The heartbreaking news just reaches us from friend Fernando Marquet that yet another member of his freedom-fighting Band of Brothers known as Bay of Pigs veterans passed away this morning in his Miami home.
Juan “Johnny” Clark, a professor at Miami-Dade college, authored an indispensable book on the Cuban catastrophe, titled Cuba; Mito Y Realidad.
“Johnny” was also tremendously helpful–at all hours–to your humble servant during his own book writings.
“NO RETREAT, CARAJO!— WE STAND AND FIGHT!!!”
Famous command from current Bay of Pigs Vets Assoc. President Maximo Cruz. He and his men had just gotten the word that they were outnumbered ten to one by Castro’s Soviet-led and supplied forces— and were utterly abandoned by their U.S. patrons with one day’s supply of ammo.
(And so they did–and wrote as glorious a chapter in modern military history and the annals of freedom as any you’d care to read.)
Cuban “Dissidence” sure was different back then……