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george F. stockes collection in the marine corps research center  •  part 3
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Photo MCRC-3.1.    Patrol on the march.  

A big patrol marching single-file across a plain; maybe one of las sabanas around Macuelizo.  No caption, no date.

Photo MCRC-3.2.   Patrol fording shallow river. 

Patrol fording a shallow river in the Western Segovias — el Río Choluteca?  No caption, no date.

Photo MCRC-3.3.   Patrol marching through low brush. 

Patrol marching through low brush somewhere in the Western Segovias.  No caption, no date.

Photo MCRC-3.4.   Patrol fording stream. 

No caption or date on the three photos above, which despite their poor quality capture many of the quotidian activities of Marine-Guardia ground patrols.

Photo MCRC-3.5.   Pedro the dog, San Juan de Limay, May 1928.

"'Pedro" age 3 months May 25, 1928 St. Juan de Limay, Nicaragua. Geo. F. Stockes".  Early in Stockes' deployment, in San Juan de Limay on the southern frontier of the Western Segovias.

Photo MCRC-3.6.    Lt. Salzman with George the Mule, 50th Co., San Lucas. 

"Lieut. Salzman, 50th Co. San Lucas with 'George'."   Developed & printed at Post Studio in Managua.

Marine Corps Lieutenant Otto Salzman.

Photo MCRC-3.7.   Native couple on small child's baptism day. 

A powerful image.  The title given above is based on appearances — this looks like a husband & wife on their child's baptism day.  The white formal garb draping woman and child suggests a religious ritual of some kind (a wedding seems unlikely with the child dressed so.)  Especially notable are the couple's bare feet, suggesting their poverty and low social status. Is this a Guardia recruit?  Probably a friend or ally of George Stockes (who likely gave the man a copy & kept one for himself).  A photo crying out for the caption it doesn't come with.

Photo MCRC-3.8.    Guardia barracks, Somoto. 

Photo is not captioned, but the round church roof, poking over the far (left) end of the barracks, appears to be the same structure as in the photo below.

Photo MCRC-3.9.   Mounted patrol clearing Somoto. 

No caption or date.  Mounted patrol clearing Somoto, with Capt. Stockes probably in the lead, turning around, and snapping this shot.  A marvelous photo.

Photo MCRC-3.10.   Foot patrol across the plains.  


No caption or date.  Foot patrol of 17 or so men in the camera's eye. .

Photo MCRC-3.11.    Marines at rest outside of building.  

A brilliant photograph.   The men look tired, like this is after a long & arduous day in the field.  No caption or date.

Photo MCRC-3.12.    Mixed Marine-Voluntario patrol marching through pine forest.  


Point man Captain Stockes turns around and snaps this highly evocative photo.  Apparently a mixed patrol of Voluntarios and Marines.  No caption or date.

Photo MCRC-3.13.    Patrol stopped on hillside.  

Looks like a traffic jam, and a mixed patrol of Voluntarios and Marines.  More likely a meeting of some kind, as the men's attention appears to be directed to the cluster of people in the middle-background. Perhaps these were Honduran border agents, all of whom Capt. Stockes knew personally, and who for political reasons might not have permitted themselves to be photographed (recognizably) with Marines.

Photo MCRC-3.14.    Foot patrol marching along trail in flatlands. 

Twenty-eight or so men visible, seven on horseback.  Stockes must have ridden into the brush for a moment to snap this shot.

Photo MCRC-3.15.    Foot patrol snaking through open hills. 

Another highly evocative photo that captures the moment — a foot patrol on the march, a dozen or men in the foreground (one turning to face the camera), rifles slung across their backs, heading downhill & away from the viewer — and in the distance, a long line of footsoldiers in single file snaking their way across an open hillside.

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