On 5 December, Colonel Howard attended a
meeting with Admiral Rockwell at the Cavite Navy Yard to discuss the
immediate preparations for war. Rockwell ordered him to send one
battalion of Marines to Mariveles as a guard for that installation.
The following day a reconnaissance was made of the Mariveles area,
camp sites were selected, and preparations made to deploy Lieutenant
Colonel Beecher's 1st Battalion there by sea on 8 December.
Photo: National Archives