SEPTEMBER 12, 1966

Millie Fresen


My brother, Carlos Costales, left Cuba on April 1961 with a waiver visa through the Catholic Church. He was a Pedro Pan boy.

On 1964, he claimed my parents, Josefina and Alberto Costales, and me, Millie Costales with my former husband, Fernando, and my two daughters Millie and Jackie. We all left Cuba on 1966. My parents were considered Class A (parents of a minor) and I was class B (sister of a minor)

My parents were in Miami for 4 months and left for Puerto Rico claimed by my cousin, Carlos Alberto Verdura Costales.

We also went to Puerto Rico when we arrived. The Catholic Service paid for our trip. We were in Miami only 3 days.

In 1968 we moved to Miami, and have been here since that date.

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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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