Belleau Wood USMC Interpretive Panel #2

Belleau Wood USMC Interpretive Panel #2 (HM1MBX)

Location: Belleau, Picardie 02400 Aisne
Country: France
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N 49° 4.395', E 3° 17.394'

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At noon on 6 June 1918, orders were issued to the Marines to seize the town of Bouresches and to establish a foothold in the southern portion of Belleau Wood. At 5:00 pm, the 6th Marines began to move 400 yards through a waist-high wheat field. Once exposed, the German machine guns started firing into the Marine lines. Despite horrendous casualties, the 6th Marines captured Bouresches and a small portion of the southern part of Belleau Wood. This action, along with the capture of Hill 142, set the stage for one of the most fiercely fought battles in U.S. Marine Corps history.

(French text is provided under the English translation on the marker, click on marker photo to enlarge.)
Year Placed1998
Placed ByColonel J.J. Carroll, USMC (Retired)
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 at 10:01am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)30U E 478827 N 5435639
Decimal Degrees49.07325000, 3.28990000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 49° 4.395', E 3° 17.394'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds49° 4' 23.7" N, 3° 17' 23.64" E
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Closest Postal AddressAt or near D82, Belleau Picardie 02400, FR
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