Laurin Thomas Covington
First Lieutenant,United States Marine Corps
Guardia patrol under Second Lieutenant Laurin T. Covington, GN, was ambushed
as it crossed a small stream.
Four men were killed before Covington was able
to break contact. Meanwhile, a relief column, commanded by First Lieutenant
Laurence C. Brunton, had come to Covington's assistance. Once the two patrols
had met, all seemed safe; but the enemy had moved cross-country to establish
still another ambush along the road. Covington, Brunton, and Finis L. Whitehead,
an officer in the Guardia's Medical Corps, were killed when the trap was
sprung; and their combined patrols were routed. In that day's fighting,
ten Guardia were killed.
Lieutenant Laurin T. Covington had been in
the field against the Nicaraguan insurgents since last May and Lieutenant
Finis H. Whitehead since January 1931.
MANAGUA, Nicaragua - November 24, 1933 - The
bodies of James F. Dickey, a Quartermaster Clerk
of the United States Marine Corps, who was killed in the earthquake in
March 1931, and of Lieutenant Lawrence C. Brinton,
Lieutenant Laurin T. Covington and Finis
H. Whitehear, Pharmacist Mage, U.S.N., killed on Action April 21, 1932,
are being shipped to Balboa,Canal Zone, to be sent to the United States.
COVINGTON, LAURIN THOMAS
DATE OF DEATH: 04/21/1932
BURIED AT: SECTION WH EN SITE 22506
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
Posted: 30 August 2007