José Antonio Amaro Reyes

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Current Name
Jose Antonio Amaro Reyes
Current Location
United States of America
Name on Arrival
José Antonio Amaro Reyes
Age on Arrival
Date of Arrival
Tuesday, August 14, 1962
Relocated To
CWB Matecumbe

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Nací en el antiguo municipio de Holguín de la antigua provincia de Oriente en el año 1948. Fui bauti...

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Status update | Feb 28th 2012

¡Feliz Januká a los 500 integrantes hebreos de la Operación Pedro Pan! Este año (2011) Januká se conmemora desde el 20 al 28 de diciembre. El siguiente enlace les llevará a un video de festejo de Januká:

Message by Jose Antonio Amaro Reyes | Dec 24th 2011

ANNOUNCEMENT: We are glad to announce that the State of Florida has designated the site of the former Catholic Welfare Bureau's Florida City Camp for Operation Pedro Pan's unaccompanied Cuban refugee children a State of Florida Heritage Landmark. "The Florida Historical Marker Program recognizes historic resources, persons and events that are significant in the areas of architecture, archaeology, Florida history and traditional culture by promoting the placing of historic markers and plaques at sites of historical and visual interest to visitors. The purpose of the program is to increase public awareness of the rich cultural heritage of the state and to enhance the enjoyment of historic sites in Florida by its citizens and tourists" (Florida Department of State/Department of Historical Resources). The two-year application process, sponsored by Operation Pedro Pan Group (OPPGI), was carried out through the research and writing efforts of María del Carmen Valdivia Martínez (Carmen), Susana Garrandés Gónzalez (Susy), and José Antonio Amaro Reyes. A Florida State historical marker, written in both English and Spanish, will be placed on the camp's site in recognition of its contribution to the history and cultural heritage of the state and the nation. A ceremony is planned for the unveiling of the marker in the spring of 2012. The exact date will be made public well in advance to ensure maximum attendance. We look forward to seeing you in the City of Florida City in the spring! José Antonio Amaro Reyes.

Message by Jose Antonio Amaro Reyes | Dec 22nd 2011

Pedro Pan collaboration requested: Master of Arts (M.A.) degree student in American Studies at major university in Poland, who is currently writing thesis on Operation Pedro Pan topic, has solicited my assistance in identifying Pedro Pans who might want to participate in field survey she is conducting in order to supplement her bibliographic research. If interested in participating, please, feel free to contact me either here or by email at at your earliest convenience for copy of the questionnaire and/or student's email address for direct communication. Confidentiality is guaranteed to all respondents on all responses! Your participation will be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

Message by Jose Antonio Amaro Reyes | Dec 21st 2011

The "Helena as She Was" website now features photographs of some of the Pedro Pan children who resided in St. Joseph's Orphans Home in Helena, Montana, between 1961 and 1965. The photographs may be viewed by copying and pasting the following link on your browser:

Message by Jose Antonio Amaro Reyes | Dec 20th 2011

Dear fellow Pedro Pans and friends, please, do not forget to visit the OPPGI's Facebook webpage at the link provided below for additional information on Operation Pedro Pan. Among other things, it is designed to dispel the following competing myths advanced and widely disseminated by the Cuban government and the pro-Castro Left with the purpose of undermining the operation's humanitarian objectives: 1) Operation Pedro Pan was a CIA-orchestrated operation rather than one created by the Catholic Church in Miami, with visa support from the US Department of State and financial assistance of the federal government's via the US Program for Unaccompanied Cuban Children, at the request of parents to prevent the communist indoctrination of their children by the Cuban government; 2) most Operation Pedro Pan children never reunited with their parents by ignoring the "Memorandum of Understading" signed between the Lyndon Johnson Administration and the Cuban government for the 1965-1973 Freedom Flights, which stipulated that the kin of unaccompanied Cuban children in the United States should be given exit priority by the Cuban gvernment. By the end of the flights in 1973, all, but for approximately 300 Pedro Pans, had been reunited with their parents; and 3) with the exception of a very small minority most Pedro Pan children never achieved middle class status, having failed to attain any significant level of professional success in the United States.

Message by Jose Antonio Amaro Reyes | Dec 19th 2011

Thanks for letting me know that I had Peru instead of Peoria. I knew the orphanage was in Peoria, but put the wrong town. Yes, Willy is my cousin, his dad and my mother were siblings.

Message by Edelberto Cabrera | Dec 9th 2011

Peggy Guarch, helped husband "George" transport Operation Pedro Pan children, dead at 87.

Message by Jose Antonio Amaro Reyes | Nov 21st 2011

WATCH OSCAR PICHARDO'S PRESENTATION! Pedro Pan Oscar Pichardo of California's Cuban Kids from the 60s Exodus made an excellent presentation detailing the various historical events that compelled parents to send their children to the US through Operation Pedro Pan. He sought to dispel many of the misconceptions fabricated and advanced by ideologues and critics with the purpose of undermining the humanitarian objectives of the operation. The presentation took place on October 25 (2011) at Marymount College in Rancho Palos Verdes, southern California. A video of the presentation is available at and it can be accessed by copying and pasting to your browser the link provided below :

Message by Jose Antonio Amaro Reyes | Oct 29th 2011

HI Jose Antonio, emailed you a couple of days ago regarding the presentation i did this past Tuesday.... wondering if you got the email and attachment... OBP Osacr B. Pichardo

Message by Oscar Pichardo Busquets | Oct 28th 2011

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