I was a member of the eleven-member Underwater Demolition Team of the 2506 Brigade. I was one of five frog-men who with Grayston Lynch, our CIA trainer, first landed at Playa Girón. On the third day I was wounded on my right knee by "friendly fire." I was one of the first captured at the Bay of Pigs.
Eduardo Zayas-Bazán is a native of Camagüey, Cuba. He has an M.S. in foreign languages from Kansas State Teachers College, Emporia, KS, and a Doctor en Derecho degree from Universidad Nacional José Martí, Havana, Cuba.
In April of 1961, Zayas-Bazán participated in the Bay of Pigs Invasion of Cuba as a frogman. He was wounded in his right knee, captured, and spent one year in prison before being ransomed with fifty nine other wounded prisoners that needed urgent medical attention in the United States.
Zayas-Bazán is a Professor Emeritus in Foreign Languages from East Tennessee State University. He retired from that institution after 31 years of service in May of 1999. At ETSU he was chair of the Foreign Language Department from 1973 to 1993. In 1978 Zayas-Bazán was the recipient of ETSU's Distinguished Faculty Award; in 1983 he was presented Sigma Delta Pi's Premio Martel, given every three years to the nation's outstanding chapter advisor, and in 1989 he was honored with the Tennessee Foreign Language Teaching Association's Jacqueline Elliot Award, presented annually for outstanding service in foreign language higher education. In 1981 Zayas-Bazán was elected president of the TFLTA; in 1985 he became president of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese; in 1990 he was voted president of the National Association of Cuban-American Educators, became chair of its board of directors from 1994 to 2002, and then president again from 2002-2004. He has recently been elected its treasurer. In 2000 he was elected for two years President of the Municipality of Camagüey in Exile. From 2002 to January 2007 he was the editor of El Camagüeyano Libre, the periodical of the Municipality of Camagüey in Exile. He has also been a member of the board of directors of Cuban Cultural Heritage and seved as its as vice president until May of 2007.
From 1994 to 1998 Professor Zayas-Bazán was associate editor of Hispania, the journal of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. In addition to writing numerous articles in regional and national journals, he is the co-author, co-editor and translator of eighteen books. He is the coauthor of a historical novel, El pez volador, published in 2007. The novel is being published in English as The Flying Fish in 2009.
The fifth edition of his textbook, ¡Arriba!, originally published by Prentice Hall in 1993, is being used at some 100 colleges and universities. He has just finished the fourth edition of Conexiones, an intermediate Spanish textbook first published by Prentice Hall in 1999, and is now working of the sixth edition of ¡Arriba!
Professor Zayas-Bazán is married to Lourdes Abascal and lives in Miami, FL.