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    France near Belleau Wood
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    US Marine Corps and AEF World War One. History and memorabilia. I'm an expert of AEF battles and Battlefields in France and owner of Belleau Wood Museum.I'm avid collector of USMC uniforms, equipments and artifacts WW1.
  1. Hello, I'm just coming back on the site after some months, the picture of that temporary cemetery looks to be the American Temporary Cemetery located near the town of Soissons along the road from Soissons to Paris near the village of Missy aux Bois. Many solidiers of the 1st Division were buried there and also from the 2nd Division. The 1st and 2nd Division fought there in July 1918 ( Franco American Counter Offensive 18th July ) the losses were very heavy for these two divisions. I do have some pitires of that temporary cemetery and few from July 1919, during the Memorial Day ceremony, with the same bunch of flowers representing the 1st Division Insignia. Soisson is located at about 40 kilometers to the north of Chateau Thierry, into the Aisne Department France. Hope this can help...... Hi to " Bois Belleau "...... Best regards, Hellwood
  2. Hello from Belleau Wood area France, In order to complete the information given by Teufelhund.... James Irving Dodd is buried in the American Cemetery Aisne Marne located at Belleau in France, just on the north end of Belleau Wood, you can find it on the American Battle Comission web site : www.abmc.gov Now some more information : James was born on July, 1st, 1897 at Little Washington, PA, he lived in Akron, Ohio. He enlisted USMC on August 23, 1916, served on USS St Louis on April, 6, 1917, went to Philadelphia, PA on May 30, 1917, and went overseas with the 51st company, 5th Marines, 4th Brigade, 2nd Division AEF. Arrived to France on July, 3, 1917. Campaign : Aisne Marne ;( Belleau Wood) Defensive sector ( trainning with French near Verdun), killed in action on June 6, 1918. Character "excellent". It was notified to Mrs Anna Dodd, mother, 503 Wells St. Sisterville, W.Va So, Yes as said Teufelhund, its nice set of document, thinking only that its sad that the family do not preserve history of their ancestor ..... You will get probably many messages, since these kind of document are very valued, some avid USMC collectors and also medal collectors are ready to pay hundred of $$$$ for this...... I have a few copies of such document brought by relatives of WW1 Marines, here in the museum. Hellwood
  3. Hello again Andrew, Just to say that I can't find him in muster rolls of the 75th company or Hdq company, does dog tags have a serial number on the back ? Hellwood
  4. Hello Andrew, This small brass number is a company number in USMC, so the 122th company.( This company was not a part of the 4th Brigade USMC or replacement battalion USMC coming to France in WW1) These number were affixed under the emblem on the field hat, for the Marines who cam to France in WW1 sometime you can see these number on the side of the overseas cap, for those who were keeping them after getting the British or US helmet. I was looking for the name carved on your dog tags in the muster roll of WW1 Marines of the 4th Brigade USMC ( 2nd Division) There is a Ernest C Williams, who was a Major in the 6th Regiment, he was attached to the headquarter company of the 6th Marines, then to the 75th company of the 1st battalion, 6th Regiment USMC, he was awarded a Navy Cross, and 3 Silver Star citations in France in WW1. They do not precise his date of enlistment, so I can't say you if its the same Marine, I will check in muster rolls. Best Regards from Belleau Wood area France, Hellwood
  5. Hello Frankie... Ok, I'll try to do pictures tomorrow but most of them are battlefield relics.... Have a Good Day, Hellwood
  6. And when I think to all the stuff who stayed on the battlefield....... Hereunder is a picture from a wood near Belleau Wood, It is titled German equipment abandonned, but if you look close ( I don't know if I scanned enough quality to do it ....!!) But most of the stuff are US and probably USMC back pack, pack carrier, it is also a US raincoat, etc...and some german clothes and equipment...... I went to do research there, and found only hundred of buckles......some good russet shoes, and shoes model 1917, and mess kit, bayonets, buttons USMC, etc...It was already a long time ago...... Best, Hellwood
  7. Hello to all, A few time ago, I posted pictures from Belleau Wood museum manequin, and " Teufelhund retired " was asking me to put some close pictures of EGA, so since this topic is about USMC EGA, I put here pictures from Officer, and some interresting EGA I have in the museum, with some request for identification for Teufelhund since he is an expert in EGA and maybe some of you too.... Best to All from here Belleau Wood area...where it was very rainy today... Hellwood The one on my officer tunic french made, I added this onbe because originaly on the tunic it was only the left side as pictured hereunder ( I'm looking for the right side to complete the set....) So this one was originaly on the tunic of 1st Lt Herreid who was officer in the 6th Marines in WW1, and fighting in France ( He came in my village on June 1st 1918 and was 1st SGT attached to Headquarter of the 6th Reg whom Hdq was established in a farm building of the village) ; So I'm looking for a right side to make a good set with this one... Here from another USMC forest Green officer uniform who was made in France and belonged to 1st Lt William Eddy, from Headquarter 6th Reg USMC. Then from same uniform right side Herunder two more EGA from USMC officers campaign hat And then the last for this post is battlefield relic The other are following in next mail Hereunder other EGA and some questions for EGA experts...... This one has a screw back Here very interresting French made ( not the common model !!!) USMC collar disc, color is brown ( covered with brown paint ) and screw in the back as seen hereunder One more USMC officer darkened brass The two next I'm asking about your expertise.... This one is sometime seen on ebay for sale and dealers sell them as being USMC WW1 french made variant, what do you think ? They are repro or...???? I bought this one for a few bucks so I'll be not frustrated if its copy as I think.... This is a curious insignia with USMC officer emblem attached ( but no pin or screw on the back, do you know this insignia and what the letters means ? I think that the end is maybe Marine Corps Association ????? I have another one the sam but with a ribbon on the broch which in yellow and red..... Next time I'll post pictures from EGA from battlefield.... Best to All
  8. Hello everybody.... I was just looking for the USMC shovel cover that I have, it's looks to be the same as Frankie.....and mine is not inked USMC too or Phila Depot I think too that they are post WW1, but I can't affirm....and as I said you about the Marine Brigade in France, in a previous post, they were only provided a very little amount of trench tools and probably issued by army or engineers, if you look pictures from Marines in France, you can see that only a few of them have shovel or other trench tools fixed on the back pack..... Also , I found a very very few amount of them on the battlefield where the Marines fought in comparison to Army battlefields..... Best, Hellwood
  9. US Marine Belleau Wood USMC 1st Lieutenant Belleau Wood Hello Frankie, I was reading your post about making manequin of US Marine from Belleau Wood, I attach some pictures of mine from Belleau Wood Museum, maybe it will give you some idea to complete yours, I know that some equipment is very scarce and expensive to find now ( thinking about all web with USMC snaps). For you information, I can say that in Belleau Wood, most of the Marines were still wearing their forest green uniform, a few of them were already in army olive drab tunic, because when uniforms were burned by gas or badly damaged by the battle condition, it was impossible to supply these Marines with new green uniforms, but only with army olive drab. All the replacements who joined during the battle, arrived in forest green. For the equipemet, most of them were still using the famous 10 pocket belt USMC snaps, and all typical USMC stuff, as the canteen cover, first aid pouch, back pack, as well a springfield 1903 bayonet with a USMC scabbard ( green color, no marking except owner name inked, and iron hook to fix on the belt). Also you can add on your manequin, if you can find a french gas mask bag M2, most of them were provided two mask at Belleau Wood,( one french M2 + the small box respirator ans also they came back from training area to BW, with the gas mask who were provided to them in Verdun area ). For the helmet you right a British helmet but the man who came first had the " raw edge model", then the replacement had the second model of british helmet as yours. You may had one bandoleer of ammo for the springfield. For the shovel.....do not had a shovel on a Belleau Wood Marine, first I think that the type of USMC shovel cover was made post WW1, and then I can say you that during the first involvment at Belleau Wood, practicaly no men or just really few of them were equiped with a entrenching tool, it was a real problem for them when they arrived on the battlefield, and when the german started to shell them, they needed to dig with only tools that they had, helmet, bayonet, and the lid of the mess kit....!!!!I found lot of mess kit with their lid broken in the fox-holes....It was so critic that on the first days of the battle Colonel Catlin who commanded the 6th Marines till the 6th of June, when he was severely wounded, was asking to the 2nd engineers to bring very quicly 1000 pics & shovels at Lucy le Bocage , a small french village located at the south west corner of BW, to supply the 6th Regiment.... Best Regards from Belleau Wood area France, Hellwood Gilles Lagin BW museum
  10. THis one was dug close from Belleau Wood on the USMC battlefield This one was found in France "forgotten" by Marines in 1918 , it's the Disston model Marking of the Disston model, not exactly the same as on your machete, this one is WW1 made Hello from Belleau Wood area France , Greg I was just reading your post about Collins USMC # 1001, I just want to add that these machete ( or intrenching tools as they called them officialy) were also well used in France by the Marines of the 4th Brigade/2nd Division AEF; They used the both models made by Collins under #1001 and the model made by Disston. A few of them were found by diggers as relics on USMC battlefields, ( have one in the Belleau Wood museum, which was found close from Belleau Wood), and also some of them were found on flea markets in old french villages where the Marines trained with the French in 1917/1918. I found also some pics of the Marines in France equiped with that machete, mostly in the 5th Regiment USMC ( because probably they got them first and they already used them before WW1 in campaigns like Cuba,Haiti, Nicaragua, etc... and the 6th Machine Gun battalion ( probably fro digging emplacement for the tripod of the french Hochtkiss machine gun). Best to All, Hellwood, Gilles Lagin
  11. Few more again.......... 1st battalion 5th Regiment 5th Regiment regimental machine gun company ( 8th Mg Company) 3rd battalion 15th Field artillery
  12. Here a few more......Note the one on US Navy Corpsman attached to the 1st Bat. 5th Regiment USMC Lot of patches made in Germany never sewn on uniforms, 5th regiment USMC, Headquarter, 3rd Battalion, and 6th regiment supply company Nice forest green tunic from a Navy Corpsman attached to the 1st Bat 5th Regiment USMC 6th Machine Gun Battalion USMC note that this one was made with blue cloth background, I know some of them made as such Headquarter company 12th Field artillery with black velvelt background 23rd Infantry 1st battalion
  13. Hello to All from here Belleau Wood area France, Thanks for started this topic about USMC uniforms of WW1 and 2nd Division patches, I agree with Allan & Chris about these patches which look to be fakes, and I'm sure that they are ! I'm an avid collector of USMC WW1 and 2nd division since many years and have never seen such, or just they came a few years ago, and I've seen so many fakes on "ebay" USA. Yes, we need to advertise collectors about these fakes .......... I'll post here a few of my patches on forest green uniforms and 2nd division from my museum about Belleau Wood to give an idea to all of you about how are looking real patches WW1..... Best to all, Gilles
  14. Thanks you Charlie for your response about this famous belt, my belt is dated 3-18 made by RH Long too, so I think that they were made at time to be on the Western front with AEF. Sorry for Artu ,and my friend Philippe, who were both bidding on that belt . I bought mine on ebay a few weeks ago for $ 200, but I knowed how it was scarce , and think that the price was correct. Now my interrest is mainly to know if it was used in France with the French or US Chauchat. As I said in my previous post, I have two french Chauchat automatic riffle in Belleau Wood museum, both were found in the area, and would like to build a manequin of a Chauchat riflemen. from all the pictures I saw about Doughboys or Marines equiped with Chauchat in my area, they wore the Mills infantry belt, Army or Marine......., I don't know what they can put in their belt since they don't have the riffle, and also they can't put the french chauchat clips into the belt....also sometime they have the special cover on the Chauchat. Regards, Gilles Lagin Belleau Wood Museum France
  15. Hello to everyone from the other side of the pond, here at Belleau Wood area France, I bought recently a US Chauchat riflemen's belt, I know that it's scarce to find , but would like to know if someone has more informations about these belts. I saw it for the first time a long time ago in the book of Stephen Dorsey, then in the book " Honor bound" The Chauchat Machine riffle, by Gerard Demaison, and Yves Buffetaut, there are pictures from this belt from Richard Keller collection. I don't know if these belt were really used in France, by AEF with the Chauchat, I've never seen pictures from Dougboys wearing this equipment ? But I found some bags for the US caliber Chauchat clips in France, and I know that this gun was used in Argonne and Meuse, before the troops got the BAR, lot of clips were found, and I saw one gun some year ago found in a small town in this area. Do anyone know how many of these belts were manufactured? and have ever senn a picture of a Doughboy with this kind of equipment and french or US chauchat gun..... I have two chauchat guns in the museum, they are french made, and they were used in Belleau Wood area, by the Marines or 2nd Division. Thanking you in advance for any response, Best to All, Hellwood
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