DECEMBER 18, 1967

Israel Padron

 

My name is Israel Padron Rosabal. I arrived on December 18, 1967. I was ten years old but I remember clearly the trip between Havana and Varadero. We left in the evening of the 17th and slept in my cousin’s car lined up with other cars at the entrance to the airport. I recall arriving in the US and going directly to the Freedom House at MIA and waiting for my step-father’s family to pick us up. We had only the clothes on our back and my mom had a small bag with things for my month and a half old baby brother. It would 35 years later that I returned for an emotional reunion to the brother and sister we left behind!!

Israel Padron

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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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