Corporal Belleau Wood
Mascot, MCRD San Diego and Western Recuiting Region
Corporal Belleau Wood, an English bulldog, was born in Castroville, Texas, in April, 2009. As the official mascot of Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, her name is derived from the Battle of Belleau Wood in 1918, where Marines received the title of “Dogs from Hell” by German soldiers because they fought with such ferocity.
Corporal Belleau is just one in a long line of mascots at MCRD San Diego, that began with James Jolly Plum Duff, an English bulldog who came to the depot in 1939 when he was two years old.
In 1950, a monument was built in memory of all MCRD mascots. It was inscribed with the names of James Jolly Plum Duff, Soochow, Duffy’s Limey Grog, Jigger, and Duffy. The monument is located on Beeson Field, off Guadalcanal, behind the Recruit Chow Hall.
Corporal Belleau completed recruit training with Company A on November 3, 2009. She has completed her initial strength test, first sessions of Marine Corps Martial Arts training, pugle sticks, and her combat swim qualification.
Corporal Belleau assumed her official duties on November 10, 2009 as a representative of the depot. Corporal Belleau’s duties include going out during the Moto Run, Family Day, graduation ceremonies, VIP tours, visits, and various area recruiting events.
She assumed the duties of the mascot from Cpl. Molly Marine who retired in November to Texas with LtCol. Darrin D. Kazlauskas, executive officer of 8th Marine Corps District, and his wife Marcia, after seven years of faithful service to country and Corps.