51st Company 5th Regt USMC
Killed in action Chateay Thierry, France, June 15, 1918
The activation of the Fifth Marines dates back to June 1917, just prior to the U.S. force deployment to France during World War I.
The Regiment won its nickname, the "Fighting Fifth," on the battlefields of western Europe. So fierce were its efforts in the Battle of Belleau Wood and subsequent victories that the French government awarded the Regiment the Croix de Guerre with two palms and one gilt star. Today, each Marine serving in the Regiment also wears the Fourragere, a French unit award, on the left shoulder of his uniform to recognize the legacy and valor of his predecessors.
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