(Miami, May 1961)
[Reference: Dade County OCB
DATE: May 22, 1961
TO: THOMAS J. KELLY, Metropolitan Sheriff
FROM: LT. FRANK CHAPEL, Supervisor, Criminal Intelligence
SUBJECT: CUBAN COUNTER - REVOLUTIONARY ACTIVITIES -
CARBO et al
At approximately 8: a.m. on May 20, 1961, Agent A.L.
TARABOCHIA was advised
by a reliable source that a number of Cuban nationals
recently captured in
the aftermath of the unsuccessful invasion of Cuba were
being returned to
Miami. The prisoners were to negotiate the ransom of
by FIDEL CASTRO for the release of the 1,200 prisoners held
since the end of April.
The writer immediately notified Lt. KAPPEL and the Duty
Sergeant at the airport
since it was foreseeable that a large crowd of Cubans would
gather to meet
At 12:15 p.m., Agent TARABOCHIA was notified by Sgt. J.
KOGAN that the prisoners
were to arrive on P.A.A. Flight #442 at 1:30 p.m. and that
there was a considerable
number of Cubans waiting the arrival of the flight.
Upon arrival, the writer contacted Lt. STOUT and together
to the United States Immigration Office to receive
instructions on the procedure
Mr. L. GIDDEL, Travel Control Officer of I.N.S. revealed
that the prisoners
identified as follows,
[Photo of Delegation not in report]
(1) ULISES CARBO, Hq. Co.
(2) MIRTO COLLAZO VALDES, Hq. Co.
(3) Captain LUIS MORSE DELGADO, Navy
(4) JUAN JOSE PERUYERO, 3rd Bn.
(5) WALDO CASTROVERDE, 1st Bn., Paratroop
(6) HUGO SUEIROS, 2nd Bn.
(7) CEFERINO ALVAREZ CASTRELLON, 4th Armored Bn.
(8) GUSTAVO GARCIA MONTES, Heavy Weapons Bn.
(9) REINALDO PICO RAMON, 6th Bn.
(10) FELIX ELOY PEREZ TAMAYO, 5th Bn.
were to give a press conference in the VIP room of the
airport and then proceed
to the DuPont Plaza Hotel where they were to meet with the
of the Revolutionary Council.
At 1:38 p.m., P.A.A. Flight #422 arrived at Miami and the
ten prisoners alighted
last, clad in camouflage combat uniforms. After a
by Mr. GIDDEL, the prisoners were taken to the parking apron
where five United
States Border Patrol cars waited to take t hem to the Du
Pont Plaza Hotel.
The press conference was canceled when it became evident
that it would be
impossible to take the prisoners through the waiting crowd
estimated at approximately
500. Just before boarding the Border Patrol cars, the
allowed to pose for the press photographers.
the group left for the Hotel where it arrived at
approximately 2:30 p.m.
Upon arrival at the Hotel, it was learned that the Manager,
ROBERT E. PAGE,
requested that a Negro male among the prisoners be removed
from the premises
because of a policy of the Hotel. When it was pointed
out that such
action could be exploited by the communist press, Mr. PAGE'S
was, "I only work here".
Mr. WILLIAM PAWLEY, former United States Ambassador to
Brazil made arrangements
for the group to be billeted at the Fontainebleau Hotel on
At approximately 3:30 p.m., the prisoners in the Border
Patrol cars with
a Miami Police motorcycle escort proceeded to the
Fontainebleau where, upon
arrival, the group was taken to the fourth floor and, at
their request, refused
to see anyone including their relatives.
After being assigned to their rooms, the prisoners met with
of the Cuban Revolutionary Council for approximately 90
minutes under the
constant supervision of two C.I.A. agents and the I.N.S.
At the end of the meeting, Mr. GIDDEL requested that the
writer escort the
group to 1034 Michigan Avenue where they were to meet with
Dr. JOSE MIRO
CARDONA, President of the Revolutionary Council. Dr.
MIRO was confined
to bed with a pulmonary congestion but, due to the
received permission from his doctors to receive the
delegation of prisoners.
At this point, the writer was joined by Agent J. M. Mc KAY
because of the
number of persons gathered at the residence of Dr. MIRO.
The meeting ended at 8:01 p.m. and the group returned to the
Hotel where a press conference was arranged. At
p.m., Mr. GIDDEL advised the writer that there were no other
and, due to the fact that most of the prisoners were to
visit their homes,
there was no need for additional security measures.
and Mc KAY then secured at approximately 8:40 p.m.
During his contacts with the prisoners, Agent TARABOCHIA has
information relative to the abortive invasion of April 17,
information will be included in a separate report to follow.
LT. FRANK KAPPEL, Supervisor
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