Now all roads lead to France and heavy is the tread
Of the living; but the dead returning lightly dance.
Edward Thomas, Roads

Monday, November 10, 2014

Happy Birthday, U.S. Marines — Your Service in the Great War Will Never Be Forgotten

U.S. Marines Parade at Aisne-Marne Cemetery;  Belleau Wood Visible Behind the Memorial

Approximately 30,000 Marines were sent overseas to join the American Expeditionary Forces and 1,600 for naval duty ashore. About 2,000 additional Marines were assigned to battleship or cruiser duty.

The Fourth Brigade of Marines atttached to the 2nd Division, a total of 258 officers and 8,211 enlisted men, fought in eight operations, suffering approximately 12,000 casualties, including 2,764 killed.

USMC Figures