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In August, Marines on the ships of Captain Farragut distinguished themselves in battle at Mobile Bay. On board the Lackawanna and flag- ship Hartford, Marines manned guns that delivered deadly fire against the Tennessee and helped bring the Confederate vessel to defeat. In land action (luring November and December 1864, 182 Marines from Dahigren's squadron under Lieutenant George G. Stoddard joined Army troops in an attempt to sever the Charleston and Savannah rail line. After several futile stabs at the railroad, the Army abandoned efforts and the \larine battalion was dis.

The Marine pilots operated in the Dun kirk area against German submarines and their bases at Ostend, Zeebrugge, and Bruges in Belgium. %Vhile their service was commendable, the Armistice came soon after Marine aviation ar- rived. Even though the period of action and shortage of planes hampered their participation in the war, Marine pilots shot down at least 4 and possibly as many as 12 German planes. They performed the first recorded aerial resupply mis- sion when they dropped food to beleaguered French troops isolated for several days in the front lines on the Western Front.

Although the Cuban operation deed. During the short war with Spain, a total of 15 Marines won this honor. In August, Lieutenant Colonel Huntington reembarked his battalion on board the Resolute lacked the daring of Dewey's decisive victory in and prepared to make an assault landing against the Cuban town of Manzanillo. Upon arrival at at Guantanamo, which was won by a Marine the objective, one American vessel hoisted a flag of truce and steamed into the harbor to investigate what was believed to be a white flag the Philippines, the landing at Guantanamo demonstrated the need for Marines as assault troops to be employed with the fleet.

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