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Mad Dog Flight- Commemoration of the Bay of Pigs
April 19 @ 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
The 117th Air Refueling Wing will hold a ceremony on Wednesday, April 19th 3:30 PM Commemorating the Bay of Pigs mission that took the lives of Leo Baker, Wade Gray, Pete Ray and Riley Shamburger.
In commemoration of the American Airmen and Birmingham’s own.
The ceremony is open to the public and will be held at the
Forest Hill cemetery where a wreath will be laid on the grave of Pete Ray which will include the playing of Taps
and a three volley salute.
A reception at the Southern Museum of Flight will begin immediately following the wreath laying ceremony.
The Bay of Pigs was a Central Intelligence Agency mission.
It was intended to use Cuban exiles to invade the island of Cuba and start a revolution against Fidel Castro. Four Airmen from the 117th Reconnaissance Wing of the Alabama National Guard died during the covert action over the Bay of Pigs on April 19, 1961. Four were killed in action. No one in the Alabama Air National Guard was allowed to discuss the mission or what happened to the Airmen for over two decades. It was another twenty years before the CIA publically acknowledged the failed invasion and the
loss of the Alabama Airmen.