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PC28.02.03   PeaRd

INVENTORY OF PC-DOCS, JANUARY—JUNE 1928

28.01.04 BROWN
28.01.04 BROWN
28.01.04 HUNT
28.01.05 KILCOURSE
28.01.08 SATTERFIELD
28.01.08 WADBROOK
28.01.21 SHAW
28.01.22 PEARD
28.01.31 KENYON
28.02.03 PEARD
28.02.04 MCDONALD
28.02.06 YOUNG
28.02.12 WATERMAN
28.02.18 GEYER
28.02.19 CLARK
28.02.19 GRAY
28.02.21 ORR
28.02.22 SHIEBLER
28.02.23 WELLS
28.02.24 SHIEBLER
28.02.24 ROCKEY
28.02.25 BROWN
28.02.26 CLARK
28.02.26 HOLMES
28.02.26 RIDDERHOF
28.02.27 GEYER
28.02.28 HUNTER
28.02.29 CLAUDE
28.02.29 CRONMILLER
28.03.01 O'DAY
28.03.05 MCNULTY
28.03.05 ROCKEY
28.03.11 AIKEN
28.03.15 CHAPPELL
28.03.16 ARTHUR
28.03.18 RIDDERHOF
28.03.22 ROCKEY
28.03.28 HUNTER
28.03.28 GEYER
28.04.05 ATKINSON
28.04.05 HART
28.04.05 ROBERTS
28.04.05 ROCKEY
28.04.08 HOLMES
28.04.09 PUTNAM
28.04.11 PUTNAM
28.04.11 SNEAD
28.04.15 HATFIELD
28.04.16 STOCKS
28.04.17 AIKEN
28.04.18 GALT
28.04.19 ESAU
28.04.19 MARSHALL
28.04.19 SNEAD
28.04.23 GALT
28.04.23 WILLIS
28.04.23 MCQUEEN
28.04.26 PEFLEY
28.04.28 MCQUEEN
28.04.30 ARNETT
28.05.06 HART
28.05.07 MERRITT
28.05.08 AIKEN
28.05.08 CLARK
28.05.09 KILCOURSE
28.05.11 AIKEN
28.05.11 ESAU
28.05.12 KILCOURSE
28.05.12 PEFLEY
28.05.14 HOLMES
28.05.16 CLAUDE
28.05.16 CRAMER
28.05.17 RIDDERHOF
28.05.17 ADAMS
28.05.18 SCHIEBLER
28.05.20 O'DAY
28.05.21 JENKINS
28.05.21 KENYON
28.05.22 CRAMER
28.05.24 CLAUDE
28.05.24 CRAMER
28.05.25 PIPER
28.05.25 PIPER
28.05.25 UNKNOWN
28.05.30 HATFIELD
28.06.01 SCOTT
28.06.04 HOLMES
28.06.04 O'NEIL
28.06.04 SNEDEKER
28.06.06 YOUNG
28.06.15 BROWN
28.06.16 ANDERSON
28.06.19 BERRY
28.06.20 HUMPHREY
28.06.20 ROCKEY
28.06.24 CRAMER

28.02.03.   Peard, Operations Report, San Albino

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SAN ALBINO, NICARAGUA. February 3, 1928.

From: The Commanding Officer.
To: The Commanding Officer, Special Expeditionary Force,
Third Battalion, Fifth Regiment, San Albino, Nicaragua.
Subject: Operations Report.

      1.   Pursuant to your orders, the Sixteenth Company, with the undersigned in command, and Second Lieutenant W.S. Brown as a Company Officer, cleared San Albino for Chipote at 0930 on 24 January, 1928, with one section 8th Machine Gun Company and one platoon Howitzer weapons attached, under command of Captain Norman M. Shaw, U.S.M.C.

     1800 24 Jan. Arrived camp base of Chipote on east bank of Murra River.

     0930 25 Jan. Cleared above camp and moved along valley of Murra River, thence up east slope of Chipote in support of 20th Company while they were engaged in occupying Chipote.

     1555 25 Jan. After Chipote had been occupied, returned to camp at base of Chipote.

     0700 26 Jan. Cleared camp and arrived Chipote proper at 1100. Proceeded to top of Chipote Mountain at south end; continued along east side of Chipote Mountain and into valley east of Chipote, destroying bandit stores.

     1630 26 Jan. Arrived back at camp at base of Chipote.

     0850 27 Jan. Company, in two sections, operated south along Murra Valley and East to other side of Chipote, destroying bandit stores, capturing mules, horses, and oxen, and foraging for food supplies.

     1600 All details back in base camp.

     2. Pursuant to your written orders dated 27 January, 16th Company with section machine guns and one trench mortar squad cleared base camp at 0900 28 January for San Juan de Telpaneca via Sapotillal-Las Cruces and Buena Vista, destroying all bandit stores and works enroute.

     1730 28 Jan. Arrived Sapotillal and camped for the night.

     0820 29 Jan. Cleared Sapotillal; proceeded via Las Cruces-Buena Vista-San Lucas, arriving San Juan de Telpaneca at 1700 on 29 Jan.

     Jan. 30 and 31. In camp at San Juan de Telpaneca, but daily patrols were sent out to secure food and reconnoiter south and north.
 
     3.   Pursuant to orders from C.O. 11th regiment received by plane on 31 Jan., cleared San Juan de Telpaneca at 0820 on 1 Feb. for San Albino.

     1630 1 Feb. Arrived Jicarita and camped for night.

     0930 2 Feb. Cleared Jicarita for San Albino.

     1140 2 Feb. Entire column in San Albino.
 
     4.   A large supply of bandit corn, poultry, cattle etc, was encountered in Chipote, but no bandits were seen during the entire operation in and around Chipote.
 
     5.   The trail from Chipote to Sapotillal was very mountainous and difficult, but showed signs of considerable use. From Chipote to Sapotillal, the Murra River was crossed three times and the Jicaro River once, at the eastern base of Sapotillal Ridge. The buildings and general layout [ p. 2 ] of Sapotillal indicated that Sapotillal was used as a jump off for all bandit operations, as Quilali - Las Cruces - Buena Vista and Jicarita could all be reached from Sapotillal by good and very direct trails, in a minimum length of time, and it is the opinion of the undersigned that from two to three hundred bandits were normally stationed in Sapotillal, as housing facilities, which showed considerable use, were vastly greater than on Chipote proper. Many newly constructed barns filled with corn were discovered all the way from Chipote to Sapotillal.
 
     6.   The time of departure from San Albino until our return thereto from San Juan de Telpaneca, no bandits were seen nor heard from in any way; the usual bandit signals by dynamite bombs were entirely lacking.
 
     7.   The wood ticks and fleas made operations in this area very unpleasant, and all personnel returned to San Albino covered with insect bites and infected sores, which caused sleeplessness to such an extent as to materially reduce the combat effectiveness of the command in case serious opposition had been encountered. The Officers and men arrived back at San Albino in a generally worn out and nervous condition from the insect bites, which alone forced half the company to report for sick call daily.

          /s/ R. W. Peard

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Summary & Notes:

   Big, lumbering 10-day patrol from San Albino to El Chipote and return, same 16th Co. that patrolled for 3 days in Las Cruces area, ca. 80 men, 40 animals (see above, PC-DOC Peard 28.01.22).
   Vivid description of EDSN camps & fortifications at Sapotillal; more extensive than on El Chipote proper; shows EDSN had numerous large and small camps, bases, and storehouses throughout the district.
   Clearly an extraordinary amount of labor went into building camps, buildings, growing & storing corn & other supplies — shows widespread local campesino support.
   No rebels seen or heard; no interactions with civilians.
   Insects materially weakening the unit; ticks & fleas a major problem.

   Part of a larger ground offensive to encircle and occupy El Chipote:  Peard, Shaw, McDonald, Brown, Kenyon — all these reports should be read together.

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