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The battleship sank in the harbor carrying with her 260 members of the crew, 28 of whom were Marines. " On 25 February, Assistant Secretary of the Navy Theodore Roosevelt sent a dispatch to Commodore George Dewey, who was in charge of the Asiatic Squadron. and ordered him to at- tack the Spanish-held Philippines if a war de. veloped with Spain. On 11 April, President McKinley asked Congress for the power to employ armed forces in Cuba. Congress replied on 19 April. by passing a joint resolution which recognized the independence of Cuba and ¿iuth- orized the President to tise armed troops to force the Spanish from the island.
In May 1914, a company of Marines was sent to the area, but when conditions immediately improved, it left. Three months later, the 5th Regiment of Marines arrived and spent two months quelling areas of unïest. With this job completed. these Marines were also withdrawn. In May of 1916, the American Minister requested military assist- ance due to an increase in rebel activity and soon an entire bi-igacle of Marines was occupied in Dominican affairs. The \ fari ries supported the American State Department policies, organ- ;Y.
Although not highly publicized at the time for its achievements, the Corps had acquired a certain amount of respect within the military establishment as a result of its combat succe&ses. This, however, dici not forestall efforts made to remove Marines from vessels of the Navy or those which would abolish the Corps of the Army. As early as and make it a 1801, Thomas Truxton had made such overtures and during 1894-1895, a group of naval officers led by Lieutenant William P. Fullam, capability for the mission it had been assigned.
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