Pedro Pan Administrator

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Pedro Pan Administrator
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Friday, January 1, 1960
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Soy Terry Vallina Rivas y he escrito antes, creo que no le he dado suficiente gratitud a la familia que me acogio en este pais. Sus nombres son Jose Luis and Josefina Garcia, mil gracias por su ayuda en esos dificiles momentos. Tambien a la famila de Raul y Luisa Puga, sobretodo a Raulito

Message by TERRY VALLINA RIVAS | May 17th 2009

I arrived in Miami on September 22, 1962 and reading this story in the Herald has been very emotional, outstanding work by all involved. We are extremely grateful to all those people that made Operation Pedro Pan possible. I will forever be grateful to my Aunt Mercedes Vega and my Uncle Armando Vega who provided for me and loved me as if I was their own son, and a Special Thanks to my Aunt and Godmother Esther Gort who made it possible for me and others to arrive.

Message by Leo Llanos Fresneda | May 17th 2009

Would like to know about a friend I had in Habana, his name is Heriberto Sedeno.

Message by TERRY VALLINA RIVAS | May 17th 2009

thank you for this important historical work!!! i have been getting the courage all morning to look for my record and just finding my name was very emotional. lots of work to be done here and there is a great opportunity thru your data base. my daughter found her dad and i first thing when she woke up this morning. my date of birth is incorrect and i would like to be able to register but it does not allow it please tell me what to do. again my great appreciation for your wonderful work and to George for the Chiclets and his record keeping and to my tia anita for taking me in

Message by Patricia Pino Hernandez | May 17th 2009

HI,I just want to say thank you to everyone that made this possible.I know that it was hard to part from our parents when we were so young but it was for our own good.I'm sure that they fell the same way we did.I arrived on 10/03/62 with my brother.He was 13,and I was 10.We lived with my aunt till my parents arrived 5 years later.It was really hard for us too.I remenbered how I used to cried every night before I went to sleep, thinking of when will I see my parents again.But still in my heart I keep no hate towards their dicisions for doing what they had to do.I will always love my parents and the people that help us be where we are today,Thank you everybody!

Message by Maria E Fernandez | May 17th 2009

My name is Hiram E. Varona, I arrived on January 3, 1962. Am I the only one to admitt that sending a 10 year old to live with an aunt and her family in Miami, was cruel, insensitive, and unnecesary? I had just turned 10 in the previuos November. I did not see my father until 1966, and my mother and brother until 1968. I have two children and two grandchildren. I could never bring myself to put them through what I lived through during my separation from my parents! As a result of my parent's decision to send me on my own to Miami, I never really had a normal relationship with either my father or mother after their arrival in the U.S. I will never forgive nor forget their senseless act of shipping me off to the U.S. After 47 years of living in exile, I've slowly regained my identity, my sense of decency, and my self worth that was robbed from me the moment that I climbed the steps of a KLM DC-6 flight to Miami on January 3 of 1963. Many point out how "lucky" I was to have escaped from Cuba when I did. Those who say that, never sat in the front porch of strange house in Coconout Grove patiently waiting for my parents to show up. This I did for about 6 months, then eventually gave up hope of ever seeing them again. Sorry, this kind of "luck" I don't wish on anyone. For too many years I've maintained my silence on this subject. If I sound ungrateful, maybe it is because I have never once seen the positive side of this issue. There are those whose experience was different than mine, but then again not everyone reacts eqully. I know that their is a great deal I must come to grips with in order to overcome my bitterness, but slowly and eventually I will arrive there.

Message by Hiram E. Varona | May 17th 2009

Yeah: I also arrived here at Miami Int'l Airport direct from Rancho Boyeros August 3rd, 1962 as a refugee alien, under the auspices of The Catholic Church's Pedro Pan Operation Program. I was 12 years old then. I spent about three years in the program, the latest location 'Florida City.'I reunited with Mom in 1965 and moved to California, The City of Los Angeles. I came back to Florida late 2003 in a permanent basis. It was all very nostalgic and at times emotionally troubling-the separation from our parents-but man's destiny is always full of twists and turns. Looking forward to communicate with any other Pedro Pan.! Exchange notes and so forth. Bye, bye!!!

Message by Manuel E Gutierrez Arnao | May 17th 2009

Saludos. Yo no soy un Pedro Pan, pero estoy buscando a dos amigos míos de la infancia que sí lo fueron y a los que me encantaría saludar. Son dos hermanos. Se llaman Alfredo (que debe tener ahora unos 58 años) y Andrés (que debe tener unos 56) de la Garza y eran de Guanabacoa. Aún tengo viva la imagen de ellos en la pecera de Rancho Boyeros. Gracias

Message by Julián Pérez | May 17th 2009

Mi esperiencia es muy parecida ha lo que estado leeyendo hoy. Me acuerdo como si fuera ayer cuando deje mi casa en Infanta 952. Me acuerdo que le di adios a mi perro Kiko. Sabia que teniamos que estar en el aeropuerto alrededor de las 6 de la manana. Cuando llegamos, no dejaban entrar al aeropuerto en si nada mas que a las personas que iban a irse. Nuestra despedida con mis padres fue bastante dura, desde ese momento supe que no iba a ser la muchacha que habia sido hasta ese momento. En la "pesera" todo el mundo estaba callado, tratando de no llamar atencion. En ese vuelo volaba la mama de Jorge Felix. Me acuerdo vivivamente que cuando vi la escarelilla para subir al avion mire al suelo y pense "cuando lo volvere a pisar.Cuando llegamos a Miami, pense como en una hora mas o menos de vuelo mi vida y la vida de todos los que estabamos en ese vuelo iban a cambiar. Mis padres tenian unos amigos aqui en Miami y con ellos me quede hasta que mis padres llegaron en 1963, ha esta familia les agradesco su hospitalidad. Tambien no puedo mencionar a Raul y Luisa Puga, Raulito y Luisito que me mandaron el "money order" para el pasaje. En fin es bueno que este "date base exista para que mi hija y mis nietas sepan como llegamor a esta tierra de libertad.

Message by TERRY VALLINA RIVAS | May 16th 2009

Yo soy la hermana de Cesar A. Suarez Couto, quien entro a los EEUU a la edad de 11 anos en Oct. 7, 1960 junto conmigo, Liliana Suarez Couto. Mi hermano fallecio el 17 de Mayo de 1998, a la edad de 46 anos, de un ataque al corazon masivo. Era cantante de opera, tenor, quien fue apoyado e impulsado al el mundo artistico por la gloriosa Marta Perez. Se gano 3 veces el premio Verdi en la Escala de Milan, Italia. Canto y grabo con Beverly Sills, Jeannette Peters y Luciano Pavarotti. Estaba casado, con tres hijas y un nieto, cuando fallecio.

Message by Liliana Suarez Couto | May 16th 2009

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