On the Attack at Torcy, 7/18/1918

The Aisne-Marne  Offensive (also known as the Second Battle of the Marne) began on July 18, 1918 with a combined French and American attack on the German forces (7th Army) inside the St. Mihiel Salient. The 52nd Infantry Brigade attacked along the 26th Division’s line from Bouresches to the left of the Division sector. The 52nd Brigade’s initial objective was to take the Torcy-Belleau-Givry Railroad from Givry to Bouresches.

During the day of July 18, battalions of the 103rd Infantry took Torcy and the Bouresches railway station before encountering serious German resistance from Hill #193 and Bouresches Wood. During this action, Private First Class George Dilboy of H Co. posthumously earned the Congressional Medal of Honor for heroism. That night, the 103rd was forced to fall back to Belleau Wood by heavy enemy artillery fire and infantry counter-attack…