24th MEU, French Fourragere ceremony


08/20/2014: The French and the Marines have a special relationship forged in war. Marines with Kilo Company, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, present Marines new to the unit with the French Fourragere during a ceremony at Camp Lejeune, N.C., June 19, 2014.

The country of France awarded the French Fourragere to the Marines and Sailors of the 5th and 6th Marine Regiments in 1918 for their heroism and bravery in the battles of Belleau Wood, Soissons, and Champagne during World War I.

To this day, the 5th and 6th Marine Regiments are the only U.S. servicemembers authorized to wear the Fourragere.

Credit:24th Marine Expeditionary Unit:6/19/14