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Revolutionary fighter Felipe Guerra Matos died – Escambray

By the decision of the family, his body will be cremated and his ashes will be exposed in the Veterans Pantheon in the Colón Necropolis.

Guerrita held other important positions in economic activity, the Revolutionary Armed Forces and the Ministry of Construction. (Photo: ACN).

The warrior of the secret struggle and the national liberation war Felipe Santiago Guerra Matos died on February 10 at the age of 96, due to acute respiratory failure.

Born on May 1, 1927 in Manzanillo, in the former province of Oriente, of peasant origin, he started early in the revolutionary struggle.

Guerrita, as he was affectionately known, was one of the Manzanilleros contacted by Celia Sánchez to support the Granma Yacht expeditioners in the first and uncertain hours after the landing. He became an effective liaison and messenger under the guidance of Fidel, Frank and Celia.

As a fighter in the Sierra and its First Front, he reached the rank of Captain of the Rebel Army, given by Commander in Chief Fidel Castro Ruz, in 1958.

When the Revolution won, he was appointed General Director of Sports, a responsibility he held until February 1961. He held other important positions in economic activity, the Revolutionary Armed Forces and the Ministry of Construction.

He has been a member of the Communist Party of Cuba since 1965. He has received many decorations and important recognitions for a life dedicated to the Revolution.

By the decision of the family, his body will be cremated and his ashes will be exposed in the Veterans Pantheon in the Colón Necropolis, between 10:00 and 12:00 on Tuesday, February 13.

Revolutionary Fighter Felipe Guerra Matos Died - Escambray

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