Doing My Bit Over There

A U.S. Marine’s Memoir of the Western Front in World War I

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About the Book

Motivated by patriotism, 21-year old Everard Bullis of St. Paul, Minnesota—the only boy of five siblings from a middle-class family—enlisted in the U.S. Marines in 1917 and went to the Western Front. His clear-eyed memoir describes in detail the Fifth Marine Regiment’s desperate stand against repeated German assaults at Belleau Wood, along with actions at Soissons, St. Mihiel and Blanc Mont Ridge. Historical figures appear, including Captain Frank Whitehead, George W. Hamilton (“America’s Greatest World War I Hero”) and General John J. Pershing.

About the Author(s)

The editor, David J. Bullis lives in Meridian, Idaho.

Bibliographic Details

Everard J. Bullis
Edited by David J. Bullis

Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 248
Bibliographic Info: 17 photos, notes, index
Copyright Date: 2018
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7429-2
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3278-0
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi
Preface 1
Introduction 3
Part I: Belleau Wood
1. Up to the Battle 15
2. Fire and Smoke and Screams and Blood 17
3. Such Was Belleau Wood 26
4. Friendly Fire 31
5. The Inevitable Question 37
6. Idling on the Marne 41
7. Belleau Wood Is Ours 44
8. Shell-Shock 48
9. The Naked Battalion 55
10. Hell’s Angels 57
11. The Big Parade 60
Part II: Soissons
12. The Pick of French and U.S. Troops 65
13. Hesitant to Kill 69
14. Sniper’s Duel 74
15. The Cave of Blood 80
16. Lieutenant Max Is Killed 83
17. Gas! 87
18. The Ladies from Hell 90
19. The Doughboy’s Dream 94
20. Sergeant Dan Daly 100
21. Bedlam in Freeville 107
22. A Display of Might 110
23. Something Big Is Coming 115
Part III: St. Mihiel
24. A Private Speaks 121
25. Privates, Jacks and Queens 126
26. Over the Top 130
27. Outpost 135
28. A Farewell to Arms 142
Part IV: Blanc Mont
29. The One Way Trail 146
30. Into the Storm 156
31. A Warrior’s Boast 164
32. He’ll Need Those Tags 168
33. Miss Duffy 172
34. A Souvenir 178
35. A Salute 182
36. The Salvation Army Girl 186
37. They Never Failed in Assignments 192
38. The War Is Over! 195
Part V: Looking Westward
39. Let the Big Boys Take Over 198
40. Shipwrecked! 202
41. Officers First 209
42. Look, Marie 216
43. Hilarious Celebration 219
44. The Worst Battle 224
45. Joe Erwin 227
46. Red Tape 228
Notes 233
Index 235