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#1 capa

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Posted 11 May 2018 - 06:46 AM

Members of the Parris Island Living History Detachment are counting down the days until our visit to Belleau Wood for the 100th anniversary of the battle. I wanted to start this thread to give you a heads up in case you are interested in the goings on which I will do my best to post. We are looking forward to meeting in person our hosts and some of our French friends. Here is a photograph from our training at Parris Island this past October (ended up having a Black Flag day). 

Semper Fidelis!

 

Standby...

 

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Posted 12 May 2018 - 06:42 AM

OoooRah!    What a great trip you'll have.I was last there for Memorial Day 2000. It is hallowed ground for U,.S. Marines! Semper Fi......Bob



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Posted 14 May 2018 - 05:23 AM

OoooRah!    What a great trip you'll have.I was last there for Memorial Day 2000. It is hallowed ground for U,.S. Marines! Semper Fi......Bob

 Thanks Bob, indeed hallowed ground. Will keep you posted.

Semper Fi!



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Posted 14 May 2018 - 06:41 AM

I’ll be there Memorial Day weekend and hope to see you all. Commemorating my grandfather’s service there with 2/5.

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Posted 28 May 2018 - 01:09 AM

Hello,

 

See you soon with great pleasure !!!!!!!!!! ;)



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Posted 28 May 2018 - 03:06 AM

Awesome!

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Posted 29 May 2018 - 06:04 AM

Hello,

 

See you soon with great pleasure !!!!!!!!!! ;)

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Posted 30 May 2018 - 02:23 AM

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Posted 30 May 2018 - 02:39 AM

Lucy Bocage procv Cemetery

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Belleau Grocery

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Posted 30 May 2018 - 02:51 AM

Belleau's Castel, destoyed since then.

The "Buldog Fountain", in fact a a Mastif dog, can still be seen in the courtyard.

 

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Posted 30 May 2018 - 03:12 AM

Great thread, thanks for posting.

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Posted 30 May 2018 - 01:38 PM

Semper Fi !



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Posted 03 June 2018 - 02:59 PM

Great



#14 David D

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Posted 03 June 2018 - 03:41 PM

Great pictures. Hasn’t changed much in 100 years!

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Posted 06 June 2018 - 12:32 AM

Hi,

 

I'll try to be on the field on june 6th, though there's a long travel to get there.  :rolleyes: 

 

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Posted 07 June 2018 - 11:21 AM

Down town Lucy le Bocage, before to get on line :

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Meditation before action :

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Trough the wheat :

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H hour, 5 PM on june 6th :

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Posted 07 June 2018 - 11:22 AM

The platoon leaving the wood :

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A hard day due to former stormy weather :

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A french Marine :

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Posted 07 June 2018 - 04:26 PM

OoooRah!



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Posted 21 June 2018 - 11:18 AM

Thanks (Fabien) for jumping in and posting these photos! Everything went off as planned thanks to our Gunny and Skipper. It was a tremendous honor to walk that wheat field at 1700 on 6 June 2018 and it's something I'll always remember. I'm the one in the Army uniform (yes, Marines wore them), btw. Our French friends really did an outstanding job welcoming us, entertaining us, and helping with logistics when we hit some real snags. By all means, take one of Gilles Lagin's tours if you go. Walking the lines on Hill 142 (while in WWI uniform) was pretty incredible. I'll get some more photos up here soon and I'll be sharing a link of the GoPro footage I took crossing the field.

One of the things that stands out is how peaceful and beautiful it all is today. There is simply no way to imagine what it was really like during those fateful days.

Semper Fi!



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Posted 28 June 2018 - 06:52 AM

Here is the link to the GoPro video I shot during the crossing. Sorry for the length-the "go" whistle is at 6:23. 

https://youtu.be/kFZ2snyG1KU



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Posted 28 June 2018 - 08:38 AM

Very cool. Gotta ask... how did it feel?



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Posted 28 June 2018 - 09:09 AM

Very cool. Gotta ask... how did it feel?

 

Good question. Kind of a kaleidoscope. Surreal, somber, hot, a little adrenaline at the start, sounds of boots squishing through mud, wheat brushing by, humbling. As mentioned, I couldn't get my head around the beautiful day with birds chirping that we had verses the cacophony they must have heard 100 years ago. Once we got into the treeline, we had a small ceremony and received challenge coins that were created for the day. One quick story-all but my luggage got lost on the way over due to the fact that our initial flight was cancelled and we left a day late so we lost a prep day. We were a bit concerned as that put us on the ground on Tuesday and the 6th was the next day. Fortunately three of the four others' bags showed up in time, but one did not. Our local French friends, including Gilles Lagin, and  fellow forum member French Sam generously got our Skipper in a uniform and gear. French Sam literally pulled clothing and boots off his display mannequins knowing that they were going to get muddy. They even loaned us 03s. Disaster averted thanks to their generosity. We hope to repay them some day, some way.



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Posted 28 June 2018 - 05:03 PM

Great stuff! Semper Fi......Bob



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Posted 28 June 2018 - 05:12 PM

Amazing.

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Posted 29 June 2018 - 03:34 AM

A really wonderful thread!  Thank you for posting!

 

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