GWA American Troops


6th Marines, 78th CO.

78th Company, 6th Marine Regiment
4th Brigade, (Marine)
2nd Division, AEF.


The purpose of the 78th Co. 6th Marine Regiment, (GWA) is to portray a WWI "Half Platoon" of the United States Marine Corps that served in France and Germany with the 2nd Division, AEF from 1918-19.

Although we portray a Marine Rifle "Half Platoon" and individual members may have an affiliation with the USMC, we as a company are not affiliated with or under the direction of the USMC. The 78th Co. 6th Marine regiment, (GWA) strives to accurately represent what the WWI Marines of the 4th Brigade, (Marine), 2nd Division, AEF looked like while in the French Theater of Operations and Germany in 1918-1919.

The 78th Co. 6th Marine Regiment, is a unit of the Great War Association portraying the 78th Company which was part of 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 4th Brigade (Marine), 2nd Division AEF. Currently we are a full member unit of the Great War Association since November 2013, and we participate in both the Spring and Fall WWI re-enactments in Newville, PA.


Original Unit History:

6th Marines, 78th CO.

The 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines (78th, 79th, 80th, and 96th Companies), was activated on July 11, 1917 to serve as reinforcements during World War I. On January 19, 1918, the battalion went to League Island, Philadelphia in order to head out to France as part of the 4th Brigade, American Expeditionary Force. The battalion fought at the Battle of Belleau Wood for which they were awarded the Croix de Guerre with Palm from the French government. Beginning October 3, 1918, the 6th Regiment led the offensive to take Blanc Mont Ridge, pushing the Germans out of the Champagne Region of France. In November 1918, 2/6 ( 78th Company ) also took part in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive which was the last major offensive of the war. The battalion returned to Marine Corps Base Quantico on June 19, 1919. They were deactivated shortly thereafter on August 20, 1919. For the actions at Belleau Wood, Soissons, and Blanc Mont, the 6th Marine Regiment was awarded the French croix de guerre three times. As a result, the regiment is authorized to wear the fourragère of the croix de guerre. Also the 78th Company, 6th Marines has 3 Medal of Honor recipients from World
War I.

6th Marines, 78th CO.
Fourragère of the Croix de Guerre

6th Marines, 78th CO.
78th Company, 6th Marine Regiment at Neuwied, Germany during the
3rd U.S. Army Occupation of the Koblenz Bridgehead in 1919.


78th Co Required Gear.

The following Items will be required as part of the authorized Uniform and gear of the company. While there is original gear out there, it is not recommended as the shale up at Newville will destroy it. There are plenty of quality reproductions out there so there is no need to destroy originals. If you have any questions, please ask.

Uniform

  • US Army 1912 WOOL uniform or 1912 or 1917 Pattern USMC Forest Green Uniform (No cotton uniforms are authorized at Newville) or a mix of elements of both.
  • White undershirt and Wool socks.
  • WWI Trouser belt (army or marine Pattern is acceptable)
  • Army or Marine Pattern Shirt
  • Army Overseas Cap with period correct EGA
  • Wool Puttees of Army Material (not Forest Green) NO LEGGINGS
  • Leather soled shoes. Pershing boots (Mattimore Harness Company, WPG or at GWM), US 1904 Marching Shoe Boots with Hobnails (at the front). There will be under NO CIRCUMSTANCES PERIOD ! - WWII rubber soled ankle boots or "boon dockers" worn at Newville during a WWI National Event and are not authorized for wear.

Gear

  • M1910 Haversack with Meat can Pouch
  • 1910 Pattern Cartridge belt with puckered pockets. This may be the Marine EGA button pattern (available through What Price glory) or the plain stud fasteners. The plain pocket National Army pattern is not acceptable. WWII pattern 1923 belts are not acceptable.
  • 1910 pattern First Aid Pouch and Bandage (either first or second pattern)
  • 1910 pattern Canteen cover with canteen and cup (WWII Canteen Cups are acceptable)
  • 1910 pattern T-handled shovel
  • British or American 1917 pattern Small Box Respirator and Carrier
  • British WWI Helmet or US Model 1917 Helmet. No M19171A1 Kelly Helmets or WWII British Helmets.
  • 1903A1 Springfield rifle
  • Leather or Kerr Pattern Sling
  • Bayonet and Scabbard
  • WWI Mess Kit with Knife Fork and Spoon.

Optional Items.

  • Campaign Hat (not to be worn in Trenches), Black wool watch cap (very handy and good for wear under helmet)
  • French M-2 Gasmask in cloth carrier.
  • Rain Coat (highly recommended), Overcoat Leather Jerkin, sweaters and sweater vests. Leather Jerkin (very useful)
  • Shelter tent (with starburst buttons, folding tent poles and wooden tent pegs), Poncho, handy, but was replaced with the raincoat to facilitate wearing of the Gas mask. Wool Blanket
  • Bacon Can, Condiment cans and Army Bread Cans
  • Chauchut Bags, French Army Bread Bags


Unit Commader/Contact:
Section Sgt. Tom Frezza

Email: tfrezza04@alumni.unity.edu






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