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While waiting for their DeHavi- land DH-4s to arrive, the Marine pilots were assigned to British squadrons where they got their first taste of air combat flying British DH-4s. It was not until 23 September that the Marines received the first of their bombers in France. 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.
Shortly thereafter, other Marines [rom the Charleston landed unopposed at Guam and the Pacific phase of the war ended. \Vhile Marines and seamen were taking care of the Spanish in the Pacific, Marines at home were preparing for a landing in Cuba. On 16 April, Conimandant Heywood had been given 30 CONCISE HISTORY OF THE USMC verbal orders to organize a Marine battalion to serve in Cuba. Within a few weeks, the Marine battalion was organized and encamped at Key West, Florida awaiting further orders.
On 1 January 1861, the total strength of the (corps. both iii officers and enlisted men, was In order to compensate for its losses, the Marine Corps appointed 38 new officers early in 1861. Most of the officers who were appointed had little or no previous military experience. In July 1861, Congress authorized an increase of 28 officers and 750 enlisted men for tite Marine Corps. This raised the allowed aggregate strength of the Corps to slightly over 3,000. The President, under the authority of an Act of Congress of 1849, authorized two increases of 501) only 1,892.
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