Marine Detachment, Somoto, Nicaragua.
December 11, 1927.
The Commanding Officer.
The Brigade Commander
Report of Operations
1. On November [December] 9,
1927, at 2:00 a.m., a mounted patrol
consisting of nine enlisted Marines and
a native guide, in charge of Corporal
Frederick F. Martin, U.S. Marine Corps,
left this post for Caucali and points
west of Somoto as far as Santa Rosa.
2. On December 10, 1927, at
about 10:10 a.m., the patrol ran into a
bandit band numbering about eight or ten
men, near a town called Macuelizo, about
twenty miles north of Somoto. The patrol
attacked this band with the result that
three of said band were killed and three
or more badly wounded, the latter could
not be definetely ascertained due to the
fact that the balance of band together
with those injured ducked into the woods
which are dense around thisarea, and
altho the patrol chased them they were
unable to locate them. Two pistols, one
a caliber 38 and the other caliber 44
were captured, also 4 war machettes.
These pistols were not much good, but
the machettes were sharpened to a razor
3. The patrol proceeded to
Santa Rosa and circled back to a place
called Parasitio, about three miles
south of Macuelizo, upon arrival there
they saw several bandits run from a
shack, they were fired on by a patrol,
and it is believed that at least three
were hit and badly injured, they escaped
into the thick woods in this place.
4. There were no casualties
among the Marine force. The patrol
returned to Somoto at 0700, November 11,
1927, having been in the field
practically without sleep since November
/s/ F. D. HARBAUGH