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By Cheri FinchEdit

This poem is for the brave Marines who fought in the Battle of Belleau Wood in World War I. They were amazingly corageous and perseverant, and the enemy nicknamed them "hounds of terror". In fact, they fought so well, that the wood was renamed after them.

These heroes gone, these soldiers left,

These adults and these teens,

These hounds of terror to the enemy,

These brave and strong Marines.

Known once by broken family,

Known twice by others gone,

And also, known by Heaven’s gates,

And once known by the dawn.

They fought, and won, but never got

To know triumph or ease,

For as they raced through the Belleau,

They fell among the trees.

For now, there only is a bit

Of taken memory,

Perhaps is found, by careful hands,

Behind a Belleau tree.

A new name for this battlefield,

Where guns on branches lean,

For those who fought so faithfully;

Brigade of the Marine.

These heroes gone, these soldiers left,

These adults and these teens,

These hounds of terror to the enemy,

These brave and strong Marines.

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