December 6, 1967

Rosa M. Nicot-Sante


I would like to add my name and the names of family members that arrived to US in the freedom flights.

Date of arrival: December 6, 1967

Victoriano Nicot Susavila

Rosa Maria Nicot Fernandez

Sarah Eva Nicot Fernandez

Haydee Victoria Nicot Fernandez

Esperidion Merido Fernandez Fernandez

Eulogia A. Tamayo Lazo

Maria Fernandez Fernandez

Waldemar Puig

Maria M. Fernandez Tamayo

Maria A. Puig Fernandez

Waldemar Puig Fernandez

My mother Haydee Maria Fernandez was scheduled to travel with the rest of the family, unfortunately, she was detained at the airport in Varadero because she had given “our telephone line and equipment” to another member of the family that remained in Cuba, she was released and able to come to US on December 15, 1967.

I congratulate the Herald and everyone that is gathering this information and letting us relive that part of our lives. My grandfather, Esperidion Fernandez died on May 30, 1992, he left a suitcase “ready and full of everything” that he was taking back to Cuba at minutes notice. The database is just a wonderful idea!


Rosa M. Nicot-Sante

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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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