At Belleau Wood with Rifle and Sketchpad: Memoir of a United States Marine in World War I
Louis C. Linn; Laura Jane Linn Wright, and B. J. Omanson, Eds. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, 2012. 189 pp. Illus. Notes. Biblio. Index.
Reviewed by Colonel Joseph H. Alexander, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.)
Private Louis C. Linn was a 23-year-old rifleman in the 4th Marine Brigade, 2d U.S. Infantry Division during the fighting in northern France in the final months of World War I. Before the war, he had learned how to sketch during art lessons at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, DC. When Congress declared war on Germany in 1917, Linn quit his job with the U.S. Geodetic Survey and enlisted in the Marine Corps, and in December he sailed to France with the Marine Brigade’s machine-gun battalion.