Belleau Wood


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Belleau Wood

(bĕl`ō, bĕlō`), forested area in Aisne dept., N France, E of Château-Thierry. The scene of a victory over the Germans after hard fighting (June 6–25, 1918), involving chiefly U.S. troops, it was dedicated in 1923 as a permanent memorial to the American war dead.

Belleau Wood

locale of significant American triumph in WWI (1918). [Am. Hist.: Jameson, 47]
See: Battle

Belleau Wood

a forest in N France: site of a battle (1918) in which the US Marines halted a German advance on Paris
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Suddenly, stories on the Marines in Belleau Wood poured into newspapers in the United States and headlines blared, "MARINES SMASH HUNS GAIN GLORY"; "MARINES IN GREAT CHARGE OVERTHROW CRACK FOE"; "MARINES WIN HOT BATTLE"; "OUR MARINES ATTACK"; "MARINES SINK WEDGE IN ENEMY FRONT.
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Belleau Wood earned two Humanitarian Service Medals.
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The 14 reserve and three active-duty Marines were greeted by family members at Edwards Air Force Base after a six-month deployment to the Gulf of Aden in the northeastern part of Africa aboard the USS Belleau Wood.
Oliver Prince Smith was not present at Belleau Wood or Chateau Thierry.
Barry Winchell; or Dorothy Hajdys-Holman, who has led an attack against the military's antigay policies ever since her son, Allen Schindler, was ambushed in 1992 by two of his USS Belleau Wood shipmates, one of whom beat him to death.
During the summer of 1918, the Division played a key role, at the notorious battle of Belleau Wood, in checking the final German offensive that almost reached Paris.
He said those new commitments include four heavy-lift helicopters and the amphibious assault ship USS Belleau Wood, based in Sasebo, Japan, which will be used mainly for helicopter operations.
Navy plans to replace the Belleau Wood assault ship stationed at Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture with a more advanced assault ship in June 2000, U.
Belleau Wood later identified himself as gay at a news conference and described the daily harassment of gay sailors, including death threats and anti-gay epithets spray-painted on bulkheads.
Principal battles and campaigns: Belleau Wood (near Chateau-Thiery), Aisne-Marne, Saint-Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne (1918); New Guinea campaign (1942-1944); Morotai (1944); Luzon campaign (1945).