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Perquín, Morazán, El Salvador — Central America (West Coast)
 

Direct strike against the Counter-Insurgency Plan

Golpe Contundente al Plan Contra Insurgente

 
 
Direct strike against the Counter-Insurgency Plan Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, April 13, 2015
1. Direct strike against the Counter-Insurgency Plan Marker
Inscription. Restos del helicóptero UH-1H, de fabricación Norte Americana. Derribado por las fuerzas guerrilleras a las 16.00 horas, del día 23 octubre de 1984, en las alturas cercanas al municipio de Joateca. En que murió el Teniente coronel Domingo Monterrosa Barrios y todo su estado mayor del operativo Torola IV, desarollando por las fuerzas armadas Salvadoreñas, en el departamento de Morazán.

La misión del operativo tenía como objetivos:
1. Capturar a la Comandancia de la Brigada Rafael Arce Zablah (BRAZ).

2. Capturar a la Radio Venceremos (voz oficial del F.M.L.N.)
Las fuerzas guerrilleras le aplicaron la Táctica del Caballo de Troya.

English translation:
Direct strike against the Counter-Insurgency Plan
These are the remains of a UH-1H helicopter, made in the United States of America. It was knocked down by guerrilla forces at 16:00 hours on October 23, 1984, close to the municipality of Joateca. Lieutenant Colonel Domingo Monterrosa Barrios was killed in the attack on this helicopter, together with his general staff that were part of Operation Torola IV that was developed in the Department of Morazán by the Salvadoran Armed Forces.
The mission of the Salvadoran Armed Forces had two main objectives:

1. Capture the leaders of the Rafael Arce Zablah Brigade.

2. Capture
Direct strike against the Counter-Insurgency Plan Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, April 13, 2015
2. Direct strike against the Counter-Insurgency Plan Marker
The remains of the UH-1H helicopter can be seen behind the marker.
the Radio Venceremos (Radio “We Will Win”, official voice of the F.M.L.N.)
The guerilla forces applied the tactic of the Trojan Horse.

 
Location. 13° 57.503′ N, 88° 9.796′ W. Marker is in Perquín, Morazán. Click for map. Marker is on the grounds of the Museum of the Salvadoran Revolution (Museo de la Revolución Salvadoreña).
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 26 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 120 mm mortar (here, next to this marker); 75 mm cannon (here, next to this marker); French and Mexican recognition (within shouting distance of this marker); Peugeot armored car (within shouting distance of this marker); El Mozote (approx. 8.5 kilometers away); El Mozote Children's Memorial (approx. 8.5 kilometers away); First Century of Ciudad Barrios (approx. 24.4 kilometers away in San Miguel); Oscar Romero Park (approx. 24.4 kilometers away in San Miguel). Click for a list of all markers in Perquín.
 
Regarding Direct strike against the Counter-Insurgency Plan. Lieutenant Colonel Domingo Monterrosa was the head of the Atlacatl Battalion during the time of the massacre in El Mozote. Because of this, he was a very sought-after target by the guerrilla forces in El Salvador. While there are conflicting versions of exactly what happened on October
Tomb of Lt. Col. Domingo Monterrosa Barrios, Los Ilustres Cemetery, San Salvador, El Salvador. image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, November 11, 2015
3. Tomb of Lt. Col. Domingo Monterrosa Barrios, Los Ilustres Cemetery, San Salvador, El Salvador.
23, 1984, the FMLN (the main guerilla force) reported that they had allowed Monterrosa to capture a booby trapped radio which exploded after the helicopter he was in reached a certain altitude. Regardless, his death, along with thirteen others, which included Lieutenant Colonel Napoleon Gerson Calito, Major Armando Azmitia (commander of the Atlacatl battalion) and Major Nelson Alejandro Rivas, was a major blow to the Salvadoran armed forces at this early part in the Salvadoran conflict which would continue until 1992.
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 298 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.   3. submitted on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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