"Belleau Wood Field" Project
I am a retired U.S. Marine currently living near Stuttgart Germany. I'm working to donate a stone from the Belleau Wood Battle Field in France to Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa. This project is neither affiliated with Marine Corp Forces Europe and Africa nor the U.S. Marine Corps and will be a private donation. On 8 November, Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa is planning to dedicate the courtyard in front of its Headquarters on Panzer Kaserne as "Devil Dog Field" in honor of the Marines who fought at the Battle of Belleau Wood in France 100 years ago. This stone, which symbolically witnessed the battle, will be a daily reminder to today's Marines and visitors to the Headquarters, of the sacrifice and bravery of the Marines, Sailors and Soldiers who fought in that Wood in 1918. The fund will pay for the logistics of moving the stone from France to Panzer Kaserne, the preparation of the stone by a local stonemason in Böblingen, the placing of the stone at the headquarters and a brass plate which describes what the stone is and marks the commemoration. Any additional funds collected will be retained and used to support future historical endeavors. For Stateside donors, US Dollar to Euro conversions are as follows: $10 = 8.63€ / $50 = 43€ / $100 = 86€+ Read More
On 8 November, Devil Dog Field was dedicated and the memorial was unveiled. The project has been a success and the Belleau Wood stones will now be a daily reminder not only of the sacrifice of those who fought during WWI but a reminder of the character and ethos of the Marines who wrote our history in their blood and tears. Thank you to all of you who have already donated but we are still a good ways off from our goal so please continue to share this website.
This is the bronze plaque that will go on the stone. All continues on track for an 8 November dedication. Thanks again to all of the donors.
My son, Kyle, and I drove to Belleau and picked up 4 stones. Mr Jones and I met with the stonemason yesterday and selected two stones to be placed on "Devil Dog Field". All appears to be on track for an 8 November dedication.
Thanks to all of you who have donated; your generosity is very much appreciated. Update: SgtMaj Frye is in France this evening selecting several candidate stones from some private land where the battle raged 100 years ago. I'll be driving there in the morning to pick up a few of the stones and transport them back to Boblingen. Attached are a couple of the slides from Mr Jones' presentation to the Command on the project. All looks to be on track for the 8 November Dedication. I also raised the goal of the fundraiser for this project and hope to start a non-profit early next year focused on preserving the history of Marines who fought during WWI and WWII in Europe and Africa.