August 17, 1967

Gloria Morales Mendizabal


Good Afternoon Ms. Llanes,

Thanks so much for your valiant effort in leading this most emotionally charged project. I have been able to find my husband, who is listed as Rafael Ovies Andino, and should be Andino Ovies, and my mother-in-law, Esperanza Ovie Andino, that should read Ovies Andino. However, my son Rafael Victor Andino and myself, Gloria Morales Mendizabal are not listed in the database. We arrived at the Opalocka airport on August 17, 1967.

My son was given a carton of chocolate milk at the airport upon arrival. He had never had chocolate milk and liked it so much that he asked for a second carton. I was 8 months pregnant with my first daughter and appreciate all the care I received upon arrival. We stayed in Miami for 15 days and then were relocated to Kingsville, TX where I had an uncle.

Best regards,

Mrs. Gloria Morales Andino (my name on the Cuban passport appears as Gloria Morales Mendizabal)

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    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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