This nickname for the United States Marine Corps
originated during World War I
. In 1918
, the 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines were sent to reinforce the French
in the Belleau Wood
. Soon after they arrived, the commander of the French
forces advised then Colonel Wendell C. Neville
Neville replied, "Retreat? Hell, we just got here!" Though outnumbered, the Marines proceeded to drive the Germans from Belleau Wood, and for the ferocity of their fighting and disturbing marksmanship earned the nickname "Teufelhunden," or "Devil Dogs."