Quilali, Nicaragua. 4 January 1928.
Non Commissioned Officer in
charge of Lt. Richal's column.
The Brigade Commander, 2nd
Engagement with bandits.
1. At about 1255,
December 30, 1927, while marching on
Quilali, this expedition encountered a
bandit force of Sandino estimated to be
about 50 strong on the trail about 22
miles from Telpaneca. The action lasted
about 25 minutes, when the enemy was
routed and our forces proceeded toward
2. At the time the
enemy force was encountered our forces
were marching in single file, up a steep
narrow trail from a creek or river (name
unknown to the undersigned), our point
had just gained the crest of this hill
when the enemy opened fire from a
position on our left flank, and a
distance no greater than 50 feet, with
rifles and pistols. The bandits were
well hidden and at no time were more
than three seen. The bandits were so
situated that to retreat all they did
was to drop down the hill on the
opposite side, which they did after
about 20 minutes, being driven back by
3. By command of Lt
Richal, our point made an attempt to
flank the enemy after their retreat by
advancing to a point about 500 yards
ahead of our column, but the flanking
party could only get in a few long range
shots, which damaged the enemy to the
extent of three killed.
MARINE CASUALTIES: Wounded seriously,
COYLE, John P. Pvt.
4. (a) No ammunition
lost. (b) No cargo lost
(c) No animals lost.
5. It is unknown to
the undersigned as to whether or not
Lieut. Richal submitted a report of this
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