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La Brigada 2506; “Their feat of arms still amazes professional military men” (as it did Jackie Kennedy)


"It is my hope that my son will grow into a man at least half as brave as the members of Brigade 2506." (Jackie Kennedy addressing freed Bay of Pigs prisoners, Orange Bowl Dec. 29, 1962.)

When the smoke cleared and their ammo had been expended to the very last bullet, when a hundred of them lay dead and hundreds more wounded, after three days of relentless battle, barely 1,400 of them -- without air support (from the U.S. Carriers just offshore) and without a single supporting shot by naval artillery (from U.S. cruisers and destroyers poised just offshore) -- had squared off against 21,000 Castro troops, his entire air force and squadrons of Soviet tanks. The Cuban freedom-fighters inflicted over 3000 casualties on their Soviet-armed and led enemies. This feat of arms still amazes professional military men.

“They fought magnificently and were not defeated,” stressed Marine Col. Jack Hawkins a multi-decorated WWII and Korea vet who helped train them. “They were abandoned on the beach without the supplies and support promised by their sponsor, the Government of the United States.”

"We shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty!" proclaimed Lynch and Hawkin’s Commander-in-Chief just three months earlier.

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3 comments to La Brigada 2506; “Their feat of arms still amazes professional military men” (as it did Jackie Kennedy)

  • The hypocrisy of the Kennedys and that includes Jackie, seems even more monstrous to me today than it did 53 years ago. I can't bear to even look at their faces in photographs without being overcome by total disgust for them. What they did to our men was shameful then, even more so now. Spare me the photos of them, Humberto, I don't want to see their faces again. To think that our brave men actually gave JFK a flag in that stadium--yuck!

  • asombra

    Such pretty people, the Kennedys; such packaging. No doubt that was helpful and/or profitable for some, but it was hardly useful where it most counted, even quite apart from Cuba, which would never be the primary concern of an American president anyway (except during the 1962 Missile Crisis, which happened courtesy of the prior Bay of Pigs fiasco and the fact the Soviets had JFK's number). There was also the little matter of the Vietnam War, for instance. The fact is that, despite all the overblown and ultimately juvenile Camelot fantasies, at that point in history Nixon or another politician, including another Democrat, would have served the US (and ultimately the world) better than the photogenic Ken doll from Boston with all his vaunted charm and his fashion-plate wife. And btw, I don't believe Jackie actually meant that quoted statement; I expect it was damage control, which the Kennedy people needed at the time.

  • asombra

    Elemaza, I sympathize and understand completely. Just seeing their faces is viscerally repugnant.