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The Bay of Pigs Museum is dedicated to those who served in the brigade that had a failed attempt to bring Fidel Castro to justice. This is an important historical significance because it added fuel to the fire that was already going on between the US and the Soviet Union in the Cold War. The US attempted to send 1400 troops to Cuba to lead a surprise attack on Castro and bring him to justice, but this plan quickly backfired as the US was counterattacked. Troops were held as prisoners until Castro and the US reached a bargain on the terms of their release.

  • Life magazine cover of the Bay of Pigs
  • Prisoners held in the Bay of Pigs

The US had planned on committing two air strikes against Cuban airfields and then sending in 1400 troops to surprise the Cuban army and find Castro. However, US airstrikes were a failure, as many of the bombers were actually old World War 2 bombers that had been repainted. Also, the bombers missed the majority of their targets, thus leaving most of the Cuban aircrafts able to fight. When word got out that the US had a failed bombing attempt, the Cuban army prepared for another attack. JFK immediately canceled the second airstrike. However, the brigade known as Brigade 2506 landed at the Bay of Pigs and immediately came under attack. The ones that survived were taken as prisoners under Castro's orders. 

When word reached JFK about the captured troops, he immediately began to bargain with Castro on their release. It took almost two years for the US to convince Castro to release the prisoners. When the US offered Castro 53 million dollars in baby food and medicine, he finally released the prisoners. This event was a black eye for the JFK administration, as it showed that he failed in an attempt to bring an enemy to justice. However, JFK to retaliate in various attacks in Cuba following the release of the prisoners. (1)

The Bay of Pigs Museum honors those who were killed and those who were taken captive in this event. Artifacts from the Bay of Pigs incident are constantly being collected, described, and displayed here. It has been featured in several history and travel magazines. The museum was designed with the help of some of the men who were taken captive, so it is based on the actual accounts of what happened. (2)

(1) "The Bay of Pigs." John F. Kennedy Library. Accessed June 1, 2015.

(2) "Bay of Pigs Museum History." Trip Historic. Accessed June 1, 2015.