Marine Detachment, Ocotal,
5 September, 1927.
Second Lieutenant Thomas J.
The Commanding Officer
Report of Patrol.
1. In compliance with
instructions contained in Regimental Commander's
despatch 8601-1150, I left OCOTAL with a detail
of 24 men at 0630 on 2 September, 1927, for the
vicinity of TELPANECA. We followed the mountain
trail through AMACAYAN, and found it in
exceedingly bad condition. It was narrow,
tortuous, steep and stony.
2. At 11:30, 2 September,
I received a report by plane that TELPANECA was
occupied by not less than 20 men. At 1300
between CASAS QUYAL and MOJON we received fire
from our left and below from two houses, about
12 men in each house. We returned the fire and
about 12 men ran from the bush toward the
houses. After we fired about 300 rounds at these
men they were silenced. WE then moved forward
about 200 yards into a saddle, where the point
engaged 6 men. While halted here, 12 or 15 men
came upon us from our rear and right. They
fought stubbornly and retreated slowly,
shouting, as I understand it, "Viva Salgedo".
[Carlos Salgado] Action ceased at 1355. We
suffered no casualties. Saw 4 of the enemy on
the hill go down, and one other hit, but could
find only one after the fight. 2 mounted men got
away on the TELPANECA trail. I am unable to
estimate casualties of enemy below, because of
the brush, but am certain that we registered
well on the houses. At about 1440, we passed
MOJON and saw 8 or 10 houses that had just been
burned down. Arrived at AMACAYAN about 1640 and
3. On September 3, I did
not expect the planes as they were over the day
before. With this large band in rear and bandits
in TELPANECA knowing we were coming, I decided
to approach TELPANECA from CIUDAD ANTIGUAS. I
took the CIUDAD ANTIGUAS trail and about 0930
sighted the planes. I was then about 5 miles
advanced. Tried to lay out panels "XH - EI - II"
meaning "attacked on afternoon of second", but
signals were interrupted for acknowledgement of
planes' message, and became confused. Started to
lay out that I was progressing west of
TELPANECA, but planes seemed to think I was on
the TELPANECA trail and left. Proceeded over
exceedingly bad trail, same as on the previous
day, to CIUDAD ANTIGUAS. Here the condition of
men and animals was so bad that I did not think
we could make TELPANECA and back over poor
trails. Went 3 miles to SAN FERNANDO and camped.
4. On September 4, we
cleared SAN FERNANDO at 0630 and arrived in
OCOTAL at 1300.
5. On September 2, I
received report from planes that there were not
less than 20 bandits, and on September 3, about
40 bandits, in TELPANECA, so there was no
question of bandit activity in that region. I
attempted to get information in CIUDAD ANTIGUAS
regarding the identity of the leaders, but could
not get it from the natives. They said that
bandits had not passed thru there and were
unwilling to give information any information.
6. As evidenced by my
report, I did not request planes in TELPANECA at
2:00 p.m., but was signaling that I had been
attacked on the afternoon of the second.
7. We picked up 3 horses
after the fight at CASAS QUYAL, which we brought
with us to OCOTAL.
/ s / T. J. MCQUADE.