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Marines Remember Battle of Belleau Wood

On Saturday, June 9, 2012, members of the Northwest Suburban Detachment of the Marine Corps League gathered at the Belleau Wood Memorial on the corner of Rand and Ballard Roads in Des Plaines. Senior Vice Commandant John Colas of Long Grove noted that the ceremony marked the 94th anniversary of the Battle of Belleau Wood in France, where the Marine Brigade stopped the last major German offensive in World War One. The battle is generally credited with saving Paris from German capture. In the first days of the battle alone, more than one thousand Marines were killed or wounded, more than had been lost in all the Corps’ previous battles.
Detachment Commandant Al Kolodziej of Des Plaines and Detachment Chaplain Woody Hughes of Wheeling placed a wreath, and Hughes read a prayer. The ceremony concluded with Dick Ohman of Des Plaines playing the bugle call “Taps,” which is 150 years old this year.

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