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PC27.11.14   darnall

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24.02.18 BOURKE
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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

27.11.14.   Darnall, Patrol from Ocotal

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First Compania, Guardia Nacional, Ocotal 14 November 1927.

From: Captain G.C. Darnall, Guardia Nacional
To: The Commanding Officer. Division of Nueva Segovia.
Subject: Subject:

   1.    I cleared Ocotal 12 midnight 13 November 1927,with Lieut Hagoboom and Lieut Wells, Guardia Nacional; Dr Townsend USN; and ten marines and five Guardia for house owned by one Caciano Inestroza, in mountains about nine miles southeast of Ocotal where a group of about forty bandits had been reported as having their headquarters.
 
   2.    Patrol arrived at (Mamey) name of place where said house is located,at 5 A.M. 14 November 1927, but due to fault of native guide we were unable to surprise the bandits. The guide took the patrol to within fifty yards of the house before haulting for deployment,and barking of dogs; noise of horses hoofs on the rocky trail etc gave the group ample time to escape.  

   3.    The patrol surrounded the house in question as quickly as possible after being told where same was located by guide, but only four men were seen who ran for the brush on the mountain side one of same (Silvano Mejia)being captured. He was carrying a combat machette so was returned to Ocotal for confinement and trial.
 
   4.    Remained at house until 6.30 a.m., then returned to Ocotal, arriving at 9.30 a.m. without incident.
 
                            G. D. DARNALL
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RG127/43A/3

Summary & Notes:

   Back to the Western Segovias ... & another night patrol, probably another Conservative gang.
   Casiano Ineztroza & Silviano Mejía do not appear in later Sandinista rosters..
   Descriptions of sounds and tactical implications especially evocative (barking of dogs; horse hoofs on rocky trail).

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