In July of 1937, 24 veterans of the American Expeditionary Forces gave their new post in Westminster a name that was reminiscent of the site where they had fought a fierce and decisive battle in October 1918. The battle fought on Molleville Farm in France, 6 miles north of Verdun along the Meuse River was a deciding turning point in World War I.
These men all belonged to the 29th Division from Carroll County, Westminster, Maryland. The doughboys of the 29th ended up in France in a small province called Alsace-Lorraine. The battle at Molleville Farm was very tough and violent. Going across this land, they not only fought the Germans but also the horrible conditions of the trenches. These trenches were so close that one could hear their enemies talking to each other. The principle inhabitants of the trenches were rats and vermin.
The 29th were encamped in the Valley of the Meuse, waiting for orders to attack. Mustard gas created depression among the troops. Of all the death and destruction, the area of Molleville Farm was the bloodiest and fiercest. In late September 1918, General Bullard commanded six American Divisions. The 29th was sent to relieve the soldiers on the frontlines; this was the first time the 29th went to battle. For them it all began at Molleville Farm.
For a more detailed account of the battle, click here.