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
16
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

Osvaldo's Story

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: Hi. I see you are from Santiago de La Vega. I know and I'm related to two families from there. Montes De Oca and Sanchez. By any chance do you recognize the names? Saludos

Message by Susy Rodriguez | Oct 7th 2009

Ozzie, Thanks for reaching out.I came in May 20, 1962, ended up in Matecumbe and slept in Alejandro's tent where every single night before going to bed we had to search our beds for Rattler or Coral snakes, the Coral we used to call 30 seconds as that was the time you had to take the antidote. In any case by August we were in Helena, Brondel Hall, my twin brother and I were part of about 30+ kids that went to Brondel, the rest, including my sister Carmen went to St. Josephs. My brother and I used to walk a long 17 miles to get to St. Joseph's every Sunday, if we got lucky we got a ride, I would say in about 90% of those visits we were never allowed to come in and that nun, the one that ran the place used to shut the door right in our faces, we were 13 years old. We were in Helena until 1967, actually the last ones to close Brondel Hall when our grandparents came from Cuba, by that time my sister was already living with a cousin in Staten Island. We went to New York and lived with Grandparents until my mother was able to come out, my Dad was arrested and we did not see him again until 1995 when we were able to bring him out. I have already made contact with Vivian Salort and it turns out our respective Dads are friends from childhood, her contacting me asking if I knew a Carmen that was in St Joseph's worked the miracle of getting our Dads, mine is 95, hers is 92 talking on the phone and excited as kids. To Yolanda I want to say that I did my Basic Training in Ft. Jackson and returned there as a MP, from there went to Vietnam. I have a lot of fond memories from Columbia including one from this beautiful southern bell who wanted to have a kid with me because she liked my accent-go figure. I presently live in Miami but determined to go back to New York where my twin brother, my Dad and 2 more sisters live. Great to hear from fellow Peter Pans and again thanks for inviting me to share. Damaso V. Santana

Message by Damaso V Santana Vega | Sep 27th 2009

De nuevo Ozzie. Tienes mucha razon no fue Maximo Gomez fue Panchito Gomez Toro y Antonio Maceo quienes estan entrrado en El Cacagual. Hasta la proxima

Message by Marcia Caridad Ramos Gonzalez | Sep 7th 2009

Hola Ozzie, me gusto mucho tu historia, yo soy de Bejucal ( El pueblo de las charangas ) solamente nos separa de Santiago de las Vagas la loma del Cacagual donde esta la tumba de Maximo Gomez y antonio maceo. Yo estuve en Matucumbe por dos meses y despues fui para Yakima, Washington. Tambien como tu cuando llegamos habia un frio de m....., hoy vivo en Tallahassee, Fl. Saludos, Manuel

Message by Manuel Izquierdo | Sep 7th 2009

Hola, Ozzie: ?Vas a ir a la reunión de Pedro Pan CCC en Noviembre?

Message by Manuel Gutierrez Fernandez de Castro | Sep 1st 2009

Ozzie, Thanks for reading my story. Pero, "tu no te quedaste atrás"...you definitely had as many adventures as I did and became a better person for it. Thanks again! Lomberto, the kid from Yakima!

Message by Lomberto Pérez Plasencia | Sep 1st 2009

Ozzie,me puse a leer tu historia y veo que eres de Santiago de Las Vegas. Casi llegamos juntos, vivimos en la misma cabana y de contra soy de Calabazar solo Ranho Boyeros nos separaba. Que casualidad, lo mas probable es que tengamos amigos comunes pues yo siempre estaba por tu pueblo, mi mama tenia familia en Santiago. Si la 31 pasa por tu casa te puedo visitar. Recuerdos: Tu hermano MELVIN P.D. Que rico era el TROPICREAM ! y las croquetas de La Dominica !(las mejores de Cuba )

Message by Melvin F Noriega Plasencia | Sep 1st 2009

Ozzie: Absolutely great story; I'll check out the rest. I always wondered how far away Helena was, since I heard much talk, but only later got to visit twice, but lack a sense of the distance. Once they took us to see a Disney movie "Hold that tiger," and one evening they took us there for trick or treating on Halloween. The latter was a bit troubling for me, since they ran out of the used/donated costumes from the donated clothes room and the only outfit left (which I had to wear) was a ballerina outfit. What can I say, after traipsing across Helena that night like an exiled Alicia Alonso, I figure I can handle anything. Regards. Tony G.

Message by Antonio Gonzalez Perez | Aug 25th 2009

Ozzie...amigo, a truly beautiful story with an excellent sense of humor to boot. Though we haven't met, it is truly amazing how sharing a common "pit stop," like the orphanage in Montana, just establishes a common link between so many of us. I appreciate your kind words and the fact that as you say, my political comments are in sync with yours. This, more than anything, testifies to your having lived elsewhere in this country. Those of us who have lived in New Jersey (West New York for me) as well as New York, North Carolina etc. Well, we often display a broader perspective on issues and are not so easily swayed. I tend to believe that too much exile radio in Miami has put blinders on some of us and if we hope for a truly free Cuba, we have to think for ourselves and not rely on the talking heads who've made bla, bla, bla, a profitable business. Five of us from St. Joseph's recently met at Vivian Salort's home in Miami. I see in your messages that you've also communicated with her. When you get a chance, check out Vivian's page and you can see the reunion photograph there. I'm in the group along with my cousin Fernando, who was also at St. Josephs. Let's make it a point to keep in touch and I look forward to meeting you sometime, either via Miami or on a North Carolina jaunt. Tu amigo, Tony Gonzalez.

Message by Antonio Gonzalez Perez | Aug 23rd 2009

Hi, Ozzie ~ After my first two attempts, and "No Results Found" messages, I eventually found you on this site. What a moving, compelling story you tell! This evening, I answered your personal e-mail before I read your story. Now, I have more questions, but will leave them for tomorrow as it is now almost 2 a.m. It is wonderful to have reconnected with a fellow former resident of St. Joseph's Home!

Message by Alina M Gattorno Machin | Aug 23rd 2009

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