On April 27, 1961, Navy maintenance technician, Don Roberts, aboard the US aircraft carrier Essex, off the northern coast of Cuba, entered the following into his diary:
“Secured from general quarters. We can’t believe it. What a screwed up mess. Some men are openly crying.”
What he was referring to, of course, was the failed Bay of Pigs invasion where thousands of Cubans, along with Americans, were abandoned and left to die without the air support that America’s supposed “best and brightest,” the Kennedy administration, had promised. As a crew member, Mr. Roberts heard the desperate pleas by these brave men for the air support they were expecting. The planes and the support, however, never appeared and in April of 1961, the members of the Brigada Asalto 2506 became the victims of one of the cruelest and most heartless betrayals by an American administration in modern history.
You can read the account of Don Robert’s experience aboard the USS Essex in April of 1961, HERE.