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Mounted Inspector Robert L. Wood | United States Department of the Treasury - Customs Service, U.S. Government United States Department of the Treasury - Customs Service, U.S. Government

Mounted Inspector

Robert L. Wood

United States Department of the Treasury - Customs Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Monday, July 31, 1916

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Texas

Weapon: Rifle

Offender: Shot and killed

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Mounted Inspector Robert Wood was shot and killed approximately five miles south of Fort Hancock after a group of Mexican bandits who were being pursued by Carranzistas crossed the Rio Grande River into the United States.

Inspector Wood, a second mounted inspector, and several U.S. Army soldiers surrounded the hut that the group was hiding in. The bandits opened fire from within the hut, killing Inspector Wood and U.S. Army Private John Towney.

At the request of the troops, the Carranzistas also crossed the border and assisted the Army troops in a prolonged gun battle in which at least three of the bandits were killed. Several others were able to escape back across the river into Mexico.

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Inspector Wood,
On today, the 101st anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country and to the Service.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol
July 31, 2017

 

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