TRAINING CAMP of
Maria Soledad ALBA
OCB Dade County, Florida file #48903-C]
DATE: September 27, 1960
TO: THOMAS J. KELLY,
FROM: LT. FRANK KAPPEL, Supervisor,
SUBJECT: MARIA SOLEDAD ALBA VASQUEZ - ADDITIONAL
Subsequent investigation revealed the subject no longer has
THOMAS PIATKOWSKI in her employ and has dropped him from the
corporation known as the Society La Cruz.
As the result of a disagreement over ROLANDO MASFERRER'S
of his group to the Comfort Road camp for training with the
Mrs. VASQUEZ, PIATKOWSKI broke away from the Society
On Wednesday, September 21, 1960 Mrs. VASQUEZ attempted to
rent a large
cabin cruiser, preferably a 45 foot twin screw, and capable
over 30 knots, from the Beacon Marine Service Inc., located
at 260 S.W.
N. River Drive, Miami, Florida, phone FR 3-6360.
JIM THORNTON, owner of Beacon Marine Service advised Mrs.
had no such craft available and suggested she try City Pier
THORNTON also provided the writer with a receipt for the
rental of the
yacht "Surinam" which was secured in the name of E. T.
Kawnair International Aluminum Extrusions, 727 E. DiLido
Beach, Florida. A copy of the rental contract is
A check with the office of R. A. GRAY, Secretary of state,
Florida on September 26, 1960, revealed there is no record
of any such
corporation. The address given by PIATKOWSKI on the
that of DANIEL VASQUEZ.
The yacht "Surinam" was rented for a period of seven days to
for a "fishing trip" by "executives of the Kawnair
PIATKOWSKI subsequently returned this boat to the City Docks
16, 1960 in a half sunken condition. There was
evidence the boat
had sprung a bad leak and THORNTON was advised the "Surinam"
near Marathon during the week in question. The damage
done to the
boat and its fittings was deducted from the $200.00 deposit
had put up with Mrs. VASQUEZ' money. The difference of
paid to PIATKOWSKI by Beacon Marine by check after he had
relations with MARIA and DANIEL VASQUEZ.
PIATKOWSKI is presently trying to associate himself with
another anti-Castro party in Miami.
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Weekly checks are made on
the activities of MARIA VASQUEZ and the occupants of the
house at 491 Comfort Road, S. Dade.
The following listed twelve men are still living at the
comfort Road camp rented by MARIA SOLEDAD ALBA VASQUEZ.
1) *LUIS SUAREZ LEON, W/M, 24 years
2) COMELIO MEDEROS LOPES, W/M, 18 years
3) *MIGUEL ANGEL ESPINOZA COSSIO, W/M, 23 years
4) *DOMINGO NELSON VIDAL PORTERO, W/M, 22 years
5) *ENRIQUE SERGIO HERNANDEZ ACEVEDE, W/M, 19 years
6) SEVERIO JUEVERA VALDINA, W/M, 35 years
7) VINCENTE MONTESINO CANALES, W/M, 21 years
8) JOSE FELIX GONZALEZ, W/M, 23 years
9) ROSMILIO JIMENEZ POLANCO, W/M 22 years
10) PABLO NIEVES, W/M, 33 years (Not on previous list)
11) RAUL SOTO, W/M, 21 years (Assistant training officer)
12) *RAUL ARANGO, W/M, 37 years (Training officer)
The above five names prefixed with an asterisk were involved
in the Key
Largo incident, (See case #36026-C). Of the original
Largo incident participants it is interesting to note five
left at this camp.
The group still uses the name PIATKOWSKI gave the group, the
On a check made of the premises on Monday, September 26,
1960, a faded
red 1949 Mercury Sedan was observed parked at the south side
main building. This vehicle bears 1960 Florida tag
1-59388 and is
registered to M. A. SUAREZ of 1338 S.W. 7th Street, Miami,
record of any want.
ARANGO advised at this time that Mrs. VASQUEZ had sent
VALERIANI, Juvenile Detective, Miami Beach Police Department
him as training officer on the week of September 11,
1960. It was
on the fifth day of VALERIANI'S duties at the camp that he
by Public Safety Department Lieutenant CROMARTIE and State's
Investigator DAUGHERTY at which time he displayed the
card he had been issued for his duties as Civil Defense
Agent. A copy of Lt. CROMARTIE'S report is attached.
VALERIANI is alleged to be a personal friend of Mrs.
hired him knowing he was Police Officer and paid him a
salary for his
In view of the circumstances surrounding this type of
activity and the
repercussions the Director may feel, it is recommended
Special Deputy Commission be reviewed.
VALERIANI has, at this writing, discontinued his activities
at the camp.
ARANGO further stated the premises which house JOSEPH
Restaurant at 435 N.E. 1st Avenue and the Paula Hotel at 433
Avenue are being used as refuge by transient communist
PAULA. He is alleged to furnish these facilities until
permanent contact is arranged, not always in this State.
He also stated PAULA could easily be arrested for his bolita
which is taken to a counting house at midnight on Friday
nights in a
white Dodge PAULA parks in a lot directly west of the
According to ARANGO there is a Communist Agent named JOSE
MILIAM DE LA
NOVAL who makes his home in California but travels between
Coast and Florida. DE LA NOVAL is a white male aged 34
entered the U.S. through Miami in 1954 and has subsequently
trips to Cuba through Miami. DE LA NOVAL is ARANGO'S
At this time RAUL SOTO advised of the presence of a D.I.E.R.
(Department of Investigation of the Revolutionary Army)
Agent who is
employed at the Deauville Hotel as a Busboy. He calls
GALLEGO", his true name is MANOLO GALLEGO.
When questioned about the yacht "Surinam", SOTO stated, "No,
it was the
Argonaut and it is going to leave for there any day now."
On the evening of Monday, September 26, 1960, a yacht left
carrying several of the former group from the Comfort Road
including NELSON TRUJILLO CORREA. This boat and its
escaped detection and are believed to be in Cuba at this
On Tuesday, September 27, 1960 Mrs. MILLER, Secretary
Beacon Marine Service contacted the writer and advised that
VASQUEZ had been at their docks a 11:00 AM and had wanted to
"Surinam" again for a period of seven days commencing on
September 28, 1960.
Mrs. MILLER told VASQUEZ the boat was still leaking water
suggested he try the Miami Boat Rental Company directly
on N. W. North River Drive.
It was also verified Mrs. VASQUEZ had attempted to purchase
rubber landing boats from the Army Salvage Company at 6160
Avenue on Sunday, September 25, 1960.
Investigation will continue with additional reports
EDWARD R. CLODE
Lt. FRANK KAPPEL, Supervisor
C.C. Military Intelligence
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