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Marines in Panama, 1903-04 (Part II) - Veterans' Tales
Fix Bayonets! by Mustang But what most people do not know … On 18 December 1903, Secretary of the Navy William Moody directed the Commandant of the Marine Corps, Brigadier General George F. Elliott [1], to personally report to the President of the United States. His orders from President Roosevelt were to proceed in person, taking passage aboard USS Dixie, from League Island to Colón, Panama. Take command of the entire force of United States Marines and seamen that is or may be ...