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PC28.02.29  cronmiller

INVENTORY OF PC-DOCS, JANUARY—JUNE 1928

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28.02.29.   Cronmiller, Contact with Bandits, Somoto

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Marine Detachment
Somoto, Nicaragua
29 February, 1928.

From: Second Lieutenant Le Page Cronmiller Jr., U.S.M.C.
To: Commanding Officer, Area of the North.
Subject: Contact with bandits.

     1.   Patrol consisting of Lt. Cronmiller, ten enlisted marines and six Guardia cleared Somoto at 0200 29 February 28 for Juali, twelve miles South West of Somoto and six miles from the border of Honduras, following information that a group of about thirty bandits were in native huts on a mountain side under leadership of Gregeris Diaz [Gregorio Díaz] and Carmen Lopez. The patrol arrived at its destination at about 0530. Dismounting and approaching houses on foot, the patrol was detected and signal given by outpost of arrival of patrol One shot was fired at patrol and men could be seen leaving houses and running for the brush. The Marines and Guardia opened fire, killing one and wounding another. The men in upper houses made way in the brush before the patrol arrived. It is estimated that about fifteen men were in the group, few had rifles, and a few shot guns and the remainder were armed with machettes.
 
     2.   From information gathered from other people, these bandits work in conjunction with Jose Leon Diaz under leadership of Gregeris Diaz and Carmen Lopez. The patrol left Juali and proceeded to Santa Rosa, then to the hang-out of Juan Banstita Rivera [Juan Bautista Rivera], one league from the border. Searched the house of Juan Banstita Rivera and finding nothing, the patrol returned to Somoto at 1230.
 
     3.   There were no Marine or Guardia casualties.
 
     4.   The following Marines and Guardia were members of the patrol.

     Marines                    Guardia
Cpl. V. C. Bertram        Cabo Madriz Ramon # 274
Pfc. Jay H. Smith         Raso Lagos Salmon # 267
Pvt. Urette Dunn            "  Blanco Federico # 205
 "   Howard Gursky          "  Rosenberg Bentrago # 231
 "   George Chermak         "  Morales Juan J. # 185
 " George Foote             "  Rodriguez Felix # 409
 " Chester B. Wendell
 " Austin Mims
 " John N. Thompson Jr.
 " John Sangster

/s/ LePage Cronmiller, Jr.

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Summary & Notes:

   Back to the Somoto - Honduran borderlands.  11 Marines with 6 native Guardia.
   EDSN Jefes Gregorio Díaz, Carmen López, José León Díaz, leading a group of 15-30.
   Juan Bautista Rivera soon allied with the Marines-GN, becoming an important scout, guide, informant, and spy.
   Military contact:  at least one EDSN killed & one wounded; no Marine-GN casualties.
   EDSN poorly armed.

   Patrol initiated on receipt of information from an undisclosed source.

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