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INVENTORY OF PC-DOCS, THRU 1927

24.02.18 BOURKE
24,03,24 BIRNBAUMER
27.05.19 CHAPPELL
27.06.07 SWANSON
27.06.22 RICHAL
27.07.16 HATFIELD
27.07.20 HATFIELD
27.07.28 HATFIELD
27.08.12 FLOYD
27.08.18 BRUCE
27.09.04 O'SHEA
27.09.05 MCQUADE
27.09.08 CHAPPELL
27.09.20 KENYON
27.09.22 PEARD
27.10.12 O'SHEA
27.10.18 SATTERFIELD
27.11.02 CHAPPELL
27.11.02 GOULD
27.11.06 PEARD
27.11.07 BELLINGER
27.11.10 KEIMLING
27.11.11 BROWN
27.11.12 HARBAUGH
27.11.13 CRUM
27.11.14 DARNELL
27.11.19 WELLS
27.11.20 BELLINGER
27.11.26 KEIMLING
27.12.06 PEARD
27.12.07 BROWN
27.12.11 BROWN
27.12.11 KEIMLING
27.12.11 HARBAUGH
27.12.15 BROWN
27.12.17 CRONMILLER
27.12.18 MARTIN
27.12.19 WELLS
27.12.31 GOULD

27.11.11.   Brown, Report on Operations, Western Segovias

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MARINE DETACHMENT
TELPANECA, NICARAGUA,
NOVEMBER 11, 1927

From:    The Commanding Officer
To:      The Division Commander, Division of Nueva Segovia

Subject:  Operations, Report on.

   1.    Since the date of my last report only one combate patrol had been sent out from this post due to a lack of reliable information. The one, however, was fairly productive of desired results.
   2.    On the morning of November 10th at 0200 Lieut Satterfield took out a patrol of ten Marines and ten guardia to attack a group of bandits about forty bandits under Porfirio Sanchez, who was reported to be in the area of San Juan at a distance of about ten miles.
   3.    The patrol arrived on the scene at about 0500 and found the camp asleep. An outpost of five men about one hundred and fifty yards from the main camp spoiled a complete surprise. Four of these were killed and one captured. He was later killed while trying to escape. This outpost, cornered, fought desperately Pvts Thomas W. Harris and Lloyd A. Krummel are worthy of commendation for their prompt and fearless action when this outpost opened fire at a range about about twenty yards. They were in the lead, Krummel with an automatic rifle and they silenced the outpost before it could fire more than a few half dozen shots. Harris entered the house and brought out the prisoner. Both these men, by the way, strongly endeavor to get their names on the roster of every patrol that goes out from here; and Krummel though small in size, is the only automatic rifleman here who can stand up under the weight of his weapon on our swift patrols over these mountainous trails.
   4.    The main camp was aroused by the fight at the outpost but stood its ground to fight for a few minutes. The patrol had to deploy on a bare hillside but its fire was so immediately effective that the bandits broke and ran taking their wounded with them. They discharged several dynamite bombs with the probable hope of frightening the patrol. But aside from two men who were hit with ricochets without breaking the skin the patrol suffered no casualties. Lieut Satterfield estimated that there were ten or more bandits wounded in this phase of the scrap. Information received from the natives today indicates that this estimate is very conservative. According to these accounts there were at least twenty wounded, many of whom have died or are dying from wounds. Sanchez himself escaped with two companions but was unable to rally none of his forces.
   5.    When the firing ceased, Lieut. Satterfield skirmished forward but encountered no further resistance. In the camp he captured four rifles, eleven machetes, one mule (found to be the property of Nicanor Espinosa of this town), and a large supply of  [p. 2]

food and clothing. All this was destroyed. Incidentally, there also discovered a marine O.D. shirt with the name R. E. MEETZE stenciled thereon and twenty-one rounds of .30 cal. ammunition in clips. Some of the men here remember Meetze to have been a member of the 14th Company, 11th Regiment, but how the shirt and ammunition came into the hands of the bandits is a mystery. The patrol returned to Telpaneca without further pursuit arriving here at 1100 without mishap.
 
   6.    With no idea that this praise will add much to Satterfields reputation, the undersigned wishes to go on record as commending and appreciating the able handling and resulting success of the patrol.
 
   7.    Reliable native information received today states that Porfirio Sanchez is now in hiding at Monte Grande, three leagues south of Palacaguina, at the house of one Elijio Castellon. He has a woman there and also has two followers with him armed with rifles. He is Sandino's chief of artillery, i/e. machine guns, and a Honduranian. His head would look well on a pole. The ranch is four leagues from here but only by way of a difficult and dangerous trail. It is more accessible from Pueblo Nuevo. He is described as being very thin and tall, clean-shaven and with straight smooth black hair. He wears glasses but not continually. He carries a .45 automatic pistol and usually wears a sash across his chest. His face is round and dark and he has two gold teeth in front. If Pueblo Nuevo cannot go after him, please let us know and we will make a try from here. It will be necessary to make a two day patrol of it as I have not mounts enough for a patrol of sufficient size. This is foreign to my present policy of never camping on the trail.
 
   8.    In connection with the description of the above leader, I have been informed that the picture of Sandino forwarded to me by Regimental Headquarters is not the Sandino in whom we are interested. The enclosed photograph is one furnished me by a member of the guardia here who was an orderly to General Parajon in the recent unpleasantness and knows Sandino well. His, Sandino's color is not yellow but fair (rubio). His eyes are bluish green. His age is probably near 40 but his appearance is much younger. His height is about five feet five or six. He does not have an Indian build. He does like to speak Mexican, particularly in cussing. He affects usually a large sombrero, and as a rule he avoids leggings or putts in favor of high boots. His weight is not more than 130 pounds. He is usually immaculate in appearance and dress and always totes two guns. The picture broadcast by the regiment is thought to be of one Sandino but not A. C. Sandino. This information is corroborated and expanded by Senor Nicanor Espinosa whose information has always been reliable. I am forwarding the picture for prints to be made therefrom if desired but I have given my word to return it to its owner.
 
   9.    We received 400 rations last week as you know. Rations on hand after the evening meal November 11th are 700. We are living off the country as far as possible.
 
   10.    The aviation field progresses steadily but slowly. What we most need is a team of oxen and a plough but advertising as far as Palacaguina has failed to locate them. The bumps will be off the airway in two or three days but until we can plough it, it will always be rough. [p. 3]
 
   11.    I am requesting the quartermaster direct for money as the Government now owes me some $35. I am just now sending my vouchers at the same time. One set and another letter to you were lost by the plane this morning.
 
   12.    I appreciate very much your successful efforts in behalf of promoting Pvt. Macon to corporal. Such a speedy triumph over Regimental red tape is monumental. I am particularly desirous of securing a promotion of Private Lawrence C. Handzlik and Lincoln L. Willis to Corporal, and if possible of the further promotion of Cpl. Daniel E. Macon to Sergeant. He is one of the best men I have encountered in many a day. Anything you can do in that connection will be gratefully appreciated by the undersigned.

/s/ Wilburt S. Brown.

RG127/43A/3

Summary & Notes:

   Intriguing observations on unsettled political conditions in W. Segovias, major actors; some fascinating details here.

   In an early example of what became a much broader pattern, "bandit suspect" prisoner shot while attempting to escape.
   EDSN only one group of actors here; continuing mobilization of Liberal and Conservative gangs throughout the zone.
   Probable that this patrol was not chasing & battling EDSN but Chamorrista Conservatives.

   Memorably vivid descriptions of Porfirio Sánchez & Sandino.

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