Operation Just Cause
Sign on the front (north end) of the
headquarters of the Panamanian Defense Force's 6th
Infantry Company at Rio Hato. The company, equipped
with V-300 armored cars, became a major target for
the parachute assault by members of the 75th Ranger
Regiment. The photograph was taken on 10 January 1990.
(XVIII Airborne Corps History Office Photograph 7530-07
by MAJ Robert K. Wright, Jr.)
Just Cause Mission Profile
Mission Focus: Patilla
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Force Order of Battle - Operation Just Cause
Assault on Patilla Airfield during Operation Just
Cause - Case study
surrenders -- December 24, 1989 - Following the U.S.
invasion of Panama, American troops stage a massive
manhunt for ousted Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega.
The general turns himself into the Vatican embassy
in Panama, where he is surrounded by soldiers. U.S.
officials begin delicate diplomacy with Vatican officials
to persuade Noriega to surrender and face drug trafficking
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