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"Hell, I didn't want to leave. I felt well enough to stay. But I didn't want to face a military court so I went to the hospital." (Article: "Gunner Nice of the Devil-Dogs.")

   William Frederick Nice
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William Frederick Nice
War: World War, 1914-1918
Branch: Marine Corps
Unit: 49th Company, 5th Marine Regiment
Service Location: France
Rank: Second Lieutenant
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By the time the United States entered World War I, William Frederick Nice was a 12-year Marine veteran of campaigns in Haiti, Santo Domingo, Mexico, and Cuba. Nice fought in some of the Great War's fiercest battles, serving in the 49th Company whose slogan was "We tame the tough ones and toughen the tame ones." The exploits of the 49th inspired a popular book, Fix Bayonets!, and Nice's own adventures earned him the colorful nickname "Gunner Nice of the Devil-Dogs."

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Citation Chemical Warfare Agents Reference and Training Chart War Service Certificate - United States Marine Corps
Citation (in French) Service Acknowledgement Except from order No. 12.718 "D"
Recommendation for Permanent Warrant 3/1/1919 Acknowledgement of Service Rendered Certificate awarded by a grateful nation

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