Bay of Pigs: An Oral History of Brigade 2506 / Edition 1

Bay of Pigs: An Oral History of Brigade 2506 / Edition 1

by Victor Andres Triay
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813020905

ISBN-13: 9780813020907

Pub. Date: 04/15/2001

Publisher: University Press of Florida

From the interviews:
"My [pregnant] wife once asked me, ‘How is it possible you are not thinking of your child?’ I told her, ‘It is precisely because of that child and the two others I have here that I am going. I plan to return to my fatherland, and I don’t want a Communist homeland.’"-- Jorge Marquet

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From the interviews:
"My [pregnant] wife once asked me, ‘How is it possible you are not thinking of your child?’ I told her, ‘It is precisely because of that child and the two others I have here that I am going. I plan to return to my fatherland, and I don’t want a Communist homeland.’"-- Jorge Marquet

"One of the sad things that has happened over this period in the history of Cuba is that historians have not given credit to the idealism of those who turned against the revolution. We were really full of good will and wanted to make Cuba better."--Eduardo Zayas-Bazán

"[A] feeling of duty to defend our faith was what motivated my husband . . . . What made me give my blessing to his activities were my own feelings of duty."-- Myrna Pardo Millán (widowed by the invasion)

This is the story of the Bay of Pigs invasion, told for the first time in the words of the idealistic participants who came together in April 1961 to overthrow Fidel Castro’s dictatorship. Most of the approximately 1,500 men of Brigade 2506 were captured by Castro’s forces in Cuban swamps and jailed until December 1962. About 114 died.

Combining oral history and traditional narrative form, Victor Triay tells us who individual members of the brigade were and what they fought for. As one veteran, only eighteen at the time of the invasion, recalls, “It was my turn to do something for Cuba. Probably the purest thing I have ever done in my life was to make the decision to go.” Triay describes the volunteers’ recruitment, training, combat experience, and the wretched months of their imprisonment. He also presents the women they left behind, including three who were widowed by the invasion.

Among the nearly 2 million people in the U.S. Cuban community today, the freedom fighters who made up Brigade 2506 have always been accorded the highest level of respect. Bay of Pigs tells the personal stories of the invasion in an account that restores the human dimension to a pivotal moment in the history of the Cold War.  

Victor Andres Triay, associate professor of history at Middlesex Community College in Middletown, Connecticut, is the author of Fleeing Castro: Operation Pedro Pan and the Cuban Children’s Program (UPF, 1998). Triay, whose parents left Cuba in 1960, grew up in Miami, Florida. His essays and short stories have appeared in New to North America: Writings by Immigrants, Their Children, and Grandchildren and in other anthologies.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813020907
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
Publication date:
04/15/2001
Edition description:
First
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.18(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
A Revolution Betrayed1
1. A Call to Arms7
The Students: Jorge Silveira,16
Mario A. Martínez-Malo,18
Juan "Johnny" Clark,19
The Rebel: Higinio "Nino" Diaz,21
The Cadets: Hugo Sueiro,23
Esteban Bovo,26
Civilians and Working Men: Jorge Giró,27
Andrés Manso,28
Jorge Marquet,29
Antonio González de León,32
Rolando Martínez,33
Mario Girbau,35
2. Training and Preparation37
Hugo Sueiro,46
Sergio Carrillo,48
Mario Abril,50
Francisco "Pepe" Hernández,51
Francisco Molina,53
Eduardo Zayas-Bazán,54
Néstor Carbonell,58
The Infiltrators: Javier Souto,61
José "Pepe" Regalado,62
3. The Battle68
April 16 and 1772
April 1878
Apriol 1980
D-z: Gustavo Ponzoa,83
José Flores,85
The Invasion, Blue Beach, Girón: Grayston Lynch,87
Jorge Herrera,89
Tulio Díaz Suárez,91
Ricardo "Ricky" Sánchez,93
The Invasion, Red Beach, Playa Larga: Francisco
"Pepe" Hernández,98
Rafael Montalvo,99
Luis Morse,103
Jorge Marquet,104
Juan Figueras,105
Juan Sordo,107
Luis León,108
The Invasion: Air War: Esteban Bovo,109
Gustavo Ponzoa,110
The Invasion: Infiltration Teams/Underground: José
Basulto,110
Rogelio González Corzo, "Francisco,"112
4. Retreat and Capture114
Humberto Cortina,115
Luis Morse,118
Pedro Encinosa,119
Fernando Martínez Reyna,121
Julio Sánchez de Cárdenas,122
Sergio Carrillo,124
Tomás Macho, S.J.,125
José "Pepe" Regalado,127
Alberto Sánchez de Bustamante,127
Jorge Giró,130
5. Prison and Liberation131
Jorge Silveira,138
Mario A. Martínez-Malo,142
Eduardo Zayas-Bazán,144
Sergio Carrillo,146
Sports Palace: José Basulto,148
Rafael Montalvo,148
Andrés Manso,148
Julio Sánchez de Cárdenas,148
Jorge Herrera,149
Injured Prisoner: Fernando Martínez Reyna,149
Naval Hospital: Juan "Johnny" Clark,149
Negotiations for Release: Néstor Carbonell,150
Hugo Sueiro,150
Humberto Cortina,151
Castillo del Príncipe: Mario Abril,151
The Trial: Antonio González de León,152
Rafael Montalvo,152
Jorge Marquet,153
Isla de Pinos: Tulio Díaz Suárez,153
Tomás Macho, S.J.,153
Reunion: Jorge Marquet,154
Pedro Encinosa,154
The Orange Bowl: Juan Sordo,155
Fernando Martínez Reyna,155
Grayston Lynch,155
Andrés Manso,155
Alberto Sánchez de Bustamante,155
6. Those Left Behind156
Myrna Pardo Milláin,157
Rosa María "la" Freyre,163
María Leonor Portela,165
María "Mary" Wilryex Allen,168
Josefina Encinosa,172
Dulce Carrera Jústiz,174
Esperanza Díaz Suárez,176
Isabel Quiñones,177
7. The Aftermath179
Appendix185
Notes187
Bibliography193
Index197

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