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Any Sources Recommended for the 1965 Dominican Republic Invasion?

Originally published under Ask Mr. History. Published Online: June 27, 2013 
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I am a long-time subscriber to Military History magazine and a student of military history. I was part of the invasion of the Dominican Republic in 1965 by the 82nd Airborne Division and the 5th Marines. I know there were more than 40,000 American troops there, including several thousand from the Organization of American States (mostly Brazil).

The problem is that no one in this country has ever heard of the operation. Those of us who were there were quite aware of it, since we had more than 120 people killed, but no one else seems to know about it. When I mention, most people have never heard of it.  One teacher of American History at our local college flatly stated the whole thing was a fabrication and that we invaded the Dominican Republic in 1918 or so, but not since then.

I can't find much on line except in Wikipedia. Can you recommend some sources?
 
M. C. 'Bud' Himes
CWO, US Army  (Ret)

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Dear Mr. Himes,
 
Perhaps the attached books might provide some extra information? They are all apparently still available.
 
http://www.amazon.com/Rag-Tags-Scum-Riff-Raff-Commies-Intervention/dp/1583670327
 
http://www.amazon.com/Military-Crisis-Management-Intervention-Contributions/dp/0313266859


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    jcraigtexas says:

    Not only did it happen, but I remember watching footage on the nightly news. I think it was one of the first such military operations to receive "nightly" news coverage with film from the frontlines.



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