Key Cuban figure in Bay of Pigs victory dies at 95
HAVANA (Reuters) – Jose Ramon Fernandez Alvarez, who commanded Cuban forces below the management of Fidel Castro at the Bay of Pigs, repelling an exile invasion supported by means of the United States, died on Sunday at 95.
Fernandez gave up the ghost in the early hours of the morning, Cuban state-run media reported, however as is normal in Cuba no data used to be given at the motive of loss of life. He had reportedly been in deficient well being the previous few years and used to be hospitalized a number of months in the past.
Fernandez joined the Cuban army in the 1940s and won coaching in the United States. He joined the opposition to the Batista dictatorship in the 1950s however used to be stuck and imprisoned in 1956. He remained at the back of bars till Castro’s revolution triumphed in 1959.
Fernandez used to be quickly put in price of coaching the rustic’s civilian military because of his army background. He used to be named commandant in 1961 and brigade basic of the reserve in 1966.
Fidel Castro and his more youthful brother Raul thought to be Fernandez a person they might all the time depend on and he served right through the a long time in more than a few army, govt and Communist Party posts, together with adviser to the president, minister of training and president of the Olympic Committee.
Reporting by means of Marc Frank; Editing by means of Jeffrey Benkoe