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Soldiers Serving in Haiti, Dominican Republic, and Nicaragua
Rarely do researchers dig through the National Archives to
uncover veteran ancestors and learn of their experiences in occupied Latin
American countries during and shortly after WWI. Yet, our Army, Navy, and Marine Corps veterans
occupied the Dominican Republic (1916-1924), Nicaragua (1926-1933), and Haiti
(1915-1934). These stories have been overshadowed by the larger wars and
To provide the complex history and politics that play the
strategic role of occupying these counties would be impossible here. However we
recommend the researcher to have at least a cursory understanding of the
politics which help lead to a successful research project. Topics from the
beginning of President Woodrow Wilson’s term to the 1934 term of President
Franklin D. Roosevelt should be reviewed.
Where to Research?
A search on Fold3.com may solidify
your ancestors’ Latin American service. A
quick search revealed the service of U. S. Marine Corps, First Lt Earnest
Textural Records, RG 127.8. For Records of the US Marines in Haiti and
Nicaragua and Records of Expeditionary Forces and Detachments, review the RG
Served in Haiti, 1914
4)NARA, Maps and Cartographic Records. RG 127. Maps are a key tool when researching our
military ancestors. Record Group 127.10 has an extensive collection of maps and
plans of Haiti, Dominican Republic and Nicaragua and of the U. S. installations
in these counties.
Department of State, Central Decimal Files, RG 59, General Records of the Dept.
of State to include organizational unites, special subjects and events. Individuals
are also periodically named. Central Decimal Files are located at Archives II.