This Day In History, June 10th, 2021 – “Battle of Guantanamo Bay”


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(Marines at Guantanamo Bay. Image courtesy of Wikicommons, Public Domain.)

It was just 123 years ago today, June 10, 1898, when the Marines not only took Guantanamo Bay, but held it as well, to which has lasted until this day. When remembering the Spanish American War, usually pictures of Commodore Dewey, or Teddy Roosevelt, take shape, but the taking and holding of Guantanamo was one for the record books as well.

The Marines, backed by Cuban fighters and the Navy, were in a tough situation, spread thin, and surrounded by an enemy more than five times their strength. The Spanish never left up; at times the fighting was hand to hand. The legend is that the Marines fought for 100 hours, and this was true, for day and night the fighting never stopped, but the American flag, the first to be planted on Cuban soil, never fell.

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