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Rear Admiral Montgomery Sicard, President, Naval War Board, to Secretary of the Navy John D. Long

MEMORANDUM.                  Office Naval War Board,

for                               Navy Department.

Secretary of Navy.                    June 3rd 1898.

     Referring to a telegram from Commodore Remey to the Department, dated the 2nd inst., asking1 whether the Department intends to have the Marine battalion participate in the movement to Santiago.2

     The Board is of the opinion that it would be good experience for the Marine battalion to take part in the movement referred to.3


M Sicard     

Rear Adml. Pres. of Board.

Source Note: TD, DNA, AFNRC, M625, roll 231. The memorandum is on a form and the first portion is printed.

Footnote 1: The word “asking” is a handwritten interlineation.

Footnote 2: The telegram from Commo. George C. Remey, commandant of the Key West Naval Base, has not been found.

Footnote 3: On 5 June, Acting Secretary of the Navy Charles H. Allen sent Remey orders to send the entire battalion of Marines to Santiago and on 7 June he ordered Remey to send the battalion “at once. . . without waiting for the Army.” Ibid.

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