Friday, April 28, 2017

Battleground - Marines 65 - Marine actions in 1965 operations in the Dom...

Dominican Civil War U.S. intervention

Snagged from the US infantry Museums page.
This day in history. In an effort to forestall what he claims will be a “communist dictatorship” in the Dominican Republic, President Lyndon B. Johnson sends more than 22,000 U.S. troops on this 28 day of April in 1965 to restore order on the island nation. Johnson’s action provoked loud protests in Latin America and skepticism among many in the United States.

Troubles in the Dominican Republic began in 1961, when long-time dictator Rafael Trujillo was assassinated. Trujillo had been a brutal leader, but his strong anticommunist stance helped him retain the support of the United States. His death led to the rise of a reformist government headed by Juan Bosch, who was elected president in 1962. The Dominican military, however, despised Bosch and his liberal policies. Bosch was overthrown in 1963. Political chaos gripped the Dominican Republic as various groups, including the increasingly splintered military, struggled for power. By 1965, forces demanding the reinstatement of Bosch began attacks against the military-controlled government. In the United States government, fear spread that “another Cuba” was in the making in the Dominican Republic; in fact, many officials strongly suspected that Cuban leader Fidel Castro was behind the violence. On April 28, more than 22,000 U.S. troops, supported by forces provided by some of the member states of the Organization of American States (a United Nations-like institution for the Western Hemisphere, dominated by the United States) landed in the Dominican Republic. Over the next few weeks they brought an end to the fighting and helped install a conservative, non-military government.

Monday, April 24, 2017


Lest we forget.
ANZAC Day for are Allies in the southern Hemisphere. Take a moment to reflect on their sacrifice and fidelity.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Asking for a friend

Asking for a friend. One of my old army buddies is looking at heading to old Blighty.

"I'd like to go to Bovington England for tiger day in September. with a few days to see London and potentially Thetford in Norfolk. I don't know if I want to stay at a different hotel each city, or operate out of London and travel out. I have to factor in if I leave one day what day do I actually arrive both coming and going and all of that."
It seems that he is trying to decided if he wants to go with a travel agency or try to play it by ear.