(October 2 to October 10, 1918)
(Continued from the February issue)
The Sixth Day of October
(See Maps Q and R)
The commanding officer of the 6th Marine Regiment, Colonel Harry Lee, made an agreement during the night with the commanding officer of the American 23d Infantry Regiment, Colonel E. R. Stone, to launch a combined attack of the 3d Battalion, 6th Marines, and the 2d Battalion, 23d Infantry, together with a platoon of wire cutters from the 2d Engineers, against a German machine-gun strong point southeast of St Etienne. The attack began at 7:30 a.m. As the Germans offered tenacious resistance, three additional companies of the 23d Infantry were at 8:05 a.m. inserted into the gap between the two battalions, while the 4th Company, 23d Infantry, was employed on the right flank. After two additional companies of the 23d Infantry had been put in at about nine o’clock, the strong point was finally captured at 10:30 a.m.