Dominican Republic: Exit the Peace Force

The American one-star general turned to the newsmen who had trailed him to a waiting U.S. Air Force C-130 transport at San Isidro airbase ten miles cast of Santo Domingo. "Gentlemen," said Brigadier General Robert Linvill, 53, deputy commander of the Inter-American Peace Force, "I am the last combat soldier of the IAPF to leave the country." With that, he too departed.

Thus ended the successful effort by the U.S. and five hemispheric partners —Brazil, Costa Rica, Honduras, Nicaragua, Paraguay—to save a revolt-torn country from Communist subversion. When President Johnson first took the painful step of ordering the 2nd Battalion...

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