23 AMERICANS IN CUBA
Washington Post December 27, 1962 page A-16]
23 Americans Held by Castro
May Be Freed
U.S. officials were increasingly optimistic yesterday that
23 Americans long held in Cuban jails may be released.
The optimism was based on reports from lawyer James B.
arranged for the return of the Cuban invasion
Fidel Castro has promised to discuss early release of the
Washington informants said the U.S. Government is also
release of Americans through the Swiss Embassy in
Swiss represent U.S. interests in the absence of diplomatic
between Washington and Havana.
The imprisoned Americans, who were not in the Bay of Pigs
force, have been held on a variety of charges, both
State Department press officer Lincoln White said Donovan is
a humanitarian to get people out of jail," but is not a U.S.
The Government took a similar stand on Donovan's activities
connection with the release of Cuban invasion
Kennedy Administration supported the prisoner release effort
back-stage, but it has shunned direct dealings with Castro.
Available Washington sources said they did not know of any
ransom price demanded by Castro for the American prisoners.
The State Department yesterday released the following list
of 23 Americans held in Cuban prisons, with their sentences:
Tommy L. Baker. Dothan, Ala, 30 years.
James R. Beans, Franklinville, N.C., 30 years
George R. Beck, Norton, Mass, 30 years
Leslie Bradley Minneapolis, 10 years
Daniel Carswell [Careswell], no home town, 10 years
Eustace Danbrunt, no home town, 10 years
Rafael Del Pino, Miami 30 years
Robert John Gentile, Cleveland, 10 years
Alford E. Gibson, Mount Gilead, N.C., 30 years
Donald Joe Greene, Clover, S.C., 30 years
Juan Pedro Koop, Cuba, 20 years
Peter John Lambton, Nassau, Bahamas, 25 years
John V. Martino, Miami Beach, 13 years
Richard Allen Pecorato, Staten Island, N.Y. 30 years
Dario Prohias Bello, wife in Cuba, mother lives in Jemez
Springs, N.M., 10 years
Leonard L. Schmidt, no home town, 30 years
Edmund Taransky, no home town, 10 years
Austin F. Young, Jr., Palm Beach, Fla., 30 years
Martha O'Neal, Orlando, Fla, awaiting sentence
Howard T. Rundquist, San Antonio, Tex, awaiting sentence
Jack O'Jalvo, awaiting sentence cousin in Los Angeles
Ramon Williams, Cuba, 2 years
Alberto German Sanchez, Cuba, 12 years
United press International reported that John Martino, a
prisoner, now living in Miami Beach, had compiled his own
Americans held by Castro, giving the following home towns
prisoners, without addresses in the State Department list:
Syracuse, N.Y.; Danbrunt, Baltimore; Schmidt, Chicago, and
The State Department said its list might be out of date and
Martino on its list might be the John Martino living in
Howard L. Rundquist, listed among the 23, has been in the
since last June 19, his mother said in San Antonio last
L. Rundquist said her son is in Miami, UPI reported.
She said she
talked with him by phone two days ago and that he said he
might visit her for Christmas although he has not arrived in
Antonio. Rundquist is 37. Mrs. Rundquist said he
held in Cuban prisons for about two years.
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