Thirty-One 6th Marine Regiment Marines receive French Fourragere

Marines with 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, stand in a school circle and listen to their battalion commander, Lt. Col. James A. Ryans. Ryans welcomed the newest members of his unit after a French Fourragere presentation ceremony April 13.

Thirty-one Marines were presented the unique and historic award during the ceremony. The 5th and 6th Marine Regiments are the only units in the Marine Corps authorized to wear the French Fourragere.

Every service member with the regiment s wears the award on their left shoulder of select uniforms for as long as they remain a member of the unit. The two regiments were awarded the combat decoration after their participation in three significant battles during World War I: the Battle of Belleau Wood, Battle of Soissons, and the Battle of Champagne.

The regiments’ victories contributed to the opening of the western approaches to the Argonne Forest, where American expeditionary forces partnered with their allies to launch their last offensive of the war.

Credit: 2nd Marine Division: 4/13/12
  • In the second photo, Private First Class Scott K. Walker Jr. (center), a Houston native and an infantryman with 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, stands at the position of attention while he is awarded the French Fourragere April 13. The 2011 graduate of Lake Gibson Senior High School in Lakeland, Fla., was one of 31 new members of the historic unit belonging to 2nd Marine Division to receive the fourragere.
  • In the third photo, Marines with 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, attach the French Fourragere to the uniform of the newest members of the unit. A ceremony was held April 13 to award the fourragere to 31 new Marines of the battalion.
  • In the final photo, Private Alberto Pulles Jr., a Miami native and an infantryman with 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, shakes hands with his battalion commander, Lt. Col. James A. Ryans, after receiving the French Fourragere April 13. Pulles was one of 31 new members of the historic unit belonging to the 2nd Marine Division to receive the fourragere, most of which recently graduated the School of Infantry East. The 5th and 6th Marine Regiments are the only units in the Marine Corps authorized to wear the French Fourragere.









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