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Georges Scott's illustration "American Marines in Belleau Wood (1918)"

The Battle of Belleau Wood occurred 1 June — 26 June 1918, during the Spring Offensive of World War I. A U.S. Marine brigade, under the command of the U.S. Army's 2nd Division, gained great notoriety for their ferocious attacks on the German troops — especially the vicious assault on Hill 142 and clearing the trenches in the woods — that spawned the nickname Devil Dog. For his heroism in that battle, Gunnery Sergeant Ernest A. Janson was awarded the Medal of Honor, while several famous quotes were uttered: "Retreat? Hell, we just got here!" attributed to an officer from 2nd Battalion 5th Marines, "Come on, you sons of bitches, do you want to live forever?" attributed to First Sergeant Dan Daly, and "The deadliest weapon in the world is a Marine and his rifle!" from General John J. Pershing. The French renamed the forest "Bois de la Brigade de Marine" ("Wood of the Marine Brigade") in honor of the battle, and awarded the brigade the Croix de guerre, which gave the 5th and 6th Marine Regiments privilege to wear the fourragère. The United States Navy has also named two vessels "USS Belleau Wood" in honor of the battle: CVL-24 and LHA-3.

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