EIGHTH COMPANY, THIRD BATTALION, FIFTH
REGIMENT, SECOND BRIGADE, U.S. MARINE
CORPS, MATAGALPA, NICARAGUA.
13 November, 1927.
REPORT OF PATROL TO MUY MUY, NIC.
NOVEMBER 3RD TO NOVEMBER 8TH INCL.
3 Nov 27 Left Matagalpa at 11:25 A.M.
and proceeded to Mina Verde arriving
there at about 5:00 P.M.
4 Nov 27 Left Mine Verde at 7:15 A.M.
and arrived at Muy Muy, Nic., at 3:00
P.M. Men and animals in good condition.
Found town quiet. Population about 200,
30 houses and stores.
5 Nov 27 Observed movements of police
and made trip of observation of town.
The former Alcalde, Camilo Sotelo was
relieved from that position on November
1, 1927, by order of the court,
Matagalpa, Nic. Interviewed the acting
Alcalde, the Jefe Politico, Jose Vega G
and Jose Angel Mellendez, store keeper.
No trouble anticipated. Town quiet.
6 Nov 27 Election for Alcalde held. 86
votes cast, all Conservative. Was
informed by members of the election
board that no Liberal candidates had
registered in time to be eligible for
election. A little argument occurred at
the polls between the Jefe Politico and
the secretary of the Liberal party about
the secretary going to his dinner. The
president of the election board had
given him permission to go, but the Jefe
Politico said that the laws of the
elections were that the polls would be
kept open from 8:00 A.M. until 4:30
P.M., and that no members of the
election board would leave until after
the polls were closed. The argument was
settled by the secretary staying at the
polls. The Jefe Politico informed me
that he had a report that there were
fifty (50) armed men at Matiguca
[Matiguas], and were likely to attack
the town of Muy Muy that night. He
confined a number of Liberals that
evening, so that in case of attack they
could not help the bandits. They were
released the next morning. He also armed
about ten (10) Conservatives in addition
to the police, to help out in case of an
attack. A number of women and children
came to the Police Station and to our
quarters and wanted to stay there all
night. They were very much afraid the
bandits were going to attack, and wanted
protection. The Jefe Politico told them
to go to their homes and lock the doors
and windows, which they did. The attack
did not take place.
7 Nov 27 Everything quiet. No trouble
looked for, but am maintaining a close
watch. Plane passed over the town about
10:30 A.M. We displayed our panels,
showed 1st Patrol and the numerals 15.
The plane returned and dropped a message
as follows: "Is this Muy Muy and what
outfit". We then laid out the panels HY.
The plane then took off and returned
dropping a second message reading
somewhat as follows: "Made patrol in
this vicinity, saw about ten men and
many washerwomen." As they passed over
the last time, they flew very low and
one waved his hand to us. [ p. 2 ]
8 Nov 27 Captain Livingston arrived at
about 10:30 A.M. with five (5) men. The
rest of his detail arrived about 5:00
P.M. with stores.
John Q. Crum,
First Sergeant U.S. Marine Corps;
in charge of Patrol.