Born in: Bayamo, Province of Oriente,Cuba.
Schooling: Havana Military Academy(Elementary grades)
: La Luz School (High School)
University of Havana Medical School . This short period of medical school was due to The Univ. of Havana being closed by the Government in early 1957.
University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Finance and Commerce 1957 1959. Interrupted by desire to join the secret forces in Guatemala, training as a soldier to fight communism on the Island of Cuba.
Returned from Cuba's as a prisoner of war December 24th 1962.
Continue my education BBA and MBA in 1965 at Univ of Miami Fla. Graduated BBA Cum Laude,1964.
First job: Procter and Gamble in Brooklin NY.
Second and only job lasting, as of now 45 years, and have not retired yet, at MERRILL LYNCH here in Miami.
Event to remember: Losing the war against communism in my Fatherland.
Once they asked us, the new arrivals on December 12 1960, to choose where we fit better: regular infantry, air force, artillery etc., I choose artillery since geometry knowledge was required or at least understanding angles and vectors helped and I liked that.
The training was intense and José San Roman ,the Heavy Weapons Battalion Commander who was an artillery man himself, was the person in charged of it.
We have to be in shape; he made us ran 6 miles daily, up and down the hills and mountains and since the terrain we were in was not anywhere flat, the training was harsh, taking longer for some to shape up.
Our training with these 4.2 " mortars, mainly a defensive weapon, took place always in mountainous terrain; calculations during night training, using the today considered primitive "plancheta", had to be done using a flashlight and a sharpened pencil. Today they use computers.
Since the altitude and opening spaces between our position and the target had to be taken in consideration, for the trajectory of the projectile to be effective, it made us think our final fight against Castro's forces was to take place in a mountainous area in Cuba.
How far from reality when we landed in Playa Girón (Bay of Pigs) on April 17th 1961.
Flatter than the landing area chosen by the USA could had not been farther from our thoughts when we were in those Guatemalan mountains.
etc etc etc......... ....
........when we were once placed with our two mortars and with only 91 "grenades" available to fight thousands of militiamen coming in from Playa Larga, and the two courageous forward observers who were only four kilometers away providing me with the coordinates, the fire landed on them by our well trained "morteristas" was so effective that whatever remained of those militiamen (Castro's name for his soldiers) retreated and did not dare to approach Playa Girón until 6 PM + or - afraid of our "florecitas" as we called the mortar rounds, giving our demoralized but disciplined troops enough time to retreat into what we thought was a jungle; it was not jungle at all but typical coastal area bushes and some trees for protection on a very sharp "diente de perro or arrecife" stone terrain.....,,,,,,,,there the Castro air force took vengeance......If we would have had our air force intact, we would have won that lonely battle against Communism. But the US Defense Department thought differently.
Be this a lesson for you: a nation has interest not friends.
My conclusion: Civil War is the worst possible alternative that a nation must go through.