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May 30 to June 30, 1918.
Diary of Fourth Brigade, Marine Corps, Am.E.F., May 30, 1918 to June 30, 1918.

Including the 5th and 6th Regiment and the
6th Machine Gun Battalion, Marine Corps.
From May 30, 1918 to June 30, 1918, Inclusive.
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This diary covers the period during which the Fourth Brigade, Marine Corps, 2nd Division, Am. E.F. conducted operations against the enemy in the region Northwest of Chateau Thierry, the attack against and capture of Bouresches, and the capture of the Bois de Belleau. In its various operations the Brigade was assisted by the 12th Field Artillery, of the 2nd Artillery Brigade.

Brigadier General James G. Harbord, N.A.
    Commanding the 4th Brigade, Marine Corps.
Colonel Wendell C. Neville, U.S.M.C.
    Commanding the 5th Regiment, Marines.
Colonel Albertus W. Catlin, U.S.M.C.
   Commanding the 6th Regiment, Marines,until wounded in action on June 6, when the command passed to Lieutenant Colonel Harry Lee, U.S.M.C.
Major Edward B. Cole, U.S.M.C.
    Commanding the 6th Machine Gun Battalion, Marine Corps, until wounded in action on June 10. Captain George H. Osterhout, Jr. assumed temporary command until June 21, when Major L.W.T. Waller, Jr., U.S.M.C. reported for duty and assumed command.
Colonel Manus McCloskey, U.S.A.,
    Commanding 12th Field Artillery.

In giving extracts of communications received by runners or through telephones, they are quoted from the records made at the moment at Brigade Headquarters, as they were received from their original sources. Statements which during the course of later events are proven either incorrect or conflicting, are quoted as they were received. This has been done in order to give as accurate a record of the progress of the various operations as is possible. When it is considered that the messages were dispatched while under the stress and excitement of battle, the number of incorrect statements will be found to be surprisingly small. The resume, written by the Commanding General at the completion of any operation and at the end of each day, clarifies the situation in each case and makes it a comparatively simple matter to follow the events of the preceding twenty four hours. No changes have been made in the various messages received except in cases where units were referred to by their code name. In such cases the proper name has been inserted. It has been the purpose to give a complete historical record of events in their chronological order and to so arrange the various communications, incoming and outgoing, that an accurate estimate of the condition of affairs can be formed at the end of each day at midnight.

Records Of The Second Division (Regular) Volume 6; Operation Reports — War Diaries — Journal of Operations
Second Division Historical Section, The Army War College, Washington, D. C.
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