On June 6th, 1918, American Marines attacked the enemy in the direction of Torcy, France on the western front. This gained more than two miles over a two and a half mile front. On the next day the advance continued over a front of nearly six miles.
From Torcy the Marines took ground on either side of Belleau Wood (near the Marne River in France). They had reached all the objectives and pushed beyond them. The Germans were on the run.
The Capture of Vaux (located 3.5 miles immediately northwest of the town of Chateau-Thierry on the River Marne) took place on July 1-10, 1918. The American Expeditionary Forces and Marines along with the French Army, fought against the German Army. The Capture of Vaux was a well executed tactical operation to close out 2nd Division operations around Chateau-Thierry.
The photographs and excerpt in this document illustrates the involvement of the Troy Marines in these 2 important battles.
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