Luis T Fernandez Hidalgo


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Arrived at Miami Int'l airport, with my sister, and eventually went to Jacksonville, to live with two uncles.

Somewhere about a year and a half later, I went to Opa Locka. Eventually, the U.S. Gov`t, in their infinite wisdom decided to integrate the Cuban boys into the American population, so I, along with a few other boys were sent to the Holy Family Home, in Marquette, MI. That was at the end of the school year, in 1963, so I had all summer to acquaint myself with the other Cuban boys already there, and the boys that came up with me. I was full of questions about the coming winter, not because I was afraid of it, but because I was looking forward to it. You see, I happen to like cold weather. In 1964, my parents were finally able to leave Cuba, and were relocated to Lansing, MI. There, I went to O'Rafferty HS. At the end of my junior year, my family moved to Battle Creek, MI. During my senior year at Pennfield HS, I met my future wife (she didn't know that then) I went to jr college for a couple of years, so I had a deferment, which I lost, after taking a semester off school, to get married and establish our own household. I was drafted, but decided to enlist in the U.S Army, to enable me to have a bit of a choice of a military career. I ended my stint in active duty as a Huey crewchief. Although I did enjoy the militarylife, but reenlistment did not m the way to go.

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¡Bienvenido, Luis! Luis you might want to visit the OPPG media gallery for lots of pictures of the guys at Holy Family- -. You might also want visit the OPPG Facebook page- -where we have published lots of material about Holy Family and about many of the guys who were there with you. Unfortunately, the only photograph we have not been able to locate is one of the orphanage taken back in the 60s, when you were there. I have been in touch with the nuns and they don't have one. On the other hand, the archives of the Archdiocese of Marquette are closed. You wouldn't happen to have one we can copy? Let me know. Once again, Bienvenido, Pedro Pan brother! José Antonio Amaro Reyes.

Message by Jose Antonio Amaro Reyes | Jul 6th 2013

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