Skip to comments.An Anniversary of Heroism and Shame: The Bay of Pigs (This day on April 17, 1961)
Posted on 04/17/2012 1:31:34 PM PDT by LibFreeUSA
"They fought like tigers," writes the CIA officer who helped train the Cubans who splashed ashore at the Bay of Pigs 51 years ago today. "But their fight was doomed before the first man hit the beach." That CIA man, Grayston Lynch, knew something about fighting - and about long odds. He carried scars from Omaha Beach, The Battle of the Bulge and Korea's Heartbreak Ridge. But in those battles Lynch and his band of brothers counted on the support of their Commander in Chief.
At the Bay of Pigs, Grayston Lynch (an American) and his band of brothers (Cubans) learned - first in speechless shock and finally in burning rage - that their most powerful enemies were not Castro's Soviet-armed soldiers massing in nearby Santa Clara, but the Ivy League's Best and Brightest dithering in Washington. Lynch trained, in his own words, "mostly brave boys who had never before fired a shot in anger" - college students, farmers, doctors, common laborers, whites, blacks, mulattoes. They were known as La Brigada 2506, an almost precise cross-section of Cuban society of the time. The Brigada included....,continued
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Camelot's criminal idiocy finally brought Adm. Arleigh Burke of the Joints Chief of Staff, who was receiving the battlefield pleas, to the brink of mutiny. Years before, 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! The fighting admiral was livid. They say his face was beet red and his facial veins popping as he faced down his commander-in-chief that fateful night of April 18, 1961...
JFK was in white tails and a bow tie that evening, having just emerged from an elegant social gathering. "Burke," he replied. "We can't get involved in this."
Admiral Burke's pleas also proved futile. The freedom-fighters' spent ammo inevitably forced a retreat. Castro's jets and Sea Furies were roaming overhead at will and tens of thousands of his Soviet-led and armed troops and armor were closing in. The Castro planes now concentrated on strafing the helpless, ammo-less freedom-fighters.
"Can't continue," Lynch's radio crackled - it was San Roman again. "Have nothing left to fight with ...out of ammo...Russian tanks in view....destroying my equipment."
"Tears flooded my eyes," wrote Grayston Lynch. "For the first time in my 37 years I was ashamed of my country."
When the smoke cleared and their ammo had been expended to the very last bullet, when a hundred of them lay dead and hundreds more wounded, after three days of relentless battle, barely 1,400 of them -- without air support (from the U.S. Carriers just offshore) and without a single supporting shot by naval artillery (from U.S. cruisers and destroyers poised just offshore) -- had squared off against 41,000 Castro troops, his entire air force and squadrons of Soviet tanks. The Cuban freedom-fighters inflicted casualties of 20 to 1 against their Soviet-armed and led enemies. This feat of arms that still amazes professional military men.
"They fought magnificently and were not defeated," stressed Marine Col. Jack Hawkins a multi-decorated WWII and Korea vet who helped train them. "They were abandoned on the beach without the supplies and support promised by their sponsor, the Government of the United States."
"We shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty!" proclaimed Lynch and Hawkin's Commander-in-Chief just three months earlier.
This is the day JFK invited the Cuban missile crisis by appearing weak when he refused to provide thd promised air support. He is considered as some kind of saint or hero but his weakness nearly got the world killed.
Just one of many JFK F- - -Ups.
Brave men went free Cuba while RFK and JFK said let them die.
Next came the Berlin Wall,
Then Viet Nam,
Then the Cuban Missile Crisis,
Brave men went TO free Cuba...
Exactly! and I would go even further and say that it had similar and direct implication of why we went overboard in Vietnam (with Johnson) because by 1964/65 Johnson was already smarting from Kennedy's looking so weak with Bay of Pigs fiasco decision triggering missile crisis (i.e. weakness on communism implication), that he went completely over board engaging the U.S. in a needless war, causing the death of over 55,000 U.S. soldiers 3,000 miles away, when he couldn't even risk one single plane just 90 miles south of FL on a country that threatened nuclear holocaust on the USA.
Thanks for your sincere thoughts. I was 7 yrs old, in Cuba, when they landed and were left stranded.
I remember it fairly well. My Sister was a clerk/typist at Hurlburt field, then part of Eglin AFB. There were Cubans all over the place.
I can remember seeing several B-26 bombers which had 8 .50 cal. machine guns in the nose. These were not the WWII B-26 but a different tho similar bomber. They were propeller driven and I suspect devastating ground attack planes but stood no chance against Cuban jets.
One day my Sister was driven home (we lived about 35 miles from Hurlburt) by a Cuban. She had a date with him but Mother cancelled it telling her she was not going out with a Cuban. My Sister was disappointed as she said every girl on base wanted to date him. He looked just like Desi Arnaz.
At the end of the Summer she went back to college and I saw no more of the Cubans.
First time I ever cursed in front of my Dad—I got a spanking, but I deserved it. It forever turned me into a Conservative.
JFK GETS BLAME FOR U.S. ROLE IN VIETNAM WAR
No one has provided more persuasive evidence that it was President John F. Kennedy who got the United States into the Vietnam War than James Reston in his recently published memoir, “Deadline.”
The article doesn’t make clear the worst of it. Kennedy had been told by the CIA from the moment he learned of the operation it would fail without US air support. He solemnly promised, “They WILL have air support”. The CIA agent in charge did not trust Kennedy and made him swear two more times to provide air support to the Cubans. It wasn’t until they were dying on the beach Kennedy said, “No, air support. We will not get involved”.
JFK, as are most Kennedys, was an unmitigated POS. I won’t say I’m glad he was shot but I think it was better for the country even with Texas gangster Johnson replacing him.
Kennedy definitely was not the plaster saint that history revisionists have molded over the years. I can well remember the mood of the country in 1963, and it was not chiseled in stone that JFK would be re-elected.
However, LBJ was able to latch on to the Kennedy martyrdom and enact legislation that has been damaging to the country ever since - war on poverty, etc. I don't think LBJ could have done that without wrapping himself up in the Kennedy mystique. I think it is poetic justice that LBJ was undone in the mid to late 60s by the very same elitist liberals who he courted tirelessly, but who never trusted him and hated his guts.
All just my opinion, fwiw.
Well, not really.
I was a grown man when the Bay of Pigs occurred, I was appalled that we abandoned our allies but didn’t know the details.
I have read “Decision for Disaster: Betrayal at the Bay of Pigs” by Grayston L. Lynch and it makes you want to cry.
Of course the Media has made the CIA the villain, but RFK’s statement “What will the World Think if we sent in OUR military” or words to that effect expose the superficial dedication of sending men into harms way.
Hope you and yours are doing well.
Thanks. My dad was arrested on the day of the invasion, while I was at school. He was working for an American co. at the time (International Harvester) and had left work to pick me up at school when word got out that there was an invasion taking place. He got stopped at a road-block, when they saw that he worked for an American co. and was not at his job (despite saying he was going to pick me up), they took him away. He was released later that night when a local police chief vouched for him. After the invasion failed, the crackdowns really started, then my mom and dad applied to emigrate. We left in Feb '62.
I am sure I read somewhere a long time ago that Khrushchev phoned Kennedy after the invasion began and scared him so badly that Kennedy was literally trembling.
That is when Kennedy called off the promised air support.
Sort've like the current Cretin in Chief being forced to hit the links and sign nondisclosure agreements in order to ensure the Osama raid wouldn't be compromised.
The more things "change" the more they seem the same. Traitors in our midst.
I am currently reading An Enormous Crime billed as "the definitive account of American POWs abandoned in Southeast Asia" by former Congressman Bill Hendon and Elizabeth Stewart. It is the belief of the authors that one of the major reasons the Vietnamese held onto an unknown number of our POWs was because they were expecting to trade them for aid and reconstruction funds, having learned from JFK's cowardice in ransoming the Cuban Freedom Fighters he had betrayed at the Bay of Pigs.
JFK was, without question, a poltroon.
“That is when Kennedy called off the promised air support”
I don’t think Kennedy ever had any intention of honoring his promise to provide air support. If he had the carriers would have had orders in place before the invasion to provide it. There were no orders before during or after the invasion to provide cover for the ground attack planes.
You might be right but my understanding is the air cover and air supply were both in place and just about to be started when Kennedy called it off.