José Antonio Amaro Reyes

General Information
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

José Antonio's Story

Remarks:An English translation is provided below for non-Spanish speaking relatives and friends.

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

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José Antonio, thank you for sharing photos of your parents. This is very special. I got a chuckle on your mother standing a step up between you and your father to be able to put a hand on the shoulder of each of you. Very sweet. May the rest together in the peace and love our our Lord. Your Pedro Pan sister.

Message by Susy Rodriguez | Jun 5th 2012

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Status update | Jun 3rd 2012

City of Albuquerque and State of New Mexico proclaim May 18 Operation Pedro Pan Day! Congratulations Pedro Panes! To view New Mexico Pedro Pan reunion and proclamation videos, copy and paste the following links on your browser:

Message by Jose Antonio Amaro Reyes | Jun 1st 2012

Continúa explotación infantil por parte del regimen comunista según la denuncia planteada el 15 de noviembre de 2011 al Presidente del Poder Popular Municipal en Songo-La Maya en la provincia de Santiago de Cuba por el Municipio de Oposición en Songo-La Maya. Veáse:

Message by Jose Antonio Amaro Reyes | May 27th 2012

José Antonio has uploaded new photos.

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

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