GUARDIA AND MARINE DETACHMENT, PATASTE,
10 November, 1927.
The Brigade Commander, Managua,
Division Commander, G. N.
1. Bandit group
operating from the frontier robbed a
hacienda, "Los Jigeros", at 0330, 8
November, 1927, one mile from Pataste.
patrol immediately cleared Pataste to
investigate. Patrol returned 1130 and
reported bandit group of fifty men,
armed, under Medrado Vallejos [Medardo
Vallejos], a Honduran, seen returning to
the frontier in the direction of Santa
Rita near Ismaya (Ham Map). Loot taken
by bandits estimated $2000.00.
3. 8 November
1927, combined marine and guardia
mounted patrol, in command of
undersigned, cleared Pataste at 1600 for
patrolling along the frontier. Patrol
consisted of 7 Marines and 7 Guardias.
4. Patrol fired
on at La Cruz, attacked and dispersed
bandits towards Honduranian frontier;
killed four and wounded several.
Destroyed 2 Remingtons, single loaders.
Advanced about a mile when fired on from
a house on our left flank. Native guide
seriously wounded by slug in right arm.
Surrounded house and strafed it with
hand grenades and small arm fire.
5. Rushed house
after no fire was returned, search
disclosed 3 dead bandits. Destroyed 3
Remingtons and shot guns. Found some
patrol to Espino then returned to
Pataste via Mal Paso. Arrived Pataste
1600, 9 Nov., 1927.
encountered make their headquarters at
Santa Rita, Honduras, a hacienda owned
by Felix Pedro Pinel Governador Politico
of Choluteca. Reliable information
received that bandits making raids into
Nicaraguan territory are protected and
armed by Señor Pinel.
8. Conduct of
combined patrol in action commendable.
HERBERT S. KEIMLING
1st. Lieut. USMC, GN.
1st Endorsement. Office of the Division
13 November, 1927.
From: The Division
Brigade Commander, Managua.
Subject: Patrol report (Dated 10 Nov.,
1927, from Pataste) [ p. 2 ]
2. Lieut. Keimling,
with his small force of ten marines and
ten guardia at Pataste, have been
particularly active and successful in
patrolling, and his energy and industry
along this line merits particular
- - - - - - - - - - - - - R. W.
PEARD. - - - - -
See also G. T. Summerlin, Tegucigalpa,
to Sec. State, Washington, 17 Nov. 1927,
with enclosures from Honduran Foreign
Ministry, USDS 817.00/5170; D. G. Munro,
Managua, to Sec. State, 31 Dec. 1927,
817.00/5214, and 30 Dec. 1927,
See also Commander Special Services
Squadron to Chief of Naval Operations,
re: Marine Corps, 12 Nov. 1927,