From: Who's Who In Marine Corps History
SgtMaj John H. Quick
"...Vera Cruz was the end of the lull before the storm. There was trouble in Haiti, in Santo Domingo, and the big scrap in Europe was looming more portentous every day. When it came, SgtMaj Quick was ready, sailing for France as Sergeant Major of a battalion of the 6th Regiment, U.S. Marines. Belleau Wood was only the opening battle of the World War for him; he participated in every battle that was fought by the Marines in France until 16 October 1918: the Toulon Sector at Verdun, the Battle of Belleau Wood, the Aisne-Marne Offensive (popularly known as the Battle of Soissons), the Marbache Sector near Pont-a-Mousoon, the St. Mihiel Offensive, the Battle of Blanc Mont Ridge, and the Meuse-Argonne Sector. His gallantry in the Battle of Belleau Wood earned for him the Distinguished Service Cross and the Navy Cross. He earned these decorations on 6 June 1918, when "he volunteered and assisted in taking a truckload of ammunition and material into Bouresches, France, over a road swept by artillery and machine-gun fire, thereby relieving a critical situation." He was further awarded the 2d Division Citation and the French Fourragere. Sergeant Major John J. Quick died in St. Louis, Missouri, on 10 September 1922."
And, from George B. Clark's, "Devil Dogs, Fighting Marines of WW I," Presidio, 1999, Notes, page 213...
"74. A Ford truck, driven by 2d Lt Moore with an old hand, Sgt. Maj. John Quick, sitting in the passenger's seat, made the trip over the terrible path toward Bouresches under terrific German shelling and machine-gun barrages. They were a "team," the "college boy" and the long-serving Marine NCO who, incidentally, had been awatded the MoH for his bravery at Guantanamo Bay in 1898. Years later Moore testified to a friend that it was all a figment of Marine Corps publicity. Moore claims he made the trip accompanied by a falling-down drunk Quick who wasn't even able to stay awake, let alone drive or help the twenty enlisted Marines , who did all the loading and unloading."
R.W. "Dick" Gaines
GnySgt USMC (Ret.)
1952 (Plt #437)--'72
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