Marine Detachment, Somoto, Nicaragua.
December [November] 12, 1927.
Subject: Report of Operations.
1. On November 11,
1927, at 2000, a patrol on foot left
this post for Santa Isabel and Santa
Lucia. Patrol arrived at Santa Isabel
about 9:30 p.m., and proceeded to search
all the houses, and down for arms and
bandits. Nothing was found and the
patrol at about 11:00 p.m., left for San
Luica [Santa Lucia]; upon arriving at
the edge of the town of Santa Isabel,
the patrol run into a band of bandits
numbering ten. Several of them were
mounted, when the patrol halted or
attempted to halt the band. They (the
bandits) opened fire on the patrol, this
fire was returned by the patrol with the
result that one bandit was shot from his
horse and killed, and several are
believed to be badly wounded, but owing
to the intense darkness and rain, it was
impossible to chase them further, but
from the blood found near where they
went into the woods it is believed that
as noted above three or more were hit.
2. The patrol arrived at Santa Lucia about 0150,
searched all houses and the town, found
no arms or bandits, but from the
appearance of several shacks, there was
evidence that same was occupied, and
they were hastily evacuated. Patrol left
there at 0230 and arrived back at Santa
Isabel about 0430, found down
practically deserted, proceeded back to
Somoto, arriving here at 0700. One
muzzle loading rifle (loaded) was
captured, also the horse of the bandit
that was killed, neither is worth much,
the rifle was broken up by the
undersigned and burned.
3. The patrol consisted of nine enlisted men in
charge of Corporal George Lukshides.
/s/ F. D. HARBAUGH
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