|Birth: ||May 12, 1914|
|Death: ||Mar. 3, 2008|
Cuban Military Officer. He held the rank of colonel in the Cuban Army, and played a role in the events leading up to the triumph of Castro's rebels. Educated at the United States Strategic Intelligence School, he became director of Cuba's War College and Military Academy. During the early 1950s, Colonel Barquín was Cuba's military attaché in Washington. In 1955 he was awarded the Legion of Merit, a Congressional honor given to foreign military leaders. In April 1956, he returned to his homeland with plans to lead a group of professional officers against Batista. He was found out and arrested, along with a dozen other officers. He was court-martialed and sentenced to eight years in prison. Batista fled Cuba because of Castro's advancing rebel forces on Jan. 1, 1959. Colonel Barquín, who had the support of United States officials, escaped from solitary confinement and assumed control of the Cuban armed forces at Camp Colombia in Havana. When a rebel leader arrived at the Camp Colombia barracks on Jan. 2 with orders to assume command of the army, Colonel Barquín did not stand in his way. At first, Colonel Barquín helped to establish a new government. But his relationship with Castro went steadily downhill. Because Colonel Barquín was too popular to be imprisoned again, Castro gave him an ambassadorial position in Europe, thus removing him from Cuba. After breaking with the Castro government in 1960 and going into exile, Colonel Barquín was involved for a time in anti-Castro activities in Miami. Making Puerto Rico his home, he established the American Military Academy, a K-12 school and other educational institutions. He died from complications of leukemia. His son hopes to one day return a portion of his father's ashes to Cuba.
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
Created by: Ron Moody
Record added: Jun 25, 2008
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