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Domican Republic Intervention, 1965: Online Documentation
Related Resources: Dominican Republic,
Extracts relating to the Dominican Republic Intervention
Report of the Secretary of Defense: 1 July 1964 to 30 June 1965,
On April 24, 1965, dissident elements of the Dominican armed forces
seized the Government radio stations in Santo Domingo and attempted
to overthrow the ruling civilian junta in favor of deposed former
president Juan Bosch. Although the Government fell on the following
day and the rebels announced creation of a constitutional government
with an acting president, other military elements led by senior
officers of the armed forces initiated a counter-revolution and
established a competing government. In riposte, the dissidents
passed out rifles and machineguns to several thousand civilian
sympathizers and adherents, including juveniles. The ensuing street
fighting between the opposing forces endangered the lives of noncombatants,
including the sizable foreign colony. Accordingly, the U.S. Government,
while trying to arrange for a cease-fire locally and through the
OAS [Organization of American States] in Washington, also began
immediate preparations for the evacuation of its citizens and
other foreign nationals who might wish to leave the Dominican
The Commander-in-Chief, Atlantic (CINCLANT), was directed to deploy
an amphibious squadron off the Dominican coast. As the situation
ashore continued to deteriorate despite the efforts through diplomatic
channels to restore peace, the order was given to evacuate U.S.
citizens and other foreign nationals. On Tuesday afternoon, April
27, loading began on board the [USS] Boxer and other ships
of the naval squadron. Meanwhile, the bloody fighting in Santo
Domingo intensified and spread to the western sector of the city,
where many foreign embassies were located and where civilians
had collected awaiting evacuation. Neither of the contending parties
was willing or able to guarantee the safety of these people, since
neither was really in control of the situation. Under these circumstances,
the American Ambassador on Wednesday afternoon, April 28, urgently
recommended to the President that U.S. Marines be landed to protect
the American Embassy and help evacuate innocent bystanders caught
in the cross-fire of civil war The President responded at once,
and some 400 Marines were put ashore in western Santo Domingo.
In the face of continued attacks, they were reinforced the next
day, and early on April 30 Army airborne elements were airlifted
from the United States to the San Isidro airfield to the east
of the city. Supporting Air Force tactical units were moved to
the Caribbean area and the naval task force was strengthened.
Although the Papal Nuncio in Santo Domingo on April 30 secured
the agreement of both sides for a cease-fire, fighting continued.
On the same date the Organization of American States, which had
previously been advised of U.S. actions, convoked a meeting of
consultation of foreign ministers and adopted a resolution calling
for a cessation of hostilities and for the establishment of an
international safety zone in the western section of Santo Domingo.
U.S. Marines were deployed in positions to give effect to this
resolution. The OAS Meeting of Consultation on May 1 then appointed
a five-nation committee charged with proceeding to Santo Domingo
and arranging for a cease-fire. By this time, although the situation
was shifting and confused, it had become increasingly clear that
elements of the extreme left were exercising an ever more predominant
role within the rebel ranks. As Communists, including some trained
in Cuba and other Communist countries, assumed positions of leadership,
most of the original rebel leaders took refuge in foreign embassies.
This shift in rebel leadership, the continuing assaults on foreign
embassies, and harassment of persons awaiting evacuation required
the United States to reinforce its troops ashore. At the recommendation
of the U.S. Ambassador, the Marines in western Santo Domingo and
the Army airborne units at San Isidro extended their lines on
May 2-3 to establish a neutral corridor 16 miles long. This international
corridor also had the effect of separating rebel elements, which
were largely concentrated in southern Santo Domingo, from the
regular military units in the northern part of the city. American
troops, in addition to defending themselves against snipers and
assisting in evacuation, began to distribute medical supplies
and food to the innocent victims of the uprising in all parts
of the city.
Through the good offices of the OAS ad hoc committee, the opposing
sides accepted a new cease-fire on May 5 and recognized the international
safety zone. Taking note of these arrangements, the OAS on May
6 resolved to establish an Inter-American Peace Force in the Dominican
Republic, charged with maintaining security and establishing an
atmosphere of peace and conciliation. Pending arrival of Latin
American contingents, U.S. troop strength was further reinforced
in order to carry out OAS objectives, evacuate the remaining foreign
residents who wished to leave, and distribute necessary relief
supplies and food. By mid-May, a peak strength of 23,850 U.S.
soldiers, Marines, and airmen were in the Dominican Republic,
some 38 naval ships were positioned offshore, and other Navy and
Air Force units were deployed close at hand in the Caribbean.
These forces assisted in the evacuation of nearly 6,500 men, women,
and children of 46 nations, and in the distribution of more than
8 million tons of food to Dominican citizens of all political
The Inter-American Peace Force (IAPF) was formally established
on May 23. Gen. Hugo Pansco Alvim of Brazil was named Commander;
his deputy was Lt. Gen. Bruce Palmer, Jr., U.S. Army, Commander,
U.S. Forces in the .Dominican Republic. In addition to Brazil
and the United States, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua,
and, later, Paraguay contributed troops or special police to the
force. As these contingents arrived and as the situation stabilized,
the United States began withdrawing some of its forces late in
May. By the end of the fiscal year, U.S. troop strength ashore
had been cut nearly in half.
With the lines more or less stabilized. U.S. and OAS diplomats
labored to restore normal conditions and establish the "atmosphere
of peace and conciliation" called for by the OAS resolution
- but this task proved no easy one in a country so rent by political
divisions. Sporadic small-arms fire and even occasional concerted
attacks constantly disrupted the search for a peaceful solution.
Throughout the summer of 1965, the IAPF continued to play a neutral
role, separating the combatants and at times fending off attack
on its personnel. Not until August 31 was an OAS special three-man
commission successful in obtaining the agreement of both side
to an "Act of Reconciliation" that provided for a provisional
government to succeed both the military junta and the rebel regime.
Pending the full restoration of peace and stability and a more
permanent government, the OAS determined that the IAPF should
remain on the island; the United States indicated its willingness
to contribute a share of the necessary troop strength.
The U.S. defense establishment met the test in the Dominican Republic
with great speed and efficiency, but not without cost. By the
close of fiscal year 1965 a total of 24 American servicemen had
given their lives and another 156 were wounded in helping the
Dominican people to obtain a government of their own choice.
Department of Defense. Annual Report for Fiscal Year 1965.
(Washington: Government Printing Office, 1967): 9-11,
Report of the Secretary of the Navy: 1 July 1964 to 30 June 1965,
In the Dominican Republic,
an armed coup on April 24, 1965, brought about a deteriorating
situation. Street fighting broke out in Santo Domingo, causing
many deaths and property damage. When danger to U.S. citizens
and other foreign nationals became apparent, the Navy ready amphibious
squadron with [USS] Boxer began an evacuation. On the 28th,
the American Ambassador requested additional Marine protection
for the evacuation area. A small force was provided immediately
and these men were reinforced in the ensuing days of unrest. At
the height of United States participation in the crisis, forces
ashore included 6,000 Marines as well as units from U.S. Army
airborne divisions. Approximately 38 ships of the Atlantic Fleet
were used in support and surveillance operations.
During their tenure in the Dominican Republic, Marine forces established
an International Security Zone by linking up with U.S. Army units
and maintained a corridor around the rebel-dominated section of
Santo Domingo. Despite sniping and sporadic fire fighting, U.S.
troops ashore succeeded in moving over 4,000 native men, women,
and children to safety and evacuated approximately 2,400 U.S.
U.S. forces were replaced by an Organization of American States
peace-keeping force in early June.
Source: Department of Defense. Annual Report for Fiscal
Year 1965. (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1967):
260-61.[Reproduced above are pages 260-61, for the portion of
the Annual Report of the Secretary of the Navy relating to the
History of USS Boxer (LPH-4), 1 January 1965 to 31 December
began calendar year 1965 moored alongside pier 12 at the Norfolk
Naval Base. This period, which began on 28 November 1964, was
used for much needed upkeep following a year of heavy operational
activity. It was during this period on 8 January when Captain
W. M. Sessums relieved Captain C. S. Walline as Commanding Officer
in ceremonies on board. Boxer remained in port through
The seven weeks from 9 February until 1 April were marked by short
periods at sea. These periods were 9-12 February, 15-19 February
and 15-19 March.
Boxer departed Norfolk on 1 April for a routine Caribbean
deployment. As events developed in the Dominican Revolutionary
crisis the routine nature of the cruise was greatly altered. Action
began for Boxer just as she was about to begin normal operations
as flagship of the "ready squadron." She had participated
in the joint services operation QUICK KICK VII during the period
9-11 April and a practice landing exercise on 19-20 April. Both
operations were conducted off the island of Vieques. On 25 April
while refueling at Roosevelt Roads, Boxer was alerted to
Proceed at best speed to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, for
possible evacuation of U.S. citizens. Less than twelve hours later
Boxer was on station, ready and waiting, as the situation
steadily worsened. On 27 April the decision was made to land the
embarked troops immediately in order to protect American lives
and property and to prevent further deterioration of the military
During the landing, as the helicopters returned to the ship to
load more marines and equipment, they were carrying evacuees.
Their number eventually totaled almost 1,000, most of whom were
women and children. The major portion of this operation was carried
out at night in marginal weather conditions. During the first
week of the DOMREP operation, Boxer was the command ship
for the entire force. After 46 days on station, during which time
daily flight operations were conducted in order to provide continuous
logistics resupply and battle casualty processing, Boxer
proceeded to St. Thomas for liberty. Another practice landing
exercise was conducted on 17 June. The ship concluded this Caribbean
deployment and was underway for CONUS [Continental United States]
on 23 June, arriving at Norfolk on 29 June.
Upon completion of the deployment Boxer was awarded the
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and her Commanding Officer received
the Bronze Star. Several records were set by Boxer during
the deployment. She was the first amphibious assault ship to conduct
a helicopter landing at night in a combat situation. Boxer
also recorded her 65,000th helicopter landing, a record for all
LPHs [Amphibious Assault Ship].
Source: Ships History Branch files, Naval Historical Center.[This
extract from Boxer's 1965 command history includes the
entire section relating to the Dominican Republic.].
History of USS Raleigh (LPD-1), 1 January 1965 to 31 December
1 April 1965, RALEIGH deployed to the Caribbean as part of the
Caribbean Amphibious Ready Squadron TEN. From 25 April - 6 June
RALEIGH was engaged in operations off Dominican Republic including
the evacuation of 558 civilian refugees who were later transferred
to the USS YANCEY (AKA-93) for delivery to San Juan, P. R. [Puerto
Rico]. For her part in the action, RALEIGH and her crew were awarded
the U.S. Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal. During this period,
RALEIGH enjoyed liberty at San Juan on two occasions and once
at St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. RALEIGH returned to Norfolk on
29 June 1965.
Source: Ships History Branch files, Naval Historical Center.
[This extract from Raleigh's 1965 command history includes
the entire section relating to the Dominican Republic.].
History of USS Ruchamkin (APD-89), 1 January 1965 to 31
December 1965, extract.
On 1 April, RUCHAMKIN was enroute to the Caribbean for a three
month deployment with the first event on the schedule being a
large combined amphibious exercise, Operation Quick Kick VII.
On 25 April, RUCHAMKIN, in Task Group 44.9 was involved with the
incident in the Dominican Republic. 27 April found RUCHAMKIN entering
Puerto de Haina, about 10 miles from riot and strife-torn Santo
Domingo, in an atmosphere charged with tension and uncertainty,
RUCHAMKIN evacuated and transported 205 civilians from Santo Domingo
to San Juan. RRUCHAMKIN was underway again the following morning
after resupplying food, fuel, and water on 1 May, loaded 397 evacuees
for another trip to San Juan and arrived on 2 May. Twelve days
later, she returned to the Dominican Republic for a month of steaming
on patrol and survey operations. The middle of June brought a
rest period in San Juan and St. Thomas prior to returning to Little
Creek on 28 June.
Source: Ships History Branch files, Naval Historical Center.
[This extract from Ruchamkin's 1965 command history includes
the entire section relating to the Dominican Republic.].
History of USS Yancey (AKA-93), 1967; extract.
YANCEY departed Norfolk, Virginia
on April 23rd . The ship was on a routine mission to Roosevelt
Roads, Puerto Rico with a load of Marines cargo and personnel
when the Dominican civil war erupted. Orders were received from
the Commander, Caribbean Sea Frontier directing YANCEY to proceed
at full speed to the Dominican Republic, just as the ship was
entering San Juan for liberty.
The ship arrived off Santo Domingo the next day, Friday, April
30th, the sixth day of the crisis, and was incorporated into the
Caribbean force already there. That day the ship loaded 593 evacuees
from 21 nations. Included in the huge group were the daughter
of the U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, the wife of
the U.S. Naval Attache, the Belgian Ambassador, 16 nuns from (ironically)
the Dominican Order; and several families of seven or eight. Among
the 21 countries represented by the evacuees were Italy, France,
Germany, Hungary, Columbia, Mexico, Chile, Switzerland, Canada,
Lebanon, and of course the United States.
Upon arrival aboard, the evacuees received several information
folders in both Spanish and English, blankets, fresh fruit and
milk, and other items of use. Nurseries, infirmaries, rest areas,
information booths, and various other make-shift arrangements
were made. Everything from baby bottles, diapers, and nipples
to canes and crutches were provided.
Women and children slept in the officers' and crew's quarters,
while YANCEY personnel and male evacuees slept under the stars.
All men had to use special "heads" (lavatories) constructed
on the stern of the ship. Other sacrifices included voluntary
abstinence from meals in order that evacuees could be fed and
from showers in order to conserve water. In fact, during a one
week period in almost constant 100 [degree] weather, the crew
was able to take only one shower. The crew of the YANCEY worked
virtually around the clock to care for the sick, injured, elderly,
and the children.
One of the highlights of the voyage back to San Juan between April
30th and May 1st was the birth of Stephen Yancey Paez, the son
of Mr. and Mrs. Rodolfo Paez, at sea on May 1st. The baby was
delivered by the ship's doctor. The birth was the occasion of
a ship-wide ceremony wiuth cake- cutting and the traditional passing
out of cigars. Another event of note was an informal concert by
the foremost Puerto Rican female singer.
Among the evacuees was a life-long resident of Yancey County,
North Carolina, for which the ship was named.
Conditions were made as good as possible, but with nearly 600
extra passengers on a ship designed for only 225 sailors, inconvenience
were encountered. Due to speedy action of the ship, these were
held to a minimum. Considering that the ship arrived at the Dominican
Republic with only 15 hours notice, the results were fantastic.
The YANCEY arrived in San Juan May 1st, and was met by the Red
Cross, Commander of the Caribbean Sea Frontier, and several thousand
relatives, friends, and visitors. No sooner were the 594 evacuees
(including the new arrival) unloaded than the ship prepared to
return to the Dominican Republic.
The YANCEY departed that evening and arrived back the next day,
Sunday May 2nd. In response to urgent Marine requests, the ship's
crew worked around the clock for the next three days unloading
hundreds of tons of gasoline, oil, and ammunition for the troops
on the beach. Meanwhile on May 3rd the YANCEY received over 150
more evacuees and on May 4th and 5th over 300 more were received.
Once again the crew responded magnificently to the occasion, and
once again nurseries, infirmaries, "kiddie" watches,
and other special arrangements were inaugurated. Newspapers were
printed in English and Spanish, and interpreters were on constant
duty. Although most of the crew had little or no sleep for many
days, the same helpfulness and friendliness was exhibited as for
the first evacuation.
The YANCEY returned to Norfolk shortly thereafter, having evacuated
over 1,000 persons from Santo Domingo, well over one-fourth of
all the people evacuated.
Source: Ships History Branch files, Naval Historical Center.
[This excerpt from Yancey's 1967 command history includes
the entire section relating to the Dominican Republic in 1965.
Yancey's 1965 command history was not located. Command
histories for the remaining ships listed in the Navy
Unit Commendation citation, but not provided above, were either
not located or provided no significant details other than that
the ship participated in the intervention ].
Marine Expeditionary Unit Command Diary, 2 April 1965 to 1 July
On 25 April, as a result of information received from CINCLANT
[Commander in Chief, Atlantic] and the American Embassy in Santo
Domingo, CTG [Commander, Task Group] 44.9 with 6th MEU [Marine
Expeditionary Unit] embarked was alerted to prepare for possible
evacuation of approximately 1200 U. S. Nationals from the Dominican
As a result of the continued deterioration of the Dominican Republic
situation, the 6th MEU assumed a two hour alert at 261115Q to
provide assistance to the U. S. Department of State in the evacuation
of designated personnel. 6th MEU operation order 1-65D was issued
assigning the 6th MEU the mission of supporting the evacuation
of designated personnel from the Dominican Republic by helicopter
and surface means from JAINA, the EMBAJADOR Hotel, and other points
as directed by U. S. Department of State Officials.
Commencing at 270530Q the 6th MEU assumed a fifteen minute alert
for evacuation operations and other military operations as directed.
At 271130Q, the Commanding Officer 6th MEU escorted U. S. Ambassador
BENNETT, in landing force aircraft, from PUNTA CAUCEDO to the
BOXER and thence to the port of JAINA.
The following sequence of events transpired upon the invitation
of the evacuation order on 27 April by CTG 44.9.
271230Q - Reconnaissance of JAINA by the 6th MEU Command Group.
271330Q - The Logistic Support Beach Control Unit established
on the beach to coordinate evacuee loading of the WOOD COUNTY
and the RUCHAMKIN which came along the pier at JAINA.
271410Q - Pathfinders established the Landing Zone JAINA.
271500Q - Two squads of unarmed U.S. Marines of BLT 3/6 acting
as MP's were landed to assist in the control of the Landing Zone
271500Q - First evacuees brought aboard BOXER by helicopters of
271555Q - A medical team (1 doctor and 7 corpsmen) of BLT 3/6
dispatched to JAINA to provide medical assistance to the evacuees.
271650Q - "Over the Beach" evacuation completed for
620 evacuees, by WOOD COUNTY and RUCHAMKIN.
271815Q - Helo evacuation from JAINA completed and 6th MEU elements
reembarked aboard CTG 44.9 shipping.
271930Q - Reconnaissance of JAINA area completed by 6th MEU Command
Group for possible evacuee stragglers. None observed. Total number
of evacuees processed and/or lifted by 6th MEU to date, 1170.
Shortly after noon on the 28th of April indications of further
deterioration of the situation in SANTO DOMINGO began to increase.
Finally, at 281740R the U. S. Ambassador requested that a large
number of evacuees be picked up and that a platoon of armed Marines
be provided the U. S. Embassy as guards. While the group was enroute
to the Landing Zone, COMPHIBRON [Commander, Amphibious Squadron]
TEN was told to land the Marines if requested by the Ambassador.
In a consultation between the U. S. Ambassador and the CO, 6th
MEU it became apparent that it was necessary to land the Marines
to protect American lives and property; accordingly, BLT 3/6 was
landed under combat conditions in the Landing Zone adjacent to
the Embajador Hotel at night, establishing their C.P. at 281955Q.
One platoon was placed in position around the U. S. Embassy and
the BLT (-) was put in a perimeter defense around the Embajador
Hotel. When HMM-264 transported the BLT to the Landing Zone its
helicopters picked up evacuees on the return trip to the BOXER,
thus, that night 536 Marines were lifted into the Landing Zone
and 684 civilians were lifted to safety on the BOXER.
The 6th MEU Command Group landed by helicopter in the grounds
of the U.S. Embassy at 290645Q for an extensive conference with
Embassy Officials. During the day coordinated planning was conducted
prior to the surface landing of the remainder of BLT 3/6 over
RED BEACH. At the direction of the American Embassy, 4000 MCI
rations were delivered to the Dominican Republic Air Force at
SAN ISIDRO. In the early evening the CO, 6th MEU issued his OPORD
[Operational Order] 1-65f, a plan to secure a containment line
around "OLD TOWN" portion of SANTO DOMINGO.
BLT 3/6 moved out at 301130Q to seize Phase Line CAIRO as part
of a containment line on the western edge of "OLD TOWN"
SANTO DOMINGO. The surface landing continued without personnel
or equipment damage. On request from the 82nd Airborne Division,
two UH-34 helicopter were loaned by the 6th MEU for Army use.
4000 MCI rations were delivered to the Dominican Navy at JAINA
at the direction of Embassy Officials.
On the 1st of May BLT 3/6 consolidated its position on the western
edge of rebel held "OLD TOWN" and the sniper fire continued
to be heavy. At 012045R the 1st Bn, 6th Marines arrived at SAN
ISIDRO and reported OPCON [Operational Control] to the 6th MEU.
The advance party of the 4th MEB [Marine Expeditionary Brigade]
also arrive at SAN ISIDRO on the night of the 1st.
By the morning of 2 May 1965 the 6th MEU had successfully established
a containment line on the west edge of "OLD TOWN" SANTO
DOMINGO and had also established an International Safety Zone
to protect Americans and their property. PROVMAG [Provisional
Marine Aircraft Group]-60 had virtually completed the evacuation
phase of the Dominican Republic Operation and the Logistic Support
Unit had effectively established a Beach Support Area at JAINA.
The 1st Bn, 6th Marines was helo-lifted at 020800R from SAN ISIDRO
to Landing Zone 4 and placed in assembly prior to assuming a portion
of the ISZ perimeter defense. Effective 021100R the 6th MEU was
redesignated RLT-6 (Regimental Landing Team) and reported OPCON
to CG, 4th MEB.
During the early hours of 3 May the 3rd Bn, 6th Marines effected
a linkup with U. S. Army at Check Point CHIPPER. (DUARTE AVE and
SAN JUAN BOSCO AVE). This linkup enabled the U. S. Forces to open
a corridor from the PUENTE JUAN PABLO DUARTE Bridge to the International
Safety Zone. In consolidating this position, the northern portion
of the containment line was moved forward of the U. S. Embassy
to LLUBERES AVE. With the 1st Bn, 8th Marines reporting for OPCON
(Operational Control) at 030800R, RLT-6 now had three infantry
battalions within its command.
On the 4th of May RLT-6 shifted its command post ashore. The 1st
Bn, 6th Marines was given the responsibility for the center portion
of the ISZ [International Safety Zone] bounded by Avenue ABRAHAM
LINCOLN, Avenue HENRIQUEZ URENA, Avenue MAXIMO GOMEZ and the sea
to the south. The 3rd Bn, 6th Marines advanced the southern portion
of the containment line to Avenue PASTEUR, thus they were bounded
by PASTEUR and LLUBERES in the east, MAXIMO GOMEZ in the west,
and SAN JUAN BOSCO in the north with the sea to the south.
The following day, 5 May, RLT-6 commenced moving the 1st Bn, 8th
Marines by helicopter from SAN ISIDRO to Landing Zone 4 and an
assembly area near the Hotel EMBAJADOR. In order to maximize the
capabilities of the available artillery, Battery Group ECHO compromising
"E" Battery, 2d Bn, 10th Marines and Howtar Battery,
1st Bn, 10th Marines was formed and put into position.
In view of many reports of pending attack on the U.S. Embassy
a rapid reaction force of one company and ten trucks was established
on 6 May to meet any such threat. Also during the night of 6 May
RLT-6 established a security detachment At the CAROL MORGAN SCHOOL
to guard Red Cross medical supplies located there.
During the period 7-14 May, RLT-6 was assigned the following additional
(1) Armed escort of political asylees from U. S. Embassy to Landing
(2) Security of GUATEMALAN Embassy.
(3) Security of CARE warehouses.
(4) Security of the residence of the Italian Ambassador.
(5) Security of U. S. AID Office.
(6) Security of COLLEGIO SANTO DOMINGO.
(7) Security of MSR (Main Supply Route) and Port JAINA (one company
OPCON Logistics Support Group).
(8) Security of the residence of the Deputy American Ambassador.
(9) Provide one NCO and 13 enlisted men as a reaction force to
MEB Provost Marshal.
On 8 May RLT-6 received more reinforcements including Headquarters
Co (-) 6th Marines; 2d Bn (-), 10th Marines; Co "B"
(-), 2d Tank Bn; Co "B" (-), 2d Engr Bn; Co "E"
(-), 2d Anti-Tank Bn; and Co "C" (-), 2d Reconnaissance
On Sunday the 9th of May the 1st Bn, 8th Marines was ordered to
relieve the 3d Bn, 6th Marines on line. The 3d Bn, 6th Marines
now assumed the western portion of the ISZ while the 1st Bn, 8th
Marines maintained the containment line in front of the rebel
In order to maintain security of the ISZ a system of road blocks
and check points were instituted on 10 May to seal off the routes
of entrance into the ISZ if necessary.
In order to demonstrate RLT-6's adherence to neutrality, all the
check points were ordered to cease use of Dominican soldiers on
16 May 1965.
During the period 17-20 May a system of closer surveillance of
traffic was established on the eastern check points (COLUMBIA,
DALLAS and MITZI) by closing down the check points for 30 minute
periods at a time. The first Latin American troops, a contingent
of Honduran and Nicaraguan troops were bivouacked in the ISZ on
Commencing at 211200R a cease fire was observed by all parties
for 24 hours. During this period a group of 50 women demonstrators
were allowed to march thru the ISZ to the Hotel EMBAJADOR.
On the 22nd of May, RLT-6 was informed that they would have to
move Marines out of the UNIVERSITY of SANTO DOMINGO grounds by
On the 26th of May the 1st Bn, 6th Marines commenced moving from
the University grounds to a position in the vicinity of Landing
Zone 4. This move enabled the 1st Bn, 6th Marines to relieve the
3d Bn, 6th Marines who began reembarkation aboard PHIBRON 10 (Amphibious
Squadron) shipping at 0800R. At 1100R an inspection party consisting
of representatives of RLT-6, 4th MEB, the U. S. Embassy and the
University held a complete inspection of the University.
By issuance of new task organization effective 271200R, CG (Commanding
General), 4th MEB assumed OPCON of all RLT-6 forces except those
who were part of the original 6th MEU (CARIB 2-65). At 1400R the
Commanding Officer of the 6th MEU commenced moving his Headquarters
to the USS BOXER and established his Command Post afloat at 271430R.
The Logisitic Support Unit of the 6th MEU which had been absorbed
by the 4th MEB Logistic Support Group reported OPCON to RLT-6
On 30 May RLT-6 was redesignated as the 6th MEU and PROVMAG-60
which had been OPCON to the 4th MEB reported for OPCON to 6th
MEU effective 301715Z.
During 1-7 June the 6th MEU, embarked on TG (Task Group) 44.9
shipping, remained in a four hour alert off the coast of the Dominican
Republic to assist forces ashore. On the 7th of June the 6th MEU
was relieved of the four hour alert and placed on a seventy-two
hour alert in accordance with CINCLANT instructions.
On 8 June ships of TG 44.9 got underway for San Juan, P. R. and
St.Thomas, V. I. During the movement 289 personnel of BLT 3/6
were lifted by helo to the USS RALEIGH from USS BOXER in forty
minutes. This lift further demonstrated the advantage of multi-deck
The period 9-16 June provided 6th MEU with an opportunity to conduct
extensive equipment and vehicle maintenance as well as granting
On 17 June BLT 3/6 landed an Exercise Control Unit and three rifle
companies on Vieques Island to conduct company sized operations.
PROVMAG-60 lifted "K" Co from USS RALEIGH to USS BOXER
and then landed two companies from USS BOXER and one from USS
RALEIGH into designated landing zones on Vieques in total time
of ninety-three minutes. All forces ashore were reembarked on
20 June. During the period 20-22 June the 6th MEU continued its
preparations for returning to CONUS and granted liberty.
On 23 June CTF (Commander, Task Force) 44.9 with 6th MEU embarked
sailed for CONUS being relieved of the CARIB Ready Force on 26
June by CARIB 3-65.
On 28 June the 6th MEU landed over Onslow Beach and into designated
landing zones at Camp Lejeune, N. C. After being greeted by the
Commanding General, 2d Marine Division and other dignitaries,
elements of the MEU returned to parent units to complete final
maintenance of equipment and vehicles prior to the formal dissolution
of the 6th MEU.
Source: Archives Section, Headquarters, US Marine Corps
Historical Division, Washington DC.
13 October 1999