In addition to combat, marines and paratroopers took part in a host of other activities requiring their active participation in a variety of roles. Some of these activities, such as special operations, and the collection and processing of military intelligence information, directly supported combat operations. Other activities, such as civil affairs and psychological warfare, were related more to the political dimension of the stability operation. The navy took part in many of these activities in addition to carrying a heavy load in the early evacuation of U.S. and foreign nationals from the Dominican Republic.
One unusual naval activity took place early on Monday morning, 3 May. A marine detachment from the Newport News, a cruiser which had replaced the Boxer as Admiral Masterson's flagship, landed at Haina and moved by truck to the University of Santo Domingo in the security zone in search of a reported cache of arms. This small-scale operation, although unsuccessful, was unique in that combat landings from a cruiser using ship's boats instead of landing craft had become rare. 1
On 4 May the American troop buildup continued with the arrival aboard the Okinawa of another battalion of marines from the 2d Marine Division. In supporting this battalion the navy experienced the same problems faced by the air force in supplying and transporting the 82d Airborne troops. Insufficient time to load supplies for this battalion and another airlifted to San Isidro early on 2 May caused inefficient utilization of amphibious lift. Ships ordered to furnish the sea lift arrived at the Morehead City, North Carolina, embarkation point without regard to logistical requirements, and personnel loaded these ships upon arrival as troops and equipment became available. This resulted in some ships departing for the objective area not fully loaded with as much as 55 percent of their cargo space not utilized. By