The 5th Marine Regiment Devil Dogs in World War I

A History and Roster

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About the Book

More than 8,000 men served in the Fifth Marine Regiment during World War I and the occupation of Germany. Marine units were among the first to arrive in war-torn Europe in 1917, and they sustained greater casualties than other American units. This book tells the story of the “Devil Dogs” in World War I and the years after through the recollections of veterans recorded over the past century. The influenza epidemic that raged during the war is discussed.
An annotated roster of the regiment lists each Marine, with service details provided where known.

About the Author(s)

Born and raised in Minnesota, Michael A. Eggleston is a graduate of West Point and a 30 year Army veteran. Now retired, he lives in Nokesville, Virginia.

Bibliographic Details

Michael A. Eggleston
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 248
Bibliographic Info: 65 photos & illustrations, maps, chronology,appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2016
pISBN: 978-0-7864-9749-2
eISBN: 978-1-4766-2261-3
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments ix

Preface 1

Introduction 5

1  August 1914 7

2  The United States Goes to War 13

3  The Pandemic 29

4  First in France 37

5  Belleau Wood—1–26 June 1918 48

6  Soissons—18–22 July 1918 79

7  St.-Mihiel—September 1918 86

8  Blanc Mont—September–October 1918 92

9  Crossing the Meuse River—November 1918 99

10  Occupation Duty and the Russian Adventure 105

Biographical Dictionary 120

Epilogue: The 5th Marine Regiment After World War I 131

Appendix A. World War I Chronology 141

Appendix B. Names, Abbreviations and Terms 143

Appendix C. The Organization of the 2nd Infantry Division 147

Appendix D. The 5th Marine Regiment Roster 150

Chapter Notes 223

Bibliography 231

Index 235