April 14, 1961

Lorenzo Betancourt

 

my name is lorenzo betancourt and i arrived on april 14 1961 to miami.The same day i was transporter to camp saint peter in orlando fla.There were around 50 to 60 kids already there.I was 14 years old and most the the kids were from 13 t0 18.Three month later if i recall they closed the camp.It was run by the catholic welfare lead by father Walsh.Most of us were sent to camp saint john in jacksonville fla were they were already around 80 kids if i recall right.I got sick there and spent about 3 month in the hospital in saint john hospital,almost die.LOTS OF MEMORIES,A LIFE TIME.

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  • JUNE 7th, 1967

    Ana De Los Reyes

    First of all, I would like to thank you for your great efforts in compiling the Freedom Flights date base information. It was with great emotion that I looked up my father's arrival to freedom information.

  • JULY 24 1968

    Miriam Rodriguez

    We arrive on July 24 1968, I remember as soon we were in the plane we heard a welcome from Pres. Johnson, as we arrive in Miami there were a priest & minister to welcome as I will never will forget that day.

  • NOVEMBER 27, 1967

    Ana María Florin

    It was November 27, 1967 when my mother ( now 83 years old), my father (now deceased) and I came to the United states via the Freedom Flight. We planned to come earlier, but the Bay of Pigs invasion delayed our plans since all flights were put on halt.

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