President Johnson announced Wednesday night (28 April) that U.S. Marines were being sent into the?
President Johnson announced Wednesday night (28 April) that U.S. Marines were being sent into the revolt-torn Dominican Republic to protect and evacuate American citizens.
A contingent of 400 Marines was landed by helicopter at a polo field three miles west of the down town area of Santo Domingo, the capital, where American refugees were gathering.
So far, there have been no known American casualties, either wounded, injured or killed.
In addition to the Americans, the Marines were under instructions to protect and evacuate nationals of other countries who might want to leave the Dominican Republic.
Mr. Johnson told the American public is a hastily arranged broadcast that military authorities in the Dominican Republic had informed him that American lives were in danger. Mr. Johnson said the U.S. had appealed for a cease-fire and, during his broadcast, he renewed the appeal.
He said he had informed the Council of the Organization of American States (CAS) of the U.S. action. The OAS scheduled a meeting for 10 AM Thursday (29 April).