March 3, 2006, Guantanamo Bay Navy Base, Cuba - A decade after he was brought ashore as a so-called "balsero, " amid the rafter crisis of the mid 1990s, Petty Officer Virgilio Franqui is back at Guantanamo, now a U.S. Navy sailor working at the base hospital. In between, Franqui studied in Hialeah and Kendall, did Navy bootcamp in the snow and became an American citizen. Of service at the base, he says, when it came time for a new posting, the choice came down to Iceland or Gitmo. He chose Guantanamo. Photo by Carol ROSENBERG, Herald Staff.
March 3, 2006, Guantanamo Bay Navy Base, Cuba - A decade after he was brought ashore as a so-called "balsero, " amid the rafter crisis of the mid 1990s, Petty Officer Virgilio Franqui is back at Guantanamo, now a U.S. Navy sailor working at the base hospital. In between, Franqui studied in Hialeah and Kendall, did Navy bootcamp in the snow and became an American citizen. Of service at the base, he says, when it came time for a new posting, the choice came down to Iceland or Gitmo. He chose Guantanamo. Photo by Carol ROSENBERG, Herald Staff.
March 3, 2006, Guantanamo Bay Navy Base, Cuba - A decade after he was brought ashore as a so-called "balsero, " amid the rafter crisis of the mid 1990s, Petty Officer Virgilio Franqui is back at Guantanamo, now a U.S. Navy sailor working at the base hospital. In between, Franqui studied in Hialeah and Kendall, did Navy bootcamp in the snow and became an American citizen. Of service at the base, he says, when it came time for a new posting, the choice came down to Iceland or Gitmo. He chose Guantanamo. Photo by Carol ROSENBERG, Herald Staff.

From raft to U.S. Navy, camp tour is round trip

March 17, 2006 10:56 PM