Original U.S. WWI USMC 3rd Battalion 6th Marines Engraved Trench Art Canteen Grouping

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Original Items: One-of-a-kind set. This is a trench art hand engraved World War One American canteen with the 3rd Battalion 6th Marines Insignia engraved on the front and beneath the insignia it reads U.S.M.C. The back fo the canteen is engraved with a clock and the hands at 3 and 6 beneath the clock is 3/6 which represents 3rd Battalion 6th Marines. Canteen cap has a brass WWI Marine uniform button attached. Also included are a lather waist belt with brass USMC EGA Eagle Globe Anchor belt buckle as well as a WW1 Victory medal with France Army Bar and Maltese cross. A nice little set from a member of the renown 3rd Battalion 6th Marines who served in the Great War!

3rd Battalion 6th Marines was activated on August 14, 1917, at Quantico, Virginia, as the 3rd Battalion, 6th Regiment. They were quickly deployed during October–November 1917 to France and assigned to the 4th Brigade, American Expeditionary Force. They participated in the following World War I offensive campaigns: Aisne-Marne, Saint-Mihiel and the Meuse-Argonne. They also participated in the following World War I defensive campaigns: Toulon-Troyon, Chateau-Thiery, Marabache, and Limey. Following the war they took part in the occupation of the Rhineland, December 1918-July 1919. They returned during July–August 1919 to Quantico, Virginia. The battalion was deactivated August 20, 1919

3/6 was reactivated June 14, 1922, at Quantico, Virginia, as the 3rd Battalion, 6th Regiment and assigned to the 4th Brigade. They participated in maneuvers at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, June–July 1922 and attached to the Marine Corps Expeditionary Force. They were shortly thereafter deactivated August 10, 1922, at Quantico, Virginia

Again reactivated June 12, 1924, at Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic they were relocated during July 1924 to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. They moved during January 1925 to Quantico, Virginia and were again deactivated February 1, 1925. Reactivated April 1927 at Norfolk, Virginia, as the 3rd Battalion, 6th Regiment and assigned to the provisional regiment. They deployed during April–July 1927 to Tientsin, China and reassigned to the 3rd Marine Brigade. The Battalion was redesignated October 4, 1927, as the 1st Battalion, 12 Regiment and redesignated again on April 22, 1928, as the 3rd Battalion, 6th Regiment. In October 1928 they moved to San Diego, California and were deactivated November 10, 1928.
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