. Where over 2000 regulars and Marines who gave their lives in the victory at Chateau Thierry and Belleau Wood, sleep the last sleep.
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AISNE-MARNE. - Entrance to American Cemetery viewed from Belleau Wood AISNE-MARNE. - Entrance to American Cemetery viewed from Belleau Wood
Aisne Marne Cemetery and Chapel Aisne Marne Cemetery and Chapel
Grave of Brig. Gen. James F. McIndoe at Aisne Marne Cemtery Grave of Brig. Gen. James F. McIndoe at Aisne Marne Cemtery
Grave of Lloyd E. Hutcheson from Meridian Idaho. Grave of Lloyd E. Hutcheson from Meridian Idaho.
Inside the chapel at Aisne Marne Cemetery The names of 1,060 Americans whose remains were never recovered or not identified are inscribed on the walls of the chapel. A bronze rosette marks the names of those who were subsequently found. 251 headstones mark the graves of "unknowns".
Village of Belleau Bataille de Chateau-Thierry — The First American victory
Belleau - Rue principale Principal street
The town of Belleau, with Belleau Woods on the left, with Hill No. 193 the German position of resistance on the right. The town of Belleau, with Belleau Woods on the left, with Hill No. 193 the German position of resistance on the right.
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Belleau — Cimetière du Village Belleau — Cimetière du Village
CHATEAU-THIERRY - BELLEAU - The School and Belleau Woods CHATEAU-THIERRY - BELLEAU - The School and Belleau Woods
Chateau Thierry - Belleau - Church in ruin - 1918 Chateau Thierry - Belleau - Church in ruin - 1918
Chateau Thierry - Belleau - Ruins in the main street - 1918 Chateau Thierry - Belleau - Ruines de la Rue Principale
Chateau Thierry - Belleau - Ruins in the main street (1918)
Chateau Thierry - Belleau - Ruins of the cimetary - 1918 Chateau Thierry - Belleau - Ruins of the cimetary - 1918
 

Belleau Wood

June 2015 — 97th Anniversary

May 30, 1918

After various experiences with French unities, the 2nd, Division is ordered by General Foch to the Belleau Wood sector, and takes up its position in front of Lucy-le-Bocage on the evening of June 1st, covering a front extending six miles, from east to west. Division Headquaters were in the vicinity of Montreuil-aux-Lions. After continuous fighting for 21 days, and a final bombardment by French and American artillery from the west, when 33,000 shells of every calibre were thrown into the Wood, the enemy was driven out by the 4th, Marine Brigade, comprising the 5th, and 6th, Infantry Regiments, and the 2nd, Engineers of the U. S. Army, on the 25th, of June. During these 21 days the 2nd, Division lost 1811 officers and men killed, and 7252 wounded. After the 9th, and 23rd, Infantry Regiments had driven the Germans out of the village of Vaux, the Division is sent back of the line for a period of repose, but almost immediately is ordered to take its position on the front line in the Soissons sector.

Belleau Wood Memorial Association
June 1927

2nd Division Marker inside Belleau Wood 2nd Division marker inside Belleau Wood
June 25, 2008
2nd Engineer marker inside Belleau Wood 2nd Engineer marker inside Belleau Wood
June 25, 2008
Maison Blanc near Belleau Wood The infantry and Marine brigades of the 2nd Division, advanced with speed past this house on the way to Belleau Wood, and then Americans and Germans stood, at last, face to face.
The Mairie (town hall), Montreuil-aux-Lions The Mairie (town hall), Montreuil-aux-Lions. Headquarters 2d Div., June 1, 1918. During morning of same day headquarters of Fourth Brigade of Marines was established in this town also—for half an hour in an automobile. The second photograph was taken in June 2008, 90 years after the first.
Belleau - Les visiteurs Belleau - Les visiteurs
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Belleau - Cimitière du Bois Belleau - Cimitière du Bois
The Cimetary in the wood
Germans in Belleau Woods Germans in Belleau Woods
German Graves in Belleau Wood German Graves in Belleau Wood
Belleau Woods, looking toward Belleau, Torcy, Hill 193 and the German lines. Belleau Woods, looking toward Belleau, Torcy, Hill 193 and the German lines.
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American cimetery in bois Belleau (1918) CHATEAU THIERRY - BELLEAU - American cimetery in bois Belleau (1918)
German cemetery at Belleau Wood German cemetery at Belleau Wood 2008
Lodge at Belleau Wood The hunting lodge.
Au bois Belleaux - Les Tombes americaines - (Photo 1918) CHATEAU-THIERRY (Aisne) — Au bois Belleaux - Les Tombes américaines - (Photo 1918)
CHATEAU-THIERRY - BELLEAU - Entrance to wood near Belleau (1918) CHATEAU-THIERRY - BELLEAU - Entrance to wood near Belleau (1918)
CHATEAU-THIERRY - BELLEAU - American trenches in Bois Belleau (1918) CHATEAU-THIERRY - BELLEAU - American trenches in Bois Belleau (1918)
The destroyed town of Boureshes, France, on the edge of Belleau Woods. The destroyed town of Boureshes, France, on the edge of Belleau Woods.
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CHATEAU-THIERRY - BELLEAU - American cemetery, road to Bouresches (1918) CHATEAU-THIERRY - BELLEAU - American cemetery, road to Bouresches (1918)
The bombardment of the village of Bouresches. The deadly effect of persistent artillery fire may be seen from the photograph taken after the bombardment of the village of Bouresches. more
 
Map of 2d Division Operations, June 4—July 10, 1918 2d Division Operations, June 4—July 10, 1918
Map showing locations of the 2nd Engineers at Belleau Wood.
Map of Chateau Thierry Château Thierry Relief Map
 
Aisne-Marne Memorial on Hill 204 Aisne-Marne Memorial on Hill 204
CHATEAU THIERRY (Aisne) Local Railway between Chateau Thierry and Belleau (1918) CHATEAU THIERRY (Aisne) Local Railway between Chateau Thierry and Belleau (1918)

Here is an interesting photograph taken in 1918 in the vicinity of Belleau Wood and Chateau Thierry. Note the wire in the foreground and the American cemetery behind the bus. The fighting here had probably not been over for very long when this photograph was taken. Note the date error!
Remaining Veterans of Belleau Wood. B. Co. 2nd Engrs. Remaining Veterans of Belleau Wood. B. Co. 2nd Engrs.
he Marines weren't alone at Belleau Wood!
These are the survivors of Company B, just one of six companies of Engineers that assisted at Belleau Wood.
CHATEAU-THIERRY - BELLEAU - The new bridge (1918) CHATEAU-THIERRY - BELLEAU - The new bridge (1918)
CHATEAU-THIERRY (Aisne) — Apres le bombardement - Carrefour historique (photo 1918) CHATEAU-THIERRY (Aisne) — Apres le bombardement - Carrefour historique (photo 1918)
Bataille de Chateau-hierry - Interieur de la Ferme - The First American Victory BELLEAU Bataille de Chateau-Thierry - Interieur de la Ferme - The First American Victory BELLEAU
Battery F, 15th F. A., 2d Div. Capt. Robert F. Hyatt (with megaphone) Battery F, 15th F. A., 2d Div., receiving reports from observation post via field telephone. Coupru, Chateau Thierry Sector. June 5. 1918.
German machine Guns were placed, near Torcy German machine Guns were placed, near Torcy
CHATEAU-THIERRY - BELLEAU - Ammunition left by the German on the road to Veau [sic] (1918) CHATEAU-THIERRY - BELLEAU - Ammunition left by the German on the road to Veau [sic] (1918)
Chateau Thierry: Village of Vaux Chateau Thierry: Village of Vaux
 
 
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