Original U.S. WWI USMC Supply Company 5th Marine Regiment 4th Marine Brigade Uniform Insignia Patch

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Original Item: Only One Available. This is an ultra rare uniform patch insignia from World War One for the Supply Company 5th Marine Regiment 4th Marine Brigade. The patch features a green felt diamond background that measures 3 5/8 inches square, with white felt five pointed star with double bullion cord outline, a multiple piece felt Indian Head also with bullion embroidery to the center. These patches are extremely rare and ones in this high grade excellent condition are close to impossible to find on the market.

The 5th Marine Regiment was activated on June 8, 1917, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as the 5th Regiment of Marines. They immediately deployed to France, arriving on June 26, and were assigned to the 1st Infantry Division of the United States Army. Later that year, in October, they were reassigned to 4th Brigade of Marines under the 2nd Infantry Division.

In spring 1918, the regiment was involved in the fierce battle of Belleau Wood and was given the nickname Devil Dog. The Fifth subsequently participated in the offensive campaigns at Aisne, Battle of Saint-Mihiel and in the Meuse-Argonne offensive. They also participated in the defensive campaigns at Toulon-Troyon, Château-Thierry, Marbache and Limey. From 1918 until 1919 the regiment participated in the occupation of the German Rhineland. In August 1919 it relocated back to Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia. It was inactivated on August 13, 1919.

The regiment's actions in France earned them the right to wear the Fourragère (seen in the outline of the unit's logo), one of only two in the Marine Corps (the other being the 6th Marine Regiment). The award was a result of being the only regiments in the American Expeditionary Force to receive three Croix de guerre citations: two in the order of the army and one in the order of the corps—Fourragère and Croix de guerre with two Palms and Gilt Star. The Fourragère became part of the uniform of the unit, and all members of the organization are authorized to wear the decoration on the left shoulder of the uniform while members of the organization.

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