Marine Corps Brigadier General Logan Feland arrived in Nicaragua in March 1927, when President Calvin Coolidge sent the Marines to protect U.S. interests in the country wracked by fighting between the conservative government and its liberal opponents. A laconic, MIT-educated Kentuckian, Feland had received a Distinguished Service Cross for his bravery at Belleau Wood and commanded the 5th Marines through the rest of the Great War. Experienced in both fighting and administration, he was one of Marine Corps Commandant Major General John Lejeune’s key lieutenants during the 1920s.
In Nicaragua, Feland reported to the naval commander in the region, Special Services Squadron commander Rear Admiral David Foote Sellers, whose headquarters was located in the Panama Canal Zone. Sellers had received the Navy Cross during World War I and served as aide-de-camp to Secretary of the Navy Edwin Denby in the early 1920s.
Andrew Bacevich, Diplomat in Khaki: Major General Frank Ross McCoy and American Foreign Policy, 1898–1949 (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1989.
David J. Bettez, Kentucky Marine: Major General Logan Feland and the Making of the Modern Marine Corps (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2014).
Neill Macaulay, The Sandino Affair (Chicago: Quadrangle Books, 1967).
Papers of David Foote Sellers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress.