A short History of 5th and 6th Marine Regiments during World War I in France

A short History of 5th and 6th Marine Regiments during World War in France.

The Marine Regiments were part of the 4th Brigade.
Of the 2nd Infantry Divison US Army in France.
Marine companies, unlike those of the U.S Army, were numeric.
Shortly after it being amalgamated with the 3rd Brigade in France,
Strenuous efforts were made by many to have the 4th Brigade conform, to
the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) alpha pattern.

My Note;
Besides the regular regiments there was also replacement companies.
That made use of numeric designations, making it a bit confusing.
Sometime after their service in France.
Till what I note below is when the change took place in the Corps.
1 September 1934
Force Structure
In a reorganization of the FMF, the headquarters of the 6th Marines.
Is reactivated to serve as an element of the West Coast FMF.
The San Diego base force will also include.
1/6, an artillery battery, and Aircraft Two.
The 1st and 2nd Battalions, FMF, at Quantico.
Are redesignated 1/5 and 2/5.
And the regimental headquarters of the 5th Marines.
Is reestablished to serve.
As the ground element of the east coast.
The overall headquarters of the FMF, Aircraft One.
And artillery battalion (1/10) are also at Quantico.
As part of the redesignation, the previous system.
Of identifying companies by numbers is ended.
And letters are substituted.

Another source has it;
The Fourth Marine Regiment was officially redesignated.
The "Fourth Marines" on 13 February, 1930.
On the same date, letter designations.
Replaced the numerical designations of the companies.

* There are no longer any Machine Gun Companies or Machine Gun Battalions

FIFTH MARINE REGIMENT
Now it's the 5th Marines.

First Battalion

During World War I - Present
17th Company - Alpha Company
49th Company - Bravo Company
66th Company - Charlie Company
67th Company - Delta Company

Second Battalion

During World War I - Present
18th Company - Echo Company
43rd Company - Foxtrot Company
51st Company - Golf Company
55th Company - Hotel Company

Third Battalion

During World War I - Present
16th Company - India Company
20th Company - Kilo Company
45th Company - Lima Company
47th Company - Mike Company

8th Machine Gun Company
Supply Company
Headquarters Company

SIXTH MARINE REGIMENT
Now it's the 6th Marines.

First Battalion

During World War I - Present
74th Company - Alpha Company
75th Company - Bravo Company
76th Company - Charlie Company
95th Company - Delta Company

Second Battalion

During World War I - Present
78th Company - Echo Company
79th Company - Foxtrot Company
80th Company - Golf Company
96th Company - Hotel Company

Third Battalion

During World War I - Present
82nd Company - India Company
83rd Company - Kilo Company
84th Company - Lima Company
97th Company - Mike Company

73d Machine Gun Company
Supply Company
Headquarters Company

SIXTH MACHINE GUN BATTALION*

15th Company
23d Company
77th Company
81st Company

Elton Mackin writes a heart-wrenching epitaph;
"Little crosses stand above the dead,
They do not tell how men died,
They hide the bitter human stories of the war,
They seldom stand alone,
Men see to that."

Elton Mackins writes;
"Politicians shuffle mobs and men,
And, having shuffled,
Deal out a generation against the guns,
The folks at home will never know the true(Truth)."

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Comment by Ricardo Jacques on April 12, 2012 at 6:58am

Why this?

A good number of Marines are not aware of this part in the history of their Corps.

A lot of change come from the Corps serving with the US Army.

This being one, another might be serving in Guadalcanal.

Most Marines were still armed with the Springfield 03.

The US Army was armed with Garland M-1.

Which fired at a higher rate than the bolt-action Springfield 03.

The 'mitty mattel toy' aka M-16 they could have kept.

I would rather have kept my M-14.

Which was thought lacking in Vietnam.

Now that M-14 is being used a SNIPER RIFLE.

So what was the logic of replacing the M-14.

With the 'mitty mattel toy'?

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