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Bay of Pigs veteran honored
Lt.Col.Trent Mitchell lays a wreath during a ceremony honoring Captain Thomas “Pete” Ray who was shot down during the Bay of Pigs invasion. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by MSgt Ken Johnson/Released)
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Bay of Pigs veteran honored

Posted 4/23/2013   Updated 4/23/2013 Email story   Print story


by MSgt Ken Johnson
117th Air Refueling Wing

4/23/2013 - 4/19/2013 -- Captain Thomas "Pete" Ray was honored today during a short wreath laying ceremony.

Ray, a pilot from the Alabama Air National Guard was killed on April 18, 1961 during the Bay of Pigs invasion as part of a CIA secret mission authorized by President John F. Kennedy. Ray's body wasn't returned to the United States until 1979 where he now rest at Forest Hill Cemetery overlooking the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport.

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