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"Where are the planes?"
kept crackling over U.S. Navy radios two days later.
"Where is our ammo? Send planes or we can't last!"
Commander Jose San Roman kept pleading to the very fleet that escorted his men to the beachhead (and sat much closer to them than the Sixth Fleet sits to the Libyan coast today.) Crazed by hunger and thirst, his men had been shooting and reloading without sleep for three days. Many were hallucinating. By then many suspected they'd been abandoned by the Knights of Camelot.

That's when Castro's Soviet Howitzers opened up, huge 122 mm ones, four batteries' worth. They pounded 2,000 rounds into the freedom-fighters over a four-hour period. "It sounded like the end of the world," one said later. "Rommel's crack Afrika Corps broke and ran under a similar bombardment," wrote Haynes Johnson in his book, the Bay of Pigs. By that time the invaders were dazed, delirious with fatigue, thirst and hunger, too deafened by the bombardment to even hear orders. But these men were in no mood to emulate Rommel's crack Afrika Corps by retreating. Instead they were fortified by a resolve no conquering troops could ever call upon-the burning duty to free their nation.

"If things get rough," the heartsick CIA man Grayston Lynch radioed back, "we can come in and evacuate you."
"We will NOT be evacuated!"
San Roman roared back to his friend Lynch.
"We came here to fight! We don't want evacuation! We want more ammo! We want PLANES! This ends here!"

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...

"Mr. President, TWO planes from the Essex!"
(the U.S. Carrier just offshore from the beachhead)
"that's all those Cuban boys need, Mr. President. Let me order...!"

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."

"WE put those Cuban boys there, Mr. President!" The fighting admiral exploded. "By God, we ARE involved!"

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."


"Pepe" San Roman after his capture

"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.


Heroes of April 17, 1961

1 posted on 04/17/2012 1:31:48 PM PDT by LibFreeUSA
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To: LibFreeUSA

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.


2 posted on 04/17/2012 1:47:43 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (I like Obamacare because Granny signed the will and I need the cash)
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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,
Then Dallas.


3 posted on 04/17/2012 1:48:28 PM PDT by BilLies (Ass.Press ABCBSNBCNN, NYTimes, WaPOSt , etc., hate your Traditional American guts!)
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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.


7 posted on 04/17/2012 2:03:23 PM PDT by yarddog
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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.


10 posted on 04/17/2012 2:07:26 PM PDT by MtBaldy (If Obama is the answer, it must have been a really stupid question)
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To: LibFreeUSA
"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.

Well, not really.

13 posted on 04/17/2012 2:45:26 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: LibFreeUSA

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.


16 posted on 04/17/2012 6:13:08 PM PDT by yarddog
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One of the most shameful days in America's history due to that POS Kennedy. And that is what he was all the adulatory history to the contrary notwithstanding.

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.

18 posted on 04/17/2012 6:38:00 PM PDT by Robwin
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I wrote a screenplay with the title Bay of Pigs that was almost funded by the exile community in Miami. In doing the research I was able to get a look at slightly redacted CIA docs. I was also able to talk to a few members of the Brigade.

One thing I learned that is almost always left out of the story is the existence of Operation 40. This was a CIA founded and funded team of covert ops guys and assassins. They were along for the invasion but never left the safety of their transport.

It is widely believed that their mission was two-fold --- first, to follow the fighting and eliminate any communist leaders who may have been captured --- second, to eliminate brigage leaders once things were under control. The idea was to guarantee a trujillo-like dictatorship to do our bidding.

There is support for this in the CIA docs.

23 posted on 04/18/2012 9:39:17 AM PDT by wtc911 (Amigo - you've been had.)
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