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About the Collaborator

Photo of Jose Basulto

José Basulto is a dreamer, patriot, and family man. He is one of the most recognized Cuban exile figures in the world. He fought in the Bay of Pigs invasion of 1961, trained and worked with the CIA as a freedom fighter, drove a power boat from Miami to Havana to bomb a hotel full of Russians, joined the US Army in 1963, helped the Nicaraguan Contras in the 80s, and then began Brothers to the Rescue in 1991.

Brothers to the Rescue saved over 4,200 Cuban rafters escaping Communist Cuba during the 1990s. BTTR also helped the US Coast Guard rescue over 30,000 more rafters during the 1994 exodus. On February 24, 1996, Fidel and Raúl Castro gave the order to shoot down two BTTR aircraft while flying a humanitarian mission in international waters over the Florida States. The murder of four men—three US citizens and one legal resident—received worldwide condemnation. The story of the nineteen nationalities of volunteers that comprised the Brotherhood is told in Seagull One: The Amazing True Story of Brothers to the Rescue.

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Basulto has been prominently featured in newspapers, magazines, radio broadcasts, and television shows across the globe, and is the recipient of a myriad of humanitarian awards. He is a proud member of Brigade 2506 of the Bay of Pigs invasion.

José Basulto is now retired and likes to build replica cannons and remote-controlled boats and planes. He and his wife Rita live in Miami, Florida. They have five children and eight grandchildren.