Buffalo Soldier Regiment: History of the Twenty-Fifth United States Infantry, 1869-1926

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CHAPTER XVIII
DUTY IN MINDANAO, P. I.—EVENTS DURING 1907, 1908, AND 1909—
EXPEDITIONS AGAINST HOSTILE MOROS—THE EXPEDITION TO BAS-
ILAR APRIL, MAY AND JUNE, 1908—DIARY CO. B, 25TH INFANTRY,
APRIL TO JUNE, 1908—RETURN OF THE REGIMENT TO THE UNITED
STATES, OCTOBER, 1909.

The regiment’s second tour of duty in the Philippine Islands was not as eventful as the first tour, and other than several minor expeditions against hostile Moros there was little change from the tedium of garrison life in the tropics. Extracts from the regimental returns of the period show the following as outstanding “Events” worthy of being recorded:


1907

December: Company F left Malabang, Mind., P. I., on a practice march December 16, 1907, and marched to Post of Parang, Mind., P. I., arriving at 8:00 a. m., December 29th; distance marched 40 miles. Temporarily detained at Parang on account of cholera epidemic reported among the natives.

Company I left Parang December 24th on U. S. A. T. Warren enroute to Manila, P. I., to take part in the Division Military Meet at Manila.

Company L left Parang December 19th and marched to Malabang, returning Decern’ ber 23rd; distance marched 77 miles.

Company M left Parang December 26th, and marched to Malabang. Company temporarily detained at Malabang on account of reported outbreak of cholera among the natives.


1908

January: Headquarters, Band, 1st and 3rd Battalions, less Company I, performed the usual garrison duties at Post of Parang, Mind., P. I., during the month. Company I, under command of Lieutenant W. S. Mapes, 25th Infantry, at Manila, P. I., representing the regiment in the annual Division Meet. Company M returned from Malabang, Mind., P. I., on January 1, 1908.

Second Battalion performed the usual garrison duties at Malabang, Mind., P. I., during the month. Company F returned from Post of Parang on January 1, 1908; distance by water 20 miles.

February: Company I returned from detached service at Manila, P. I., by transport Warren on February 19, 1908; distance travelled by water 772 miles.

Second Battalion under command of Major J. M. T. Partello, 25th Infantry, took the field in pursuit of hostile Moros on the Camp Vicar’s trail February 16, 1908. Command marched to Camp Vicars and returned Malabang, Mind., P. I., February 24, 1908. No casualties. Distances marched: Company H, 28 miles; Companies E, F and G, 44 miles. March: Companies B and I left Post of Parang, Mind., P. I., for field service 2:30 p. m., March 31, 1908.

April: Companies F and H left Malabang, Mind., P. I., April 2, 1908, to join Companies B and I, operating in the field against hostile Moros on the island of Basilan. No casualties to date.

May: Companies F and H relieved from duty on the island of Basilan May 25th and 26th respectively, and returned to Malabang, their proper station via dispatch boat “Sabah” on May 27, 1908. Distance travelled by water 160 and 202 miles respectively.

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