Antonio Maceo Battalion
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DATE: September 9, 1963
CASE NO: CI 93-F
TO: T.A. BUCHANAN, Director
FROM: Lt. L. J. VAN BUSKIRK, Supervisor
Criminal Intelligence-Rackets & Frauds
SUBJECT: Antonio Maceo Battalion
On September 6, 1963, information was received reference the
Maceo Brigade sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars,
Post 1608, 27
Avenue and S. W. 16 Street, the this brigade was using an
area west of
Miami for maneuvers. This brigade sponsored by the
V. F. W. Post whose commander is Julius J. Ruben, started
sometime in the past with 22 men. One active member,
Jarbo, is a Jai-Alai judge and has as other members Luis
formerly with the Cuban Army, and a retired Marine, Donald
Information was received that approximately 900 Cuban
Militia men in
Miami were staging maneuvers in this S.W. area on
check of the area disclosed that a section approximately
five acres has
been cleared on the east of 109 Avenue, just north of West
Street. Immediately across, or west of this cleared
area, is the
Miami Christian School which houses several hundred
West of this area, across Flagler Street, is the town of
This check also revealed that an Army tent, approximately 18
feet, was located in the northwest corner of this lot, and
tent we found four rolled up tents. Information had
that these so called Militia men had in their possession
weapons of the
automatic type, however, when this area was checked at 10:00
September 6, 1963, no one was to be found in this area.
At 4:00 p.m., September 6, 1963, I interviewed Donald A.
Engineer, of 1601 S. W. 88 Avenue. Miller stated the
This battalion, sponsored by the Americanism Program of the
local V. F.
W., has as a commander Joseph Jarbo and he, Miller, holds
the rank of
Major. He claims that this battalion is backed by
Smathers and Representative Pepper. He claims the
of Investigation has knowledge of this unit and named Agents
Merry and Wealth as having fluent information on their
activities. Miller is a former U. S. Marine Corp
discharged after six years of service for disability.
The property on which these maneuvers are to be held is
owned by a
doctor F.P. Archer, 1515 N.W. South River Drive, and this
permission from Doctor Archer to use this property for these
maneuvers. Miller stated that he welcomed the police
at any time
to inspect this unit, that they owned no automatic weapons,
weapons used in these maneuvers are owned by the individuals
mostly carbine and garands. He further stated that at
no time is
any one in actual possession of live ammunition except he,
case of snakes, etc.
At 8:30 p.m., I checked the area and there was no activity
except for one watchman. At noon on September 7, 1963,
checked the area and noticed that signs had been put up on
Street denoting where these maneuvers were to be held,
however, at this
time there was no activity whatsoever except for three white
standing by a tent, talking.
Chief Knight of Sweetwater has warned Miller that if anyone
battalion crosses Flagler Street into Sweetwater carrying
any kind of
weapon, he will be picked up and charged.
Case pending further surveillance.
Louis Labbe, Sergeant
TRAINING TO RAID
Exiles Move To New Camp
By SANFORD SCHNIER
Reporter of the Miami Herald
The Cuban exile Antonio Maceo battalion commissioned its new
camp yesterday – 11 miles west of downtown Miami in
About 832 men and 160 women will train on five acres of
donated farmland off W. Flagler Street on SW 109th Avenue.
The land was given by Miami oculist and reserve naval
officer F.P. Archer.
The "camp" so far consists of four surplus Army and Marine
and two flag poles imbedded in cement and flying the U.S.,
The battalion had drilled for 17 months on the grounds of
McAllister Post 1608 at SW 27th Avenue and 16th Street, but
changed the situation:
Neighbors complained of noise in the residential
neighborhood, and the battalion simply outgrew the
Sweetwater Police Chief Jack Knight was on hand for the camp
and pledged his cooperation IF the battalion leaders kept
their men out
of nearby bars and kept them from carrying weapons through
He was assured both requests would be carried out.
Father Manuel Lopez of Gesu Catholic Church blessed the
battalion, the flags and the future in Spanish and English
and the unit
marched in review.
Sgt. Jose Fernandez Castillo, 56, who spent 26 years in the
Cuban Army said:
"All we need is transportation, guns and ammo to fight for
the U.S. and our homeland. We're ready!"
The battalion has a recruiting office at 2384 W. Flagler
St., and is seeking "several thousand Cubans from 17 to 75."
Seven members of the Bay of Pigs invasion force – Bernardo
Jaime Varela, Edgardo Butari, Pedro Encinosa, Galis
Arizurieta and Carlos Viera – watched and hoped perhaps the
invasion would be THE one to tumble Castro.
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