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The Story of One Marine

The World War I Letters and Photos of Pvt. Thomas L. Stewart

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Thomas L. Stewart joined the United States Marine Corps on June 22, 1917—just two months after America entered World War One. Private Stewart was a member of 96th Co (H), 6th Marine Regiment, led by the future Commandant of the Marine Corps, Clifton Cates. Stewart was one of the 24 Marines who took Bouresches during the battle of the Aisne. He was gassed at Belleau Wood and served at a hospital as an MP while recovering. Eventually, he became part of the force that occupied Germany.

His story is made even more personal through the many letters he sent home, from the day he enlisted to his last day in Europe, and selections from the hundreds of photos he took—from training at Parris Island to his time in Germany.


“James Gregory, through his many hours of research and dedicated work...delivers the story of what it was like for a young, inexperienced, United States Marine during the First World War.”  — Steven C. Girard, USA, Ret. Historian, 4th Brigade (Marine), 2nd Division, AEF.

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