I was a founding member of the 2506 Brigade, which initiated in Useppa Island. I am member number 2503 and the CIA agency started the numerical assignment to the members at number 2501. The Liberation’s Air Force started numbering their members from 2499 downward and I was assigned number 2409 in that branch, when I was transferred onto same as a radio operator.
I designed the emblem of the 2506 Assault Brigade and a few years ago, I also was asked to design the emblems of the infiltration teams and of the USEPPA Group. I recreated the emblem of the paratroopers from a picture of a paratrooper who was jailed at Giron. I also designed the 50th anniversary emblem and of the Female Section of the Brigade, a copy of which I enclose.
I participated in 6 trips to Cuba to bring ammunition to the Escambray area as follows:
• November 7, 2960 we made a dropping at Escambray utilizing a C-46 plane.
• December 30, 1960 we made a dropping at Escambray utilizing a C-54 plane.
• January 28, 2961 we were to make a dropping to the area of a sugar mill named “Australia” utilizing a C-54 plane, said trip having been aborted in the middle of the flight.
• February 6, 1961 we flew to Escambray utilizing a C-54 plane, but did not make a dropping.
• February 8, 1961 we flew to Imias and Baracoa in the province of Oriente, utilizing a C-54 plane, but did not make a dropping.
• On March 4, 1961 we went to the Escambray and made a partial dropping. Due to being under fire from the Cuban antiaircrafts, we lost one of the engines of the C-54 model plane, the navigation system a there was a hole on the gas tank under the plane’s wing, so the Captain decided to fly to Jamaica. We landed in Montego Bay on March 5, 1961. We did not land in Guantanamo even though it was closer than Jamaica because during the briefing received prior to each mission we were advised that if we ever landed at Guantanamo we could be turned over to the Cuban government. It was a warning we took very seriously.
The Miami Herald published news about this mission from March 6 through March 10, 1961. I have photocopies of these publications, which I obtained at the public library.
After the Bay of Pigs invasion I worked with the Directorio Revolucionario Estudiantil as a radio operator and trained some of their members in telegraphy.
I moved to Venezuela during August of 1962.