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Kentucky MarineMajor General Logan Feland and the Making of the Modern USMC$
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David J. Bettez

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813144573

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813144573.001.0001

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World War I through Belleau Wood

World War I through Belleau Wood

(p.83) 6 World War I through Belleau Wood
Kentucky Marine

David J. Bettez

University Press of Kentucky

Feland travels to France with General Pershing and the first AEF contingent on the SS Baltic. As second in command of the Fifth Marine Regiment in France under Charles Doyen and then Wendell Neville, Feland helps oversee the Marines’ preparation to enter the fight on the Western Front. When the Sixth Regiment arrives in France, it joins the Fifth Regiment to form the Fourth Marine Brigade, which eventually comes under the command of U.S. Army general James Harbord. The first key battle for the Marines occurs in June 1918 at the Battle of Belleau Wood. There, the Marines help stop a German advance, suffering fearsome casualties, but they eventually capture the wood in an iconic Marine Corps battle. During the battle, Feland moves about, assisting where necessary—leading troops, reconnoitering, and serving as chief troubleshooter. Feland garners the lifetime friendship and support of Harbord, who relies extensively on Feland during the heat of the battle. For his actions at Belleau Wood, Feland receives the nation's second-highest military award—the Distinguished Service Cross.

Keywords:   SS Baltic, France, Fifth Regiment, Charles Doyen, Wendell Neville, Fourth Marine Brigade, Belleau Wood, James Harbord, Distinguished Service Cross

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