DECEMBER 11, 1972

Maria Pacheco


I remember that when my plane landed in Miami on Dec. 11, 1972, there were television cameras at the airport because our flight was the first one after they had been suspended them for awhile. I got off the plane with my then husband and my daughter, Grettel, who was carrying her doll so that attracted the photographers. On my flight there were many elderly people. I think we were the youngest passengers. I remember I was taken to the Freedom Tower were a Cuban lady, I still recall she was so proper and well-dressed, filled out all my paperwork. My husband was separated form me for hours because he had worked at the port of Cardenas in Cuba and the government here thought he knew about the comings and goings of Russian ships there. We stayed in Miami for several days until we relocated to Las Vegas, where my husband had relatives.

Maria Pacheco

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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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