The brothers departed for Mexico with other members of the M-26 to begin planning another attempt to overthrow Batista.
Through a campaign of guerilla warfare, Castro and the M-26 slowly expanded its control across Cuba, and in January of 1959, Batista fled the country.
With these changes, the military road south of Houghton assumed the rough configuration of contemporary trunk lines M-26 and US-45.
Much of the highway retained the name "Military Road" until the period between 1913 and 1920, when it acquired Michigan trunk-line status as M-26. The portion from around Rockland south was re-designated US-45 in 1934.
As he told the Criminal investigation Division (CiD) later that day, he "drank a half a case of Budweiser beer, 12 cans, and also had about a pint of rum." About an hour later, Cornett took an M-26
fragmentation grenade off his web belt and put it on his refrigerator.
Shards of an M-26
hand grenade were found nearby, according to the police.