Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Ataque Al Palacio

50 years ago today, the presidential palace in Cuba was attacked by a revolutionary group, made up mostly of university students. For more on this story click here.

50 years ago today, my grandfather, Jose Mora, was involved in the firefight. The truck you see pictured above was used by the rebel group. Some of the bullet holes in the truck may well have been shot by my grandfather.

He served as a military officer for the Cuban government and was at the palace that day. According to stories my mother has told me, my grandfather was about to cover the shift of another officer, manning the front of the palace. That officer died. Had the attack occurred 15 minutes later, I might have never met my grandfather.

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