Pedro Pan Administrator

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Pedro Pan Administrator
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Pedro Pan Administrator
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Date of Arrival
Friday, January 1, 1960
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Haiti Pedro Pan
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Hello, maybe you can help me. I am looking for pictures of the Matecumbe Camp site. If you know where I can view some pictures of the camp, please let me know. Thank you, Vivian Salort McCombie

Message by Vivian A McCombie y Salort | May 4th 2010

Dr. Ovidio MENDEZ MENDEZ, Ovidio Dr., 63, was reunited with his son, Ovi Mendez Jr., in heaven, Friday, April 30, 2010. He will be lovingly missed by his adoring wife, Yolanda; sons, Daniel and Edward and wife, Jessica; and the joy of his life, his beautiful granddaughter, Mia; mother, Ledia Mendez; brother, Ramon Mendez (Carmen); sister, Rosa Maria Couret (Jose); nephews and nieces, Jose, Mandy and Jose Daniel Couret, Lissette, Gilbert and Bella Perera, Ricardo and Laura Couret and Mario and Carmen Mendez; uncle, Pedro Diaz; and many cherished cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Ovidio Mendez. Dr. Mendez, a devoted husband, father, grandfather and pediatrician in Tampa for 31 years, was loved, trusted and respected by generations of families. Originally from Cuba, he immigrated to the United States at the age of 14 through Operation Pedro Pan. He attended high school in Michigan City, Ind., before arriving in Florida. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida and his medical degree from the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara. He not only cared for children, but nurtured their families as well. He was more than your doctor; he was your trusted friend. Dr. Mendez was a mentor to many young people and always had the time to listen. As the angels in heaven rejoice his homecoming, there will be a void felt that extends beyond his family and friends, into the community at large and throughout the medical profession. The family will receive visitors 8-9:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 5, 2010, at St. Paul' s Catholic Church, 12708 N. Dale Mabry Highway. Mass of The Resurrection will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m., after which he will be laid to rest at Myrtle Hill Memorial Park.

Message by Manuel J. Izquierdo Rodriguez | May 4th 2010

Meet the new OPPG Board and Party! - Operation Pedro Pan Group Inc. is having its annual Swearing-In Ceremony & a Dinner/Dance on Saturday, May 15th, 7:30 pm to 11:30 pm. $30 per person includes dinner, open bar, and music. Doral Reception Hall, 10395 NW 41 Street, Doral. To make your reservation, please call 305-554-7196. Please make check payable to: Operation Pedro Pan Group, Inc. & mail to: Frank Echeverria, 9710 SW 6 Street, Miami, FL 33174 - Email:franke18@bellsouth.net. This annual swearing-in event is special this year as part of the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Pedro Pan exodus.

Message by Pedro Pan Administrator | Apr 30th 2010

Meet the new OPPG Board and Party! - Operation Pedro Pan Group Inc. is having its annual Swearing-In Ceremony & a Dinner/Dance on Saturday, May 15th, 7:30 pm to 11:30 pm. $30 per person includes dinner, open bar, and music. Doral Reception Hall, 10395 NW 41 Street, Doral. To make your reservation, please call 305-554-7196. Please make check payable to: Operation Pedro Pan Group, Inc. & mail to: Frank Echeverria, 9710 SW 6 Street, Miami, FL 33174 - Email:franke18@bellsouth.net. This annual swearing-in event is special this year as part of the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Pedro Pan exodus.

Message by Pedro Pan Administrator | Apr 25th 2010

Pedro, I went to funeral services for my friend on Saturday. He had a massive heart attack. Like me he came on the Peter Pan Flights (he never filled in his page and it may never be filled in). Some folks sympathetic to the current Cuban government were also at the funeral and said that he always suffered because of the Peter Pan Exodus but that I had overcome the trauma. I responded that I am sure there are ten times as many children and young adults in Cuba that suffered ten or more times the trauma at the hands of the Cuban Government and have stories that can not be recorded because of fear or because of the current media block. I know of two stories because these two made it out of Cuba; my cousin (one year younger) who went to these camps and suffered. I have not been able to ask about the pain or trauma - it is not not freely discussed; and I know an older friend who was in her twenties and tells us many stories to this day of all the trials and sufferings she experienced in Cuba - she could not wait to get out with her Mother. She had to leave her Mother alone in her house and go to these camps to pull crops and become infested with lice and tics for the communist regime. She tells many tales of the suffering she experienced - physical, verbal and emotional. She was fortunate to be in a group from her church who protected each other from abuse and stood up to the injustice but to this day she still suffers the trauma as indicated by her accounts of those many unpleasant months in the 1960's. There are probably many others who have since arrived in the US who have died or can not find a place (like this Peter Pan Site) to tell their stories and get all this off their chest. And others still in Cuba suffering silently. I should have probably shut up at the funeral like I normally do and not react to the twisted logic from the folks sympathetic to the current Cuban government of how bad it was here because of the Peter Pan Exodus but I know in my heart that it would have been far worse for me and my brother and two sisters to have stayed in Cuba. Mami and Papi made a very intelligent, very calculated, extremely painful decision to send us here for our own good because they loved us. It may skip our generation and a few other generations but somewhere down the line parents will have to make this decision again - to love your children so much that you are willing to place them in the hands of God for just a few moments so they will not suffer as you know you will suffer when they are gone and separated from you. This is how I truly feel and I love Mami and Papi with all my heart then, now and always. Love to all - your Brother Benny

Message by Benny | Apr 22nd 2010

I just read your message. I really didn't think of checking this site for messages after I posted my story. I re-connected with Alvarito (I believe his last name was Muniz)when I came to Miami from New York in 1979. His sister's husband gave me a job in his export company. After that, I lost contact, and later on I was told by -I don't remember who- that he has passed on.

Message by George L Carr | Apr 12th 2010

SEEKING HELP FOR ARTICLE ON MARQUETE ORPHANAGE'S ROLE IN OPERATION PEDRO PAN. IF INTERESTED IN HELPING,PLEASE RESPOND TO EMAIL BELOW. Hello, I'm writing an article for Michigan History Magazine about the role the Holy Family Orphan's Home in Marquette, MI played in the lives of Pedro Pans. I am hoping to interview three individuals who lived there. Are you able to communicate my intention on the network website? My contact information is: Carrie Pearson 906-228-4465 carrieapear@aol.com Marquette, MI Thank you.

Message by Pedro Pan Administrator | Apr 6th 2010

Pedro says: Please note that Anonymous messages are not allowed in the PP Network.

Status update | Apr 2nd 2010

Everytime, I try to enter your site my date of birth and password are not accepted. "WHY"

Message by rolando sosa | Apr 2nd 2010

My name is Felix R. Marrero and I arrived in the USA via New York with Peter Pan Visa from Spain , but oridinally from Cuba on January 9th, 1967, and will like to find more of Peters like Me around my area, I currently live in Hudson Coubty, New Jersey.

Message by Felix Ricardo Marrero Ruiz | Mar 28th 2010

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