Bay of Pigs vets gain in quest of their flag
By CAROL GENTRY
Miami News Reporter
The flag that accompanied Brigade 2506 into battle during the Bay of Pigs invasion may be returned to the survivors, attorney Ellis Rubin announced today.
Eight months after the U.S. government dismissed a suit filed by the veterans for the return of the flag, the Department of Justice has proposed a settlement.
In a letter to Rubin, government officials said the flag will be returned if:
Brigade 2506 entrusted the flag to President John F. Kennedy in 1962 in an emotional ceremony at the Orange Bowl. The President promised it would fly again over a free Cuba.
The Bay of Pigs Association, which represents more than 1,000 of the veterans, voted early this year to ask the return of the flag after Kennedy's brother, Sen. Edward Kennedy, proposed that the Cuban embargo be lifted.
Sen. Kennedy said he could not return the flag because it had been given to the Kennedy Library in Waltham, Mass.
Library officials said they considered the flag to be U.S. government property and could not return it.
The brigade members voted to sue of its return. But the government's answer in U.S. District Court was that it would not waive its official immunity to suit.