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This letter is offered in a small partial payment of many debts I still owe.

My debts are many, such as to Professor Antonio Rafael de la Cova, who recently passed. For the past 25 or more years I have been writing a book of memories, "Love and War in Cuba." My skills were not adequate until Antonio, and others helped me.

Tony is best known for “The Moncada Attack: Birth of the Cuban Revolution." One reviewer said this about the book: "de la Cova brings to light the persistent falsehoods told of atrocities committed by Batista's soldiers and Castro's rebels. The myths surrounding the assault provided superb fodder for building support for the successful guerrilla campaign that brought Castro to power in 1959."

These myths misled me and many others to risk our lives for a false cause, that led to tyranny on that beautiful but sad island. Sadly, many died sacrificed on that false altar. Only the generosity of the then British ambassador in Havana, the kind protection of Costa Rican refugee organizations and the U.S. educational systems allowed me to survive. I am most grateful to have lived the rest of my life in freedom.

As the winter’s liquid sunshine comes down, from the diminishing resources of my addled old age, all I can offer in return are a caution to the young: recognize what you have here in this country, do not throw it away.

God bless the USA.

Laurence Daley

Corvallis (Jan. 5)

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