SECOND BRIGADE MARINE CORPS
25 FEBRUARY, 1929
From: 0000 10 February, 1929
To: 2400 23 February, 1929
... Following additional information from
Domingo Perez, surrendered from Altamirano
Armament of Pedron: 2 Lewis machine guns - 1
Browning auto. - 50 Con Cons and Springfields -
5 rounds ammunition per man -- Plenty ammunition
for machine guns - Clothing very good - Food
poor and very scarce.
Altamirano has no camp South of the Coco River.
His only permanent camps are near the
Naranjo-Remangon-Oconguas area. While in the
Cua-Guapinol-Pantasma area he is continually on
the move. He crosses the Coco at the following
places: - Lira (north of Boca de Cua) - Boca de
Cua - Entaral - Coco and Guana. The band always
crosses together at one time and does not divide
into small groups for the crossing. Nicolas
Davila is now at La Pita (Upper Guasaneras
Valley) and is no longer an active bandit.
Relative to Jiron's statement of 2-8-29 I would
suggest that Spicer be given dope of Narciso
Cruz mentioned therein. My present plan is to
return to Poteca via the Guiguili River which
will give me an additional trail to enter this
area. If considered advisable I can return via
Rempujon, but it is thought such a move would be
abortive at this time. Knowing the approximate
location we might trap Altamirano there later.
The plans for operations requested in Major
Schmidt's letter of 2-6-29 will be submitted
immediately upon return to Poteca. The best
plan, I believe, is active and continual
patrolling by all three areas affected --
Northern, Southern, and Eastern. I would also
suggest an outpost permanently stationed at Boca
de Cua and large enough to keep a maneuvering
unit in the field. Will clear Oconguas at
daybreak 2-15-29. Edson 1400.