DIVISION OF NUEVA SEGOVIA.
GUARDIA NACIONAL DE NICARAGUA.
December 17, 1927.
Captain LePage Cronmiller, Jr.,
Brigade Commander, 2nd Brigade.
Contact with Bandits
1. A patrol consisting
of Capt. Cronmiller, G.N., 10 Marines
and 3 Guardia left Ocotal at 0045 for
PORTILOO [PORTILLO], a mountain about
two leagues west of MOSONTE, following
information that Torres, a Jefe in the
bandit group of Hernandez, was stopping
there with some of his followers. The
patrol arrived on this mountain about
0350, and finding ourselves near three
shacks, immediately took up positions
and began a systematic search of the
native huts. While approaching the third
hut, they opened fire on the patrol. The
fire was immediately reutned [returned], and with
an atomatic rifle, Thompson sub-machine
gun and a gand granade [hand grenade], the bandits soon
took to the brush. One was killed, and
upon searching the house and premises,
there were several tracks of blood
leading to the woods. There were no
supplies available in the houses, the
main reason that they are off the main
trail and are only accessible on foot.
Our patrol suffered no casualties.
2. The following is a roster of the men
Cpl. LONG, William J.
Sgt. Garcia, Benito
Pfc. HAMILTON, William J.
Cabo Madriz, Ramon
Pvt. Bailey, Clarence Q.
Raso Escovar, Gustavo
CANLEY, Joel B.
THRAILLCILL, John T.
WALKER, James E.
MC COLLOUGH, Abb. D.
JERSERVIC, John M.
TRIVET, Wilmer M.
MYERS, Willie E.
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Cronmiller, Jr., - -