2 anti-Trujillo climbers from June 19, 1949 found buried in Luperon
PUERTO PLATA Just 66 years later, a team of archaeologists from the Museum of the Dominican Man, this weekend exhumed the remains of two climbers who died in the landing carried out in 1949 by a group of Dominican citizens and other countries. They tried to overthrow the tyrannical regime of General Rafael Leonidas Trujillo Molina.
According to preliminary data, the human found bones could be the remains of missing American pilot John W. Alexander Chewing and Nicaraguan Selva, who came on June 19, 1949 aboard the Catalina seaplane in Grace Bay Luperon, being attacked mercilessly by the armed forces of dictatorship.
According to Danilo Morrobel engineer, archaeological excavations carried out by the staff of the Museum of Dominican Man were performed in a private estate owned by Mr. Gregorio Lora (Major), located in the place that’s Balataes town in the western part of Puerto Plata.
After locating and exhuming the remains of the pilot of the aircraft and other expeditionary who in the company of 13 other men, full of patriotism departed from Guatemala on a PBY Catalina flying boat type in the first attempt to overthrow the bloody Trujillo tyranny, the bones were delivered to the Museum of Dominican Man, for later display.
It is recalled that the American pilot John W. Chewing on hydroplane Catalina, transported the expedition to the Bay de Gracia in Luperon expedition which had as leader Horacio Julio Ornes Coiscou plus Dominicans Tulio H. Arvelo, Horacio Federico Henriquez ( Gugu) Henriquez Vazquez, Jose Rolando Martinez Bonilla, Miguel Angel Feliu Arzeno (Miguelucho), Hugo Khunhardt, Salvador Reyes Valdez and Manuel Calderon Salcedo, Alfonso Leyton Costa Rican and Nicaraguan Selva Alejandro Alberto Ramirez and Jose Felix Cordova Boniche.
Source: Puerto Plata Digital
Sep 28, 2015
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