|How the Wood Looked After the Battle|
In June 1918 the Marine Brigade of the 2nd AEF Division was given the mission of seizing Belleau Wood, just northwest of Chateau-Thierry. It took 20 days to do the job and is today one of the legendary battlefields of the Corps. The nearby cemetery is a sacred place for Americans, but the wood on the plateau above is a moving and haunting place to visit. Here are some images from the heart of Belleau Wood.
|The Marine Monument, Created by Sculptor Felix de Weldon, Stands in the Woods' |
|Every Memorial Day the Marine Commandant or His Designee Lays a Wreath|
at the Monument with a Senior French Officer
|Here an Active-Duty Marine Raises a Flag Over the Wood|
|A German Machine Gun Post Protecting the Wood's East Flank|
|The Hunting Lodge — Captured Near the End of the Fighting|