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On June 2, 1918, Belleau Wood was a pernicious fester on the Allied front line. Snugly nestled in every available cranny were deadly German machine gun nests. On that day into Belleau Wood went the U. S. Marines of the 2nd Division Regular Army, with bared bayonets. They yelled in defiance, yelled in death. When, after ten days, the 26th Division relieved them, 4,500 U. S. Marines were killed, gassed or wounded. But there were no more Germans in the Wood. The 26th Division, advancing, bombarded the town of Belleau, demolished the...

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