Message from Pedro Pan Eloísa Echazábal. Below the link to the Miami Dade College announcement dated July 8th regarding the upcoming Freedom Tower exhibit about the Cuban exile experience. This exhibit will be launched in mid-September. The first exile focus will be on the Pedro Pan exodus. Most of us who reunited with our parents in Miami remember visiting the Freedom Tower for the services the U.S. government made available to the newly arriving Cuban exiles. The Pedro Pan exhibit will last about two years. Miami Dade College and The Miami Herald Media Company invited me to collaborate with them when the plans were first developed about two years ago, and I was ecstatic with the opportunity. Also collaborating with their memorabilia and photos are Operation Pedro Pan Group Inc.organization, Barry University Archives and Special Collections, University of Miami Cuban Heritage Collection and Florida International University Libraries. As soon as the next official announcement comes out, I will forward. In the meantime, I would like to let you know that a "collecting day" is being planned for Saturday, July 26th, from 12 to 4 p.m. at the Freedom Tower. This is the day when Pedro Pans will have the opportunity to bring memorabilia regarding our Pedro Pan days to be loaned to the exhibit. Required receipts and documentation will be available there. Courtesy parking on the open lot across the street south of the Tower. Entrance on N.E. 5th street. Just let the attendant know you are coming to the Tower to bring your items. This is a great opportunity to showcase our experience. Again, as additional announcements are released, I'll forward.

Osvaldo Mora La Rosa

General Information
Current Name
Ozzie Mora
Current Location
United States of America
Name on Arrival
Osvaldo Mora La Rosa
Age on Arrival
Date of Arrival
Friday, October 13, 1961
Relocated To
Camp Kendall > Camp Matecumbe > St Joseph's Orphanage - Helena, Montana>Foster Home in Whitefish, Montana > Brondel Hall Helena, Montana> Camp Matecumbe
Stayed With
Pedro Pan Program

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First of all, I would like to honor and pay tribute to all the Pedro Pan's parents who made the sacrifice of sending their sons and daughters to an uncertain future in a foreign country, not knowing ...

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Ozzie, que cute el brazalete de azabache. Y parece que funcionó!

Message by Eloisa Echazabal | Feb 13th 2011

Osvaldo This is Sergio Diaz. By chance I discovered this blog and your entry from 2009. I am retired from LAPD now, but I'm the Chief of Police of Riverside, California. You can reach me at I look forward to hearing from you. Sergio

Message by Sergio Diaz | Jan 20th 2011

Osvaldo, it was only by chance (or not, since God works in wondrous ways) I searched the web and found the Peter Pan site, and with it, your message which by now is over a year old. At some point soon I hope to post my own profile and experience. My post-Helena destination was the small town of Bigfork, Montana, by the shores of Flathead Lake - a stone's throw away from Whitefish really. Your 'story' brought back long lost memories, both happy and sad. I am touched and glad after these many years. All the best. Joaquin Antonio Rambla Garcia (a.k.a. Tony)

Message by Tony Rambla | Dec 29th 2010

Hi! I was in the orphanage from October 1961 till the beginning of September 1962. I wonder if you remember the nicknames we had for the nuns. One of my sisters still corresponds with one of them. I also remember attending St Mary's School. Currently I live in Granada ,Spain but visit Miami at least once a year to Spend Christmas with my brother ans sisters, two of my sisters where in Montana with me.

Message by Julio Gonzalez Collar | Dec 21st 2010

Hi Ozzie, I haven't been on the PP Network for a very long time. I like the new photos you have uploaded. I tried to upload new photos, but the photos would not upload. Take care mi hermano, Cariños

Message by Vivian A McCombie y Salort | Sep 22nd 2010

Ozzie, Ojala que puedas venir en Nov, como te dijo Melvin, queremos reunir a Sergio, la unica persona que siempre me llamaba por mis dos apellidos, y aquel grupo de su cabana. Yo dormia en el primer "bunk bed" facing la entrada de la piscina. Oscar Torres, fue al que embarque y tomo mi puesto para Montana. Por separado te mando el nombre de alguien que conoci hace poco(cubano pero no es PP) que vive en Winston y trabaja aqui en Orlando. Mi estancia fue desde la apertura hasta Nov 6, que me dijeron de esta no te escapas, y asi es como termine en Wash., D.C. Cuidate, JAM

Message by Justo Alejandro Martinez Monzon | Sep 21st 2010

Osvaldo, da la casualidad que estoy hablando de este tema en mi blog Mi nombre en Cuba era Yolanda Lopez Miranda. Visita el blog por favor y muchísimas gracias por compartir tu historia!

Message by Adrianne Miller | Sep 21st 2010

Ozzie, I just read your story, GOOD Night to you too. Que Dios bendiga a tu familia....MELVIN

Message by Melvin F Noriega Plasencia | Sep 20th 2010

Ozzie,vi que le escribistes a una muy querida hermanita nuestra.Mercy es para todos nosotros muy especial, los que compartimos con ella en Florida City tenemos muy buenos recuerdos de cuando estabamos mas juntos.Oye, mira a ver si puedes venir al 50 aniversario JAM y yo hemos hablado de reunirnos de nuevo todos los que estabamos en la cabaña de Sergio ese fin de semana.Tambien con mi hermano Pepe podemos recordar a Santiago de Las Vegas, Rancho Bolleros y Calabazar.Te sigue queriendo, tu hermano...MELVIN

Message by Melvin F Noriega Plasencia | Sep 20th 2010

Hola Ozzie, que tal andas? Yo bien gracias a Dios, tienes toda la razón desaparezco pero por falta de tiempo. tengo mucha gente que me escribe y es dificil mantenerme en contacto con todos... no tengo mucho tiempo con el trabajo, y la vida persona de uno, ya sabes, me faltan horas..... Y además con mantenerme en contacto con Stgo de las Vegas en línea. Ahora sigo planificando mi viajecito a Miami para ver a mi madre, y comprarme mas tamales y chicharritas... que es como se decía en Santiago, lo recuerdas???? Y tu que tal andas? Sigues leyendo sobre Santiago? El otro día en el artículo del Chacolo hablarón de mi padre... la verdad me gusto mucho..... un abrazo, Mari

Message by Maria E Pazos Alvarez | Jul 20th 2010

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