Original WWI U.S. Marine Corps 1st Battalion 6th Marines 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 1st Battalion, 6th Marines. The patch features a red felt diamond background that measures 3 inches square, with white felt five pointed star and a beautifully highly detailed fully color embroidered Indian Head 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.

Activated on 11 July 1917 at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, as the 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment. 1/6 deployed to France from September to October 1917 and was assigned to the 4th Brigade, 2nd Division (Army), American Expeditionary Force. 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 (seen in the unit's logo), one of only two units in the Marine Corps so honored, (the other being the 5th Marine Regiment). The fourragère thereafter became part of the uniform of the unit. All members of the modern 6th Marines are authorized to wear the fourragère while serving with the regiment. (World War One Victory Medal, Army Occupation of Germany Medal, French Croix de guerre)
American Marines in Belleau Wood (1918)
French Fourragere Ceremony

The battalion participated in the following World War I campaigns:
- Aisne
- Aisne-Marne
- St. Mihiel
- Meuse-Argonne

Along with the following defensive campaigns:
- Touln-Troyon
- Chateau-Thierry
- Marabache
- Limey

1/6 participated in the Occupation of the Rhineland from December 1918 to July 1919. After the war the battalion relocated to Quantico, Virginia in August 1919 and was deactivated on 20 August 1919.
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