U.S. Marine units with tanks and artillery have dug in around Santo Domingo's Embajador Hotel?
Gun emplacement dug by bulldozer
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Background: U.S. Marine units with tanks and artillery have dug in around Santo Domingo's Embajador Hotel which is the main evacuation center for Americans and other foreigners in the Dominican Republic.
Marines with light weapons were the first to land in the crisis. Now they have been followed by their artillery and tanks.
Under camouflage, the 105mm howitzers of Foxtrot Battery, Second Battalion of the 10th Marines, are pointed toward rebel territory which is within their seven-mile range. Bulldozers were used to dig the gun emplacements. Marine spokesmen say, however, the guns will not be used unless the U.S. purpose of maintaining peace in Santo Domingo is changed.
Tanks which are not up on the line for roadblocks are parked in an open field about a half mile away from the artillery. They are M-48 medium tanks. Three of them have flame throwers instead of 90mm guns.
American military spokesmen explained that both the artillery and the tanks are normal support units for the ground troops. They were not landed initially, they say, because they were not needed urgently. Their later landing was described merely as routine.