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They remember the head of the Cuban military mission in support of Angola

At the headquarters of the diplomatic mission and with the presence of the ambassador, Oscar León, they paid a minute of silence in honor of the 2,085 fighters of the island who gave their lives together with the Angolans, in addition to another 204 who died while perform civil duties.

The military, naval and air attaché, Colonel Enrique Kindelán, recalled the career of Díaz Argüelles, who joined the “March 13” Revolutionary Directorate in the fight against the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista (1952-1958) and reached the rank of commander. Only 22 years old.

After the revolutionary victory on January 1, 1959, he assumed various responsibilities, including the active fight against bandits until the extermination of gangs operating in the province of Matanzas.

In August 1975, at the request for military assistance from Dr. António Agostinho Neto, he was appointed by the historical leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, to establish and then manage the military mission in Angola during its first period.

At that time he led a group of 429 officers from the Caribbean country who participated in the creation of four military training centers with a capacity for 500 students each, where they trained thousands of fighter of the Popular Liberation Armed Forces. in Angola (Fapla) .

When the war started, his job was to face the enemy, who failed to pass in the direction of Luanda.

On December 11, 1975, while traveling to Hengo, in the province of Cuanza Sur, the armored transporter in which he was traveling came into contact with an anti-tank mine that destroyed his legs, and he died a few hours later at the age of 39.

After death, on December 2, 1976, he was promoted to the rank of brigadier general.

On the 40th anniversary of the independence of Angola, in 2015, the Council of State agreed to give him the Honorary Title of Hero of the Republic of Cuba and the Máximo Gómez Order of the First Degree.

The president of Angola, João Lourenço, awarded him the Agostinho Neto Order post mortem, presented in a solemn ceremony at the Palace of the Revolution in Havana, on July 1, 2019.

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