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Bay of Pigs Veterans Association Endorses Donald Trump (First endorsement ever)
Townhall ^ | October 17, 2016 | Humberto Fontova

Posted on 10/16/2016 9:15:35 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Fifty years before Benghazi we had the Bay of Pigs:

“Where are the planes?! Where is our ammo?! Send planes or we can’t last!”

The pleas came from Commander Jose San Roman as Soviet tanks, Soviet artillery and tens of thousands of Soviet led troops pounded the 1400 Cuban freedom-fighters he commanded on a bloody and heroic beachhead now known as the Bay of Pigs.

The same heartsick and enraged U.S. Navy men listening to these pleas had escorted these freedom–fighters to that beachhead. Their ships—including the aircraft carrier Essex groaning under a heavy load of deadly Skyhawk jets– sat just offshore.

“If things get rough,” radioed back the heartsick CIA man who helped train and had befriended them, “we can come in and evacuate you.”

“We will NOT be evacuated!” San Roman roared back to his friend Grayston Lynch, a multi-decorated WWII and Korea war hero. “We came here to fight! We don’t want evacuation! We want more ammo! We want the planes that were promised! This ends here!”

Camelot’s criminal idiocy as the U.S.-trained freedom-fighters battle savagely against outrageous odds finally brought Adm. Arleigh Burke of the Joints Chief of Staff, who was receiving the battlefield pleas, to the brink of mutiny. Years earlier, Adm. Burke sailed thousands of miles to smash his nation’s enemies at the Battle of Leyte Gulf. Now he was Chief of Naval Operations and stood aghast as new enemies were being given a sanctuary 90 miles away!(continued)

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TOPICS: Military/Veterans; Politics
KEYWORDS: bayofpigs; cuba; cubans; florida; trump; veterans

1 posted on 10/16/2016 9:15:35 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Maybe this will help him with the Cuban vote.

2 posted on 10/16/2016 9:17:05 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: Parley Baer

Trump already has that; it’s the damned Puerto Rican vote he doesn’t have.

3 posted on 10/16/2016 9:28:54 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: nopardons

I don’t recommend he go for the endorsement of the FALN.

4 posted on 10/16/2016 9:36:41 PM PDT by euram
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To: euram

Hillary already has that contingent sewed up.

5 posted on 10/16/2016 9:39:54 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; Pelham; Travis McGee; Mr. Mojo

2506 Bttt

Wonder if Fernando Pruna still breathes

A remarkable fellow

6 posted on 10/16/2016 9:44:34 PM PDT by wardaddy (the traitorous GOPe deserves Third of May 1808 if ever a party did....)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

JFK told the CIA and joint Chiefs -in advance- that there would be no American Military action there...period. They thought they could force him to invade when their exile battalion got stalled, as everyone knew it would.

GHW Bush was in on this. Eventually they murdered JFK over it. And the coup leaders have run our nation ever since.

7 posted on 10/16/2016 10:00:40 PM PDT by DesertRhino (Dogs are man's best friend, and moslems hate dogs. Add that up....)
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To: DesertRhino

Yes, that pretty well sums it up.

8 posted on 10/17/2016 3:41:11 AM PDT by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

JFK’s first but not last fiasco

9 posted on 10/17/2016 4:41:32 AM PDT by uncbob
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This should help a lot in Florida. I am sure that he had most of the Cuban vote locked up anyway, but this eliminates any doubt as to who the freedom-minded Cubans would like to see as president.

10 posted on 10/17/2016 6:22:51 AM PDT by Ancesthntr ("The right to buy weapons the right to be free." A. E. van Vogt)
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Bay of Pigs veterans feel 'abandoned again' by US
Diego Urdaneta | December 19, 2014

The president of the Bay of Pigs Veterans Association, Felix Rodriguez Mendigutia (left), honors another fighter, Eugenio Rolando Martinez, at the organization's headquarters on December 18, 2014 in Miami, Florida (AFP Photo/Diego Urdaneta)

Miami (AFP) - When the United States failed to overthrow Fidel Castro in the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion, CIA-backed Cuban fighters said they were gravely disappointed.

Today, the anti-Castro veterans say they've been let down again -- criticising Barack Obama's decision to restore diplomatic and economic ties with its 50-year Cold War foe.

"When the Bay of Pigs was abandoned, we were sad. And now we feel abandoned again, betrayed by the president," said Felix Rodriguez Mendigutia, head of Cuba's Bay of Pigs Veterans Association, referring to Obama's decision to thaw relations with Cuba.

As part of the CIA's planned -- and failed -- Bay of Pigs invasion, an exile force trained by the United States at secret bases in Nicaragua and Guatemala was sent into Playa Larga and Playa Giron, 250 kilometers (155 miles) from Havana, in April 1961, on a mission to overthrow Castro.

The invasion was a disaster for the United States -- after 72 hours of bloody fighting, 100 anti-Castro soldiers were killed and 1,000 captured.

The forces became known as "Brigade 2506," also the nickname for the Miami-based veterans club led by Rodriguez Mendigutia in Miami's Little Havana neighborhood, home to the largest Cuban diaspora population.

Rodriguez Mendigutia said their defeat in 1961 was a major blow, and that the United States made the wrong decision Wednesday in restoring ties with Cuba.

"We are very disappointed," said Rodriguez Mendigutia, who at 73 claims to be one of the youngest of about 800 living Brigade 2506 veterans.

He decried Washington for "making friends with a country that the State Department considers a terrorist threat."

"It really is something that affects us all," he said.

Betraying friends

Veteran fighter Esteban Bovo, 76, said he was disappointed, but not surprised, at the US action.

"Americans have a habit of betraying friends and then letting them drop. We've all faced it, we're used to it by now," said Bovo, a pilot who participated in three Brigade 2506 missions.

Angry reactions were swift in Miami after Obama declared "a new chapter" in US relations in Cuba, with dozens of people gathering in Little Havana to protest the rapprochement.

The veterans supported the protests, recalling the bloodshed of the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion.

"We all have dead friends, dead family members, imprisoned, abused. How do we feel? Frustrated," said 93-year-old Eugenio Rolando Martinez, nicknamed "Musculito."

He said he was "surprised" at the announcement.

"The world has completely changed," said Martinez, heralded by his comrades as one of the staunchest anti-Castro fighters of his era.

The anti-Cuba veterans, while disappointed with Obama's decision, say they hope the US Congress -- which will be dominated by Republicans come January -- will push back on Obama's promise to lift the embargo and open an embassy in Havana.

The US embassy in Havana was closed in 1961, although a large US interests section still operates.

Rodriguez Mendigutia hopes to see a planned veterans museum open in Miami, as one key way to preserve the legacy of the Bay of Pigs veterans.

The veterans know their time is limited -- as they age, there are fewer around to fight for their vision of Cuba.

Rodriguez Mendigutia worries there will "no longer be a brigade in a few years," but he does not allow that to deter him.

"We can't lose hope, we must keep working towards change that everyone wants in Cuba," he said.

"We continue with the same ideals, the same dedication, to try and change the destiny of our country."

11 posted on 10/17/2016 10:47:53 AM PDT by Albion Wilde (We will be one People, under one God, saluting one American flag. --Donald Trump (standing ovation)
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