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Jose Ramon Fernandez

Discussion in 'Roll of Honor & Memories - All Other Conflicts' started by GRW, Jan 11, 2019.

  1. GRW

    GRW Pillboxologist WW2|ORG Editor

    Oct 26, 2003
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    Stirling, Scotland
    "Jose Ramon Fernandez, a retired Cuban brigadier general who was key in forming the communist country’s new army and commanded Cuban defences at the Bay of Pigs, has died at the age of 95. Tall and spindly with the rigid posture of a military man, Fernandez in his final years remained a legendary figure and served for a time as a vice president on Cuba’s Council of Ministers, or Cabinet. A founding member of the Communist Party of Cuba, he was re-elected to the party’s ruling Central Committee in 2011 at the age of 87. Fernandez ran a cadet school that trained officers after the revolutionary triumph of January 1, 1959, laying the foundation of the communist country’s new army.
    He also played a leading role in one of the great battles of the Cold War, helping command Cuba’s nascent militia forces in their victory over invading exile forces at the Bay of Pigs in April 1961. Cuba won the battle because of “the firmness and decision of this people, not because of a professional army,” Fernandez told The Associated Press in a 2001 interview.
    Fernandez, nicknamed “El Gallego” – “The Galician” – for his Spanish parentage, was born in the Cuban city of Santiago on November 4, 1923. He got a college degree in social sciences before opting for a military career. He graduated from Cuba’s School of Cadets in 1947 and went on to study artillery at Fort Sill, Oklahoma."

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