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December 29, 1962


Miami, Florida (JFK+50) Members of Brigade 2506, who took part in the ill-fated invasion at the Bay of Pigs in April 1961, were welcomed to the United States today at the Orange Bowl by President & Mrs. John F. Kennedy.

               Manuel Artime, Mayor High
                       JFK & Mrs. Kennedy
                             Orange Bowl
                      December 29, 1962

The brigade’s prisoners, almost 1200, had been held in captivity in Fidel Castro’s prison for  20 months.

The President’s brother, Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, worked behind the scenes to attain the release of the prisoners.

 Mrs. Kennedy speaks with Brigade

The Attorney General was able to raise a ransom of $53 million in baby food & medicines which was provided by American baby food  & pharmaceutical companies.

The President was presented with the flag of Brigade 2506 by Erneido Oliva.

JFK accepted the flag on behalf of the people of the United States & said:

“I can assure you that this flag will be returned to this brigade in a free Havana.”

            Mrs. Kennedy Shakes Hands 
                        with the Brigade

The President added:

“I need not tell you how happy I am to welcome you here to the United States.  I can assure you that it is the strongest wish of the people of this country….that Cuba should one day be free again.” 

                 Men who suffered injuries
                             listen to JFK*

*All photos in today’s posting were made by Cecil Stoughton & are JFK Library photographs.

For more information on the Bay of Pigs click on Labels: Bay of Pigs Landing & Bay of Pigs Invasion.

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