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“We will NOT be Evacuated! We came to FIGHT! This Ends HERE!” Bay of Pigs–Anniversary of Heroism and Shame

"Freedom is our goal!" roared commander Pepe San Roman to the men assembled before him 49 years ago this week. "Cuba is our cause! God is on our side! On to victory!"

A scene of total bedlam unfolded. Hats flew. Men hugged. Men sang and cheered. Men wept. The hour of liberation was nigh -- and these men (all volunteers) were putting their lives on the line to see their dream fulfilled. Their dream was a Cuba free from the Soviet barbarism that tortured it, free from firing squads, torture chambers and the teeming Castroite Gulag.

"They fought like Tigers," wrote a CIA officer who helped train these Cuban freedom-fighters. "But their fight was doomed before the first man hit the beach."

Entire intransigent account of their heroism here.

3 comments to “We will NOT be Evacuated! We came to FIGHT! This Ends HERE!” Bay of Pigs–Anniversary of Heroism and Shame

  • Rob

    Thanks Humberto for reminding us of these Cuban patriots at the Bay of Pigs this week while we remember the Polish patriots lost last week. They were of course brothers in the same struggle. I reminded my Polish friends in their grief that at least now they can mourn their heroes without fear, with dignity and on their own terms.
    The Cuban people, like the Poles for decades, must still mourn with muted anguish until the day Cuba can join Poland among the family of free nations where the individual is respected and nobody is feared except God.

  • antonio2009

    Here is Pepe San Roman's letter to Miami Herald editor John McMullan in April 1979, trying to set the record straight on Herald falsehoods. The Herald ignored San Roman.
    http://www.latinamericanstudies.org/bay-of-pigs/San-Roman-1979.pdf

  • Amigos, you Spanish readers NEED to read Tony's link above.