U.S. troops are continuing to preserve an uneasy peace in Santo Domingo, guarding the International?
U.S. troops are continuing to preserve an uneasy peace in Santo Domingo, guarding the International Zone they created, although harassed by occasional sniper fire.
Our film shows a paratroop outpost in a former luxury beach house of the late dictator Trujillio, which is under sniper fire, activities there and also at a Marine checkpoint where cars coming from rebel territory into the International Zone are checked for infiltrators and arms.
When Trujillio ran the Dominican Republic one of his rest homes had the only useable beach within 30 miles of Santo Domingo. It's luxurious place complete with swimming pool and other amenities. After Trujillio was assassinated, the Dominican Navy took over the place as a training centre for frogmen. Now the frogmen are gone. They've joined the ranks of the rebels. U.S. paratroops are there now and while they do have such luxuries as showers, running water, beds with springs and mattresses, the place is one of the most dangerous in town. Warehouses and other buildings across the river are a neat of snipers. The paratroopers knocked out a trawler which was being used by snipers and the ship is aground on the beach.
In another part of Santo Domingo, U.S. Marines are kept busy checking cars and people coming from rebel territory into the so-called International Zone. All cars are stopped. American troops and Dominican soldiers check identification cards of all passengers against a list, looking for known Communists and possible infiltrators. Cars are searched for arms and explosives. The checkpoint is well studded with machine gun emplacements, reinforced with armoured personnel carriers.